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MBJ Podcast #17: From new HQ, Bader Philanthropies builds more connections; Ed Rendell digs into DNC

July 26, 2019
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Ed Rendell was involved in two national political party conventions through his work in Philadelphia, and told officials to be ready for the good, and prepare against the negative, as millions of eyes turn to Milwaukee for the July 2020 Democratic National Convention.

Rendell was chairman of the host committee for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, and in 2000 was mayor of Philadelphia when it hosted the Republican National Convention. He dug into the implications of these massive conventions with Business Journal editor Mark Kass for this week’s podcast. Listen to more of his comments in the podcast player below.

Philadelphia logged 26 million media impressions in 2016 when it hosted the DNC, said Rendell, who spoke at a recent Milwaukee Business Journal event.

“To pay for it would have cost us almost a half a million dollars, so it was a great opportunity,” Rendell said.

Also this week, we visited Bader Philanthropies’ North Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive headquarters one year after it opened. President Dan Bader and Katie Sanders, executive director of nonprofit organization Safe and Sound, spoke about their efforts to build stronger ties between the surrounding Harambee neighborhood of Milwaukee and the city’s business and philanthropic community.

“We’ve doubled the number of people who come to the foundation,” Bader said. “Since we’ve moved to this new location, we’ve had 5,000 people.”