Month: September 2014

Mayor Nutter Opens Fall 2014 Philadelphia Public Policy Case Competition

Philadelphia, September 17, 2014– Mayor Michael A. Nutter opened the Fall 2014 Philadelphia Public Policy Case Competition to all undergraduate and graduate students in the Greater Philadelphia region. Following the success of the first-ever Philadelphia Public Policy Case Competition last spring, the Fall 2014 competition asks local students to offer innovative and impactful proposals in response to the question: What can the City of Philadelphia do to prevent the greatest number of students from dropping out of high school?rnrn“The goal of the Public Policy Case Competition is to inspire our local higher education students to consider their role in the Philadelphia community beyond their school, and what they can do to make the city a better place to live, work and visit,” said Mayor Nutter. “This competition encourages students to be invested in Philadelphia and to develop creative solutions to our city’s greatest challenges. Participating in this competition is an opportunity for students to experience public policy making. I would advise students to think outside the box and to offer new and innovative ways to address the complex challenge of addressing our high school dropout rate. It is a tremendous opportunity for students to truly get involved in Philadelphia public policy.”rnrnThe deadline for proposals is Friday, October 17th by 5PM. Requests for further information, including the prompt, submission guidelines and procedure can be directed to policy@phila.gov.rnrnThe Mayor’s Office of Policy Planning and Coordination and the Mayor’s Office of Education will select four finalists from the proposals. The four finalists will present before a panel of judges in City Hall on Friday, November 7th, which will be followed by a reception. The first-place team will be given the opportunity to present their proposal to Mayor Nutter, as well as tickets to a Philadelphia 76ers game in the Mayor’s box. All four teams that advance to the final round will receive a Certificate of Completion signed by the Mayor.rnrn“As a member of the judging panel for this competition last Spring, I was very impressed with the caliber of proposals we received from students” said Deborah Diamond, President of Campus Philly. “Campus Philly knows first-hand how creative and thoughtful the students on our local campuses are and we look forward to hearing their plans and recommendations for how to prevent students from dropping out of high school.”rnrnMaia Jachimowicz, Director of Policy, Mayor’s Office of Policy, Planning and Coordination, stated, “Hosting the case competition serves the dual purpose of soliciting new and creative proposals that can positively impact our city, while also opening the doors of City Hall to engage local students who are committed to public service.”rnrnThe Judging Panel for the Fall 2014 Case Competition is:rnrnDr. William Hite, Superintendent, Philadelphia School District;rnDr. Elliot Weinbaum, Program Director for Education Funding, William Penn Foundation;rnSimran Sidhu, Executive Director, YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School;rnDr. Lori Shorr, Chief Education Officer, Mayor’s Office of Education;rnDeborah Diamond, Executive Director, Campus Philly; andrnJamal Johnson, a 2014 graduate of YouthBuild and current student at Pierce College.rnThe case competition is managed by the Mayor’s Office of Policy, Planning and Coordination and the Mayor’s Office of Education and is co-sponsored by Campus Philly.

Congressman Fattah Announces Justice Grants to Temple University, Philadelphia Youth Violence Prevention Collaborative

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-02), the lead Democrat on the House Subcommittee responsible for Department of Justice (DOJ) funding, has announced that the agency has awarded grants to Temple University and the City of Philadelphia’s Youth Violence Prevention Collaborative (PYVPC) for two separate initiatives aimed at reducing violence in the community.rnrnTemple University was awarded $425,512 for a study that will test the impact of different police strategies on violence and property crime. The project—a collaboration between Temple academics and the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD)—will boost the data available on the success of predictive policing, an emerging tactic in law enforcement. By randomly assigning 20 PPD districts one of four experimental conditions, the study will attempt to answer whether different police responses to crime predictions estimated by a predictive policing software program can effectively reduce crime.rnrn”Temple University and the Philadelphia Police Department have worked together for years to increase public safety in our community and this new grant award will allow them to continue their concerted efforts in determining whether new technology can effectively predict and ultimately reduce crime,” Congressman Fattah said. “Not only does this research study have the potential to impact Philadelphia’s policing strategy, it will inform police tactics at leading policing organizations and police communities across the country.”rnrnThe $222,200 grant for PYVPC from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention will continue Philadelphia’s work as one of 10 cities around the country participating in The National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention. The award will support the continuation of their strategic plan and provide technical assistance for the School District of Philadelphia and other community partners.rnrnThe School District will use the funds to support the implementation of Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports (PBIS) in two high need Philadelphia schools. After the supports are successfully implemented, the District expects a twenty to sixty percent reduction in office discipline referrals and out-of-school suspensions, in addition to academic gains, decreased teacher and administrator involvement in discipline, and an increase in the amount of time students spend in the classroom.rnrn”The funds awarded to the Philadelphia Youth Violence Prevention Collaborative will allow them to continue their work reducing violence in our public schools and equipping students, parents, teachers, and administrators with the resources and training to best ensure our classrooms are safe and ensure the best possible environment for learning and academic success,” Congressman Fattah said. “The Philadelphia Youth Violence Prevention Collaborative has made great inroads in their holistic approach to reducing youth violence in our city. This additional DOJ funding will further support the implementation of their strategic plan that is working collectively with local agencies and partner organizations across the city to make our community a safe place for all, especially our young people.”rnrnIn his role as Ranking Member on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) and Related Agencies, Fattah has pushed to increase funding for Department of Justice programs, and in the FY15 House CJS bill was successful in securing an additional $382.8 million in funding over FY14 levels.rnrnFor additional information on the DOJ grant awards, please visit: http://ojp.gov/funding/funding.htm.rnrnwww.fattah.house.govrnrnSOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka FattahrnrnrnrnRELATED LINKSrnhttp://www.fattah.house.gov

Mayor Nutter Announces Online Resource Center At Kick-Off Of US2020 PHL

Philadelphia, September 15, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced a new online science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) resource center – a community, networking and information source for STEM professionals and organizations to learn more and participate in US2020 PHL, a high-impact STEM mentoring initiative focused on increasing youth access to careers in STEM fields. US2020 PHL is the City’s coalition-driven model, supported by title sponsor Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building materials company, to increase STEM mentoring and was one of seven winning innovative STEM mentorship models in the US2020 City Competition.rnrnThe US2020 PHL STEM online resource center (www.STEMcityPHL.org) will eventually house a STEM asset map that will provide a comprehensive overview of current STEM-related resources and a foundation for regional growth in high-demand STEM fields. Libraries, museums, universities, schools, nonprofits, and other organizations that offer STEM education programs will be able to connect to companies, individuals, and others STEM program supporters.rnrnThe resource center will also host US2020 PHL’s volunteer matching platform, which will link STEM professionals to local youth in mentoring relationships. Parents and teachers will have the ability to enroll their students in high-impact, out-of-school STEM mentoring opportunities, and educators will have access to professional development resources needed to bolster in-school instruction. The online space will be functional this fall.rnrn“Since being selected as a US2020 City Competition winner, our coalition of partners has been hard at work bringing new leaders from the public, private, educational and philanthropic communities to the table and outlining our next steps,” said Mayor Nutter. “The online resource center will serve as a solid foundation for connecting underserved youth to mentorship opportunities with STEM professionals, organizations and companies. I want to thank Saint-Gobain and all of our coalition partners for their support in this process and their commitment to Philadelphia’s next generation.”rnrnMayor Nutter also announced that the City of Philadelphia was selected by IBM for a Strategic Planning Impact Grant to help develop a city-wide framework for STEM education and workforce development called STEMcityPHL, of which the STEM mentorship work of US2020 PHL will play a prominent role.rnrn“STEM and innovation economy jobs are among the fastest growing sectors in Philadelphia. But unfortunately, many of our young people and adults lack the basic skills and knowledge required to work within these fields,” said Mayor Nutter. “By creating a city-wide, multi-faceted blueprint to coordinate resources and programs, we can identify gaps and increase STEM opportunities for Philadelphians of all ages. I would like to thank IBM for being a great partner to the City of Philadelphia and helping us open doors to STEM careers for citizens.”rnrnJohn Crowe, President and CEO, Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed Corporations, said, “Educating the next generation of the American workforce is vital to our city’s economic success and it starts with exciting Philadelphia’s youth about STEM fields of study and expanding their experiences in a diverse array of STEM careers. Taking STEM out of the classroom and into the real world will offer youth a clear pathway to stable, rewarding, in-demand careers that can ultimately help rebuild Philadelphia’s middle class while also creating a new generation of highly skilled STEM professionals that will keep Philadelphia’s business community thriving.”rnrnDiane Melley, Vice President, Global Citizenship Initiatives, IBM, added, “IBM offers a variety of resources for the education community so it can significantly increase our pipeline of STEM professionals in the U.S. to meet the needs of our workforce. IBM is pleased to support the City of Philadelphia with this IBM Strategic Planning Impact Grant to assist with the startup and launch of this important collaborative endeavor that will make our region even more competitive and successful.”rnrnThe announcement followed a keynote address by Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer and Planetarium Director for the Franklin Institute and panel discussion with Mayor Nutter and local STEM leaders, Darrell Williams, Vice President of Operations at Certain Teed Ceilings, a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain; Dr. Helen Giles-Gee, President, University of the Sciences; and Chris Lehman, Principal of Science Leadership Academy. The panel highlighted the importance of STEM education and current STEM efforts in Philadelphia.rnrn###rnrnAbout US2020rnrnUS2020 is a new organization formed through a partnership of leading education non-profits and corporate leaders in the STEM field. The long-term goal of the initiative is to mobilize 1 million STEM mentors annually by the year 2020, creating millions of moments of discovery – those life changing events when children launch rockets, build robots, write a computer program, or look into the farthest reaches of the universe. US2020 relies on a committed and growing community of public, private, non-profit and individual partners.rnrnAbout US2020 PHLrnrnThe strength of US2020 PHL comes from its growing coalition of more than 125 educational and corporate organizations that are committed to preparing and inspiring youth to pursue STEM careers. The US2020 PHL team welcomes individuals and organizations to join the STEM mentoring movement by becoming a Philadelphia Coalition member, and generating a local talent base that will become the city and region’s next generation of STEM professionals. For more information on US2020 and how to become a coalition member, please email:Kendrick.davis@phila.govrnrnAbout Saint-Gobain in North AmericarnrnSaint-Gobain, the world’s largest building materials company, has its North American headquarters in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. As the world leader in sustainable habitat, Saint-Gobain is committed to inventing solutions to help professionals and communities around the world build and renovate comfortable, healthy, economical and energy-efficient buildings. The company has more than 265 locations in North America and approximately 15,000 employees. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $7.9 billion in 2013.rnrnRecognized as a 2009 and 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Saint-Gobain earned the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. For more information about Saint-Gobain in North America, visit www.saint-gobain-northamerica.com and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.

Mayor Nutter To Launch US2020 PHL

WHO: Mayor Michael A. Nutterrnrn Dr. Lori Shorr, Chief Education OfficerrnrnDarrell Williams, Vice President of Operations, Certain Teed Ceilings a subsidiary of Saint-GobainrnrnDiane Melley, Vice President, Global Citizenship Initiatives, IBMrnrnDr. Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer and Director of Fels Planetarium Programs, The Franklin Institute (Keynote Speaker)rnrnWHAT: Mayor Nutter will participate in the launch event for US2020 PHL, a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) youth mentoring initiative. The event will include a panel discussion with local STEM leaders highlighting the importance of STEM learning opportunities for youth and the current STEM efforts in Philadelphia.rnrnFollowing the panel discussion, Mayor Nutter and US2020 PHL title sponsor Saint-Gobain will announce the details for the US2020 PHL high-impact STEM mentoring model, which features an online STEM resource center and volunteer matching platform.rnrnIn May 2014, Philadelphia was selected as one of seven winning cities in the US2020 City Competition for STEM Mentorship, which challenged cities to develop innovative models for dramatically increasing the number of STEM professionals mentoring and teaching students through hands-on projects. US2020 is specifically focused on increasing STEM opportunities and STEM excitement for girls, underrepresented minorities and children from low-income families.rnrnWHERE: 3417 Spruce Street, University of Pennsylvania, Houston Hall (Hall of Flags)rnrnWHEN: Monday, September 15, 2014rnrn AGENDArnrn8:30 AM – Registrationrnrn9:00 AM – Welcome and Keynote Address by Dr. Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer and Director of Fels Planetarium Programs, The Franklin Instituternrn9:20 AM – STEM Panel Discussion – hosted by Technically Philly’s Juliana Reyes and featuring panelists: Mayor Michael Nutter; Darrell Williams, Vice President of Operations, Certain Teed Ceilings, Saint-Gobain; Dr. Helen Giles-Gee, President, University of the Sciences; and Chris Lehmann, Principal, Science Leadership Academy.rnrn 10:10 AM – Press conference announcing the details of US2020 PHLrnrn 10:45 AM – US2020 PHL Coalition Meeting and Information Centerrnrn 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM – Lunch and STEM Community Mixer Event

City Of Philadelphia Office Of Property Assessment To Accept Homestead Exemption Applications Through December 1

Philadelphia homeowners encouraged to apply to receive real estate tax savings.rnrnPhiladelphia, September 12, 2014 – The City of Philadelphia announced that the Office of Property Assessment will accept applications for the Homestead Exemption after the September 13th deadline through December 1st.rnrn“To ensure that every eligible Philadelphian has the opportunity to apply for the Homestead Exemption and receive this important tax relief, the Office of Property Assessment will continue to accept applications,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “This tax savings program is free to apply for and will ultimately help put extra money into the pockets of Philadelphia homeowners, on average $402 in savings each year. I want to encourage every eligible, home-owning citizen to apply for the Homestead Exemption as soon as possible.”rnrnThe Philadelphia Homestead exemption offers real estate tax savings to homeowners by reducing the taxable portion of their property assessment by $30,000. Homeowners should still apply as close to the September 13th deadline as possible, so that the savings can be reflected in their 2015 real estate tax bill.rnrnHomestead applications can be submitted:rnrnBy phone – You may call the Homestead Hotline (215-686-9200) to file your Homestead Exemption. Language assistance services are available through the Hotline. The Hotline hours are of operations are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Please note: the Hotline will be open Saturday, September 13th from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m and Monday, September 15th from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m..;rnOnline – Applications can be filed online by logging on to phila.gov/opa; orrnPaper application: Paper applications can be downloaded from phila.gov/opa and dropped off at one of five drop box locations:rnThe Office of Property Assessment, 601 Walnut St, 3W (Curtis Center);rn311 Walk-In Center at City Hall;rnConcourse Level of the Municipal Services Building, 1401 JFK Blvd.;rnNortheast Philadelphia Mini City Hall, Northeast Shopping Mall, 9239 Rear Roosevelt Blvd.; andrnNorth Philadelphia Mini City Hall, 2761 N. 22nd Street.rnOnly primary residences are eligible for Homestead Exemption. Individuals who own vacation or rental properties are not eligible for the Homestead Exemption for those properties. If a homeowner’s property includes commercial or rental space, homeowners are still eligible to receive the Homestead Exemption for the portion of the property that is their primary residence.rnrnThere are no age or income level restrictions for the Homestead Exemption Program. Homeowners who are tax delinquent are eligible to apply. Homeowners who have mortgages are also eligible for the Homestead Exemption.rnrnIf your property previously received the Homestead Exemption, you need not reapply. Once awarded, the Homestead Exemption remains attached to a property until the property is sold or the deed changes.rnrnTo check the status of your Homestead Exemption application or to calculate your tax bill, use the AVI Calculator: to avicalculator.phila.gov.rnrnThe Homestead Exemption application period is the same for new homebuyers. Due to a lag in updates to ownership records, new homebuyers should apply via a paper Homestead application and affidavit, both available on www.phila.gov/opa—and and provide a copy of the deed or HUD-1.

Mayor Nutter, Councilman Kenney Announce Agreement To Amend Bill Decriminalizing Marijuana

Philadelphia, September 10, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Councilman James Kenney announced that they have reached an agreement to amend a bill originally introduced by the Councilman which will decriminalize possession and use of small amounts of marijuana in the City of Philadelphia.rnrn “This bill will not legalize marijuana. Rather, it will decriminalize marijuana – which means that offenses involving small amounts of marijuana will result in a civil penalty, not an arrest or criminal record,” said Mayor Nutter. “We want to ensure that the punishment for using or possessing small amount of marijuana is commensurate with the severity of the crime while giving police officers the tools they need to protect the health and well-being of all Philadelphians. Our agreement on this bill is an example of the legislative process working to bring people together, create discussion around an important issue and ultimately reach consensus.”rnrnCouncilman Kenney will take the necessary steps to amend the bill during City Council session on September 11, 2014. Once passed by City Council and signed by the Mayor, the ordinance will go into effect beginning October 20, 2014. rnrn“I am very pleased that we have reached this commonsense agreement that will improve opportunity for countless Philadelphians,” said Councilman Kenney. “Under this new policy, police officers will be able to remain focused on more serious offenses, and many young people will be spared the life-altering consequences of a criminal record, such as limited job prospects, inability to obtain student loans or even join the armed services.”rnrnUsing and possessing marijuana in any amount is and will continue to be illegal in the City of Philadelphia. The amended bill will simply decriminalize possession and use of small amounts of marijuana. Details of the ordinance include:rnrn1. A person found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana (30 grams or less) will receive a Notice of Violation and a $25 fine.rnrn2. A person found to be using (smoking) a small amount of marijuana (30 grams or less) in public will receive a Notice of Violation and a $100 fine or up to nine hours of community service.rnrn3. Philadelphia Police Officers will confiscate any marijuana they find.rnrn4. The citations issued will be processed through the City of Philadelphia’s Municipal Court system.rnrnPersons stopped by police for suspicion of possessing or using marijuana can be arrested for selling or distributing marijuana, possessing more than 30 grams of marijuana, driving under the influence, not giving correct identification or not cooperating.

City Of Philadelphia Releases Keyspot Finder Widget

Philadelphia, September 9, 2014– The City of Philadelphia released a new widget, the KEYSPOT Finder widget, which enables users to locate and learn more about nearby KEYSPOT public computer centers. The KEYSPOT Finder widget is available for all iPhone, Android and Blackberry devices through the Philly311 Mobile App.rnrn“KEYSPOTs have successfully helped hundreds of thousands of Philadelphians access the internet; thereby opening a world of online opportunities like learning-based programming and applying for jobs,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “For Philadelphians lacking broadband access in their home, KEYSPOTs are an essential resource not only to access the internet but also to gain comprehensive knowledge on what the internet has to offer and how to use it. The new KEYSPOT Finder widget will improve the overall user experience of KEYSPOTs by making locations easier to find.”rnrnAcross the city, there are 51 KEYSPOT locations, including 19 in City Recreation Centers; four sites staffed by the Free Library of Philadelphia; and 28 in neighborhood-based organizations. Each KEYSPOT location offers a computer lab, trained technical support and free internet access. rnrn“One of our top priorities is to use technology to have a positive impact for all Philadelphians,” Adel Ebeid, Chief Innovation Officer. “The intersection of the KEYSPOT program and Philly311 offers many exciting opportunities to enhance community engagement by offering access to services anytime, anywhere. This is really just the beginning of many more exciting features to come.” rnrnRosetta Carrington Lue, Chief Customer Service Officer, added, “True customer engagement means providing meaningful, interactive, and relevant services to the customer. Adding a KEYSPOT Finder widget to the Philly311 Mobile App meets these criteria and we are happy to partner with this outstanding organization.” rnrnThe free Philly311 Mobile App provides residents with 24-hour access to city services, municipal information, and seasonal resources.rnrnFor access to the KEYSPOT Finder widget, download the Philly311 Mobile App from the app store on your mobile device or visit: www.phila.gov/311/mobileapp.rnrn###rnrnKEYSPOT is collaboration between The Mayor’s Commission on Literacy, the City’s Office of Innovation and Technology and Department of Parks and Recreation, and Drexel University. For more information about KEYSPOT, please visit www.phillykeyspots.org.

City Of Philadelphia Announces Multicultural Passport To PHL Week

Philadelphia, September 9, 2014– The City of Philadelphia announced that 2014 Multicultural Passport to PHL Week, a series of 45 events which highlights the cultures and contributions of all immigrant communities that have shaped Philadelphia’s rich history, will take place from September 14th through September 21st. The 2014 Multicultural Passport to PHL Week is organized by Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs (MOIMA) in coordination with National Welcoming Week, a project of Welcoming America.rnrn“Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection, is a diverse, global, welcoming city that is strengthened by many different immigrant communities. Philadelphia is well known as an historic destination for immigrants seeking to come to America. This tradition remains strong today, and as a result, people from all around the world call this city home. Philadelphia is a better place because of the many cultures that are represented here,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “Multicultural Passport to PHL Week events are intended to foster understanding, respect and appreciation for all residents, communities and cultures in the City. Last year’s Multicultural Passport to PHL Week was a great success. I look forward to another dynamic week celebrating immigrant cultures and the impact immigrants have on Philadelphia.” rnrnJennifer Rodríguez, Executive Director of MOIMA, added, “We are very proud of what we accomplished last year. The goal of Multicultural Passport to PHL Week is to bring awareness to the contributions immigrant communities have on the city’s economic development as well as the many benefits of having a multicultural citizen base. Not only does diversity promote understanding of new perspectives, but it also brings aspects of other cultures and traditions such as clothing, food, art and music that we may otherwise not have experienced, thus increasing our cultural capital. We want to promote Philadelphia as a welcoming city where both newcomers and long-time residents have access to resources and opportunities.”rnrnMOIMA worked in partnership with many organizations, including NBC10/Telemundo62, PHL Diversity, The Philadelphia Union, and PhillyCam to produce 2014 Multicultural Passport to PHL Week.rnrnMulticultural Passport to PHL events include:rnrnCitizenship Day & Naturalization Ceremony. Immigrants from around the world will become citizens of the United States. The Naturalization Ceremony will feature keynote speaker Dr. Nina Ahmad, Chair of the Mayor’s Commission on Asian American Affairs;rnStorytelling: Change-Makers Across Borders- Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. King, and the Unlikely Flow of Ideas. South Asian American Digital Archive and The Welcoming Center present stories of transnational change-making in the United States and beyond, with a specific focus on peace;rnLunchtime Multicultural Showcase at LOVE Park, a multicultural performance experience featuring artists from all over the world;rnPanel: Coming Out – Storytelling About Being Queer and/or Undocumented. Join Juntos and the Gay and Lesbian Latino Aids Education Initiative in a discussion about the parallels of being a member of the undocumented and LGBTQ communities.rnP3: Philadelphia Plays for Peace Soccer Tournament and Festival. MOIMA and a coalition of Philadelphia-based partners use soccer as a platform for integration and understanding with teams representing the world promoting peace, community engagement and competition;rnFor full details on these events and a complete list of all the events visit: www.xCulturalPassportPHL.com.rnrn###rnrn For more information about MOIMA visit: http://www.phila.gov/ima/

Mayor Nutter To Kick-Off 2014- 2015 Education Week

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Mayor Nutter, Councilman Squilla Celebrate World Heritage Cities’ Solidarity Day, Rename Street In Old City

City of Philadelphia and Global Philadelphia Association pursue full membership of the Organization of World Heritage CitiesrnrnPhiladelphia, September 8, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter was joined by Councilman Mark Squilla and other officials today to officially rename Walnut Street between 5th and 6th streets ‘World Heritage Way’ in recognition of the presence of Independence Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in celebration of the Organization of World Heritage Cities’ Solidarity Day of the World Heritage Cities. Today’s ceremony was the latest component of an effort by the City of Philadelphia and the Global Philadelphia Association for Philadelphia to become a full member of the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC). The City of Philadelphia joined the OWHC in September 2013 as an ‘observer member’, the first United States city to join the OWHC.rnrn“The traditions, and beliefs and ideals through which we pursue a more perfect union had their origin here and so it is appropriate that we recognize this world heritage site in Philadelphia,” said Mayor Nutter. “Philadelphia is one of the world’s great cities and through our work with the Organization of World Heritage Cities, we will increase international awareness of Philadelphia and claim our rightful place among global cities whose heritage has shaped the world.”rnrnThe street renaming was made possible by a resolution of City Council, introduced by Councilman Mark Squilla and passed by City Council earlier this year.rnrn“I am proud to have done my part to help advance the application for Philadelphia to become a full member of the Organization of World Heritage Cities,” said Councilman Mark Squilla. “One need look no further than Independence Hall or the Liberty Bell or any of the hundreds of historically significant places that helped to shape this country to see that Philadelphia is indeed a city of historic significance. But, Philadelphia is not a historic city whose best times are behind her, we are also a cutting edge modern city as evidenced by our burgeoning downtown area filled with modern day skyscrapers which produce cutting edge technology and services; and we have some of the best medical and educational institutions in the world which help to shape the minds of our future generations. I believe the designation of Philadelphia as a full blown member of the OWHC will help to strengthen Philadelphia’s reputation as not only a world class city but a true world heritage city.”rnrnThe City of Philadelphia, through the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs, is partnering with the Global Philadelphia Association in pursuit of full membership of the Organization of World Heritage Cities. The OWHC is an international, non-profit, non-governmental organization which exists to encourage, on both regional and international levels, cooperation and the exchange of information and expertise among historic cities throughout the world. In 2013, the City of Philadelphia became an observer member of the organization. In March 2014, the City hosted Denis Ricard, the General Secretary of the OWHC, who observed that, “Philadelphia is a city which respects its past, while looking towards the future.” John F. Smith, III, Chair of the Global Philadelphia Association, has led the effort to elevate Philadelphia’s global presence in relation to heritage.rnrn“Philadelphia is uniquely gifted with historical assets and achieving full international recognition of those assets presents a huge opportunity for our city,” said Smith. “The case for Philadelphia is clear, as are the economic, cultural, and tourism benefits of full membership of the OWHC and pursuit of World Heritage City status. The Global Philadelphia Association is proud to partner with the City of Philadelphia and encourages all interested partners to join the effort.”rnrnThe ceremony to mark the Solidarity Day of the World Heritage Cities took place at Independence Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at 2:00 P.M. The ceremony was emceed by Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and co-chair of the effort to achieve full membership of the OWHC.rnrn“Enhancing Philadelphia’s international presence is a clear priority for this Administration, whether through trade missions to create business opportunities for Philadelphia companies, international business moving to Philadelphia, or deepening relationships with Sister Cities around the world,” said Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger. “Becoming a World Heritage City is a key component of that strategy and we are thankful for the efforts of the Global Philadelphia Association and all of our other partners.”