2016 DNC Host Committee Talks Diversity

The Democratic National Convention (DNC) is coming to Philadelphia in July 2016. With an estimated attendance of 35,000-50,000 visitors, this conference is predicted to make a big impact for the city. Philadelphia’s walkability, vibrancy, comprehensive hotel package and ease of accessibility were strong factors in securing the convention. In addition, the mutual importance of diversity and inclusion to the 2016 Democratic National Convention and Philadelphia, solidified our city as an great fit. The 2016 DNC has articulated a powerful commitment to diversity and inclusion from the beginning and the 2016 DNC Host Committee has been carrying out that pledge in more ways than one.

The influx of visitors and companies for the convention will bring numerous vendor opportunities to the city and several of thosehave already been awarded to local minority businesses. Impact Dimensions, LLC is a Hispanic-owned business add something here about what they specialize in , that has secured a merchandising contract. PoliticalFest, theone-of-a-kind celebration of political history, government and the road to the White House, is being produced by LeapStarr, a woman & Hispanic-owned event production company. Finally, the Registration System is a veteran and woman-owned company and is the platform for the 2016 DNC Host Committee Volunteer Portal. The Host Committee will announce their final contract very soon.

In addition to these secured vendor contracts, the DNC host committee has been working with the abundance of minority-owned businesses in the Philadelphia area. These companies include Minuteman Press (African-American-owned), Garces Group (Hispanic-owned), THG Transportation, TUCS Services (Hispanic-owned), Premier Luxury Rentals and Replica Global LLC.

To help identify the minority-owned businesses in the area, the 2016 DNC Host Committee has built a searchable Vendor Directory that is close to 2,000 businesses strong. It has been posted publicly online and is designed as a central clearinghouse for potential vendors and contractors. Currently, close to 50% of the registered businesses are Philadelphia-based, over 60% of registered businesses are Pennsylvania-based and approximately 30% of registered businesses are diverse. According the host committee, there will be an opportunity for the city to take ownership of the vendor directory in order for it to live on beyond the Convention.

The 2016 DNC Host Committee will continue its commitment to diversity and inclusion as the convention approaches.

“Since day one, the Host Committee has been committed to making this Convention the most diverse and inclusive yet. We are thrilled to work with so many diverse, local businesses, and look forward to continuing these efforts to help the local business community benefit from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this summer,” Said Tiffany Newmuis, Director of Diversity & Community Engagement for the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee.

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