Mayor Nutter and team work with partners to secure grant funding for the 2016 DNC   

Philadelphia, December 16, 2015  Mayor Michael A. Nutter released the following statement thanking his team for their efforts to help obtain funding for security during the Democratic National Convention (DNC).  The funding, $100 million in a security grant to be shared by Philadelphia and Cleveland, has been included in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which will be voted on today.

Mayor Nutter’s statement is as follows:

“The City of Philadelphia is thrilled to make history again as the host city for the 2016 Democratic National Convention.  Planning is well underway and delegates, party leadership and convention attendees can look forward to a professionally and efficiently run, exciting and safe experience in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.  I want to recognize the tremendous leadership of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz throughout the bid, selection and planning process.

The $100 million that will be shared by Philadelphia and Cleveland as host cities to the DNC and RNC, respectively, will go a long way to ensuring that we have what we need to put on great and safe conventions.  I want to offer my praise for members of the House and Senate leadership, the Appropriations Committee leadership and all of the staff that were integral to providing these security grant funds.

I want to thank the Pennsylvania delegation – Congressmen Bob Brady, Chaka Fattah and Brenden Boyle and Senators Robert Casey and Pat Toomey – for its support and dedicated hard work in helping to navigate this process.  Their leadership has been critically important.

From my own team, I want to thank Everett Gillion, Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor for Public Safety; Desiree Peterkin Bell, Director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships and City Representative; and Lauren Walker, Third Deputy Chief of Staff.  I always say that one of the most important attributes a mayor can have is the ability to choose the right team and let them do the work.  Knowing the abilities and skills of these three and their commitment to showcasing Philadelphia on the national stage, I believe the 2016 DNC will be a tremendous success for our great city.

I also want to acknowledge Governor Ed Rendell and Kevin Washo for their great leadership at PHLDNC2016.

Lastly, I want to thank Mayor Frank G. Jackson and his team in the City of Cleveland, the Cleveland Host Committee and all of its many partners and staff.  It is through the cooperative efforts of both cities that this vital funding has become a reality.”

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