WASHINGTON, D.C./CLEVELAND

The Republican National Committee has selected July 18-21 as the official dates for the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

"I'm pleased to announce the 2016 Republican National Convention will kick off on July 18," said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. “We're excited to continue working with our partners in Cleveland and we look forward to showcasing everything the city has to offer to our delegates and the world in 2016.”

Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson stated: “We look forward to hosting the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Throughout this process we’ve been able to demonstrate our ability and passion to host the RNC while letting the site selection committee know whichever date they picked, Cleveland would make it happen.”

The next official step in the convention process will be the formation of the RNC's Committee on Arrangements. Members of the committee are appointed by the RNC Chairman. Until the formation of the committee, the focus will be continued fundraising and logistical efforts.