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Local conventions tend to be held because someone decides to hold them. That's it, at the simplest level, ignoring how much work goes into doing that. Often, they'll set up an organisation, whether non-profit or for profit, to run them under, but it's still up to them.
Regional conventions, such as Westercon, Worldcon or NASFiC, don't work that way. They tend to be owned by out of state groups who run an annual (usually) bidding process for anyone who wishes to run them. If you have a group that wants to do so, you have to work through that process.
Usually, that process means putting a team together to run the proposed event; obtaining a contract from a hotel to host it; attending previous instances of the convention in play to understand how it works; officially placing a bid; trying to persuade people to support your bid (which means persuading them to give you money); hosting room parties at conventions at which to campaign; and, by the end of it, putting in a whole bunch of work even before you know if you've won the vote or not. Because, if there's more than one bid, someone's going to lose.
Arizona has bid to host many regional conventions over the decades. It's won some and it's lost some.
The 18 instances when Arizona has won a bid are already covered in my Arizona Convention History.
Check out the pages for:
|1985||World Fantasy Convention||11||Tucson||Randy Rau|
|1987||North American Science Fiction Convention||3||Phoenix||Bruce Farr|
|1991||World Fantasy Convention||17||Tucson||Randy Rau & Bruce Farr|
|1994||World Horror Convention||4||Phoenix||Doreen Webbert & Jean Goddin|
|1998||SFRA Conference||29||Scottsdale||B. Diane Miller|
|1998||World Horror Convention||8||Phoenix||Doreen Webbert & Jean Goddin|
|2004||Westercon||57||Litchfield Park||Craig Dyer|
|2004||World Fantasy Convention||30||Tempe||Mike Willmoth|
|2004||World Horror Convention||14||Phoenix||Mike Willmoth|
|2009||North American Discworld Convention||1||Tempe||Lee Whiteside|
|2013||Browncoat Ball||9||Phoenix||Cindy Pickard|
The instances when Arizona has lost a bid aren't covered elsewhere, so I'm highlighting them here.
Please let us know if we're missing any and support the next bid that arises!
|Year||Convention||#||Location||Bid Chair||Lost To|
|1978||Westercon||31||Phoenix||Greg Brown||Los Angeles, CA|
|1980||Westercon||33||Phoenix||Los Angeles, CA|
|1987||Worldcon||45||Phoenix||Bruce Farr||Brighton, UK|
|1993||Worldcon||51||Phoenix||Terry Gish||San Francisco, CA|
|1999||North American Science Fiction Convention||7||Phoenix||Anaheim, CA|
|2002||Westercon||55||Phoenix||Patrick Connors||Los Angeles, CA|
|2014||North American Science Fiction Convention||11||Phoenix||Mike Willmoth||Detroit, MI|
Last update: 4th December, 2017