On the heels of Pope Francis announcing his visit to Philadelphia over the course of his U.S. trip this September, the Democratic Party has officially made its decision to host the Democratic National Convention in the City of Brotherly Love.

"I am thrilled to announce that Philadelphia will host the convention where we will nominate the 45th President of the United States," says Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairman, Democratic National Committee. "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. I cannot wait to join Democrats across the country to celebrate our shared values, lay out a Democratic vision for the future and support our nominee." 

Presidental conventions can be expensive events for the selected city, with estimated spending at more than $60 million. However, money put back into the city can be at least triple that investment—the convention is expected to generate between $170 million and $250 million in economic impact for the city. 

"We are honored to be chosen as the host city for the 2016 Democratic National Convention," says Julie Coker Graham, executive vice president, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Our selection validates what meeting plannes across the country know—that Philadelphia is a world-class city ready for the world's top meetings and conventions."

Other cities considered for the event were Columbus, Ohio; Brooklyn, N.Y.; Birmingham, Ala.; and Phoenix. The DNC made its decision after two trips to Philadelphia. The 2012 Democratic National Convention took place in Charlotte, N.C.from Sept. 4–6.

The convention will take place during the week of July 25, 2016. Events will take place at the Wells Fargo Center and the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The Republican National Convention will be the week before in Cleveland. The last DNC took place in Philadelphia in 1948; the RNC was held in the city in 2000. 

"This is a great day for Philadelphia and our region," says Josh Shapiro, vice chair, Board of Directors, Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority. "This victory was the result of a great team effort and many of our region's leaders and stakeholders played an important role in putting together a viable bid and our selection."

Atlantic City

Last year was the highest grossing ever for the United States commercial gaming industry.* Meeting planners who hold gatherings at casinos may just feel like they’ve hit the jackpot, too. Casino-based events provide one-stop convenience—the amenities of convention centers and bountiful hotel rooms, plus activities, dining, and nightlife. 

 

Doreen Guerin grew up an Air Force brat, living in Texas, Louisiana, and later England and France. When she was 13, her parents moved to Queens and, Guerin says, “I’m a New Yorker through and through.” That’s apparent from her accent as well as her dedication to the Javits Center, where, as the senior vice president of sales and marketing, she oversees the booking and event-related operations for more than 170 events each year. 

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If you want to be sure your meeting in the Northeast will strengthen team bonds, consider holding it at Cliff House Maine. Nestled on 70 acres atop Bald Head Cliff on the southern coast of Maine, the luxury property offers 226 guest rooms, including 40 suites, an adjacent 18-hole golf course, and 25,000 square feet of conference and meeting space that can accommodate up to 300 attendees. Venues include the Atlantic Ballroom, with its double-height panoramic windows offering endless views of the Atlantic Ocean.