The Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority is looking for companies interested in managing and operating the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
“Our goal is to ensure the newly expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center meets its full potential as an economic driver for the City of Philadelphia, the region, and the state,” said Gregory Fox, Chairman of the PCCA Board of Directors. “We look forward to reviewing proposals from the industry’s leading building managers on how they would improve cost and service issues and place the center in a position where we will compete more effectively for major shows, meetings, and conventions.” As chairman of the board, Fox said he was particularly concerned by lagging bookings for 2014 and 2015, as well as future years.
Fox noted that the decision to issue the RFP was preceded by a "thoughtful, bipartisan, and deliberate process" by the center’s board of directors in consultation with an independent firm that assisted with the evaluation of responses to a Request for Qualifications that was issued in August 2012.
Currently, the job is being done in house. In addition to management and operations, the selected provider will handle local sales and marketing of the center, scheduling, negotiating and licensing of events, as well as other responsibilities.
A mandatory proposers' conference and site tour will be held April 4 at the convention center. The deadline for the receipt of proposals is May 3, 2013.
The RFP can be accessed on the Pennsylvania Convention Center Web site.