All eyes will be on Philadelphia in July 2016 because our city is hosting the 2016 Democratic Convention. It will be held July 25–28, 2016, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Some events will also take place at the Convention Center. All week delegates will announce their nominations for President and Vice President of the United States.
Landing the 2016 Democratic Convention in Philadelphia, was no easy competition and took a lot of resources and time. For over a year, Philadelphia was contending for the spot. The cities top political names set aside their differences to achieve the goal as a team. We beat other big cities that were finalist like New York City and Columbus Ohio. To secure the Democratic Convention, city organizers pledged to raise $84 million. Philadelphia also was chosen because of a strong commitment to put on a safe and seamless convention. Another major factor was that democrats were seeking a city with strong Union ties, which Philadelphia has. Philadelphia hasn’t hosted a Democratic Convention since 1948. Even though that was the last time Philadelphia has hosted, Philadelphia is a crucial swing state with its reliable and large turnout.
The local economy will also thrive from the Convention. US Rep Bob Brady projects that the 2016 Democratic Convention could bring $300 million to the local economy. Also big for our city is that the convention will come 10 months after the pope visits Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families, which is another huge event for the city requiring a lot of security and execution.
If you are a local and are interested, there are many different ways to get involved. Check out www.phldnc.com/ to explore different ways to participate.