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Philadelphia leaders strategize for 2016 Democratic National Convention pitch

PHILADELPHIA - A group of political, labor, business and community leaders in Philadelphia are putting together their pitch for the city to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

More than 60 of the city's most influential and powerful people gathered Friday at the historic Union League to work on the bid.

Former Gov. Ed Rendell is chairing a nonprofit group that aims to raise about $50 million, mostly from corporations, to stage the convention at the Wells Fargo Center in 2016.

The former Philadelphia mayor and onetime chairman of the Democratic National Committee said that when Republicans came to Philadelphia for their convention in 2000, it was an unqualified success.

Supporters said the convention could pump $300 million into the region's economy.

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