America’s largest annual gathering of progressives will be heading to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania next year for its fourteenth meeting, City Councilmember Helen Gym announced a few minutes ago during the Netroots Nation 2018 closing keynote.
To celebrate the selection of the City of Brotherly and Sisterly Love as next year’s host city, attendees were shown a video featuring candidates and elected leaders from Pennsylvania and Philadelphia, including Gym (the city’s first Asian American Councilmember), Governor Tom Wolf, Attorney General Josh Shapiro, and Mayor James Kenney — and Netroots Board Chairman Emeritus Adam Bonin.
NN19 will take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, which is located in the city’s downtown core. The Convention Center previously hosted the daytime activities of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in July of 2016 (evening general programs were held at the Wells Fargo Center to the south).
“Located in the heart of downtown Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Convention Center is one of the few […] that is uniquely woven into the city’s landscape, offering visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in and enjoy the full cultural, culinary, and retails experiences of the city,” the center’s website says.
“The Pennsylvania Convention Center opened its doors in 1993 and underwent a substantial expansion that was completed in 2011,” the site goes on to say in its facility description. “Today, the Center consists of more than two million square feet of space, including seven exhibit halls totaling 679,000 square feet of exhibit space-528,000 square feet of which that is contiguous exhibit space.”
The convention will move to mid-July next year after being held in August for two straight years (it is always in June, July, or August).
Thursday, July 11th will be the opening day of the 2019 convention and Saturday, July 13th will be the closing day. The host hotel has not been finalized yet.