Being the host city for the Democratic National Convention in 2016 has created opportunities for many local businesses. The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee is committed to diversity and inclusion in the vendors and contractors participating the DNC. Of the $150 million already spent by the committee, most of the money has gone to local businesses owned by women and minorities. Many local, small, minority and woman-owned businesses have been selected to deliver on the wide variety of projects and services needed for the Convention. Businesses like Impact Dimensions, the local Hispanic minority-owned business named to be the merchandise vendor. Or PIDC client, Cashman & Associates who along with other local firms AEC Partners, ACCESS Philadelphia, Stockton & Partners, Inc. and Perfection Events, Inc. are the event planners for the Convention’s three major parties.
One exemplary such company is Philadelphia construction firm, Perryman Building and Construction, led by President and CEO Angelo R. Perryman. Perryman Building and Construction is handling the construction at The Wells Fargo Center in preparation for the DNC. Perryman and other Philadelphia firms subcontracted on the project have been busy with a massive makeover removing seats, converting luxury suites into network studios, running wires and erecting temporary walls.
Perryman’s company “is known not only for quality construction work, but also for being a leader in the community,” Leah D. Daughtry, chief executive of the Democratic National Convention Committee, said in a statement. Angelo Perryman is an advocate for minority businesses, as well as an active community leader. He serves on the board of PIDC and the Special Independent Advisory Commission which reviewed L&I. He has established the Bessie I. Perryman Construction Education Scholarship to empower disadvantaged youth pursuing an engineering degree.
Chances are good that you’ve seen the name Perryman Building and Construction somewhere around Philadelphia recently. The second generation, family-owned, commercial general construction and construction management services firm is having a Philadelphia moment with an abundance of high-profile projects in the city right now. You might have seen their name on the construction fence at LOVE Park where they are managing the reconstruction of the Center City Park. Perryman is also responsible for the construction on the Community Health and Literacy Center, a project in part financed through PIDC New Markets Tax Credits. The 96,000 square foot, LEED-certified project is a first of its kind joint venture structured by PIDC between the City of Philadelphia, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, & the Free Library of Philadelphia, focused on improving the health of an entire community, allowing both children and adults to access services to promote care, wellness, and literacy.