Team GPA for a mentoring session with Krista Bard, President of the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia and Honorary Consul to Lithuania
A note from the:
Dear Global Philadelphia Friends:
This last month has seen the global city of Philadelphia in action.
In the span of five days, Pope Francis announced that he would be in Philadelphia in the fall of 2015, (at the same time as GlobalPhilly2015); Mayor Nutter and his wife Lisa visited Paris, where they talked global bike competitions in Philly and met with Saint Gobain, the CEO who heads the company that will grow its U.S. headquarters in the region; And the mayor of Frankfurt visited Philadelphia seeking cultural and commercial partnerships. The week proved that Philadelphia is global for sure!
As we transition to the fall, there are more global opportunities in store:
- On September 8th, we celebrate our World Heritage site, Independence Hall, and acknowledge World Heritage Way, a new street named at 5th and Walnut Streets.
- On September 16th, join us for the World Trade Center Showcase Reception, when Pennsylvania’s 24 Trade Representatives are in town to meet with global businesses in the region.
- Later in the month, we will host a Global Fair in anticipation of GlobalPhilly2015, the expo designed to showcase Philadelphia as a global city.
- Finally on November 6th, we will host a woman's networking event to highlight the many global women active in Philadelphia's communities.
As we wrap up the summer season, I have to acknowledge “The Dream Team.” We have had the privilege to work with a group of interns and coops who have led the work of the GPA as if it were their own. They have bright futures ahead and I am grateful that they were part of our team this summer. Read more about them here, or their work produced for our EIJP under the tutelage of Editor Peter Chawaga here
Finally, we are producing the Philly Navigator, a compendium of expertise in the region designed to be shared with news organizations and global think tanks. Presented at our December 8th
“Ideas Summit” and published at the end of the year, you will want to be featured if your expertise is global and you may want to promote your organization as a sponsor. More details here
Please let us know how we can help you develop your global presence in Philadelphia. We are here to listen,
P.S. Have you seen our testimonials campaign
? Lots of viewpoints on how the Global Philadelphia Association helps global positioning of Philadelphia AND Philadelphians.
Be featured in the Philly Navigator
GPA is putting together the Philly Navigator,
a compendium of global expertise and resources in the Philadelphia region, as part of our Global Gateways initiative to raise Philadelphia's international profile.
It will highlight the hidden global gems we have for Innovation & Health, Academia & Research, International Services, Tourism & Culinary, Economy, Culture, World Heritage, Advocacy and Media. The Navigator's listing of global services, cultural training, language courses, and global experts to be found in the Philadelphia region will be an invaluable resource locally, nationally, and internationally. This publication will be published in an electronic format available for free to everyone and a hard copy distributed to national and international media as well as global conference planners by December 2014.
The Philly Navigator provides the perfect opportunity to improve the global branding and visibility of our members' international expertise. All members of the Global Philadelphia Association who have joined at the professional level and above will be included in the Philly Navigator listings for free. We also offer sponsorship and advertising opportunities. Contact our Marketing Director
to learn more about how to put yourself and your organization on the map!
The Global Philadelphia Association thanks ReedSmith, Lockheed Martin, Team PA, and The Philadelphia Foundation for their sponsorship of GGPHL and the Philly Navigator.
The GGPHL Scene
The United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia, spearheaded by Executive Director Christiaan Morssink, in partnership with James Parsons, a member of UNA-GP and local soccer coach, have combined forces to put on the second annual Philadelphia Plays for Peace soccer tournament on September 14th and 21st, 2014. A miniature Philadelphia edition of the 2014 World Cup with 6 teams, representing 6 different global regions, is a great event that helps promote peace, understanding and cross-cultural dialogue in an ever-conflicted world.
Fernando Trevino (MOIMA), Richard Negrin (City of Philadelphia), and Christiaan Morssink (UNA-GP) at last year's tournament!
Referees with players during last year's tournament!
Last year's tournament at Penn Park!
New Life for PHL Convention Center
Photo Courtesy of Francis Hilario via Philadelphia Business Journal website
Philadelphia presents opportunity for meeting space and exhibitions. The Philadelphia Convention Center has been under new management by SMG, led by Lorenz Hassenstein, since December 2013. The new management has worked to make the center a more customer-friendly and efficient place to do business. The Philadelphia-based Association for Cancer Research has chosen to take advantage of these changes by planning to host their 2015, 2019, and 2024 annual meetings at the Convention Center. The Convention Center has availability for bookings in 2015 and 2016.
Contact and more info
PHL Improves Outreach for Homestead Exemption to Aid Immigrants
Percent of eligible homeowners who received homestead exemption in 2014, courtesy of newsworks.com
The City of Philadelphia has become increasingly proactive in its effort to keep people in their homes. City records indicate that the city's poorest areas had the lowest sign-up rates for the Homestead Exemption, a tax-break that can significantly reduce the taxable portion of an eligible property owner's property assessment. The city government is working to make their outreach efforts for the property-tax break more immigrant friendly by translating advertisements about the Homestead Extension into more non-English languages. In addition, homeowners can apply for the exemption in any language via the homestead hotline (215-686-9200).
September 13 is the deadline for applications for next year's homestead exemption. Any resident who owns property and lives there as a primary residence is eligible.
Useful Global Resources
VOA's Pro•nounce pronunciation guide helps people around the world learn how to correctly pronounce challenging words in world news. Users of the guide can browse the site's extensive list of audio tracks to hear the names of places, government officials, and global political parties and organizations.
Global Philadelphia Association is proud to promote its members!
Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Google+, and contact our Marketing Director for partnership requests.
The Brazil Cultural Center of Philadelphia aims to promote Brazilian culture, history, and contemporary issues to Philadelphia.
Fox School of Business at Temple
The Fox School of Business at Temple University is the largest business school in the greater Philadelphia region. Its programs continue to be highly ranked internationally and nationally by leading business publications and organizations.
Furthering education in the Greater Philadelphia Area as an Associate Professor of English at the Community College of Philadelphia, Linda Buchheit is a global citizen who has joined Global Philadelphia Association as an individual member.
Do you have international expertise that serves the world & Philadelphia?
Become a member of the Global Philadelphia Association and tell us why you or your business/organization is a GLOBAL GATEWAY for the Philadelphia region.
Meet our Members
Get to know some of
Philadelphia's Global Gateways:
Laws Project for Nuclear Awareness
Library Company of Philadelphia
The Lipman Prize
Lithuanian Music Hall Association
M. Night Shyamalan Foundation
Main Line Chinese Cultural Center
Mexican Cultural Center
Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Mid-Atlantic Russia Business Council
Emilia Allen is a Master of Public Administration candidate at Villanova University (Spring 2015). After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature at Oakland University, she worked as a non-profit development officer in Clarkston, MI. Her work with the Global Philadelphia Association is to advance Philadelphia’s pursuit of UNESCO World Heritage City distinction. During her time at GPA, Emilia has grown from a research fellow for World Heritage to GPA's Project World Heritage Coordinator. Her research interests include economic and community development, urban sustainability, and municipal financial management. As a major supporter of Philadelphia's bid to join the Organization of World Heritage Cities, Emilia organized Team GPA to run through Philadelphia's World Heritage site, Independence Hall, as participants in the Friends of Independence National Historic Park's Freedom 5K this summer.
Jacob Colon grew up on Long Island, New York. He came to Philadelphia in 2010 to attend Temple University, and is now a senior Journalism student. Jacob is currently a photographer with the student-run Temple News as well as a contributing writer and photographer for the Global Philadelphia Association. For him, the Global Philadelphia Association is a great environment that combines his love of journalism and urban culture. Jacob also speaks German, a language that came in handy during this year's FIFA World Cup.
MEET MORE GPA ALUMNI
Our alumni embody the concept of individuals who are GLOBAL GATEWAYS - people who engage in the exchange of ideas & expertise between Philadelphia and the world.
The Team Pennsylvania Foundation is running a trade mission to Turkey and Jordan from November 8-14.
For more info click here
The largest companies in Europe, by country
Photo Courtesy of lonelyplanet.com
The Global Philadelphia Association enjoys highlighting specific regions of the world that represent hot topics in global circles. Germany, having just won the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil is, and has been, one of the most important countries in the world. As a beacon of both political stability, economic success and world soccer prowess, Germany's global relevance is as high as ever.
With a population of over 80.8 million people, Germany is the most populous member state of the European Union and the EU's largest consumer market. The country has the fourth largest nominal GDP in the world and accounts for over one fifth of the European Union GDP. As a country with an extremely high standard of living and rich natural resources, Germany is the third largest importer and exporter of goods in the world. Regarding Germany's trade with Pennsylvania, Machinery makes up 19.8% of the top imports from Germany, followed by chemicals, computer and electronic products, transportation equipment, and primary metal. 4.4% of Pennsylvania's exports are destined to Germany, with chemicals as the top export. In 2009, 33,200 jobs were created by German foreign-owned affiliates in PA.
Germany is also home to the worlds oldest universal healthcare system which began in 1883. With a very high life expectancy and low infant mortality rate, Germany is one of the world's healthiest countries.
Germany experienced great success on the world's largest soccer stage, winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup in a close 1-0 final game against Argentina. Germany will look to return to the 1970's when they dominated international soccer with a string of tournament wins that included the European Championship in 1972 and the World Cup in 1974. A big congratulations goes out to Germany for their World Cup Victory and continued success as an influential country in an increasingly connected global society.
As an one of the most successful and important countries in the world, Germany's influence cannot be overstated. Many of our members are already in touch with the country and its successes. Check them out to see how Germany and Philadelphia are connected:
German American Chamber of Commerce
Lindi von Mutius, Executive Director
200 S. Broad Street, Suite 700
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Germany, Honorary Consul in Philadelphia
Ralf D. Wiedemann, Honorary Consul
Behind-the-Scenes at the Philadelphia Port Authority
The Global Philadelphia team coordinated an exclusive Behind the Scenes tour of the Port Authority for our members. We were enlightened by the history and facts of the most important part of our economy, international and national trade. Each port brings and leaves with different goods. For example, Nine West shoes come from Brazil, pears and apples from Argentina, clementines from Spain, fruits from Chili, and other important exchanges. New goods, such as Eucalyptus Pulp from Brazil, will be entering the port. Moreover, Pier 84 processes nearly 100,000 tons of cocoa which account for half of the nation's supply from Ivory Coast and Indonesia. Dominic O'Brien, the Port's Senior Marketing Representative, informed the group of statistics, new technologies, process and packaging, and benefits of using the Philadelphia port. Our host explained the efficiency and work of the port with a thorough presentation and a 45 minute tour.
Have you seen GPA's Testimonials?
This summer, the Global Philadelphia Association launched a testimonial campaign to draw attention to the global activities of our members and bridge the gap between GlobalPhilly2013 and 2015. The campaign, which runs a new testimonial weekly, is a marketing approach that transcends multiple social media platforms: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
See more testimonials here!
Save the date for these exciting global events!
World Heritage Day Celebration
Join The City of Philadelphia and the Global Philadelphia Association in attending the unveiling of "World Heritage Way," the recent designation of Walnut Street that recognizes Philadelphia's World Heritage site, Independence Hall, and the city's status as an observer member of the Organization of World Heritage Cities. The celebration will be held at 2 p.m. at Independence Park, followed by a private reception.
Peace Day Philly Celebration
Philadelphians are invited to participate in Peace Day Philly and build a more peaceful city at the international, community, and individual levels. Peace related events will take place during the week surrounding the International Day of Peace on the 21st.
xCultural Passport Week 2014
During this week of events, Philadelphia will celebrate immigrant heritage and cultural diversity in order to foster an environment that facilitates deeper connections between U.S. born citizens, immigrants, and persons of diverse backgrounds. MOIMA and groups around the city will host events that promote understanding, respect, and appreciation for the many residents, cultures and communities which combine to make Philadelphia a great destination and a city of exciting multicultural exploration.
Read more on how the xCultural Passport Week adds to PHL's efforts to welcome immigrants
World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia International Showcase 2014
GPA will be co-hosting this showcase, the region's leading international business networking event, bringing together the international business, diplomatic, and academic communities who demonstrate the international vitality of the region and celebrate Greater Philadelphia as a world-class regional and international business destination. It is the culminating event of The Pennsylvania International Week. GPA's chair, John Smith, will speak at the event.
Mark Your Calendars!
Jane Golden is the Director of Philadelphia's Mural Arts Program, the most successful such program in the world. She sat down with Global Philadelphia's Executive Director Zabeth Teelucksingh and Jacob Colon to talk about her career, the importance of the city's murals and what's next for her program.
PHL Around the World
The Philadelphia Orchestra to tour Europe, Spring 2015:
One of the most premier orchestras in the world, The Philadelphia Orchestra is preparing for its 2015 Tour of Europe with new music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. From May 21 through June 6, 2015, the Orchestra will play 15 concerts across Luxembourg, Dresden, Berlin, Dortmund, Lyon, Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, and London. The Philadelphia Orchestra made its first transatlantic tour to Great Britain with Music Director Eugene Ormandy in 1949, marking the first time an American orchestra had crossed the Atlantic after World War II. The 2015 tour celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Orchestra’s first tour of continental Europe in 1955. The 2015 European Tour will also mark the expansion of the Orchestra’s heralded international Residency Program outside of Asia (See the highlight reel here!).
Mayor of Frankfurt visits Philadelphia
Photo Courtesy of GACC
The German American Chamber of Commerce welcomed Peter Feldmann, Lord Mayor of the City of Frankfurt, to Philadelphia. During his visit, Lord Mayor and his delegation met with Mayor Michael Nutter and Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger to discuss a "sister city" relationship between the two cities. The delegation also hosted a reception for Philadelphia companies to learn more about the Frankfurt region, and toured historic Philadelphia sites.
Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia, September 2015
Photo Courtesy of Getty Images via CBS Philly
Pope Francis has accepted his invitation to attend the World Meeting of Families, which will be held in Philadelphia September 22-27 in 2015. Pope Francis's visit will be his first visit to the United States as pope and the first papal visit to the United States since Pope Benedict visited in 2008.