October 15, 2015

2016 Democratic National Convention Committee Launches Philadelphia Operation 

Mayor Nutter Welcomes the Team to Philadelphia, Joins Convention CEO Rev. Leah D. Daughtry at Local Business to Discuss Convention Opportunities

DNCC Announces Small Business Information Series to Inform Regional Businesses about How to Get Involved

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Democratic National Convention Committee has officially opened its office in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. Today Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter welcomed 2016 Convention CEO, Rev. Leah D. Daughtry and her staff. The press event was held at Minuteman Press (1717 S. Broad St.), a union print shop owned by local businessman Jude Arijaje.

Minuteman Press is already printing business cards and banners for the DNCC.  The business is representative of the entrepreneurial spirit of Philadelphia, and the partnerships that the DNCC hopes to forge locally and within the region.  Philadelphia, the birthplace of American Democracy, is the perfect setting to highlight the values and diversity of the Democratic Party.

“The passionate, hard-working, can-do attitude of Philadelphians makes this city the ideal place to hold the 2016 Democratic Convention,” said Daughtry. “My team and I are excited to engage with local and regional partners to make this the most diverse, forward-looking, cutting-edge convention in history.”

“I want to extend a warm welcome to 2016 Democratic Convention CEO Rev. Leah D. Daughtry and her team” said Nutter. “We are ecstatic to have you here in Philadelphia. Our city is well positioned to hold this convention. With the DNCC’s focus on local and diverse businesses – Philadelphians are uniquely positioned to help make this an unforgettable Convention, giving the Democratic Nominee the momentum to keep the White House.”

Daughtry and the DNCC staff will be fully engaging with partners in Philadelphia and across the commonwealth. On October 27th, there will be the first of a series of webinars entitled, Get Involved: How to Bid an RFP for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. There will also be series of in-person outreach forums to educate regional businesses owners about Convention opportunities, with the first being held in Philadelphia in November 16th. 

This level of engagement is integral to the mission of the Convention. The DNCC has set an unprecedented goal to award 35 percent of its contracts to minority owned businesses. Prospective vendors can click here or visit http://www.phldnc.com/philadelphia-2016-vendor-form to sign up for the vendor directory. Daughtry and her team will be working closely with the city, the state, Philadelphia DNC Host Committee and others to reach this goal and ensure a successful Convention.