by Michael J. Shapiro | February 12, 2015
The Democratic National Committee will hold its convention in Philadelphia during the week of July 26, 2016, the committee announced this morning. "In addition to their commitment to a seamless and safe convention, Philadelphia's deep-rooted place in American history provides a perfect setting for this special gathering," noted DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.). The City of Brotherly Love beat out other finalists New York City and Columbus, Ohio. The DNC's Technical Advisory Group narrowed down the list by evaluating cities nationwide on factors such as hotel capacity, transportation, security, financing and logistics, according to the DNC.
"We are honored to be chosen as the host city for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Our selection validates what meeting planners across the country know -- that Philadelphia is a world-class city ready for the world's top meetings and conventions," said Julie Coker Graham, executive vice president of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau. "From the city's walkability and vibrancy, to the comprehensive hotel package and ease of accessibility, we demonstrated why Philadelphia is the ideal location for this important convention throughout the DNC bid process. The delegate experience that we promote to our clients every day is one of our strongest assets, and we are delighted that such a prominent group has chosen to come here." The last time Philadelphia hosted a national convention was in 2000, when the Republicans nominated George W. Bush. The Republican National Committee announced previously that their convention will take place July 18-21, 2016, in Cleveland. Additional details about the Democratic convention will be announced in the coming weeks.