PHILADELPHIA: In the wake of the recent GOP convention in Philadelphia, the city is attempting to parlay its successful stint as host into more tangible economic and image benefits.
PHILADELPHIA: In the wake of the recent GOP convention in
Philadelphia, the city is attempting to parlay its successful stint as
host into more tangible economic and image benefits.
’For a lot of people, it’s the end, but for those of us in the business,
this is a jumping-off point,’ said Sue Schwenderman, director of
communications at the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau. The
day after the convention, the bureau’s sales staff began talking up the
convention’s success by calling meeting planners - particularly those on
the verge of deciding whether to hold their events in Philadelphia.
Along with the myriad convention details, perhaps the city’s greatest
victory was handling the expected hordes of protesters. On the
convention’s second day, groups as small as 30 and as large as 300
paralyzed key intersections, spray-painted police cars and set fire to
banners welcoming convention attendees. But in sharp contrast to the
Philly police department’s high-profile beating of a carjacking suspect
on July 12, police officers neutralized the guerilla offensive in a
matter of hours.
Police commissioner John Timoney, who was on bike patrol during the
confrontation, stumbled upon protestors who were attempting to overturn
a car and sustained minor injuries. On the news that evening, the car’s
owner commended the commissioner.