Philadelphia's Convention Center to Privatize Management

Union labor costs cited as a reason the building doesn't get as many bookings as it could


The Pennsylvania Convention Center board meets Wednesday and is expected to complete the process of handing the management of the center's operations over to a private company. It will be either SMG or Global Spectrum, two regionally based firms that manage other centers around the country.

But Heather Steinmiller, one of Mayor Michael Nutter's appointees to the center board, will be voting against the contract award.