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ATL Joins Bid to Host 2024 Democratic National Convention

Your AM Rundown: Plus, local leaders are raising money to rebuild an iconic structure at Chastain Park.

Crews set up for the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mayor Andre Dickens says Atlanta will bid to host the Democrats' 2024 convention. (Justin Sullivan/Associated Press)

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Here’s what to know for today: 

  • If you know, you know — Atlanta influences everything! The city is putting its name in the hat to host the 2024 Democratic National Convention. Mayor Andre Dickens announced the city’s bid May 13, noting that Georgia was a crucial state for the 2020 presidential election. If selected, this will be the first DNC in Atlanta since 1988.
  • The state of Georgia is putting major dollars toward addressing economic issues caused by the pandemic. Gov. Brian Kemp announced Monday that the state would use $415 million of the $4.8 billion Georgia is expected to receive from the COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress in 2021 to address industries hit the hardest.
  • Local leaders are promising to rebuild the iconic treehouse at Chastain Park after it caught fire and burned overnight Sunday. Jay Smith, past vice chair of the Chastain Park Conservancy group, says that the nonprofit has set up a GoFundMe account to raise $200,000 toward construction costs. As of Monday afternoon, the cause of the fire is under investigation.
  • The Atlanta Hawks are back with their biggest service event since the pandemic started. The Million Meal Pack is looking for 5,000 volunteers to help pack at least 1 million meals on July 16. Volunteers will receive a Hawks shirt and two tickets to a home game next season. Registration is online.

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