The 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia: What Do I Need to Know?

first_img July 20, 2016 By: Carrie Fischer Lepore, Deputy Secretary for the Office of Tourism, Marketing and Film SHARE Email Facebook Twitter The 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia: What Do I Need to Know? Read more blog posts on the Democratic National Convention.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook:   SHARE  TWEET DNC,  The Blog Whoever coined the saying, “The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue your happiness. You have to catch it yourself,” didn’t say there was anything wrong with providing a few friendly suggestions on where it might be found.With the 2016 Democratic National Convention just around the corner (July 25–28), I am thrilled to share some resources to make your visit — or a future visit! — even happier.Getting to PhiladelphiaDriving to the City of Brotherly Love? We have a road trip for you!Regardless of where your journey begins, we want you to follow wherever joy leads you. Check out our website for unique and unexpected things to see and do during your time in Pennsylvania.Is Amtrak more your speed?Visit PA Trips by Train for special packages and deals.Events and Activities During the DNC and Throughout the SummerPhilly FeastKicking off the DNC, this food truck festival includes local food, live music, and a slate of Philly-centric retail vendors will bring together convention attendees, volunteers, and Philadelphia residents for the tastiest party in town.PoliticalfestPoliticalFest is a multi-location exhibition celebrating American history, government, and the road to the White House.Donkeys Around TownDonkeys Around Town is a citywide public installation of 57 fiberglass donkeys representing the 50 states, five United States territories, Washington D.C., and Democrats Abroad.#DNCDealsLooking for unique and exclusive deals or specials that Philadelphia-area businesses are offering during the DNC? Just search for the hashtag #DNCDeals on social media.DiningPhiladelphia was recently ranked among the top food cities in the country by Travel + Leisure. Explore the city’s diverse and flavorful restaurants and dining option.Things to DoPhiladelphia was recently named the first World Heritage City in the United States. With so much to see and do, use the resources below to help you explore this one-of-a-kind city:50 Must-See AttractionsShoppingMuseumsTop PicksSafety and HealthBefore you travel into the city, check out the road closures and any city service updates that might be happening before the event and/or the day of the DNC.Also, stay up-to-date on changing traffic conditions and information about street closures and restrictions by checking out The site is linked both to PennDOT’s 511PA site and the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s travelers’ information site.Pennsylvania’s Presidential HistoryAll roads lead to history! From our iconic buildings and battlefields to museums and memorials, Pennsylvania is the perfect place to delve into our nation’s past and learn more about our presidential ties.Be sure to share your selfies with us via #PAHappySnaps for a chance to be featured on our website.In Pennsylvania, happiness is our keystone. Whether you find it in the rugged beauty of our wilderness, the artistic spaces of our cultural centers, the hallowed grounds of our historical sites, or the welcoming small towns tucked away in our rural countryside, we invite you to Pursue your Happiness!To stay-up-to-date with the DNC coverage and learn more about the great places to travel in PA, visit our website and follow along on our social media channels at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Urges Seniors to Protect Themselves Against Financial Fraud

first_img Economy,  Press Release,  Seniors Hershey, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined Department of Banking and Securities Secretary Robin L. Wiessmann and Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne to discuss measures the Wolf Administration has taken to help protect senior citizens from financial scams and fraud.“Financial crime can be visited upon older Pennsylvanians by someone they know — caregivers, friends, professionals, or service providers who abuse the trust that has been placed in them – or, in some cases, they can be targeted by strangers with elaborate scams,” Governor Wolf said. “That’s why my administration decided to pull together and collaborate across all our agencies to work to protect older Pennsylvanians from this kind of abuse.”“Elder financial abuse is one of the most significant financial crimes of the 21st century, and it is estimated to cost older Americans $36 billion each year,” said Secretary Wiessmann. “In order to help protect our seniors from financial fraud and abuse, we are developing and providing education programs for front-line professionals who have close contact with older Pennsylvanians. Through these programs, accountants, doctors, lawyers, and investment professionals are learning to identify signs of elder financial abuse, as well as how to report it and prevent this crime.”During a panel discussion at the Mohler Senior Center in Hershey, Governor Wolf pointed specifically to “PA $AFE,” an information exchange and clearinghouse created as part of the governor’s Consumer Financial Protection Initiative, which involves over 20 Pennsylvania state government agencies engaged in financial education and consumer protection activities.“As an example of how PA $AFE operates, leaders from 14 agencies with consumer hotlines are trained to work to ensure their staff members know the appropriate places to refer calls that are not typically handled by their agencies,” Governor Wolf explained. “They are also making certain that the financial information they share with consumers is up-to-date and consistent across agencies.”In November 2015, Governor Wolf announced the Consumer Financial Protection Initiative “in order to educate the public about financial protection and best practices in a concise, efficient way.” Among the four goals he laid out for this initiative include:·         Establish a state government interagency financial education exchange for consumers.·         Help professionals who work with senior citizens identify signs of elder financial abuse and prevent this crime.“There are many types of financial fraud scams that target seniors,” said Secretary Osborne. “The Wolf Administration recognizes that financial fraud education is critical. Protection means involvement, and in order to prevent older Pennsylvanians from becoming victims of financial fraud, we must educate those around us on what these scams are, how they work, and where to call for help.”Senior citizens, the caregivers, or family members with questions about financial transactions can call the Department of Banking and Securities at 1-800-PA-BANKS. The department also maintains on online library of resources to help consumers learn to protect themselves at: SHARE Email Facebook Twitter April 21, 2017center_img Governor Wolf Urges Seniors to Protect Themselves Against Financial Fraudlast_img read more