Could another national political convention be in Philadelphia’s future? An effort is underway to bring one to the city in 2016.
Rep. Bob Brady (D-Philadelphia) is putting together a coalition of politicians and businesspeople to bring the Democratic National Convention to town.
“We’re going to branch it out into the neighborhoods, make the neighborhoods inclusive we don’t want them to leave town we want them to be a part of it,” said Brady.
Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro says this time would be different than when the city hosted the 2000 Republican National Convention, because events would be held throughout the region.
“This place is uniquely prepared to be able to handle a convention, this is the right place for the 2016 Democratic convention to be and I am going to do everything I can in the suburbs of Philadelphia to put our best forward to secure a convention,” said Shapiro.
Congressman Brady says he believes there will be little if any direct city money needed to put on the convention. He says the costs could be shouldered by a nonprofit that will solicit funding from the private sector.