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If you can't read this email, please view it online                                                                                                                          Vol. 6 July 11, 2019

Mayor Jim Kenney elected to the Board of the Organization of World Heritage Cities

From June 2-5 the Global Philadelphia Association attended the 15th World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities. The theme of the biennial World Congress was “Heritage and Tourism: Local communities and visitors – sharing responsibilities" which the Philadelphia delegation gave a presentation on. During the World Congress Mayor Jim Kenney was elected was elected to a two year term to the board of directors of the OWHC becoming the first U.S. mayor ever selected to the organization.
 
The delegation included Sheila Hess, City Representative, Margaret Hughes, First Deputy City Representative, Cynthia McLeod, Superintendent Independence National Historic National Park, Danielle DiLeo Kim, Executive Director USA250 – Philadelphia, John Smith, Board Chair Emeritus GPA, Zabeth Teelucksingh, Executive Director GPA and Melissa Stevens, World Heritage Coordinator.

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From Our Executive Director

Dear Global Philadelphian:

These last few weeks have been a hive of activity in the global space and we have much to report.

Most recently, the World Heritage Committee met in Baku, Azerbaijan and decided on the World Heritage site designations for 2019. From the Prosecco Hills in Italy to the Dilmun Burial Mounds in Bahrain; from the Jodrell Bank Observatory in the UK to the Rajasthani city of Jaipur, numerous and varied new sites have been chosen. Most importantly for us, and despite the US withdrawal from UNESCO, a body of eight buildings designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright have been designated, including Falling Water in Pittsburgh. Our state of Pennsylvania now has two World Heritage sites! (With more to follow.)

A few weeks prior to these meetings, a delegation of eight civic leaders travelled to Krakow in Poland for the OWHC World Congress. During that time, Mayor Kenney was elected to the Board of the OWHC representing Philadelphia. The eight city board includes Krakow, Bruges, Cusco, Gyeongju, Suzhou, Luxembourg and San Miguel. This was an incredibly proud moment for our city and wonderful for our international networking.

Back in Philadelphia, at Global Philadelphia, we are building two important events for this Fall - the GlobalPhilly19 Expo, with over 50 events thus far confirmed; and the Fourth Annual World Heritage City Celebration honoring veteran newscaster Vernon Odom. We look forward to working with you to showcase our partners during these two events.

 

Best Wishes,
Zabeth Teelucksingh
Executive Director

P.S. Have you checked our twitter recently. So many interesting facts and events @GlobalPhila, @GlobalPhilly and @PhillyLovesWHC.

Global Philadelphia helps carry
"Canvas of America" in the July 4th Independence Day Parade

The Global Philadelphia Association along with volunteers from the Philadelphia International Airport and team members from the Philadelphia Unity Cup helped to carry the "Canvas America"  a 190-foot-long and 18 feet wide fabric comprised of 195 nations' flags during the "Salute to America" Independence Day Parade presented by the Airport as part of the Wawa Welcome America Festival.

"The Wawa Welcome America Festival has always been about celebrating inclusivity," Welcome America, Inc. President and CEO Michael DelBene said. "This year we really wanted to shine a spotlight on Philadelphia’s position as a global city."

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Preserving and Celebrating
Historical and Cultural Assets

Art & Culture

In a three-day, high-tech operation, Penn Museum's massive sphinx is moved from the gallery where it sat since 1926 to the main entrance hall.

The 3,000-year-old sphinx’s journey from the Egypt Gallery to the main entrance hall is part of the Museum’s multiyear Building Transformation project to renovate and reimagine much of the 132-year-old institution.

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History & Preservation

Philadelphia is home to 67 of the country's 2,618 National Historic Landmarks (NHLs), which are important structures, objects, and areas that showcase America's vibrant heritage and represent an outstanding aspect of American history and culture.

Global Philadelphia Association has developed an interactive map, as well as a printed version (available for purchase), to help you learn more about the history and importance of these sites, view current and historical images, and connect with resources to learn how you may be able to explore them in-person

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Educating Global Kids with Roots

 

Imagine a second grader flying a kite around her classroom that she designed and constructed herself. Does it seem impossible? Not really!

Throughout the spring, teachers in grades kindergarten through fifth grade, at the School District of Philadelphia’s Henry H. Houston School in Mt. Airy, created imaginative projects based on the Philadelphia World Heritage Coloring Book.

In January, Global Philadelphia Association (GPA) World Heritage Program Manager Melissa Stevens and Educational Consultant Sarah Sharp led Houston School teachers through the new pilot World Heritage Program, “Learning About World Heritage with Coloring Books,” which enables young students to learn about their own heritage, as well as that of our city’s and the global community.

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Higher Education & Research and Science & Technology

 

Higher Education & Research

The Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest at Villanova University has received a grant from The Lenfest Institute for Journalism to partner with The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Lenfest Center for Cultural Partnerships at Drexel University on infusing more historical scholarship into local journalism.
 
The Lepage Center, Lenfest Center and The Inquirer will collaborate through the grant on a pilot initiative that will bring together local historians and local journalists who each research and report on common topics of critical import to society: the opioid crisis, immigration, and infrastructure.

 

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Science & Technology


LinkPHL, the Wi-Fi kiosks that were scattered across Philadelphia by the Office of Transportation, Infrastructure and Sustainability last year, have partnered with the Department of Records to showcase historic photos of the city from its archives along Market Street.

The photos chosen reflect a similar location to the current kiosks, and some date back to the 19th century. Interns with the City Archives noted the date, location and photographer from bundles of nearly 2 million photos saved in the archives before scanning them into the digital realm.

The campaign “will give residents and visitors a glimpse of what Philly streets used to look like,” a LinkPHL spokesperson said.

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Building World Heritage City
Awareness and Ownership

 

Tourism & Hospitality

The World Travel & Tourism Council and JLL have teamed up to launch the first assessment of cities’ readiness for tourism growth, through the development of a unique methodology to evaluate and deliver on solutions to foster sustainable growth in tourism activity.
 
Destination 2030 is a comprehensive index based on the evaluation of more than 75 indicators in 50 global markets, and it addresses the question of what makes a city ready for Travel & Tourism growth.

This research takes an approach of assessing ‘readiness’, through which it aims to help city governments and tourism bodies better understand how well cities are positioned for future growth, while identifying gaps and opportunities that should be considered in future tourism strategy planning. The newly-created index brings together a broad spectrum of destination practices and community attributes to determine a level and type of readiness. The levels range from emerging to established market tourism hubs with varying levels of infrastructure.

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Neighborhood & Community Development

The West Park Arts Fest, held on Saturday, June 8, helped raise awareness about the Parkside area’s history and heritage, as well as promoted Philadelphia’s art and cultural talents. Held in West Fairmount Park, close to the popular Please Touch Museum, the free festival was organized by the Fairmount Park Conservancy, Mural Arts Philadelphia, and the West Park Cultural Center.
 
The sun shone brightly on West Fairmount Park as local food trucks, booths, and businesses pitched tents along the park street for a day of festivities accompanied by live music. Breakwater headlined the “FunkFest Lineup,” playing for a crowd of 3,000 festival attendees over the course of the day.

 

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Extending Philadelphia's Global Reach

 

Business

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The College of Physicians of Philadelphia's is undergoing a 25 million renovation and expansion campaign.
 
Best known as the home of the infamous Mütter Museum and its troves of medical oddities, the College is the oldest medical society in the United States. The centerpiece of its campaign, the largest in its history, are renovations and restoration work that will improve visitor experience and expand and reorganize the College's available space.
 
KieranTimberlake led the master planning process for this project, which focuses on giving the College the facilities it needs to fulfill its new strategic plan and vision. The first phase of the master plan adds much needed space to the incredibly popular Mütter Museum, which can currently only display a small portion of an impressive collection that includes the Soap Lady—research at your own risk—and Albert Einstein's brain.

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International Relations

Mayor Jim Kenney and Comcast's Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, David Cohen, hosted a press conference at Lincoln Financial Field, announcing Philadelphia’s plans to place a bid as host of the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

In June 2018, FIFA decided to designate hosting responsibilities for the 2026 World Cup to North America, and Philadelphia is one of 23 U.S. cities currently vying for the role. At the press conference, Kenney announced that Cohen will spearhead the city’s World Cup Bid Committee as the selection process continues. “To make the FIFA World Cup a reality in Philadelphia, we’re going to need support from both public and private sectors,” said Kenney, pointing to Cohen’s background at Comcast to describe why he’s the best fit for the job. The Bid Committee will be comprised of “corporate and civil leaders from the region,” said Cohen.

 

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