From September 16th – 18th, 2015, the Equipment Leasing & Finance Association (ELFA) will bring their annual Operations & Technology Conference to Philadelphia. The team at MTS Software Solutions is especially excited to be exhibiting at this year’s conference, since Philadelphia is our backyard. Therefore, we feel honored and obligated to share our excitement and help folks who have registered or are still considering attending get oriented to all there is to do while you’re here in the City of Brotherly Love. Below are 7 reasons you should not only come to Philadelphia for the ELFA Ops & Tech Conference, but maybe even stay a while…but not too long!
7 Reasons to Come to Philly for the 2015 ELFA Operations & Technology Conference
- Take in Some History
- This is the obvious one, yet there is so much to take in that it’s difficult to do in one trip. Maybe you already knew that the US Constitution was signed in Philadelphia, but did you know that Philadelphia was the largest city in the United States until 1830 or that it served as the US capital while Washington DC was under construction?
- There are the standard options like visiting the Independence National Park, which includes the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the Benjamin Franklin Museum and more. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg! There’s the Constitution Center, other Olde City attractions, and even the pay-what-you-like historical walking tours. Regardless of which option you choose, you can’t come to Philadelphia and not feel the history and the roots of our democracy.
- Spruce Street Harbor Park is Open
- Last year, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation launched the Spruce Street Harbor Park, located right next to the Hilton where the conference is held. Spruce Street Harbor Park, presented by Univest/Valley Green Bank, is open May 22 – September 27, seven days a week, and has quickly become one of the city’s top summer destinations. The park is free and open to the public with pay as you go food, drinks and games. It’s a great for people watching, swinging in a hammock, taking in a sunset, or getting involved in some food, drink and merriment.
- Ride Indego: Philly’s Bike Share
- In my opinion, there’s no better way to get around than a bicycle. I recognize that biking in the city may not be for everyone, but the concept of bicycle sharing has definitely made city cyling more accessible. If you don’t count the cars, buses and taxis, Philly is a pretty bike-friendly city. That’s impossible. Yet, even with cars, buses and taxis, Philly is bike-able. If you’d like to really get a feel for the city while maximizing the amount of ground you can cover, using the bike share is your best bet. Learn more about Indego here.
- Philly is a big sports town and our fans take our teams seriously (maybe a little too seriously). The weekend following the conference, the Phillies are playing the Braves. Either team could be a wildcard contender, or it could be a really cheap ticket. Win-win!
- Then, there’s the fact that the Eagles are playing the Cowboys, one of the best rivalries in football! Consider yourself lucky if you get your hands on one of these tickets! Otherwise, you could always just head down Broad Street and take in the pre-game atmosphere or enjoy it in one of a bar while enjoying a local craft brew. See next reason!
- Beer is always a good reason to come to Philadelphia. Philly and, more generally, Southeastern Pennsylvania have been on the leading edge of the local/craft beer movement that has swept the country. In the last decade, a whole host of breweries have popped up, including Yards Brewing Co. right down the road from the Hilton. And, of course, there are plenty of bars focused on serving quality craft beer, especially Belgian beer. In fact, according to this USA Today article from 2011, Philadelphia consumes more Belgian beer than any city outside Brussels, and many Belgian brewers send their beer here before shipping it to other states.
- Beyond that fact, on Saturday, September 19th (the weekend following the ELFA Ops & Tech Conference), there are, not one, but TWO(!) beer festivals being held, including an Ocktoberfest. As our city’s foremost forefather, Ben Franklin, is often misquoted as saying “Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”
- Get In & Out Before The Pope Arrives!
- Speaking of proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy, Pope Francis is coming to Philadelphia! In fact, if you live anywhere within 50 miles of Philadelphia, you’ve probably already heard this in the media. According to event officials, fifty miles is the distance that they expect the traffic impact radius to be. The World Meeting of Families will take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia from Tuesday-Friday, September 22-25, 2015.
- There’s two ways to look at the timing of the ELFA Ops & Tech event relative to the Pope’s visit. If you want to be here when His Holiness arrives, your timing is actually pretty good. If you’d rather avoid the crowds, the traffic, and the exorbitant hotel and food costs, then you’ve planned your visit to Philly pretty well. If you’d still like to see the Pope but would prefer to avoid the craziness that his visit will cause the city, you can still make it happen. In fact, you could probably go visit Pope Francis in Rome with the time, money, and frustration that you’ve just saved yourself by fleeing Philly.
- Learn more about IntellaLease!
- Speaking of saving time, money, and frustration, that’s exactly why the MTS team will be at the ELFA Operations & Technology Conference! We want to save you time, money and frustration by streamlining critical lease document and data processing with IntellaLease. Stop by our table while you’re at the conference, grab some give-aways and see a demo of our technology. You’ll be glad you made the trip.