Effort begins to keep Philly residents in town for DNC

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Mayor Kenney joins a crowd toasting efforts to keep residents in town during the Democratic National Convention.  (Tom MacDonald/ WHYY)

Mayor Kenney joins a crowd toasting efforts to keep residents in town during the Democratic National Convention. (Tom MacDonald/ WHYY)

City officials are launching an effort to keep residents from fleeing Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention next month. 

Mayor Jim Kenney said he recently ran into a disgruntled resident who told him she had her plans ready for convention week.

“Lady said to me, ‘I’m leaving town when this convention comes.’  I went over and engaged her and said you have to stay,” Kenney recounted. “By the time she left, I convinced her to stay.”

Dubbed “You don’t want to miss this,” the effort offers discounts for food and drink and special events for conventioneers and residents alike when the Democrats are in town July 25 through July 28.

The effort by the DNC Host Committee follows September’s visit by Pope Francis when thousands of residents deserted the city.

“This is not the Pope,” Kenney said. “This is going to be history in the making. It’s going to be a tremendous event for the city.”
 

You can find out more on social media under the hashtag #DNCdeals. 

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