PHILADELPHIA -

Philadelphia this week will make its pitch for the 2016 Democratic National Convention as a site selection committee visits the city.

The original U.S. capital and now the nation's fifth largest city, Philadelphia touts its historical significance. It has hosted the presidential nominating convention seven times since 1856, most recently the Republican one in 2000.

Search committee members were in Brooklyn, New York, on Tuesday. Also vying for the 2016 convention are Birmingham, Alabama; Columbus, Ohio; and Phoenix, each hoping to host its first presidential convention.

DNC members will be in Philadelphia for two days starting Wednesday to review potential venues, hotels and transportation options for the estimated 50,000 delegates, party activists and media expected for the convention.

The Obama White House also will weigh in on the final selection, with a decision not expected until later this year or early in 2015.

Philadelphia boosters are emphasizing their convention experience and space with the Wells Fargo Center and the recently expanded Philadelphia Convention Center.

Officials said they will be able to handle the $55 million to $60 million price tag and provide ample security.

The Republican National Committee announced in July that its site selection committee has picked Cleveland to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.