There’s no denying that Philadelphia businesses will benefit from this influx of visitors. They will need to eat, somewhere to sleep, and will hopefully leave town with a few purchased Philly-wares! So what does this mean for you?
Beside the thriving of your business it also means risks. Fortunately, all the measures are taken by the city officials, and we are happy to hear that the only thing that they can’t control will be the weather.
The DNC is expected to bring about 50,000 people to Philadelphia the last week of July. While the convention itself will take place at the Wells Fargo sports arena in South Philadelphia, many related events will be held at bars and restaurants across the city, as well as the Pennsylvania Convention Center downtown.
Convention CEO, the Rev. Leah Daughtry, could not give specific security information, but said her team has been meeting regularly with federal, state and local law enforcement to make sure the large crowds will be safe.
And the administration isn’t content just to promise a hassle-free convention, they are also promoting a dynamic slate of events. Visitors and residents alike can check out Philly Feast, a food-truck festival happening July 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3rd and Arch Streets in Old City. On July 27, a huge Center City Sips happy hour will take place at Dilworth Plaza, Comcast Plaza and Centre Square. The family-friendly PoliticalFest, a hit at the 2000 GOP convention in Philadelphia, will return July 22 and 27 at seven participating locations.
To help boost the local economy, the DNC has created #DNCDeals, a Twitter hashtag campaign for businesses to publicize deals, events and special menus during the convention.
And the city will look spiffy. A public art installation of 57 fiberglass donkeys, each painted by a local artist to represent a different delegation, adorn the streets. Center City District, a private-sector improvement organization, promises extra street cleanings and signage. The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program has installed a mile-long mural along South Broad Street. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is doing extra planting around Center City.
“We want to encourage folks to stay in town and enjoy the event,” enthuses Hitt. “There will be a lot of energy. It’s a historical moment for the city and the country.”
If you are one of the 93,000 small business owners in the city then consider running specials, advertising in hotels if possible or on social media. Take advantage of hashtag #DNCDeals on Twitter which was created to help Philadelphia-area businesses to share information on Twitter and Instagram about unique and exclusive deals or specials they may offer during Convention Week.
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