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World Trade Center Spotlight: Philadelphia

Since I grew up in Baltimore, MD, Philadelphia, PA was my northern neighbor.  We always called it “Philly” with affection. As a student in school, we made countless field trips to Philadelphia. Why? Because of its rich history in the birth of our nation, the United States of America, and because of its fabulous museums.  During fourth grade, I remember climbing through the life-size heart in the Franklin Institute. Philadelphia is also known for its many outstanding universities such as the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University and Drexel University from where my neice recently graduated.  What I never knew growing up, however, was that Philly is a huge center for trade.

Website: www.wtcphila.org

eNewsletter: World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia World Links

Officers: Linda Mysliwy Conlin, President. Ms. Conlin has over 25 years of experince in international trade including: the U.S. Department of Commerce, New Jersey’s Commerce & Economic Growth, U.S. Travel & Tourism, and U.S. Department of State. Bruce R. Pansius, Chief Financial Officer;  Andrea Townrow, Executive Vice President; Dino Ramos, Senior Vice President.

Mission: To provide a world-class portfolio of services that enhances international trade growth and leads the Greater Philadelphia region to economic prosperity.

Background: The World Trade Center Greater Philadelphia was launched October 16, 2002. Since then the WTCGP has helped generate over $571 million in incremental export sales, generating over 7,400 new jobs.

Trade Focus: Philly was an important trading center as early as 1701 when it officially became a city. With the fourth highest GDP in the U.S., ($312 million according to PricewaterhouseCoopers), Philly has extensive businesses including manufacturing, oil refining, health care, biotechnology, tourism, food processing, financial services and more.

Export Merchandise: Top export merchandise includes: chemicals, machinery, primary metals, computer and electronic products and transportation equipment.

Top Export Destinations (2010)

Philly exported $34.8 billion in goods and services in 2010.  This was an increase of 22.5 % over 2009.

Export Markets include:

  • $10.2 billion to Canada
  • $2.7 billion to Mexico
  • $1.7 billion to Japan
  • $1.4 billion to Germany
Services:
From WTCGP’s 2010 Annual Report:
  • Over 300 companies received counseling services.
  • 23 educational events and seminars.
  • 1,334 professionals particpated in programs
  • 500 company appointments with the Pennsylvania Authorized International Trade Representatives.
  • Generated incremental export sales of $147 million.

There is also available an International Trade Guide (a tutorial for reaching new customers around the world): exportingPA.org

Events:

9/22  PA International Week & Showcase:
Pennsylvania Authorized Trade Representatives will visit Philadelphia to meet with local companies and discuss export opportunities in their respective international markets such as: Arab Gulf, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Oman, Poland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Scandinavia, Slovakia, South Africa, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vietnam, and Yemen.
10/3 Trade  Mission to Peru and Brazil

10/5 CEO’s China Operations Club

Contact Information:
Pennsylvania Office
Two Penn Center
1500 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Suite 305
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215.586.4240)
The Declaration of Independence was signed in this building in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776.

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