Delegation of business and government officials led by Lord Mayor Peter Feldmann


Philadelphia, November 10, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter will welcome a delegation from Frankfurt, Germany led by Lord Mayor Peter Feldmann to Philadelphia this week to celebrate the new Sister City relationship between Philadelphia and Frankfurt and to explore business and educational partnerships between the two cities.  The Sister City relationship, Philadelphia’s first new Sister City in twenty-three years, was formally established at a ceremony in July 2015 in Frankfurt at which Mayor Nutter and Lord Mayor Feldmann signed the agreement.  The delegation arrives this evening and leaves on Friday.


“I am delighted to welcome my friend Mayor Feldmann back to Philadelphia to return the hospitality he demonstrated to the Philadelphia delegation when we visited Frankfurt earlier this year,” said Mayor Nutter.  “We are incredibly lucky to have one of Europe’s leading cities as a Sister City and I am excited about the partnerships and exchanges which will come to fruition in the coming years.  It is through these sorts of relationships that we will continue to build Philadelphia’s global profile, enhanced recently by the World Meeting of Families and by the designation of Philadelphia as America’s first World Heritage City.”


Mayor Nutter visited the city of Frankfurt earlier this year at the invitation of Lord Mayor Peter Feldmann who traveled to Philadelphia in July 2014.  At that time, both mayors agreed to establish a Sister City relationship to foster economic, educational, and cultural partnerships between the two cities.  During his visit to Germany, Mayor Nutter participated in a signing ceremony with Mayor Feldmann and U.S. Consul General Kevin C. Milas and met with a range of business and government leaders in Frankfurt.


“After Mayor Nutter’s visit to Frankfurt in July, it was important to me to visit Philadelphia within his term as Mayor. It is my pleasure and honor to be here,” said Mayor Feldmann.  “We have an interesting working agenda for the next few days and we will celebrate the first German Day in Philadelphia together. I look forward to these opportunities to get together. I am sure we will build solid bridges for our partnership.”


During the three day visit to Philadelphia, the Frankfurt delegation, which also includes Deputy Mayor Jan Schneider and Frankfurt City Council Chairman Stephan Siegler, will meet with local business leaders at a lunch hosted by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; participate in roundtable discussions on the chemical, pharmaceutical, and IT sectors in Philadelphia and Frankfurt; visit the University of Pennsylvania which has a relationship with Goethe University, represented by President Birgitta Wolff, visit the Science Leadership Academy; and participate in a German Day flag raising ceremony at City Hall before many members of the delegation attend the German American Chamber of Commerce gala on Friday evening.  City Council President Darrell Clarke will also recognize the delegation during the regular session of City Council on Thursday.


The Philadelphia program of events is being organized by the group ‘Citizen Diplomacy International’ led by Nancy Gilboy, with the City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce, City of Philadelphia, Office of Innovation and Technology, German American Chamber of Commerce of Philadelphia, Select Greater Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania, and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.


Public schedule


Wednesday 11 November  
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Business lunch

Mayor Nutter to deliver remarks.

Morgan Lewis will host a lunch for the Frankfurt delegation and local business leaders at which Mayor Feldmann and members of his delegation will talk about the City of Frankfurt.  Morgan Lewis, a global law firm founded in Philadelphia in 1873, has maintained an office in Frankfurt for more than 25 years and hosted a dinner for the Philadelphia delegation to Frankfurt which Mayor Nutter led in July 2015.

Morgan Lewis, 1701 Market Street  
Thursday 12 November  
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Sister City agreement signing ceremony and reception

Mayor Nutter to deliver remarks.

Mayor Nutter and Mayor Feldmann will participate in a signing ceremony to mark the establishment of a new Sister City relationship between Philadelphia and Frankfurt.

Mayor’s Reception Room (signing ceremony) and Conversation Hall (reception), 2nd Floor, City Hall  
Friday 13 November  
10:30AM –


German Day: Flag Raising Ceremony

Mayor Nutter to deliver remarks.

Mayor Nutter and Mayor Feldmann will participate in a flag raising ceremony at City Hall, hosted by the German American Chamber of Commerce of Philadelphia.

North side of City Hall  
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