Mpls. In Running For ‘Best Convention City’Sure it's been cold in Minneapolis this winter. Okay, really cold. But move over Miami. The good old "City of Lakes" could very well take the award for "Best Convention City." Melvin Tennant, CEO of "Meet Minneapolis" - the city's official convention and visitors association - says it should be no surprise that Minneapolis is in the running. The city has a booming downtown that's just too big of an attraction for meeting and even planners to ignore.