May 2016 
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Global Conversation with Miriam Enriquez, Director of Immigrant Affairs

Miriam Enriquez is no stranger to city government. She began her career a Prosecutor for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and after seven years as a prosecutor, she moved on to City Council where she served as the Directory of Policy and Legislation for Councilman O’Brien. Read More
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From Our Executive Director
Dear Global Philadelphian

What a month it has been! Philadelphia has been abuzz with a hive of activity as techies, political candidates, angel investors and architects, to name just some, mingle and enjoy our World Heritage City.

Here at Global Philadelphia Association, we have been celebrating our members both new and existing with a #Mayis4Members campaign. We recognize those who have been with us from as far back as 2011 – (haven’t things changed in Philadelphia since then?) - as well as our new members joining every month as recorded in each edition of the Insider. The coalition we represent is growing, click here to join. We are so glad to showcase your work to tell Philadelphia’s unique global story.

Many of you attended the film Premiere on May 6th of the World Heritage Movie, at the newly redesigned Center for Architecture and Design. Directed by Sam Katz and narrated by David Brownlee, it is a great apercus in 5 acts of why Philadelphia should be a World Heritage City.

The film is available for select private showings throughout the month of June, contact us to know more at

Our celebrations continue in a few days’ time. World Heritage Day in Philadelphia will be celebrated at 11 o clock on May 26th at City Hall. There you will have the opportunity to hear about the World Heritage Strategic Plan from some of our Symposium Stakeholders. You will see how the newly designed World Heritage Seal fits with your marketing and communications strategy. And you will witness the flag raising of the Organization of World Heritage Cities’ flag at City Hall. Join us for this event, and witness another first for Philadelphia

Best Wishes
Zabeth Teelucksingh
Executive Director
215 851 8112

PS We are planning a Solidarity Day World Heritage Dinner Celebration! The day will be celebrated by our partner cities all over the world. Mark you calendar for September 8th and find out more about our great opportunities for visibility and sponsorship 


World Heritage City Movie Premiere: A Glimpse into Philadelphia’s Past, Present, & Future

On Friday, May 6, over 100 guests congregated the at the AIA Center for Architecture and Design to celebrate Philadelphia’s increased momentum and recent designation as a World Heritage City. The event centered upon the Premiere of the World Heritage City Movie, a short film directed by the renowned Filmmaker, Sam Katz, and narrated by Dr. David Brownlee, Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. The film offered an exceptional glimpse into the deeply rooted history of art, culture, and innovation within Philadelphia and gave guests the chance to look forward to a bright future for the city.
Teacher's Take Note

Philadelphia World Heritage Lesson Plan 

Application Deadline Extended: May 29 
     Arts & Culture
The disparate worlds of Philadelphia and Cuba will merge in one 6,000-square-foot mural being produced by the city's Mural Arts Program for the coastal town of Cárdenas - a joint public-arts venture that sets aside history's animosities and celebrates newfound commonalities.
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   Business & Commerce
Bold Optimism was the theme of Ben Franklin Technology Partners's 2016 Ben Franklin iXchange. More than 450 technology entrepreneurs, business people, venture capitalists, economic developers, political leaders, and regional influencers from Ben Franklin’s 21-county service area attended. Read More
As a World Heritage City and the site of last fall’s World Council of Families, Philadelphia welcomes guests from around the world. At their last annual meeting the PHLCVB revealed the top languages spoken by foreign tourists in Philadelphia. Read More 
   Community Development
The Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC) has been approved for a $45,000 Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and will use the money to support a Creative Exploration Zone (CEZ) in the City of Chester’s Historic Arts and Culture District.
On May 4-6th, the Education Working Group launched a World Heritage Education Program at Andrew Jackson School, a public school in South Philadelphia. Read More
 Higher Education & Research
An emerging, cross-disciplinary area of research at Penn State was represented May 13 at a White House event aimed at promoting the study of microbiomes. Read More
The Global Philadelphia Association will be awarded the Public Service Award for the World Heritage City designation at this year's Preservation Achievement Awards. Read More

 Hospitality & Promotion
The School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) at Temple University has been rebranded as the School of Sport, Tourism, and Hospitality Management, undergoing a name change for the first time since the school’s founding in 1998.
As part of their Central Banking Series the Global Interdependence Center will feature two global events one in London and Helsinki.
  Science & Technology
PHL Airport's Terminal B will receive a $30 million investment. The transformation will feature the introduction of chef-driven dining and thousands of iPads powered by the company OTG's customer experience platform flo. Read More
Philadelphia will be the host of the Copa America Cup on June 9th, 11th and 14th and which will see the U.S.A. men's national team go up against Paraguay in the group stage finale. Read more

Consular Corps of Philadelphia

In response to a generous invitation from Secretary of State Pedro Cortes, on April 13 thirty Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia (CCAP) Members and guests traveled to Harrisburg for an extraordinary experience with the highest levels of Pennsylvania’s governmental leadership. Secretary Cortes and his staff provided remarkable “red carpet” treatment throughout the day with a tightly coordinated schedule which kept our delegation constantly captivated.
Highlights included:
-          A forty minute conversation with Governor Tom Wolf who commented on the importance of foreign trade and investment , interacted individually with various CCAP Members and participated in a brief ceremony with visiting Chilean dignitaries.

 -          A meeting with Philadelphia’s delegation to the House of Representatives, followed by Speaker Turzai’s formal recognition of CCAP in the historic House Chamber and individual introductions of each group member to the full House in session.
-          A similar recognition by Lieutenant Governor Stack on the floor of the equally impressive Senate Chamber where CCAP President Longstreth provided brief comments to the seated Senators, followed by a private meeting in the Lieutenant Governor’s office.

Other meetings included continental breakfast, lunch and working sessions with cabinet members and staff who focused on the importance of international markets to the Pennsylvania’s economy and described state programs to promote that activity. Conversely, CCAP representatives articulated our commitment to supporting those economic initiatives with our unique access to private and public sector decision-makers in the 38 countries which we represent.
In closing, our day in Harrisburg set a new CCAP standard for governmental engagement and established relationships which can enhance the future effectiveness of individual consuls.

Peter Longstreth

Many thanks to our Sponsoring Members for their generous support of the Global Philadelphia Association. 

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