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WTC REVIEW | PHILADELPHIA SUMMER 2017
Follow WTCGP updates, member highlights, trade and event announcements, special reports, and more with the latest WTC Review.
On May 18th, the Philadelphia Business Journal reported that the Philadelphia Department of Commerce will be participating in a three week trade and investment mission to Asia beginning May 23rd.
On June 2, 2016, the WTCGP hosted a meeting at White and Williams, for a delegation of 7 officials from World Trade Center Tianjin, China. Eric Cao, WTC Tianjin Executive Director and Deputy Division Chief, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, and Zhang Tiejun, Deputy Director, People’s Government of Tianjin Binhai New Area, set in place the initial steps to explore expanded trade and investment opportunities between Tianjin, the Binhai New Area and Greater Philadelphia. Participants included WTCGP members and leaders of Philadelphia’s international business organizations. Located in northern coastal China, Tianjin is the fourth largest municipality with a total population of more than 15 million people. Tianjin is a hub city for international shipping and logistics, manufacturing and research, and development. Created in 2009, Tianjin Binhai New Area is located in the coastal region of the Tianjin municipality. Designated by the Chinese government as a special Free Trade Zone, Binhai has an international seaport, and an international airport and is a 33-minute high-speed train ride from Beijing. There are 141 Global 500 companies with operations in Binhai New Area.
Stockton Aviation Research and Technology Park To Bring Jobs, Diversify Region’s Economy
Ground Broken for First of Seven Buildings Adjacent to FAA
“Aviation drives $1.5 trillion - or 5.4 percent of G.D.P (Gross Domestic Product),” said Deputy Director Jaime Figueroa of the FAA Tech Center. “SARTP is positioned to leverage the economic possibilities of aviation.” He added, “The money that’s earned here will be spent here.”
“This is just the beginning of Atlantic County’s future,” said County Executive Dennis Levinson, adding that tourism and gaming are still important but economic diversification is necessary. “This is why we put our money where our mouth is.”
The Atlantic County Improvement Authority (ACIA) helped to provide financing for the building, which is scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2018, said John Lamey, the ACIA’s executive director.
Stockton President Harvey Kesselman said the research park is a collaboration “between the academy and industry,” offering Stockton and other universities opportunities in research and education.
“We consider this project to be a central instrument for change,” Kesselman said, adding that Stockton’s commitment to the project “will be unwavering.”
All the speakers noted that the project has been a decade in the making, and cited the strong partnerships and determination needed to bring it to fruition. Howard Kyle, Levinson’s chief of staff, was singled out for praise, though Levinson joked, “That doesn’t mean you’re getting a raise, Howard.”
Edward H. Salmon, president of the SARTP Board of Trustees, said it took five partners to make this work:
Levinson also recognized Ambassador and former Congressman William J. Hughes, for whom the Tech Center is named, and LoBiondo, saying, “I don’t know where we would be without the two of them.”
LoBiondo said the SARTP is “a guarantee of opportunity which we have not had up to this point.” He praised Levinson as “a visionary always looking forward to what’s best for Atlantic County and the region.”
He also thanked Kesselman and Stockton for “stepping up in a way no other organization in the area could have done;” Joseph Sheairs, the SARTP’s former executive director, for his work in making construction of the first building a reality; and Kyle and his own chief of staff, Maryannie Harper, for a decade of work.
The congressman said the Tech Center will provide “cutting edge” expertise and research, “all right here.”
He introduced his fellow congressman, Democrat Rick Larsen of Washington’s 2nd District and the ranking member of the House aviation committee which LoBiondo chairs. Larsen said he represents 23,000 Boeing employees who live in his district and another 7,000 who work there. He is visiting South Jersey to learn more about the connections between the FAA Tech Center’s work and his district.
Larsen said the FAA staff is working on aviation cybersecurity and unmanned aircraft systems and how they will be used by businesses such as Amazon to deliver products. “Commercial space is literally the next frontier in the FAA’s world,” he said.
Stockton and the SARTP are members of the Virginia Tech team known as the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) chosen by the FAA to help with the testing of drones under the federal government's plan to commercialize unmanned aircraft systems over the next several years. Staff at the FAA also has a key role developing the NextGen system that will switch the nation’s air traffic control from a radar-based system to a satellite-based system.
The SARTP building was designed by AECOM, a multinational engineering firm with headquarters in Los Angeles which repeatedly has been ranked #1 in Engineering News Record’s “Top 500 Design Firms.” Command Company, Inc. of Egg Harbor City, N.J., is the general contractor, and the facility is being built by Hessert Construction Group LLC, of Marlton, N.J.
John Wiley and Joe Salvatore, both experienced leaders in aviation, have been named interim director of the SARTP as a team. A national search for a new, permanent director will be conducted.
For more information, visit: stockton.edu/sartp/
After September 11, 2001, the World Trade Centers Association, with support from the United Nations, chartered a day to be recognized around the world as "World Trade Centers Day." For more than a decade, Greater Philadelphia has marked World Trade Centers Day by recognizing the contributions of world trade centers toward peace and prosperity, and by saluting regional business leaders and companies whose global success enhances the economy of the region.
This year, World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia brings the celebration to The National Constitution Center on Independence Mall and honors 2017 Global Business Leadership Award recipient Dan Fitzpatrick of Citizens Bank, and 2017 Companies of the Year DFT® Inc. (PA) and Destination Maternity Corporation (NJ). Learn More
Philadelphia port sees growth in cargo imports
Member Company Sunhillo Corporation, of West Berlin, Camden County, was rated #11 in NJBIZ's 2017 ranking of the best small to medium sized companies to work at in NJ. As a global leader in surveillance data distribution and conversion products, Sunhillo Corporation has also been successful in keeping its employees happy since opening for business in 1991. Having grown to a team of just over fifty staff members, the firm recognizes that the best way to reward loyalty and performance is through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. Plus, the company offers flexible work hours, holiday bonuses, recognition programs and community initiatives. View Rankings (njbiz.com)
WTC leaders meet with Head of Business at Derry & Strabane District Council (Northern Ireland) in Philadelphia
On Monday, May 8, Linda Conlin, President of World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia (WTCGP) and Chief Operations Officer Dino Ramos, met with Kevin O’Connor, Head of Business at Derry & Strabane District Council in Northern Ireland to discuss mutual trade and investment opportunities between Northern Ireland and the Greater Philadelphia Area.
Philadelphia International Medicine and the Sociedad Mexicana de Cardiologia Announce Collaboration
Organizations enhancing the continuum of care together with advanced training opportunities
PHILADELPHIA, Pa., USA - Philadelphia International Medicine (PIM) and the Sociedad Mexicana de Cardiologia (SMC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance knowledge sharing among physicians in Philadelphia and Mexico that can enhance the health of their communities through advanced physician continuing education.
PIM and SMC agreed to create a knowledge bridge by linking cardiologists who are members of SMC to PIM and its network, which includes Temple University Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Fox Chase Cancer Center. This collaboration will provide SMC physicians with medical education, medical training, innovative uses of medical technology, and coordinated comprehensive patient care.
Under the terms of this agreement, Sociedad Mexicana de Cardiologia and Philadelphia International Medicine will focus on sharing medical knowledge and technology while also working to improve accessibility to highly skilled, continuing medical education and physician training while improving each party’s medical capabilities, research and patient care.
“It is an honor for the Mexican Society of Cardiology to collaborate with Philadelphia International Medicine. This new participation aims to bring both institutions closer together so that physicians from both organizations can receive a bi-directional benefit. This close relationship to the hospitals of Philadelphia International Medicine is intended to support the community and the teaching of medicine in our health system with cutting-edge technology and practices. No doubt the benefit will be mutual, taking the best of both worlds into one,” said Dr. Erick Alexanderson, Sociedad Mexicana de Cardiologia President.
The MOU specifically covers four areas of on-going continuing education including live, video conference seminars through PIM’s Global Education Media (GEM) program, physician medical education through the Physician Partnership Program (PPP), physician and consultant visits through conferences, patient referrals and second opinions.
“We look forward to this collaborative, continuous relationship with Sociedad Mexicana de Cardiologia. This opportunity allows PIM hospitals to engage and establish relationships with Mexico’s health care community expanding on their teaching mission. SMC physicians and PIM physicians sharing innovations and best practices will enhance both organizations in regards to medical education and the continuation of care for both communities,” said Leonard Karp, President and CEO of Philadelphia International Medicine.
Integration of the PIM and SMC relationship will begin by implementing the GEM program, connecting SMC physicians to PIM’s networked hospitals through interactive video seminars. In addition, the SMC cardiologists are scheduled to visit and observe the hospitals in the Philadelphia, where they will be paired with a mentor in early fall through the PPP program. Through the PPP program, SMC physicians will engage in a one-week intensive peer-to-peer clinical development program while forming relationships with physicians and the community in Philadelphia. The agreement also encourages PIM cardiologists to participate in the National Conference of Cardiology that will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico, hosted by SMC this November.
About Sociedad Mexicana de Cardiologia
Sociedad Mexicana de Cardiologia is the national academic society of cardiology in Mexico. SMC has a representative elected to sit as the President within its Governing Body. Located in the Federal District, SMC is the leading cardiology society within Mexico in research, development, and academic development of its faculty members.
About Philadelphia International Medicine
Philadelphia International Medicine (PIM) is a healthcare organization dedicated to bringing the services of seven prestigious Philadelphia area hospitals to the international community. PIM’s network includes Fox Chase Cancer Center, Temple University Hospital, and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital as anchor organizations and affiliate healthcare organizations include Wills Eye Hospital, Rothman Institute Orthopedics, the Vincera Institute, the Visiting Nurses Association, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and the Renfrew Center. Learn more about PIM by visiting www.philadelphiamedicine.com.
Leonard Karp Awarded the 2017 USCIPP International Services Leadership Award
Recognized for outstanding contributions to international healthcare
PHILADELPHIA, Pa., USA - Leonard Karp, president and CEO of Philadelphia International Medicine (PIM) was awarded the 2017 US Cooperative for International Patient Programs (USCIPP) International Services Leadership Award at the USCIPP annual meeting in New York.
USCIPP hosted its first Leadership Awards Dinner during its annual meeting honoring Karp’s accomplishments. Paul Farmer, MD, Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, was also honored with the 2017 USCIPP International Humanitarian and Global Health Leadership Award. USCIPP’s Leadership Award is presented to individuals for their contributions to international healthcare. USCIPP celebrated Karp’s outstanding leadership and lifetime commitment to improving international patient services and dedication to the USCIPP organization.
Karp assisted in the formation of PIM and has over 25 years of experience within the healthcare community. At PIM, he leads an organization whose goal is to establish the Philadelphia region as an international healthcare destination of choice. PIM is seen as an economic development initiative and works closely with city, state and federal commerce departments. PIM is the joint international office of the Fox Chase Cancer Center, Temple University Hospital and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and works with the Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, Renfrew Center, Rothman Institute, Vincera Institute and Wills Eye Hospital.
In accepting the award, Karp called on USCIPP to do more to help train the next generation of leaders. “As I see it, while leadership may be an intrinsic trait, and can be measured and identified, without nurturing and mentorship it may remain a raw resource. As international medicine faces new challenges, how do we help develop the leadership to enable us all to thrive. How do we establish career ladders so that we can retain our best and brightest. And how do we become a profession, with knowledge sharing and collaboration between friends, even friends who do compete. That’s why I would encourage USCIPP to explore the establishment of a USCIPP Academy. The Academy would be a safe place where future leaders in this field could go for a one or two-week, intensive program to learn best practices, delve into global trends, identify solutions to emerging issues, and form life-long friendships.”
Karp is a founding member of USCIPP and has severed in a number of capacities including being a member on the USCIPP’s Advisory Council. Karp has also advocated for the expansion of the international healthcare field by serving as a members of the US Commerce Department’s Healthcare Team Export Council and as an international trade advisor for the US Trade Representative and Department of Commerce.
About US Cooperative for International Patient Program
The US Cooperative for International Patient Programs is a membership association of 66 US hospitals, health systems and academic medical centers that offer international services to patients and providers; it is the only reliable source of data on international patients traveling to the US to receive treatment. A program of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL), USCIPP supports its members by expanding global access to US expertise in high-quality healthcare, promoting the adoption of cultural sensitivity best practices, and improving the international patient experience. For more information, please visit uscipp.net.
About Philadelphia International Medicine
Philadelphia International Medicine (PIM) is a healthcare organization dedicated to bringing the services of nine prestigious Philadelphia area hospitals to the international community. PIM’s network includes Fox Chase Cancer Center, Temple University Hospital, and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital as anchor organizations and affiliate healthcare organizations include Wills Eye Hospital, Rothman Institute Orthopedics, the Vincera Institute, the Visiting Nurses Association, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and the Renfrew Center. Learn more about PIM by visiting www.philadelphiamedicine.com.
The $220 million project includes the redevelopment of a new South Jersey Gas headquarters, as well as a campus for Stockton University. Stockton University, a World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia Leadership Council Member, is expected to open the new $170 million campus next fall.
AC DEVCO Breaks Ground for Atlantic City Gateway
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