Mayor Nutter, Philadelphia Delegation Depart for Trade Mission to the UK and Israel

Philadelphia, November 1, 2013 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter departs this evening for a 10-day trade mission to the United Kingdom and Israel designed to promote Philadelphia, attract investment, and create trade opportunities for Philadelphia businesses joining the mission.  During the visit Mayor Nutter and Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, will meet with a range of companies interested in establishing a presence in Philadelphia.  The Philadelphia delegation arrives in London on Saturday, November 2nd, travels to Tel Aviv in Israel on Wednesday, November 6th, returning to Philadelphia early morning on Tuesday, November 12th.


“In a competitive global environment cities cannot afford to sit back and wait for companies and investment to find them,” said Mayor Nutter.  “Mayors must be aggressive in going out and finding opportunities, championing their cities, and that’s exactly what I intend to do in the United Kingdom and Israel.  I am particularly excited about the opportunities created for the Philadelphia companies that are part of this delegation.”


The City of Philadelphia has created a blog so that residents can track the progress of the trade mission at  In addition, tweets from the United Kingdom and Israel will include the hashtags #PHLinUK and #PHLinISRAEL respectively so that Philadelphians can follow the mission on Twitter.


Highlights of the United Kingdom leg of the trip include:


  • Attending the World Travel Market with PHLCVB to promote tourism in Philadelphia;
  • Touring London’s Tech City, a technology hub in East London, to learn about how cities can best support startups and entrepreneurs;
  • Speaking to a reception hosted by UK Trade and Investment for the Philadelphia delegation. At the reception, more than 200 UK companies interested in doing business in the U.S. will be in attendance;
  • Visiting London’s Olympic site to meet with London 2012 officials and discuss what it takes to bid for, plan, and implement an Olympic Games;
  • Meeting with His Royal Highness, The Earl of Wessex;
  • Unveiling a plaque at William Penn’s gravesite, Jordans Meeting House in Buckinghamshire;
  • Making significant announcements with the Mark Group and the Philadelphia Orchestra among others.


Highlights of the Israel leg of the trip include:

  • Meeting with leading political officials including Israeli President Shimon Peres, Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat, Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo Ron Huldai, and U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro;
  • Participating in a partnership announcement with CHOP, Drexel University and Hebrew University;
  • Meeting with leading figures from Israel’s venture capital, healthcare and life sciences communities to promote investment in Philadelphia and partnerships with Philadelphia institutions;
  • Visiting a range of startup incubators and entrepreneurs in Tel Aviv, one of the world’s leading startup hubs; and
  • Touring important cultural and heritage sites in Jerusalem and Bethlehem;

This trade mission was made possible by the support of a number of partners including the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, UK Trade and Investment, the Consulate-General of Israel, Select Greater Philadelphia, the International Visitors Council, the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia, Drexel University, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, the Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Comcast, Philadelphia Orchestra US Airways, British Airways, the United States Commercial Service, PHLCVB, Philadelphia International Airport, The Mark Group, Aberdeen Asset Management, London and Partners, Aecom, Pitango Venture Capital, Artisan Mobile, the British American Business Council, the Honorary British Consul, the Philadelphia Union, the Philadelphia Phillies, and Greenberg Traurig.


City officials as well as companies and partner organizations from the Philadelphia area will go on the trade mission. Costs for City of Philadelphia officials will be covered by Select Greater Philadelphia. All businesses and organizations will cover their own travel and accommodation costs.  The following people will be part of Philadelphia’s official delegation:


City of Philadelphia:


  • Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development
  • Rina Cutler, Deputy Mayor for Transportation and Utilities (Israel only)
  • Desiree Peterkin-Bell, City Representative/Director of Communications
  • Luke Butler, Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development
  • Shinjoo Cho, Director of International Investment, Department of Commerce
  • Lauren Walker, Special Assistant to the Mayor
  • Kait Privitera, Photographer


Companies (UK)

  • Bob Moul, Artisan Mobile
  • Ellen D. Lutz, Clean Markets
  • Gary Marshall, Aberdeen Asset Management
  • Hope Krebs, Duane Morris
  • Jane Rosenberg, British American Business Council
  • Karen Daroff, Daroff Design
  • Marcus Iannozzi, Message Agency
  • Michael Brown, Environmental Construction
  • Michael Kelsen, MIRO Capital Partners
  • Oliver Franklin, Electronic Ink
  • Paul Schoff, Eckert Seamans
  • Paul Trenholm, Derbyshire Machine & Tool
  • Renold Capocasale, FlowMetric
  • Robert Cheetham, Azavea
  • Steven Bradley, African American Chamber of Commerce
  • Craig Hamilton, Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Alison Grove, Philadelphia Orchestra


Companies (Israel)


  • Bruce Brownstein, Knowledge@Wharton
  • Cliff Goldstein, Amidex Israel Fund
  • Josh Cline, Cline Group & INE Ventures
  • Manish Ingle, NovaProbe
  • Michael Brown, Environmental Construction
  • Michael Kelsen, MIRO Capital Partners
  • Paul Grossinger, INE Ventures
  • Randy Schulz, American Israel Business Lab
  • Steven Bradley, African American Chamber
  • Steven Nichtberger, ControlRad Systems
  • Wayne Kimmel, 76 Capital/Benjamin’s Desk


Partners (UK)


  • Nick Astbury, UKTI
  • Rebecca Lewis, UKTI
  • Jane Betchley, UKTI
  • Jack Ferguson, PHLCVB
  • Brian Said, PHLCVB
  • Danielle Cohn, PHLCVB
  • Richard Kilner, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Martin Lewis, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania


Partners (Israel)


  • Nancy Gilboy, International Visitors Council
  • Robin Schatz, Jewish Federation
  • Seth Vogelman, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Beth Cohen, Greenberg Traurig
  • Brian Said, PHLCVB
  • Dr. Steven Altschuler, The Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania
  • Peter Grollman, The Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania
  • President John Fry, Drexel University
  • Julie Mostov, Drexel University


The delegation’s itinerary for the trade mission is as follows:



Friday, 1 November 2013



Philadelphia International Airport to London Heathrow

Saturday, 2 November 2013


Arrive LHR


Plaque unveiling at the Gravesite of William Penn


Meet with Temple University Rome Campus Students


Sunday, 3 November 2013


Tour of London in PHL-wrapped cabs


Official Delegation Welcome by UKTI Nick Astbury and Rebecca Lewis

7PM – 9:30PM

World Travel Market VIP Reception sponsored by PHLCVB and Philadelphia International Airport

Monday, 4 November 2013


Formal Delegation Welcome and Introductions by

HM Deputy Consul General, Nick Astbury

US Embassy


UK Economic Briefing

by UKTI and US Commercial Services

Objective: This session will provide an overview of the current economic policy and position of the UK, which will set the scene for the delegates program

10:30AM – 11:45AM

Tour of Houses of Parliament


1:15PM – 3PM

Networking lunch with Doing Business in the US Seminar


1:45PM – 2:15PM

Meeting with HRH, The Earl of Wessex

2:40PM – 3PM

Mayor to provide closing remarks at Doing Business in the US Session

Objective: to provide comments on why this trade mission is important, the Mayor’s views of trade between the UK and Philadelphia and his thoughts on future collaborations. Useful to include major city propositions

3PM – 4:15PM

Energy Efficiency and Built Environment Roundtable

Hosted by The Mark Group

Objective: to share best practices and benchmark the UK’s energy efficiency model with developments in Philadelphia


Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger FDI Meeting


Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger FDI Meeting


Meeting with Sir John Armitt, Former Chairman of Olympic Delivery Authority

6:30PM – 8:30PM

Client Reception

Hosted by Lord Green, Minister of State for Trade & Investment

Objective: To network with around 200 FDI and trade clients.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

8:30AM – 9:30AM

Meeting with Lord Green, Minister for Trade & Investment

10AM – 11AM

Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger FDI Meeting

11AM – 1PM

Ministerial Summit at World Travel Market

1PM – 2:30PM

Visit Philadelphia Exhibit at World Travel Market

Interviews and tourism promotion with PHLCVB

3PM – 3:40PM

Visit to Tech City

4PM – 5 PM

Meeting with Tim Luke (Special Advisor to PM) & Joanna Shields (CEO of Tech City)

No 10, Downing Street


Meeting with Sir Edward Lister, Deputy Mayor of Policy & Planning and Chief of Staff, City of London

7PM –10:30PM

Ministerial VIP Dinner, World Travel Market


Wednesday, 6 November 2013


Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger FDI Meeting


Mayor investment meeting



Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger FDI Meeting

12PM – 2PM

Infrastructure Roundtable

3PM – 5PM

Tour of Olympic Site


London Heathrow Airport to Tel Aviv








Heathrow Airport to Ben Gurion Airport



Mayor & Ambassador Shapiro Meeting

US Embassy


Israel Economic Briefing


Doing Business In Israel


4:30PM – 5PM

Meeting of Mayor Nutter & Mayor Huldai

5:30PM – 6:30PM

Welcome Reception with Mayor Huldai

 Historic Town Hall


6:30PM – 8PM

Dinner Reception with Mayor Huldai

8PM – 10PM

Tour of Tel Aviv


Friday, 8th November

10AM – 11AM

Visit to Yafo

Port, Slope/Coastal Park and Flea Market

1PM – 2PM

Lunch in Yafo


Return to Hotel


Shabbat Dinner

Hosted by Jewish Federation

Saturday, 9th November

9AM – 5PM

Jerusalem & Bethlehem Tour

7PM – 9PM

Wharton/Penn Alumni Reception

Sunday, 10th November


Venture Capital Roundtable


Microsoft Incubator


Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger FDI Meeting

1:30PM – 3:30PM

Start Up City Tour

Innovative urban work space for entrepreneurship and innovation

5PM – 9PM

Jewish Federation General Assembly VIP Reception

Monday, 11th November


Mayor business meeting


Mayor business meeting

2PM – 3:30PM

Visit to Yad Vashem

Hosted by Jewish Federation


Meeting with President Shimon Peres


Meeting with Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat


Drexel, CHOP, and Hebrew University Signing Ceremony




Ben Gurion Airport to Philadelphia

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