As expected, Philadelphia is one of three finalists — the others being New York and Columbus — to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Philadelphia expects to be one of three finalists to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, the Morning Call reports this morning. The other two remaining competitors? New York City — you know, the place with the bedbugs — and Columbus, Ohio.
That news emerged from a Monday meeting where Philly officials attempted to raise $5 million from 25 Democratic donors as proof the city can raise the $100 million needed to stage the convention.
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Well, we owe Ed Rendell an apology.
When Rendell went public earlier this month with his opinion that Brooklyn had the advantage over Philly to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, we teasingly suggested he was aiming to be mayor of New York someday. Turns out Rendell was doing classic Rendell — singling out the biggest bully in the schoolyard for the takedown.
Turns out Ed Rendell doesn’t much like Philly’s chances to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention:
Fact: If the Democratic National Committee decides to hold its 2016 convention in Philadelphia the cost could range anywhere from $50-$75 million dollars. While the federal government would pick up most of this cost, as much as $10 million could fall on our local government (at least, that’s what New York’s mayor predicts if the convention came to his town).
Fact: When the pope visits Philadelphia in 2015 as part of the World Meeting of Families the estimated cost could be another $13 million, (the city of Milan paid 10 million euros when it hosted the event in 2012).
Fact: $10 million plus $13 million means the city could be on the hook for up to $23 million in additional expenses for these two events. Maybe even more.
Fact: It’s likely that Philadelphia’s business community will step up and raise the money to pay this bill so that taxpayers are not out of pocket. “We’re the fifth largest city in America,” Comcast’s David Cohen recently said in a radio interview. “And I think our civic leadership has the capacity to be able to raise the money to host these two pretty special events in consecutive years in Philadelphia.”
Great! The city needs $23 million, and the business community will likely step up.
Wondering where Philly will get the money to pay for a visit from Pope Francis and to host the Democratic National Convention? David Cohen, vice president of Comcast, isn’t worried at all.
“We’re the fifth largest city in America,” Cohen told KYW Newsradio, “and I think our civic leadership has the capacity to be able to raise the money to host these two pretty special events in consecutive years in Philadelphia.”
Apparently, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has been taunting the competition to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention — but the competition is staying above the fray.
The official City Government of Philadelphia Twitter feed is really on board with efforts to bring the Democratic National Convention to Philly in 2016. Whoever runs the feeds has been documenting the site selector visit — replete with actual cheerleaders (and not just the rhetorical, civic kind played by Ed Rendell) — all morning.
Yes, cheesesteaks are already involved.
— City of Philadelphia (@PhiladelphiaGov) August 13, 2014
It’s make or break day for Philly.
Today, site selectors for the 2016 Democratic National Convention hit town to take the full measure of Philadelphia and to see how we stack up against other finalists to host the convention. The early betting suggests that Philly has an advantage in this race, but we’ve still got to put our best foot forward.
If the New York papers are right — possibly a big if — Philly’s closest competition for the honor is Brooklyn. Which means that this is now another New York-Philly confrontation that risks exacerbating our city’s occasional Little Brother Complex. But it shouldn’t.
Here are five reasons that Philly is better — or at least as good — as Brooklyn: