PCCA Year in Review 2017

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2017 Year in Review

A Catalyst for Growth


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Leadership Message

4 Board of Directors 5 Governor’s and Mayor’s Messages 6 Economic Impact 7 Facility Manager SMG 8 The Making of a Show 9 Capital Investments 10 Celebrating our 25th Anniversary 12 The Center and the Region’s Hotel Industry 14 Workforce Development 15 Diversity & Inclusion 16 Convention Center Art Collection 17 Awards and Social Media 18 Corporate Responsibility 19 Community Involvement 20 Book Your Event at the Center MummersFest 2016 January / February 2017 - Convention Center Hosted Events January 1, 2016

MummersFest 2017

Modern Language Association

Big Philly Beerfest

Philadelphia Home Show

The Center hosted more than 5,000 attendees to watch the Fancy Brigades finale and to participate in other Mummers’ themed activities.

MLA’s 2017 Annual Convention, the largest humanities scholarly meeting, attracted 7,200 attendees to discuss research and teaching experiences. The event filled 15,000 hotel room nights and delivered a $17.5 million economic impact.

More than 1,500 beer enthusiasts had the chance to sample from more than 350 craft beer varieties created by 125 breweries from across the United States.

The Philly Home Show attracted 27,000 visitors to learn about the latest trends and services for improving their homes.

January 1, 2017

January 4-8, 2017

January 13-14, 2017

January 14, 2017


Leadership Message Each year, the Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC) has been a catalyst for growth as the leading economic driver for Southeastern Pennsylvania’s hospitality industry. In 2017, the Center hosted more than 200 meetings, conventions, and other signature events that combined to generate an economic impact of more than $643 million and supported 73,000 hospitality industry jobs. Shows that selected PCC as their venue recorded banner years. The Philadelphia Auto Show had its largest showing in more than a decade with 253,191 attendees and the 10-day event set a record attendance with 39,630 guests on their opening Sunday. This anchor gate show produced a regional economic impact of approximately $50 million. In addition to regional gate shows, the Center hosted nine citywide shows that individually generated more than $11 million in economic impact. Among our top conventions was LIGHTFAIR International 2017, the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference. LIGHTFAIR 2017 set new records at the Center with the largest trade show floor footprint encompassing 277,600 net square feet. Its attendee registration topped 27,939 guests, posting a 7.4 percent increase over the show’s previous visit to Philadelphia in 2013. The event was truly an international event with registered attendees representing 81 countries.

Gregory J. Fox

Our Center is located in the heart of a city that keeps on winning. The Center joined Philadelphia in helping to host an historic NFL Draft that brought direct spending of attendees to more than $56.1 million, resulting in an estimated $94.9 million economic impact for Philadelphia and attracting a record 250,000 visitors from 42 states and around the globe. Heather A. Steinmiller

Our Board of Directors, hospitality partners across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and staff members brought an energized commitment to drawing meetings and conventions to the Center. We are committed to maintaining a high standard of excellence and we strive each and every event to exceed the expectations of our customers. We look forward to celebrating our Silver Anniversary with our stakeholders, partners, and the entire Southeastern Pennsylvania community in 2018!

Gregory J. Fox Chairman

Heather A. Steinmiller Vice Chair

John J. McNichol President & CEO

John J. McNichol

Philadelphia Auto Show

Tattoo Arts Convention

American Craft Retailers Expo

The 116th Auto Show attracted more than 250,000 attendees to view some of the latest models and concept cars in the automotive industry, delivering a regional economic impact of more than $43 million.

The 19th annual event hosted by Villain Arts featured talented artists and vendors from around the world, artistry, tattoo judging contests and entertainment.

ACRE’s 3rd annual show featured the largest handmade American and Canadian wholesale show in the country. The event highlighted hundreds of juried artists with a curated selection of emerging artists sprinkled throughout.

January 28 - February 5, 2017

February 10-12, 2017

February 18-20, 2017


Board of Directors GREGORY J. FOX, ESQ.


Chairman Senior Counsel, Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, LLP

Vice Chair Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Connor Strong & Buckelew


RYAN N. BOYER Business Manager, Laborers’ District Council of Philadelphia

President, VFIM Corporation


JEFFREY N. BROWN President & CEO, Brown’s Super Stores, Inc.

GEORGE T. KENNEY, JR. Senior Advisor, Office of Government Affairs, Temple University

FRANK P. BUZYDLOWSKI, ESQ. Director, State Government Relations, Verizon

ROBERT G. LOUGHERY Chairman, Bucks County Board of Commissioners

J. ANDREW CROMPTON, ESQ. Chief of Staff & Counsel, Senate Pro-Tempore Joe Scarnati


Founder, Sobol & Sobol, P.C.


DAVID A. NASATIR, ESQ. Partner, Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel, LLP

Philadelphia City Council

HONORABLE MARIAN B. TASCO Philadelphia City Council (Retired)

ROBERT J. WILLERT Executive Director, Delaware County Regional Water Authority

CHELSEA GUZOWSKI Ex Officio, Designee of the Governor of Pennsylvania

Shareholder, Stark & Stark

MummersFest 2016 February / March / April 2017 - Convention Center Hosted Events January 1, 2016

Pink Invitational


PHS Philadelphia Flower Show

Over 3,000 gymnasts and 10,000 attendees gathered to honor and celebrate the lives of those affected by cancer. The event raised over $1.7 million for breast cancer support organizations.

PACK EXPO East focused on the latest developments in the packaging industry, attracting 5,000 attendees, filling 8,500 hotel room nights, and delivering a $9 million economic impact.

The 2017 Flower Show celebrated “Holland: Flowering the World,” attracting 245,000 attendees and bringing an economic impact of nearly $42 million.

February 10-12, 2017

February 23-26, 2017

March 8-20, 2017


Governor’s Message

It is my pleasure to congratulate the Pennsylvania Convention Center in celebrating its Silver Anniversary of 25 years of excellence as the hub of the hospitality and tourism community in Southeastern Pennsylvania. The facility’s unique location in the center of Philadelphia provides attendees with access to the city’s many cultural offerings and world-class dining and entertainment scene. The Center is a major asset to the Commonwealth as the 14th largest convention facility in the nation and featuring the largest exhibit space and ballroom in the Northeast. As a premier facility with a consistent practice of raising the bar in customer service excellence and show delivery, the Center has won numerous awards and recognitions. As Governor, and on behalf of all the citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, I extend my gratitude to the Pennsylvania Convention Center’s team for its excellent work in promoting our Commonwealth’s important economic asset. Congratulations and please accept my best wishes for continued success. Tom Wolf, Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Mayor’s Message The Pennsylvania Convention Center’s opening in 1993 came shortly after I was elected to my first-term on Philadelphia City Council in 1991. The decision to locate the Center in the heart of Philadelphia was one of the building blocks of Center City’s revitalization. Two and a half decades later, I am pleased to thank the Center’s team for their tremendous work. Approximately 78,000 good, hard-working people are employed in our hospitality industry, thanks in no small part to the success of the Center in attracting and maintaining international conventions and shows with over one million attendees every year. In its relatively short-life, the Center has already hosted thousands of conventions and infused billions of dollars in economic development into our economy, including $643 million in 2017. Congratulations to the Center and its team on your 25th Anniversary and cheers to another 25 years of success. Jim Kenney, Mayor, City of Philadelphia

American Occupational Therapy Association

Natl. Assoc. of Professional Women

Under Armour East Coast Volleyball

The largest gathering of occupational therapy professionals attracted 5,000 attendees, offered 1,200 sessions, filled 14,000 hotel rooms and delivered a $12 million economic impact to the region.

The National Association of Professional Women Conference provided 200+ women with tools and resources designed to help them achieve professional success, social wellness, and financial security.

The Northeast Qualifier, the premier junior girls’ volleyball tournament on the east coast, saw teams compete for a bid to the USA Volleyball National Championships. The event delivered an economic impact of more than $10.5 million.

March 30 - April 2, 2017

April 4, 2017

April 4-7, 2017


2017 Economic Impact In 2017, the Convention Center hosted


Setting up the show floor and meeting space for these events required


conventions, meetings, trade shows, and other events

Delivering an economic impact of

$643 million

work hours

Supporting hospitality jobs in Philadelphia totaling


in our local economy

in our local economy


individuals at the facility

The Convention Center contracted with


companies for ongoing operations of our facility

Those attendees filled

Direct spending by attendees of

$334 million

The Convention Center, SMG, and our food vendor, Aramark, directly employ


Hotel Room Nights

Those events attracted

1.1 million attendees

MummersFest 2016 April / May 2017 - Convention Center Hosted Events January 1, 2016

Philly Farm and Food Fest Black History Showcase April 8, 2017

April 15-16, 2017

Over 3,000 attendees gathered for demonstrations on cooking, homesteading and gardening workshops.

Various exhibitors and performances shared the richness of Black history and culture, including a new 20 panel exhibit on the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture.

Risk & Insurance Management Society

Mass Mutual Academy

With over 160 sessions and 400 providers showcasing their products, the RIMS conference attracted 10,000 risk management professionals, filled 32,000 hotel room nights, and brought a $45.4 million economic impact.

Over 1,000 Mass Mutual agents gathered for specialized training courses at the Center, filling 3,400 hotel room nights and delivering a $3.8 million economic impact.

April 19-23, 2017

May 1 - 3,, 2017



SMG, the nation’s leading operator of public facilities, has managed the Pennsylvania Convention Center since 2013. SMG offers customer-focused service, advanced planning and fiscal practices that keep the Convention Center operating at a higher level of efficiency that has saved customers an average of 20 to 25 percent when compared with previous years. Highlights under SMG Management:  Return of top customers such as LIGHTFAIR International, Northeast Qualifier for girl’s volleyball, and Black MBAs  SMG produced energy savings by locking into a strategic, fixed-rate pricing agreement with renewable energy  “SMG Green Team” is focused on sustainable meetings, helping Philadelphia become a Top 10 City for Green Meetings  Customer service training is provided for trade union partners  SMG installed an updated wireless system for Internet users  Guest services and business analysis directors add enhanced customer service  Electrical Services are streamlined and managed in-house  Managers supervise the show floor to assist customers  SMG’s Contractor Services Team is anchored by industry-trained veterans  In-house rigging services are available  SMG offers efficient lighting design for exhibitors and show managers  Housekeeping and room setups are self-managed  Added comfort stations for nursing mothers  Service animal relief areas are offered throughout the Center  SMG receives feedback through an online customer experience survey

Broad Street Run May 4, 2017

America’s largest 10mile race saw 40,000 runners gather to pick up bibs and attend a health and fitness expo at the Center. The annual race had a $6.8 million impact on the region’s economy.

LIGHTFAIR® International


Aesthetics and Spa Expo

The world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference, LFI attracted 23,000 attendees, filled over 25,000 hotel room nights and delivered a $44.3 million economic impact.

An event bringing together buyers and sellers of fine and specialty chemicals, UBM had 5,000 attendees, filled 8,000 hotel room nights and brought the region an economic impact of $20 million.

The International Congress of Esthetics & Spa event attracted 3,000 attendees and brought a $2 million economic impact.

May 9-11, 2017

May 16-18, 2017

May 21-22, 2017


The Making of a Show Much goes on behind the scenes to make each and every event hosted by the Center a success. The PCC and our facility manager SMG, work closely with event planners for months and, in some cases, years to ensure the needs to each specific meeting or convention are met. These statistics for LIGHTFAIR® International in 2017 help illustrate what goes on prior to an event, as well as the economic impact for the region.










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MummersFest 2016 June / July 2017 - Convention Center Hosted Events January 1, 2016

Wizard World Comic Con

Bayada Home Health Care

American Water Works Association

10,000 fans converged at Wizard World to celebrate pop culture, movies, TV shows, comic, and more. A wide range of celebrities and fans attend this popular public event.

Bayada is the leader in home health care services with a network of 18,000 professionals serving individuals in 22 states. The event delivered an economic impact of $7.4 million and was responsible for filling 4.300 hotel room nights.

12,000 water professionals gathered to exhibit and discuss solutions for the most pressing water utility challenges. Featuring premier speakers and more than 500 exhibitors from all aspects of the industry, the event was responsible for filling 22,400 hotel room nights and brought a regional economic impact of $17.8 million.

June 1-4, 2017

June 2-4, 2017

June 8-15, 2017

Capital Projects ELECTRICAL: Electrical Arc Flash Study: $135,000 PCCA Digital Display Broad Street Atrium: $800,000

HVAC RENOVATIONS: Installations for air handlers and control upgrades: $1,000,000 Condenser water pump renovations: $350,000 Building Automation Renovation: $1,250,000

ESCALATOR & ELEVATOR RENOVATIONS: Escalator Modernization (Escalator 1 & 2): $950,000

SECURITY & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Upgrades to Surveillance Cameras and Security Access Enhancements: $4,350,000


STRUCTURE: Update Roofing Replacement Project Metal Seam Roof: $1,900,000 Restroom Renovations Design: $1,000,000 PCCA Expansion Kitchen & Overlook Renovations: $7,395,000 Exhibit Hall Overhead Door Replacements: $405,000 Broad Street Static Signage: $100,000 Grand Hall Terrazzo Floor Renovations Phase 1: $380,000 Entrance Door Renovations (Exhibit Hall Building): $1,430,000 Exhibit Hall Building Facade Renovations: $1,600,000 Exhibit Hall Column Door Renovations: $450,000 Loading Dock Renovations Phase: $1,290,000

American Association of Nurse Practitioners

National Principals Conference

AVID Summer Institute

The national conference of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the largest professional membership organization representing nurse practitioners, attracted 7,250 attendees, filled 22,000 hotel room nights, and delivered a $25 million economic impact.

The National Principals Conference attracted 3,000 school leaders for workshops and presentations delivering a regional economic impact of over $5 million.

AVID’s Summer Institute helps train educators to prepare students for success in high school and college, especially students who are under-represented in higher education. The event filled 4,700 hotel nights and brought a $2.7 million economic impact.

June 18-25, 2017

July 7-8, 2017

July 18-21, 2017


Celebrating our 25th Anniversary: 1993-2018


Regional and state leaders begin planning for a new convention center; City selects proposal by the Reading Company for a new convention center to be built north of the Reading Terminal with the train shed serving as the grand entranceway


The Commonwealth approves $141 million in funding for the Convention Center


The Pennsylvania General Assembly creates the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority to develop, construct, and operate a new convention center in the City of Philadelphia


Marriott commits to building a 1,200-room hotel adjacent to the Convention Center


City Council approves $523 million to fund the Center


Governor Bob Casey, Mayor Wilson Goode, and Authority Chairman Willard Rouse officiate the groundbreaking ceremony; Authority receives $93 million grant from Commonwealth for design and construction costs; Reading Terminal Market acquired by the Center and agreement reached to renovate the Market and fund operations

1991 1992


The Pennsylvania Convention Center officially opens in conjunction with city’s inaugural Welcome America event presided over by then Vice President Al Gore; Center’s First Citywide convention was the Mennonite Board of Congregational Ministers


The historic Reading Terminal Train Shed re-opens, restored and redesigned, as part of the Pennsylvania Convention Center; Restoration of the Reading Terminal Market is completed; Center hosts its first public admission “gate” shows, which include the Philadelphia Auto Show, Philadelphia Flower Show, and Philadelphia Home Show


1,200-room Marriott Hotel on Market Street incorporated into the Center’s design: restaurants, shops, and fitness center added for additional functionality for the Center’s customers and guests


MLB All Star Game FanFest hosted at the Center


$7 million overhaul of the Reading Terminal Headhouse is completed, giving the Center a grand entrance from Market Street; Marriott Hotel at the Pennsylvania Convention Center adds 210-room expansion into the Headhouse


The 14,000-square-foot Philadelphia Hard Rock Café opens underneath the Pennsylvania Convention Center’s Grand Hall

Center construction begins; PHLCVB confirms 23 conventions with 160,000 attendees and estimated revenues of $76 million The Authority signs an exclusive food services agreement with Aramark/SFS for catering

11 1999

Authority begins planning phase to expand the Center


Center hosts events related to Republican National Convention, which brings 20,000 guests and 15,000 media to region


The Center debuts first-ever “Ask Me Volunteer” program


NBA All-Star Jam Session hosted at the Center; Authority receives $2.5 million DRPA to continue design of proposed expansion


The Pennsylvania General Assembly increases the Center’s board to 15 members and provides process for expansion financing


$787 million invested in the expansion of the Center


The Commonwealth approves $880 million to fund the Convention Center’s expansion


Gregory J. Fox appointed Chairman of the Authority; Expansion of the Center completed, bringing its footprint to more than 2 million square feet; Expansion earns LEED-Gold Certification;


The Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority privatizes management of the Center and selected SMG of West Conshohocken to manage the facility; Center hosts its first Pittcon Convention


John J. McNichol appointed President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Convention Center; Historic Customer Satisfaction Agreement entered between the Authority and trade partners offering exhibitors and customers expanded rights


World Meeting of Families hosted at the Center and brings the first U.S. appearance of Pope Francis; 106th Annual NAACP National Conference at the Center hosts President Barack Obama as keynote speaker; Center creates first ever Exhibitor Advisory Board; Julie Coker Graham, first African American woman appointed as President and CEO of the PHLCVB


Michael A. Nutter Theatre dedication; Hosted Democratic National Convention events and PoliticalFest; Hosted the African Methodists Episcopal Church’s 50th Quadrennial Convention at the Center


NFL Chalk Talk hosted at the Center in preparation for the NFL Draft on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway; Aloft Hotel opens as second lodging connected to the Center; Expansion Art Collection installation completed


Center celebrates its 25th Anniversary; Expects to host 19 citywide groups to generate more than 350,000 PCC-related room nights booked by the PHLCVB


MummersFest 2016 July / august / September 2017 - Convention Center Hosted Events January 1, 2016

National Medical Association

SISO Leadership Conference


The NMA’s 115th annual convention brought nearly 4,000 attendees together to discuss issues of equality and justice in medicine and health care, delivering a $3.8 million economic impact

The Society of Independent Show Organizers Leadership Conference brought together 250 professionals for networking and presentations on key strategic and tactical needs for future show growth and success.

Over 1,200 professionals attended the National Association of Insurance Commissioners Summer Meeting, filling more than 4,000 rooms and delivering a $3 million economic impact.

July 27 - August 2, 2017

August 1-3, 2017

August 5-9, 2017


The PCC and Center City’s Hotel Industry The Pennsylvania Convention Center and hotels in Center City Philadelphia have a close corollary relationship to one another. Since the Center opened its doors in 1993, the number of hotel rooms in Center City has more than doubled, fueled in part by the demand for hotels from the convention and meeting business. In order to attract larger meetings and conventions - and to allow the Center to host multiple events simultaneously - the Center underwent a major expansion in 2011 that increased the facility’s saleable space by 60 percent with two new exhibit halls, the largest convention center ballroom in the Northeast, and additional meeting rooms, as well as a soaring new Broad Street Atrium. The expansion also fueled an increase in PCC-related demand for hotel rooms, which has jumped by more than 25 percent since 2011. That increase in demand has spurred new investment in hotel construction over the past two years. In 2017 alone, Center City Philadelphia saw four new hotels open, leading to a 4.5 percent increase in the total number of hotel rooms. Despite this increase in supply, Center City hotels still saw a record total occupancy of 78.2 percent last year.

2017 Hotel Openings

A number of new hotels are projected to open over the course of the next two years. In 2018, those hotel openings include the 119-room Fairfield Inn & Suites on South 13th Street; the 222-room Cambria Hotel & Suites on South Broad Street; and the 219-room Four Seasons Hotel in the Comcast Tower. Projected hotel openings in 2019 include the 118-room Mainstay/Ascend Hotel on Arch Street; a combined 295-room W Hotel and 460-room element Hotel at 15th and Chestnut Streets; and the 310-room Hyatt Centric hotel on Chancellor Street. Together, these new openings represent 1,741 new hotel rooms being added to the Center City hotel supply in the next two years, a more than 15 percent increase from 2017.

AKA University City

Rooms 103

30th & Walnut Streets Opened January 2017

Study at University City 212 33rd & Chestnut Streets Opened January 2017

Best Western

This increased supply will in turn benefit the Center. One of the impediments the Center, and its marketing partner PHLCVB, have experienced to booking events has been the lack of hotel room inventory to meet the needs of some of the larger conventions, as well as the hotel capacity required to host two major conventions simultaneously.

12th and Vine Streets Opened February 2017

Aloft Hotel

Broad & Arch Streets Opened August 2017

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Digital Summit Philadelphia

Trans Health Conference

World Molecular Imaging Congress

NeighborWorks Training Institute brought together 1,800 attendees for professional development, delivering a $4.3 million economic impact.

The annual digital marketing conference attracted 1,000 attendees and had a $1.7 million economic impact..

The Mazzoni Center Trans Health Conference educated trans individuals and service providers. 4,000 people attended and the event had an economic impact of $1.6 million.

The WMIC brought together 1,700 experts in the molecular imaging field. This event filled 2,500 hotel rooms and delivered an economic impact of almost $2 million.

August 10-13, 2017

August 23-24, 2017

September 7-9, 2017

September 13-16, 2017

Workforce Development The Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority invests in the development of the region’s hospitality industry workforce with the goal of generating employment opportunities for city residents and high school students. As the region’s leading economic driver in the hospitality industry, the Pennsylvania Convention Center’s Board believes it is important for the building to play a role in helping to develop a workforce that can serve and meet the needs of conventioneers and exhibitors that the Center helps to bring to Philadelphia. Established in 1989 by the Philadelphia City Council and the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority, the Education & Training Fund seeks to address the future demand for a well-trained hospitality workforce, targeting the formerly unemployed and economically disadvantaged youths and adults. The authority’s Education & Training Fund each year makes significant financial investments in three unique programs targeted to different constituencies: The Hotel, Restaurant, Travel & Tourism Program at designated schools in the Philadelphia School District through Philadelphia Academies, Inc.; a parochial campus, Mercy Vocational High School; and for adult training at the Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC).

MummersFest 2016 September / October 2017 - Convention Center Hosted Events January 1, 2016

Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon

NBMBAA/Prospanica Conference

Pennsylvania Conference for Women

As part of the annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, the Center serves as the pickup location for race bibs and hosts a Health and Fitness Expo. The event delivers an $11.3 million economic impact while raising money for cancer research.

The combined National Black MBA Association and Prospanica Conference combined one of the largest professional Black MBA development events in the nation with a major event for the National Society of Hispanic MBAs.

The PA Conference for Women brought over 16,000 attendees to the Center with special guests including former First Lady Michelle Obama, Governor Tom Wolf, and Mayor Jim Kenney.

September 14-16, 2017

September 26-29, 2017

October 3, 2017


Diversity and Inclusion The Pennsylvania Convention Center is committed to ensuring equal opportunity to economic opportunities available at the Center. Through its Diversity, Inclusion, & Anti-Discrimination Policy, the Center seeks to promote contractor, subcontractor, vendor and supplier opportunities for Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, as well as for other underutilized persons. The Center’s policy is intended to provide meaningful and substantial opportunities for all businesses, and to prevent discriminatory business practices. The Center has a long history of commitment to diversity and inclusion. In fact, during the $787 million expansion of the building -- the largest public works project in the history of the Commonwealth -- more than 29 percent of the professional services and construction contract payments went to minority, women, and disadvantaged small business enterprises.



American Osteopathic Association

2017 Workplace Summit

MEDCO Customer Appreciation Show

The premier osteopathic medical event of the year provided 6,000 attendees from around the country with the opportunity to learn and connect. OMED ‘17 filled nearly 7,700 room nights at Center City hotels and delivered a $5.6 million economic impact to the region.

Out & Equal’s 2017 Workplace Summit featured three days of educational opportunities including workshops, panels, and roundtables. The event attracted 5,000 attendees, filled m 9,200 hotel room nights, and had a $5.8 million economic impact.

This MEDCO customer-only event showcased products and services related to auto parts, services, and accessories, filling 2,000 hotel room nights and bringing a $1.3 million economic impact..

October 6-9, 2017

October 9-12, 2017

October 11-13, 2017


Convention Center Art Collection

In 2017, the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority completed installation of 127 works of art representing a wide range of mediums and styles, including paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and other mixed media projects. The works, created by 68 talented Pennsylvania artists, were selected through a Juried Art Competition and represent an additional $1.5 million investment in artwork at the Center that built upon its wellestablished, award-winning public art collection. The new additions to the Center’s collection include works by acclaimed artists that are site-specific commissioned pieces, such as “Amazing Grace” by Moe Brooker and “That Music Always Round Me” by Astrid Bowlby. The Center is currently developing an online component to its website that will include virtual tours of the collection and interviews with artists that enable the Center to share the new additions to its museum-quality art collection with art lovers across the country.

Frank DePietro, Water Lilies Triptych. Image courtesy of the artist.

Moe Brooker, Amazing Grace. Image courtesy of Jack Ramsdale.

MummersFest MummersFest2016 2016 October / November 2017 - Convention Center Hosted Events January January 1, 1, 2016 2016

International Association of Chiefs of Police


AACR Molecular Targets Conference

The IACP Conference & Expo provides law enforcement with educational programs, keynote speakers, and access to new equipment and technology solutions. This event attracted 14,000 attendees, filled nearly 35,000 hotel room nights and had a $21.4 million economic impact.

The Annual EDUCAUSE Conference is the premier event for IT professionals and technology providers. This event helped fill more than 16,000 hotel room nights and delivered an economic impact of $15.8 million.

The American Association for Cancer Research’s international conference gathered 4,000 health professionals for sessions on cancer therapeutics and clinical applications, delivering a $3.6 million economic impact.

October 17-20, 2017

October 27-29, 2017

October 27-31, 2017


AWARDS  The Center earned the 2017 Prime Site Award from Facilities & Destinations Magazine,

an award recognizing the nation’s top convention and exposition centers.

 John J. McNichol, President & CEO of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority,

was recognized by City & State Magazine in their inaugural list of the top 50 leaders in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

 SMG Senior Event Manager Elizabeth Hudock earned a Best in Show award, which

recognizes the top professionals in the meetings and events industry, from Convene Magazine.

 The Pennsylvania Convention Center / SMG team bested 11 hotels and a student

team marked its inaugural year of participating in the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association’s Annual Hotel Olympics, besting 11 hotels and a student team to capture first place in the competition.

 2017 Corporate Partnership Award, presented by Unite for Her – Pink Invitational, a

gymnastics competition that raises awareness about the fight against breast cancer,

The Center’s historic Reading Terminal Train Shed, which serves as the home to the facility’s Grand Hall and Ballrooms A and B, was inducted into the Delaware Valley Engineering Hall of Fame, Class of 2017.

Social Media Twitter: 183,119 impressions. Top Tweet: “@Ginger Zee is about to be live for @GMA @PhilaFlowerShow” earned 18,700 Twitter impressions in March 2017 as Good Morning America broadcast live during the 2017 PHS Flower Show “Holland: Flowering the World.” Facebook: The Center page began 2017 with 9,556 followers and ended the year with 10,768 likes, a 12.7 percent increase.

Philadelphia Bike Expo

Association for Middle Level Education

PMA Contemporary Craft Show

Philly Bike Expo featured demos, workshops, seminars, kids’ activities, a spacious indoor testride area, and exhibits by artisans and manufacturers both nationally and internationally.

AMLE offers professional development opportunities for educators who work with students ages 10 to 15. The event attracted 2,500 attendees, filled 4,000 hotel room nights and delivered a $4.8 million impact on the economy.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show is the premier show and sale of contemporary craft, showcasing a wide range of products and services from leading exhibitors. This event had an economic impact of $1.7 million.

November 4-5, 2017

November 4-8, 2017

November 10-12, 2017


Corporate Responsibility While the events hosted by the Convention Center have a tangible economic impact on the region and create demand for hotel rooms, they also have a real impact on the local community that is often overlooked. In many cases, major conferences, meetings, and trade shows incorporate charitable activities into their events. This year, the Center’s facility manager SMG initiated a program to assist customers in those activities, including making donations of leftover materials to local assistance agencies and public schools. The 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition, "Power of Performance: Leadership at the Next Level," presented by the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) and Prospanica donated about 900 conference bags to students of Mercy Vocational High School, a partner in the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority’s Education & Training Fund. The Association for Middle Level Education packed care packages for students during their conference on Nov. 5. The bags went to Woodrow Wilson Middle School and contained t-shirts, Gatorade, granola bars, fruit snacks, pretzels, goldfish, pens, pencils and erasers Our partners at Philadelphia Academies benefited from the generosity of two of our recent events. American Osteopathic Association donated two boxes of mixed genre books (dictionaries, healthy cookbooks, etc.) and the students received five large boxes of event bags from Philadelphia’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. SMG’s contractor services and guest experience teams coordinated the distribution of three truckloads of toys to the city’s Office of Homeless Services. The toys were donated by members of the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association conference, giving children a chance for Christmas in July.

MummersFest 2016 November / December 2017 - Convention Center Hosted Events January 1, 2016

Philadelphia Marathon

PAX Unplugged

NEOCon East

The Philadelphia Marathon ranks among the nation’s top ten largest marathons with over 30,000 runners, 60,000 spectators and 3,000 volunteers. The 30,000 runners come from all 50 states and over 40 countries.

The Center was proud to host the inaugural year of PAX Unplugged, which attracted 21,000 gamers of all ages, filled 4,500 hotel room nights and had an economic impact of $5.7 million.

Neocon East is the premier design expo and conference for commercial interiors on the East Coast. The event attracted 2,000 attendees, filled 1,800 room nights, and brought a $1.7 million economic impact

November 15-18, 2017

November 15-16, 2017

November 15-16, 2017


Community Involvement The Center, located in the Heart of Center City Philadelphia, also has a team of employees that loves the City back through their volunteer work and support of many philanthropic events throughout the year. Our team embraces the commitment to serving others and making positive contributions to our community. Our team members are involved in a wide range of programs, including: Future Ready: The program introduces middle-school students to a various careers opportunities and one-on-one time with members of our leadership team to help students navigate their personal career goals. American Red Cross: Over 40 members of our team joined in unison in giving blood to save lives. Read to Me: Volunteering some precious reading time at various Philadelphia kindergarten classes. The PCC regularly supports community initiatives by changing the colors of its outdoor lighting along its Broad Street entrance. In 2017, the lights were changed pink to support CBS3’s annual Lights for the Cure campaign. On Nov. 6, we marked Color the World Orange Day focusing on efforts to relieve pain. We also supported Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s Light the World campaign among other efforts.

ASCB - EMBO 2017 Meeting

Army-Navy Gala Dinner

Holiday Party for Homeless Families

The joint meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology and the European Molecular Biology Organization is the premier forum for research in cell and molecular biology. More than 9,000 attendees, filled 12,200 hotel rooms and brought an $8 million economic impact.

The gala dinner at the Center is one of the highlights of Army-Navy Weekend in Philadelphia, aside from the football game between these historic rivals, of course! The weekend attracted 70,000 attendees and brought a $35.6 million economic impact to the city.

Over 24 local organizations united with City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell to offer food, social services, and housing opportunities to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

December 3-5 & 10-12, 2017

December 8, 2017

December 13, 2017

Every day we put out a 1 million square foot welcome mat. As home to more than 100 multi-ethnic neighborhoods, Philadelphia is a city bustling with diverse cultures, varied attractions and a heady mix of eclectic restaurants, music and museums. So it’s no wonder that, for 25 years, the Pennsylvania Convention Center has been making our customers feel right at home. Uniquely woven into the fabric of Philadelphia, our deep-rooted community, business and civic relationships help ensure we’re the ideal destination for your next convention, large meeting or small gathering.

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