Philadelphia, July 13, 2015 — Mayor Michael A. Nutter will visit Germany this week to establish a new Sister City relationship with the city of Frankfurt, Philadelphia’s first new Sister City in twenty-three years. Following two days in Frankfurt, Mayor Nutter will travel to Tel Aviv, Israel to meet with a range of local companies interested in establishing a U.S. presence with the help of Israeli companies that have already committed to move to Philadelphia based on Mayor Nutter and Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger’s 2013 trade mission to Israel and subsequent Israeli business delegations to Philadelphia.
“Frankfurt is one of the world’s great global cities and I am proud that Philadelphia will now count this great German city among its closest partners,” said Mayor Nutter. “Frankfurt joins the ranks of Philadelphia’s Sister Cities, one of which is Tel Aviv and with which we have developed a very close relationship resulting in a number of Israeli companies choosing Philadelphia for their U.S. base. These trade missions help to raise Philadelphia’s international profile and send the message that Philadelphia is a welcoming city for innovative, international companies.”
Mayor Nutter visits the city of Frankfurt at the invitation of Lord Mayor Peter Feldmann who travelled to Philadelphia in July 2014. At that time, both mayors agreed to establish a Sister City relationship in order to foster economic, educational, and cultural partnerships between the two cities. During his visit Mayor Nutter will participate in a signing ceremony with Mayor Feldmann and U.S. Consul General Kevin C. Milas. Mayor Nutter will also speak to sixty business leaders at a dinner hosted by the Frankfurt offices of Philadelphia law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.
“When I visited Philadelphia last July, I was fascinated by this bustling city and its open and welcoming citizens,” said Lord Mayor Peter Feldmann. “I am happy Mayor Nutter and his delegation is now coming to Frankfurt to sign the Sister City agreement. It’s a huge honor for us that Philadelphia will add Frankfurt as a Sister City. We have had excellent feedback and many people are willing to make this partnership a truly active one. I am sure it will be a huge success not only today, but in the long term.”
Mayor Nutter will depart Frankfurt for Tel Aviv, a Sister City to both Philadelphia and Frankfurt, where he will embark upon a three-day program focused on showcasing Philadelphia as a welcoming city for Israeli companies looking to establish a presence in the United States.
He will be supported by a number of Israeli companies that have already made a commitment to invest in Philadelphia including:
Pango, a mobile technology company which will open an office at Pipeline and will partner with the Philadelphia Parking Authority;
Pico, a photo sharing technology company participating in the DreamIt Ventures program;
PhysiMax, a healthcare technology company opening a Philadelphia office which was part of a October 2014 delegation to Philadelphia, led by leading Israeli investor Chemi Peres at Mayor Nutter’s invitation;
Simlat, a drone technology company which is seriously considering a Philadelphia presence and which Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger met with during the Mayor Nutter’s November 2013 visit to Tel Aviv;
WeWork, one of the world’s largest network of co-working spaces with space in Tel Aviv which is opening a 30,000 square foot co-working space in Philadelphia at the Piazza in Northern Liberties later this year. WeWork will host Mayor Nutter for a tour of their space and a reception with the companies located there in Tel Aviv.
In addition, Mayor Nutter will meet with an Israeli delegation of life sciences company representatives who recently visited Philadelphia for the BIO Convention; two water technology companies looking for entry into the U.S. market; a transportation-related technology company which is looking to move to Philadelphia; a group of leading Israeli venture capitalists; and a number of cyber security companies that recently visited Philadelphia. He will also visit SoSA TLV, one of the leading startup communities in Israel for meetings with companies at the invitation of Chemi Peres of Pitango Venture Capital.
“Philadelphia is increasingly on the global radar as a great startup city and a city that welcomes international companies,” said Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development. “The fact that Israeli companies who have already chosen Philadelphia are helping us recruit new businesses is testament to the fact that we must continue to raise our profile and build these relationships.”
Mayor Nutter will also visit the Netivot – Sedot Negev region of Israel, a partnership region with the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, home to the recently dedicated mural developed in collaboration with the Mural Arts Program following a December 2012 visit by Jane Golden and then-Chief Cultural Officer Gary Steuer.
Mayor Nutter will depart for Frankfurt tomorrow evening, heading to Tel Aviv on Friday morning, and returning to Philadelphia early morning on Tuesday 21st July. He will be joined by Desiree Peterkin-Bell, City Representative and Director of Communities (Tel Aviv only); Luke Butler, Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development; Sapna Bhatt, Director of International Investment; Nancy Gilboy, CEO, Citizens Diplomacy International (Frankfurt only); Lydia Sarson, Executive Director, German American Chamber of Commerce of Philadelphia (Frankfurt only); and Vered Nohi-Becker, Executive Director, Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce (Tel Aviv only). The cost of the trip will be covered by Select Greater Philadelphia, the City of Frankfurt, and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP (Frankfurt office).
The City of Philadelphia has received support for this trade mission from many partners including the City of Frankfurt, City of Tel Aviv, Consulate-General of Israel, Citizens Diplomacy International, Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce, German American Chamber of Commerce, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Select Greater Philadelphia, PHLCVB, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Greenberg Traurig, Pitango Venture Capital, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, DreamIt Ventures, WeWork, and SeventySix Capital.