Our 2016 Annual Review is hot off the press and I'm happy to share it with you. Below is a link to our digital version for download. The pages of the Annual Review tell our story of who we are, what we provide and why we open our doors to the international business community in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey every day. Our bottom line number now totals $1.6 billion in total export sales for the companies we have assisted over the past 15 years. With guidance from our trade specialists, our member and client companies continue to increase their yearly sales which to date, also translates to more than 21,200 jobs for our region.
Yes, we're proud of our accomplishments and greatly appreciate the support we have received from our members, sponsors and grant funding partners.
If you aren't a member of WTCGP - now's the time to join. From our signature and business networking events to our educational workshops, and members-only meetings with leading trade officials and visiting international delegations, you're sure to make a business connection. And of course, you will also be part of our network of more than 320 World Trade Centers in 89 countries. To learn more go to www.wtcphila.org or call our office at 215-586-4240.
We look forward to working closely with you in 2017, and together, we will grow trade for our region.
Linda Mysliwy Conlin
President, World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia
World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia News
World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia COO Dino Ramos will be a panelist for the free Entrepreneurial Impact event on March 21. Dino will discuss how entrepreneurship is a mindset and how thinking like an entrepreneur benefits businesses and individuals in any career.
Philly port is poised to get new cranes, bigger ships, more cargo, and more jobs
Breakdown of the Improvements
Pennoni President, ASCE Grand Challenge Pioneer a Worthy OPAL Honoree
The WTCGP is committed to helping our client companies access opportunities in major markets like Mexico - especially during this transitional time for global trade policy. The bottom line is: free and fair trade drives our economic growth and creates jobs in our region. Click here for Philadelphia Magazine story.
If you attended our Global Business Conference on March 1st, you will understand why it received such positive reviews. In short, there was no better time to hold a conference touching on the challenges and opportunities of trade. Again, many thanks to all of our expert speakers who delivered in-depth content, leaving our audience wanting to hear more. Read the summary in our newsletter and click on our photo gallery to learn more. Click here for photo gallery.
As Spring approaches, it also signals the time of year for our Annual World Trade Centers Day Awards and Celebration. After 9/11 the World Trade Centers Association, in cooperation with the United Nations, chartered a day in May for all World Trade Centers to celebrate "World Trade Centers Day," to honor global peace and prosperity through trade. On May 11th at the National Constitution Center, we will gather the international business community and once again honor a global business leader and two member companies for their global vision, achievement and contribution to making Greater Philadelphia a world-class region.
Throughout the year, we remain committed to providing you with informative and timely programs to support your global success. Please refer to our calendar of events and join us for our upcoming events on China, Mexico and Cuba, among others.
We also hope to hear more from you. Follow us on social media and if you aren't already a member of the WTCGP, please consider joining.
Linda Mysliwy Conlin
President, World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA, PA – Pennoni, an award-winning multidiscipline engineering, science, and design consulting firm, is pleased to announce the expansion and relocation of its corporate headquarters in the City of Philadelphia. The firm will relocate from its current 3001 Market Street location to a newly renovated space at 1900 Market Street, in Center City Philadelphia. The move is scheduled to take place in March of 2017.
“We are thrilled about the opportunity to remain in the City of Philadelphia,” said Pennoni’s President & CEO, Anthony S. Bartolomeo. “A lot of careful consideration was put into the selection process of our new home. We consulted with numerous clients and teaming partners, as well as the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation. While it is a difficult decision to leave our current location in University City, we are delighted about the opportunities presented by the move. Our new location will allow us to continue to grow our firm and continue to serve our clients in the Philadelphia area, as well as across the globe. We are excited to be part of the continued renaissance of the City.”
The relocation comes on the heels of the firm celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016, with all 50 of those years spent headquartered in the City of Philadelphia. The new location on the southwest corner of 19th and Market Streets was recently renovated and allows Pennoni to continue to provide uninterrupted services to clients throughout the Greater Philadelphia region and beyond.
“Pennoni has always had strong roots in Philadelphia, beginning with the establishment of a small structural engineering firm in West Philadelphia in March of 1966”, said Pennoni Founder & Chairman C.R. “Chuck” Pennoni. “Over the last five decades, the firm has been involved in the planning, design, and construction of some of Philadelphia’s most iconic landmarks. As we look to the next 50 years in business, we reaffirm our commitment to the City of Philadelphia and relationships we have established with our local clients.”
Dr. Julie Mostov will be receiving the 2017 Dish It Up Woman of The Year Award by the Women Against Abuse at their annual fundraising event, featuring female celebrity chefs, on Wednesday, March 29th. Dr. Mostov is also on the board of Women Against Abuse.
Steven S. Bradley will be receiving the Economic Development Champion Award from the Philadelphia Business Journal at the "Best Real Estate Deals of 2016" event at SugarHouse Casino on March 21. This event will honor the top real estate deals of 2016.
Now, more than ever before, we need to remain engaged and up-to-date on what's happening in global trade and we did just that at our 14th Annual Global Business Conference.
At a very quick glance, here's a just a snippet of the conference:
Click here for Conference pics
Mar 3, 2017
As President Trump works to come up with a plan to create jobs, he may want to look to Paulsboro, New Jersey. The blue-collar town due east of the Philadelphia International Airport is opening a 200-acre shipping port, the first major port to be built on the Delaware River in the last 50 years.
With a giant steel ship as their backdrop, local officials who braved the windy weather Thursday said the port would be an attractive location to shippers and spur economic growth in South Jersey.
"I hope I don't offend anybody," said Mayor Gary Stevenson, hinting at the Trump phrase he was about to employ, "but I believe this port will make Paulsboro great again!"
Port officials said most of the 100 workers on the docks right now live in Gloucester County, and they claimed that the port could employ a thousand workers as more customers sign on.
Go to Newsworks.org for details on the port's first customer.
Science Center Celebrating Immigrant Entrepreneurs Call for Nominations Opens for Innovators Walk of Fame
Science Center Celebrating Immigrant Entrepreneurs Call for Nominations Opens for Innovators Walk of Fame
PHILADELPHIA--(March 6, 2017) – America was built on the twin bedrocks of immigration and entrepreneurship. In 2017, the University City Science Center will shine a light on immigrant entrepreneurs whose discoveries, inventions and contributions have transformed our world as it solicits nominations for its Innovators Walk of Fame. The Call for Nominations opens Monday, March 6, 2017 and runs through Friday, May 19, 2017.
The Innovators Walk of Fame (IWOF) celebrates Philadelphia’s innovation story by honoring individuals who have made groundbreaking contributions to the scientific and entrepreneurial communities. Launched in 2013 to commemorate the Science Center’s 50th anniversary, the Innovators Walk of Fame highlights the diverse tradition of discovery and innovation in the Greater Philadelphia region. Past honorees have made groundbreaking contributions to the scientific and entrepreneurial communities that have revolutionized the local, regional and global landscape.
As the Science Center examines Greater Philadelphia’s innovation story through different prisms, the third class of the Innovators Walk of Fame celebrates the immigrant entrepreneurs who have transformed the world with their ideas, inventions, and creativity.
“This talented and motivated group is creating technologies and products that are transforming our world – and our economy,” says Science Center President & CEO Stephen S. Tang, Ph.D., MBA. “When immigration and entrepreneurship intersect, magic can – and often does – happen. The Innovators Walk of Fame will recognize these brilliant people, their bright ideas, the companies they form and the jobs they create.”
Nominees are not limited by industry or type of innovation. Instead, successful nominations will complete this sentence: “If not for this immigrant entrepreneur, the world would be a lesser place because…..”
Nominees, living or deceased must have a connection to the Greater Philadelphia region (including southern New Jersey and northern Delaware). To submit a nomination, visit www.sciencecenter.org/discover/iwof by May 19, 2017.
Inductees to the Innovators Walk of Fame will be announced at the Science Center’s Nucleus event on September 14, 2017.
Innovators Walk of Fame promotional partners for 2017 include African American Chamber of Commerce; American Heart Association; Arts + Business Council of Greater Philadelphia; Association for Women in Science, Philadelphia Chapter; Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs; British American Business Council; Campus Philly; The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia; The Chemical Heritage Foundation; Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce; Citizen Diplomacy International Philadelphia; City of Philadelphia; Delaware BioScience Association; Delaware State Chamber of Commerce; Drexel University Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship; Economy League of Greater Philadelphia; Flying Kite/Keystone Edge; French American Chamber of Commerce; Global Philadelphia Association (GlobalPhilly); Governor's Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs; HAIS; Inspiring Women in STEM; International House Philadelphia; Knowledge@Wharton; LATISM (Latinos in Tech, Innovation and Social Media; Life Sciences PA; Med City News; Mt. Airy USA - Philadelphia Immigrant Innovation Hub; Network of Women in Computer Technology; New Jersey Chamber of Commerce; New Jersey Technology Council; Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship; Pennsylvania Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs; Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC); Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau/ PHL Life Sciences/PHL Diversity; Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technology (PACT); Philadelphia Free Library; Philadelphia Israel Chamber of Commerce; Philadelphia Science Festival; Philly Startup Leaders; Technical.ly Philly; Technology Forum of Delaware; Temple University Fox School of Business and Management’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute (IEI); Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanian’s; WHYY (NewsWorks); The Wistar Institute; UD Horn Program in Entrepreneurship; Villanova University Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship; Women’s Opportunities Resource Center; World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia; Young Involved Philadelphia.
About the Science Center
Located in the heart of uCity Square, the Science Center is a mission-driven nonprofit organization that catalyzes and connects innovation to entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. For 50+ years, the Science Center has supported startups, research, and economic development in the life sciences, healthcare, physical sciences, and emerging technology sectors. As a result, graduate firms and current residents of the Science Center’s incubator support one out of every 100 jobs in the Greater Philadelphia region and drive $13 billion in economic activity in the region annually. By providing resources and programming for any stage of a business’s lifecycle, the Science Center helps scientists, entrepreneurs and innovators take their concepts from idea to IPO – and beyond. For more information about the Science Center, go to www.sciencecenter.org
By Art Swift
FEBRUARY 16, 2017
In US, Record-High 72% See Foreign Trade as Opportunity
African Educator Shows Students from Stockton, Area Schools
How Music Connects Global Culture
Benon Kigozi Also Does Workshops for South Jersey Teachers, Churches
Galloway, N.J. - Benon Kigozi of Uganda, a noted educator and jazz pianist, recently spent 10 days teaching students and teachers from South Jersey schools, Delaware State University and Stockton University about African performance traditions and how they relate to our shared history and global culture.
“Generally wherever I have been, I have been met with a lot of enthusiasm, both at the university and in the schools - people have been really expecting something different and new,” Kigozi said of his experience here.
Kigozi spoke to five Stockton classes and did a workshop with the Stockton Oratorio Society as part of his Feb.11-23 residency which also included visits to local schools, churches and community groups.
“Students have been very enthusiastic and played drums, sang and danced. And they learned the characteristics of call and response, through which they’ve understood how communal participation is part of the African culture,” he continued. In music, a call and response is a succession of two distinct phrases usually played by different musicians, where the second phrase is heard as a direct commentary on or response to the first. It is also used in singing hymns and responding to ministers’ sermons in many black churches.
African performance traditions were integrated as learning tools in several types of classes, including one taught by Donnetrice Allison, associate professor of Communications and Africana Studies. As Allison showed a film and led a discussion exploring how Christian missionary work was often intertwined with western enslavement of Africans, Music Professor Beverly Vaughn entered the classroom, along students carrying with dozens of black plastic buckets.
Very quickly, Kigozi had smiling students beating time on the buckets and singing as he played his African drum and sang a traditional song of thanks. A key piece of the lesson was how Africansociety held different religious beliefs and honored different social principles, including the importance of communal decision-making, exemplified by call and response. These beliefs, Allison noted, were not understood or valued by Europeans seeking free labor.
Kigozi also visited Absegami, Cedar Creek and Atlantic City high schools, as well as the New York Avenue, Martin Luther King and Uptown elementary schools in Atlantic City.
Kigozi provided a workshop for area teachers through the Southern Regional Institute& Educational Technology Training Center (SRI&ETTC) on the elements of African music, showing how they could incorporate it as an academic teaching tool in their classrooms. He also did a workshop at Delaware State University, a historically black public university in Dover.
He met Atlantic City Councilman Frank Gilliam, a Stockton alumnus, and Pleasantville school board member Bernice “Sandy” Couch, and had the opportunity to try African-American soul food at Kim and Kelsey’s Southern Cafe in Atlantic City. He also visited with Economics Professor Melaku Lakew, a native of Ethiopia who has organized many Books without Borders projects benefiting his homeland and other African nations.
At Stockton, he presented a free, public workshop, “A Sampling of Ugandan and East African Singing Music Traditions and Performance Practices,” and gave a free, public lecture, “Indigenous Knowledge Systems as a Way of Africanizing Music Arts Education through Technology.”
He also gave workshops for Mount Zion Baptist Church in Pleasantville and Central United Methodist Church in Linwood.
Kigozi is a senior staff member at the Department of Performing Arts and Film at Makerere University in Uganda. He is president of the Pan African Society for Musical Arts Education (PASMAE), president of the Uganda Society for Musical Arts Education (USMAE), and chair for Music In Africa Foundation on Education and Content. He previously served as head of Music at Africa University in Zimbabwe.
As visiting lecturer, Kigozi has presented research papers and conducted workshops at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, Texas Tech University, University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Cambridge University and the University of Glasgow in the U.K., Kabarak University in Kenya, University of Pretoria in South Africa, Kyambogo University in Uganda, Africa University, and in other countries including Greece, China, Malaysia and Italy.
He was surprised by how little many people he met knew about Africa.
“They don’t have an idea that Uganda is just a country and Africa is a continent,” he said. “A student in Delaware asked me about an instrument from West Africa as if I should know all about it. But I am from East Africa.”
Music Professor Beverly Vaughn, along with Associate Music Professor Christopher Di Santo, organized the visit after receiving funding from the university’s 2020 Initiatives program.
“This is the first time that the Music Program has been able to bring an artist and academician of this caliber to our campus for a 10-day residency,” said Vaughn. “This has changed our program and increased its visibility in the community.
“More importantly, this has given our students and the Stockton community a look into the wider world, realizing that we all live in a global culture and support each other,” she said. “We will not forget learning lessons through musical stories, communal decision-making and how these relate to our own western ideas. Our students’ awareness of the world has opened and we look forward to greater bridges being built between Kampala and Galloway, thanks to Dr. Benon Kigozi.”
In January 2017 the Philadelphia port handled 50,152 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs), under the same month the previous year the port handled 36,813 TEUs. TEUs is a standard measure for container cargo.
Imports at Philadelphia port at all-time high in January
News from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Imports: Part of America’s Secret Sauce
Stockton’s Atlantic City Campus Wins Award as N.J. Leading Infrastructure Project
Alliance for Action Cites Partners in Atlantic City Gateway Project
Galloway, N.J. - Stockton University’s Atlantic City campus was recognized as one of New Jersey’s Leading Infrastructure Projects with an award from the New Jersey Alliance for Action, a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of over 2,500 business, labor, professional, academic and government leaders.
The campus is part of the $210 million Atlantic City Gateway Project, which includes an academic building which will eventually accommodate 1,800 students, residences for 530 students, a parking garage with over 800 spaces and a new office tower for South Jersey Gas. The campus, currently under construction, is expected to open in fall 2018.
The Gateway Project is a public-private partnership with Atlantic City Development Corp. or AC Devco, at the intersection of Atlantic, Albany, and Pacific avenues in Atlantic City.
“Stockton is pleased to be recognized for the impact its Atlantic City campus will have on the city, the region and the state,” said Stockton President Harvey Kesselman, who accepted the award on behalf of the university. “Our mission is to provide a high-quality, affordable, accessible education to a diverse population, enabling more college students to stay in New Jersey and more graduates to succeed in their chosen fields. In addition to the proven benefits of having a highly educated workforce available, the construction and then continuous operation of this facility will provide an ongoing economic stimulus as businesses expand to serve our students, faculty and staff, many of whom will live in the city.”
“The university is grateful for this award, which includes many of our partners, such as AC Devco, county and state government, South Jersey Industries, unions and professional contractors, all of us working cooperatively to bring this project to fruition,” Kesselman said.
The Alliance awards program was created to highlight innovative, pioneering and landmark construction initiatives that greatly impact the state’s economy and to honor the businesses and organizations that work together as partners to ensure the project’s success, said Alliance President Philip K. Beachem.
“The Stockton University – Atlantic City Gateway project is a great example of what can be done when organizations work as a team to develop a fantastic project,” Beachem said.
The 6th annual awards ceremony was held Feb. 10 at the Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township, N.J., and highlighted several billion dollars in infrastructure projects and their impact on New Jersey.
The Alliance also recognized these organizations for their work on the project:
News from Ben Franklin Technology Partners
Ben Franklin Seeks Emerging Fintech Companies in Greater Philadelphia for New Accelerator Program, in Partnership with Village Capital
The program will better prepare startups for raising capital and make valuable connections with advisors, mentors, investors, and potential customers in the region’s finance sector
Philadelphia, PA - Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (“Ben Franklin”) is announcing its Call for Companies for its Fintech Accelerator program, in partnership with D.C.-based Village Capital. The deadline to apply is March 10.
The intensive investment readiness program will run from April – June and will focus on Greater Philadelphia’s opportunities in financial services technology innovation by cultivating and assisting early-stage fintech companies. As part of the VilCap Communities program, the Ben Franklin Fintech Accelerator will employ Village Capital’s unique peer review methodology, empowering the entrepreneurs themselves to evaluate each other’s early-stage businesses across nine indicators of investment readiness. Ben Franklin will invest a minimum of $25,000 in each of the two startups chosen by their peers at the end of the accelerator.
Ben Franklin is leveraging its extensive network of regional mentors and advisors, proven ability to coach early stage ventures to first investments, and readiness of capital to invest in promising early stage ventures, to create this 12-week accelerator program. The cohort will consist exclusively of Greater Philadelphia companies focused on fintech innovation, and will connect these companies to Village Capital’s global network of communities.
“Ben Franklin’s mission in Greater Philadelphia is well aligned with Village Capital’s focus on facilitating innovation and entrepreneurship to develop communities,” said RoseAnn B. Rosenthal, President and CEO of Ben Franklin. “Consistent with our support for initiatives like ImpactPHL, Village Capital’s focus on democratizing entrepreneurship, and building the meaningful connections that grow communities, will help bring new national and international resources to companies in our region, and draw new attention to Philadelphia’s burgeoning technology ecosystem. We look forward to hosting a small cohort of entrepreneurs at Ben Franklin, offering them the deepest engagement we can offer, connecting top-flight, nationally recognized curriculum with the generous involvement of Ben’s broad network of investors and other stakeholders.”
Ross Baird, Village Capital's CEO, said, "With the launch of Ben Franklin’s Fintech Accelerator, Village Capital is pleased to build on its long-standing relationship with Philadelphia. We believe the combination of Village Capital’s proven investment readiness programming and unique peer reviewed investment process, coupled with the extensive network of relationships and resources that Ben Franklin and Greater Philadelphia can provide to startups, will provide best-in-class support for fintech entrepreneurs tackling problems in the financial services sector."
Village Capital program participants have raised over $220M in additional capital and have generated, with entrepreneurs who have graduated from its programs, over 11,000 jobs and served over 5.3 million customers. One year after a Village Capital program, alumni companies generated 43% more revenue, created 43% more jobs, and raised 8.6x more investment than a control group.
Throughout the program, participants will receive mentoring from industry experts and potential investors on business model development, customer hypothesis testing, financial modeling, partnership and customer development, and investor engagement. The entrepreneurs will also receive one-on-one time with mentors, industry experts, investors, top local business leaders, and potential customers.
Interested companies can learn more and apply here.
In this Philadelphia magazine business feature World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia President Conlin hints at the possible impact of a change in trade policy with Mexico. Mexico was Philadelphia’s third-biggest export market in 2015.
Just How Much Does Philly Trade With Mexico?
Philly aims to lure discretionary cargo from NE rivals
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