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The recently renovated Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC) offers over one million square feet of usable space and the largest ballroom on the East Coast. Located in the heart of downtown Philadelphia, the PCC is within walking distance to more than 10,000 hotel rooms, hundreds of restaurants, shops and cultural institutions.

Discover more about Philadelphia here and be sure to take our photo slideshow tour below (click on the images for more detail).

As the birthplace of our nation, Philadelphia represents the American values of freedom and independence. Crafted as a model for modern day democracy, America’s founders drafted the U.S. Constitution and signed the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. Celebrate the freedom and diversity that has come to define America at the National Liberty Museum. Hold your meeting in the birthplace of the American dream and wander the cobblestone streets of the historical district, Old City, to learn about our nation’s past as Philadelphia takes you back in time to explore the birthplace of a nation.

With the second-largest university population in the nation, greater Philadelphia ranks as one of the leading centers for higher education with 101 degree-granting institutions offering over 80,000 degrees and enrolling over 430,000 full and part-time students. With a strong entrepreneurial spirit, Philadelphia is teeming with collaboration between tech, design, science and the arts. The Philadelphia region leads the United States in Life Sciences research and development resulting in numerous bioengineering startups. Multinational pharmaceutical firms like GlaxoSmithKline, Wyeth and Johnson and Johnson all have major operations in the region and can trace their regional roots back to the 19th century.

Rated as America’s #1 City for Culture by Travel + Leisure, Philadelphia has become the “now” place where artists collaborate to innovate everything from food to fashion. Philadelphia is home to famous Iron Chefs Morimoto and Jose Garces, as well as Top Chefs Kevin Sbraga and Jennifer Carroll. Cultural festivals like the Odunde Festival highlight the city’s diverse heritage. Philadelphia’s mural arts draw artists internationally to engage the largest community art initiative in the world. The Barnes Foundation along with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Rodin Museum place Philadelphia as one of the premier art destinations in the world.

Nightlife throughout the city is alive and vibrant into the late hours. Intimate, well-lit streets provide the adventure of discovery in a city that is easy to navigate. While famous for the cheesesteak, Philadelphia is known for an endless variety of creative food destinations with unique bars, cafes and food trucks in every neighborhood. High design to vintage shopping expresses the creative culture of Philadelphia. The theatre district at Avenue of the Arts glows with hotels, restaurants, and performance venues. Small theatre and music venues are tucked throughout the city

Philadelphia, a Greek word, literally means City of Brotherly Love. Fourteen friendly neighborhoods merge through the city offering unique parks, gardens, quaint restaurants and coffee shops. Philadelphia has the largest navigable pedestrian sign system in North America. Ranked by U.S. News in the top 15 Best Affordable U.S. Destinations, the BYOB (bring your own bottle) dining experience is a Philadelphia treasure that allows patrons to bring their own bottle of wine, making high-end dining an economical pleasure. No matter your age, Philadelphia offers a comfortable and manageable experience with family friendly attractions around every corner.

Passionate about preservation and a clean environment, Philadelphia leads the United States in a Green City culture. Fairmount Park, the largest city-owned urban park system in the world, is a 10,000 acre park system made up of 63 individual parks that host 200 historic buildings. Endless adventure trails, riverfronts, bicycling and neighborhoods are woven through the city unlike anywhere in the U.S. With nine professional sports teams, four state-of-the-art arenas, numerous annual events including the Philadelphia Marathon and regattas, Philadelphia has been ranked #1 Most Sports-Crazed city in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure.

Stay close to all the action with hotels situated within a short drive or even walking distance to Center City. Philadelphia hotels provide accommodations from quiet and luxurious to hip and happening. There are a host of recently opened properties, renovation projects and newly announced properties which means that Philadelphia will be capable of offering more hotel room inventory for large groups and more choices for planners. Philadelphia has always been a city with a wide variety of properties suitable for every taste and price point.

With plenty of comfortable lounges, sprawling balconies and beautiful terrace views of Center City, the Pennsylvania Convention Center is more dynamic and flexible than ever. Boasting more than one million square feet of saleable space and the largest ballroom on the East Coast, hosting at the PCC, with its hotel-like amenities, award winning services and stellar customer service will ensure that it is a complete success. The convention center takes pride in its environmental commitments earning LEED gold certification in 2011 thanks to initiatives around air quality, waste minimization, energy efficiency and water conservation.

Exhibiting at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC) has become even easier with new management by SMG—the country’s best and most experienced meeting facilities managers. The PCC team will partner with you and your suppliers to ensure prompt, attentive service from beginning to end. Our overall improved efficiency offers a more streamlined load-in and set up. New and flexible work rules allow you to set up and take down your 600 square foot booth using your own ladder and power tools. The PCC also provides numerous accessibility options including wheelchair rentals, interpreters, large print materials and assisted listening systems. Learn more.


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