Philly Hosting Democratic Convention Site Visit

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Democratic National Committee representatives considering where to host the 2016 convention are scheduled to see several Philadelphia landmarks during a two-day site visit that kicks off with a greeting at a Center City hotel.

Representatives from the DNC’s site committee are coming to Philadelphia as part of a tour to assess the city’s ability to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Philadelphia is one of five cities bidding to host the convention along with Birmingham, Alabama; Columbus, Ohio; Brooklyn, New York, and Phoenix.

Nearly 400 people will be on hand at the Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel in Center City to welcome the 18 DNC officials, who are scheduled to travel to Philadelphia by bus from New York on Wednesday morning, said Kevin Washo, a lead strategist for the nonprofit pushing to hold the convention in Philadelphia.

After some downtime at the hotel, the committee members are scheduled to head to Pat’s Steaks for cheesesteaks late Wednesday morning. Lunch will be followed by a trip to Wells Fargo Center, the south Philadelphia arena the convention would be held at if Philadelphia were to host it. The city’s convention center also would be used for caucus meetings and other convention-related events.

The trip will wrap up on Thursday after visits to the Comcast Center and a rally at the National Constitution Center. It is expected to cost more than $200,000 between in-kind contributions and expenses from the nonprofit, Washo said.

Mayor Michael Nutter, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and Democratic U.S. Rep. Bob Brady held a rally at a beer garden near Independence Hall last week to drum up support for the city’s bid to host the convention.

DNC representatives were wrapping up a two-day tour of New York on Tuesday.

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