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A note from the :

Executive  Director

Dear Global Philadelphian,

As we've planned for the Global Expo in the Fall this month, we have had some terrific meetings with the "Gang of Six" and the planning committee for GlobalPhilly2015.  Who are these people? Committed and eager city leaders who have agreed to join us in assembling the best ever lineup of global events this year. The Expo will last 60 days, from September 15 to November 15, 2015. To learn more about what is being planned, check out the GPA website and follow us on Twitter.  Better still, contact Asmaa Lahlou (,who will be happy to share what the Expo can do for you.

Recently, at an Economy League alumni event, I was asked "Where is World Heritage Way?" It is designated on the 5th and 6th block of Walnut Street, adjacent to Independence Hall. It is also a first, per Denis Ricard, head of the OWHC. There is no other such named street in the world. Philadelphia adds to its string of unique features as we strive to become the first ever World Heritage city in the United States.

This month, we had a fabulous members only visit to The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill.  This was our first Behind the Scenes tour for 2015 and it was a treat. Where else can you find yourself in a room laden with 30 triple-tier wedding cakes AND learn how to saber a bottle of champagne? We highly recommend a visit, which includes a French patisserie shop on the way out!

Finally, it is with sadness that we announce the departure of our friend and colleague Emilia Allen. She has been a pillar of the World Heritage project and we know that she will move on to a great future and wish her well.

As we head in to March, water, heritage, elections and more will be in store at Global Philadelphia. Stay tuned and get involved with our team. We are all about global branding and the messaging of Philadelphia to its constituents. We can help you too

Zabeth Teelucksingh
Executive Director
215 851 8112

PS Don't forget one of Philadelphia's annual blockbuster events, The Flower Show. It will be themed around film this year in partnership with Disney and Pixar. Contact Bianca Robinson for a chance to win a pair of tickets. See below for more info.
The GPA Scene
One Book One Ballet 
Since 2003 the Free Library has embarked on One Book One Philadelphia an initiative to promote reading, library usage  and community building.To promote this year's book selection Orphan Train the  Free Library and the Pennsylvania Ballet teamed up to put on a ballet exploring themes of the book.

Read more here 

Latin America 2015
The Chilean American Chamber of Commerce hosted a breakfast  to discussed the global role played by Latin American countries. Representatives from Chile, Costa Rica and Mexico as well as trade and finance experts gathered for panel discussions on Latin America's economic competitiveness, free trade, US-Latin America relations and other topics.

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2015 Edmund N. Bacon Award Ceremony and Talk
The Philadelphia Center for Architecture honored Dr. Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation and former president of the University of Pennsylvania, with the 2015 Edmund N. Bacon Award for her contribution to the built environment. The Bacon Prize is awarded to a public figure or design professional whose vision and commitment to community has resulted in successes in urban planning, development or design

Behind the Scenes: The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill
At GPA's first Behind the Scenes of 2015 GPA members were treated to an exclusive tour inside the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill. Members toured the Allison Mansion and the 4100 Center of Hospitality Studies. The visit ended with an International Hors d'oeuvres Reception and Farewell Toast at the European courtyard and rooftop.


Where is World Heritage Way ?

 World Heritage Way is located on 5th and 6th Walnut St. The renaming took place on September 8th, 2014 in celebration of the Organization of World Heritage Cities’ Solidarity Day of the World Heritage Cities. The unveiling took place outside of Philadelphia's own unique world heritage site Independence Hall 

Take a selfie on World Heritage Way for a chance to win a prize and be recognized on our social media pages.

Philadelphia Election Notes:
TAG Philly to "Grade" City's Election Candidates

Photo credit :Francis Hilario
Fresh off a trial run grading candidates for governor of Pennsylvania, a group of Philadelphia teachers is getting ready to evaluate the positions of candidates for Philadelphia mayor and City Council.
Last year, the Teacher Action Group, or TAG Philly, awarded Tom Wolf an 'A' for fair funding. Tom Corbett got an 'F'.

Paul Robeson High School English teacher Andrew Saltz, a leader of the grassroots organization also known as TAG Philly, said the group evaluated gubernatorial candidates on five different categories: fair funding, high stakes testing, transparency, labor relations and teaching and learning. Former Governor Tom Corbett was the only candidate who did not respond to the group's survey.

This year, Saltz and a new group of teachers have set their eyes on the city elections, where the fate of public education is clearly a top issue.
DNC Chair Announces Philadelphia to Host the 2016 Democratic National Convention

DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Philadelphia will host the 2016 Democratic National Convention the week of July 25, 2016. The DNC signed the final contract with Philadelphia this morning.

“I am thrilled to announce that Philadelphia will host the convention where we will nominate the 45th President of the United States,” Wasserman Schultz said. “In addition to their commitment to a seamless and safe convention, Philadelphia’s deep rooted place in American history provides a perfect setting for this special gathering. I cannot wait to join Democrats across the country to celebrate our shared values, lay out a Democratic vision for the future, and support our nominee.”

The DNC’s Technical Advisory Group evaluated cities across the country, looking at factors such as hotel capacity, transportation, security, financing and logistics.

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The Philadelphia Flower Show inspired by Disney

The Philadelphia Flower Show will "Celebrate the Movies" this year with displays that interpret themes and characters from Disney and Disney Pixar films.

"We want to transport viewers and inspire them to dream big," Pennsylvania Horticultural Society president Drew Becher said at the show's kickoff event Thursday, at the Ritz East theater in Old City before an audience of enthusiastic supporters, exhibitors, and volunteers.

PHS produces the annual show, which dates to 1829 and this year runs from Feb. 28 through March 9 at the Convention Center.

The range of films chosen for floral and landscape interpretation is vast, from Pirates of the Caribbean to Winnie the Pooh. And yes, there will be princesses.

One exhibitor has chosen Frozen, the cultural phenom and the highest-grossing animated movie of all time, whose songs, costumes, and royal characters are the stuff of obsession for millions of little girls. Another exhibit will feature all 11 Disney princesses, from Snow White to Tiana.

Becher and others expressed hope that Disney's broad appeal, and the magic of the movies, will attract more young people and families, and help revive the tradition of children going to the Flower Show with their parents and grandparents.


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New Members
Young Caribbean Professional Network
The Young Caribbean Professional Network is committed to creating access to education and economic opportunities for students and young professionals in the global market place.
Remy De Vlieghere is Managing Partner for Gateway International Services, LLC. He is an organization and process craftsman with over 20 years of broad operations and commercial experience focused around FMCG, CPG, food & regulated industries in North & South America, Asia and Europe. 

Law Office of Desiree Welborn Wayne
The mission of the Law Office of Desiree Welborn Wayne, to aggressively represent immigrants as well as their families and employers, across the nation and around the world, through quality counsel and advocacy, and to reach this goal through uncompromising dedication and ethical standards, while maintaining affordable rates..  

Kris Walski
Kris Walski is a trilingual Philadelphia native, an International Relations alumnus from the University of Pennsylvania and a graduate of the European Academy of Diplomacy in Warsaw.  He has worked at Philadelphia City Council on the Committee On Global Opportunity and a successful gubernatorial campaign.

Middle East Center of the University of Pennsylvania 
The Middle East Center's (MEC) mission involves raising awareness of the unique circumstances of the region through research and instructional programs.  The MEC has adopted an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Middle East, and we offer a wide range of educational opportunities.

John Touey
John Touey is a Principal of Salveson Stetson Group Inc., and a member of the management committee of the firm.  He has over 20 years of experience providing executive search, human resources and management consulting services to a broad range of organizations and industries.  

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GlobalPhilly 2015 the largest International program in the Philadelphia Region in 2015

There is no doubt, Philadelphia is a world-class city of cultural, political and economic note. Otherwise, why would the Pope choose to visit our city out of all the dynamic metropolises in the country? Why would the New York Times feature Philadelphia as its third place to visit in the world in 2015?

GlobalPhilly™2015 is designed to continue raising the international profile of our region and to promote this message even further. To reach all Philadelphians and global-minded people in the region and beyond the United States to visit, live, work and invest here. 

The previous exposition reached 500,000 people in the region with a total attendance of 25,000 people for 117 events over 47 days. As such, it received great media coverage from print, radio, TV and online outlets.

In 2015, GP15 will span two months from September 15 to November 15 and will show the world what a global region Philadelphia is through 200+ events covering Arts & Culture, Advocacy, Business, Cuisine, Education, Heritage and Sports, reaching the diverse neighborhoods of Philadelphia and its five counties.

Among many others, the exposition will feature international signature events of the region such as the World Trade Center’s International Showcase, Ciao Philadelphia!, the Mexican Independence Festival, United Nations Day, CHOP’s Global Health Symposium, the World Heritage City symposium and much more.

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World Heritage Way…
follow Philadelphia’s journey to World Heritage City status

Urban resilience deals with the capacity of a city to withstand, adapt, and rise above the challenges and changes it will undoubtedly face as it lurches into an uncertain future. In Quedlinberg, Germany, 40 delegates from 20 World Heritage Cities gathered at the NorthWest Europe Regional Conference of the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) from November 13-14, 2014 to discuss the topic of, “Crisis as Opportunity for World Heritage Cities – Resilience.”

The OWHC has designated the North West Europe region as the best fit for Philadelphia determined, among other factors, by language origin. Zabeth Teelucksingh, Executive Director of the Global Philadelphia Association and Sylvie Gallier Howard, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, City of Philadelphia attended the conference as representatives for Philadelphia where they gave a Pecha Kucha presentation ameliorating Philadelphia’s evolution from a Colonial City to a City of Reuse and Reinvention titled, “Philadelphia: A City of Ideas.” The conference urged Heritage Cities to see their historical component as a resource rather than a hindrance towards building resilience. Philadelphia’s presence, participation, and support of the NorthWest Europe region demonstrates the City’s serious commitment to the OWHC and of its intention to become a Full Member of the organization this coming fall at the XIII World Congress of  World Heritage Cities in Arequipa, Peru. 

Regional Spotlight:


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In this month’s edition to the Insider the Global Philadelphia Association is spotlighting Chile. Located in the southwest of South America, it is more than 4,200 kilometers in length and is protected by the towering Andes in the east and the Pacific Ocean on its west. Chile is a young country underpinned by a strong national identity and a well-defined road map for future progress.

Chile is a democratic, presidential state where the president is the head of state and the head of government. The president serves for four years and is constitutionally prevented from serving consecutive terms. Its legislature is made up of a 38-seat Senate and a 120-member Chamber of Deputies. Senators serve for staggered eight-year terms and the deputies are elected for four years. Chile’s independent judiciary, meanwhile, includes a court of appeal, a system of military courts, a constitutional tribunal, and a Supreme Court.

In recent decades, Chile has been an increasingly active participant in the international political scene, assuming a non-permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council as well as other agencies such as its Commission on Human Rights and regional organizations such as Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. In addition, Chile has been a full member of the OECD since 2010.
Chile’s economy is globalized, stable and competitive, buttressed by rising levels of trade with the European Union and China, as well as the country’s participation in the North American Free Trade Agreement. The economy mainly relies on exports of copper, wood, food and agricultural products such as vegetables, dairy and fisheries, as well as the wine industry which has been recognized for its top quality over the years.

The Chilean Government, which since March 2014 has been led by President Michelle Bachelet, is actively promoting a series of structural changes that aim to make progress toward a more equitable society. These measures include the guarantee of a first-class public educational system as well as the strengthening of the health system, a more comprehensive social security system and new protections for workers.  The Government’s program also aims to accelerate productivity levels, particularly in areas such as human resources, innovation, science and technology, all of which are pivotal factors in a country’s development trajectory.

Chile is one of the most advanced and stable country in Latin America

Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce
Christina Lista
200 South Broad Street, Suite 700
Philadelphia, PA 19102-3896
T: 215-790-3627

Honorary Consul of Chile 
Benjamin Leavenworth
Public Ledger Bldg, Ste 1030
6th & Chestnut Sts.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
T: 215-829-9520 Ext.401

The 2015 PHS Flower Show
Win two tickets to the Disney and Pixar themed 2015 Philadelphia Horticultural Society Flower show, the biggest indoor flower show in the world,  which is from February 28 to March 9. Send your name to Bianca Robinson for your name to be entered in to the prize raffle. For more info on The PHS Flower Show check here.

The Divorcees Club
GPA has been offered a pair tickets to any performance of your choosing to  the hit comedy The Divorcee's Club at the Penn's Landing Playhouse. The Divorcees Club is about three women who share and important and decide to go hunting for the perfect man. Send name to  Bianca Robinson for a chance to win. For more info check their website and social media pages here

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 The 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show runs from February 28 to March 9. See below for a chance to win free tickets.

Global Gateways

 The Global Philadelphian Association is proud to be a media partner in these exciting international events.

International Women's Day 2015: Global Migrant Rights & Justice
March 4 6pm to 8pm
Join International House Philadelphia for a performance by the Anna Crusis Women's Choir, refreshments and  discussion celebrating local and global initiatives advocating for the rights of migrant women and their families. Speakers will explore the intersection of immigrant rights, women's rights & children's rights and the impact of immigration policies and enforcement in the U.S. and abroad.
Free Event
RSVP here 

Institute of Food Technologist Philadelphia Section 70th Anniversary Symposium
March 12  8am to 1pm
 The Philadelphia Section of the Institute for Food Technologist will be hosting their 70th Anniversary Symposium at Drexel University. The Symposium will feature guest speakers Catherine Peyrot des Gachons, Stanley Segall, and Michael Tunick, Breakfast and lunch will be included
Cost $40 per person
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Lisa Batiashvii, violin and Paul Lewis piano - a PCMS and GPA Event
March 25 7pm to 10pm
Don’t miss Lisa Batiashvii a rare string player who the Philadelphia Inquirer calls “one of her generation’s finest violinists”, in an inspired pairing with English pianist Paul Lewis at her  Perelman Theater debut. 

GPA members  are also invited to a free pre-concert lecture or a free Kimmel Center tour before the concert
Cost $22 per person with discount code GlobalPhilly
For more info and to buy tickets 

8th Annual Global Water Alliance Conference
March 26 6pm to 9pm
Join the Global Water Alliance  and the United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia for the 8th Annual Global Water Alliance Conference. The conference will revolve around creating a Model United Nations around water management.  
Cost $10 for student
$40 for NGOs
$60 for General Admission

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Other International Events

International Magazine 
Matt Cabrey is the executive director of Select Greater Philadelphia, a non-profit organization that is part of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. GPA’s Alison Vayne interviewed him to discuss his role at Select Greater Philadelphia, Philadelphia's position as an international city and his future plans for Select Greater Philadelphia


The French-American Chamber of Commerce host  Mayor Nutter for a luncheon to discuss his trade mission to Lyon and Paris. Mayor Nutter presented the Chamber with a citation for its work in raising the Philadelphia's international profile in France.


UPenn Hosts Global Think Tank Panel

Al Día Hosts Chef Series

The Penn Museum Goes Beneath the Surface: Life, Death, and Gold in Ancient Panama

6 Simple Ways to Raise World Citizens

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The Philadelphia Orchestra Continues its Cultural Exchange in China with its Pearl River Delta Week

In a first-of-its kind collaboration, Philadelphia Orchestra musicians joined with members of the Shenzhen and Macao orchestras and more than 100 choristers in a stunning performance of Ode to Humanity at Macao's Venetian Theatre in China on February 4

The Pearl River Delta Residency Week's focus is on sharing music and the people-to-people exchanges that occur as a result of these encounters, which provide a cultural bridge between the musicians performing together. The Ode to Humanity performance occurred during The Philadelphia Orchestra's Pearl River Delta Residency Week, (Feb. 3-9),  a series of concerts, master classes, side-by-side rehearsals, and community performances in Macao, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong.

The Orchestra's Macao-born assistant conductor, Lio Kuokman, led the performance of Ode to Humanity, which is composed by Wang Ning and pays tribute to 2,000 years of Confucianism and expresses the core values of Chinese human civilization through music. Audience applause was so sustained after the concert that as an encore Kuokman and the musicians performed a portion of Ode to Humanity's final movement.

The IBC announced as the corporate sponsor of  the Philly bike share program

Photo Credit: Max Marin
Mayor Nutter announced that the Independence Blue Cross has become the corporate sponsor of the city’s bike share program.

Independence Blue Cross will contribute about $1.7 million a year for the next five years to maintain the program’s operation. Their investment adds to the program’s $7.5 million received from federal, state, and local sources including a $3 million capital investment from the city.

Indego, the name of Philadelphia’ bike share program, will begin in spring 2015.

Indego, will feature 60+ stations and 600 bikes that will be located across Philadelphia in Center City and parts of North, South, West Philadelphia and from Temple University’s main campus to the Navy Yard in the southeast..

The b
ike share will expand to a further 180 docking stations and 1800 bikes in future years. 


Read more here

Construction on the Museum of the American Revolution is taking shape

The construction of the new Museum of the American Revolution which began in October of last years is in full swing  with the installation of of the footing and foundations. When completed the Museum of the American Revolution will offer 32,000 square feet of space with permanent and changing exhibit galleries, two theaters, and  that will accommodate a broad range of programming.

To see live updates of the construction view the construction camera here


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