The Select Greater Philadelphia Council hosted its fourth annual Breaking Ground program on June 12, 2019, to showcase the innovative development projects popping up across the Greater Philadelphia region. Hosted at the University of the Sciences, the event specifically highlighted upcoming projects in Trenton, New Jersey; Pottstown, Pennsylvania; Claymont, Delaware; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
On June 7th, I had the pleasure of attending the 2019 Philly Pride Kick-Off Block Party. The block party marked the official start of Pride weekend here in Philadelphia, a whole weekend dedicated to celebrating the LGBT community, culminating in the annual LGBT Pride Parade. I normally don’t participate much in Pride, as I’m not one for crowds, but this year is special because it is the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall and I wanted to be a part of it in some way.
For months, Philadelphians have been left wondering about the giant "golf ball" looking structure on the second floor of Comcast's new office location at 18th and Arch Streets. Reminiscent of the pearlescent Spaceship Earth globe in Disney’s Epcot, Comcast finally debuted the three-story installation on May 20, 2019, as the Universal Sphere, an immersive theater installation.
Thirty artisans from the Sichuan province of China came to Philadelphia and worked with local technicians to masterfully transform Franklin Square into an illuminated wonderland: the 2019 Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival (中國彩燈節).
Forty years ago, in October 1979, Independence Hall became a UNESCO World Heritage site, the only UNESCO World Heritage site in the Greater Philadelphia region. With this designation, tourism and visits to historic Philadelphia and Independence Hall have skyrocketed and had a record number of visitors in 1987 with the Centennial Celebration of the establishment of the U.S. Constitution.
The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians hosted an open house event on May 22, 2019, to celebrate its relocation to the fourth floor of 211 N. 13th Street. The event showcased the organization’s efforts to promote inclusivity for immigrants.
The Philadelphia Orchestra has embarked on its 12th tour of China on May 16, 2019, where they will culturally foster meaningful people-to-people exchange through music. The Orchestra will travel to five major Chinese cities over the course of 12 days, with the conclusion of the tour coinciding with the 40th anniversary of official U.S.-Chinese diplomatic relations.
The Wawa Welcome America group held a press conference on May 16, 2019, for its upcoming 4th of July celebration. Speakers at the event included the Mayor of Philadelphia Jim Kenney, Welcome America Inc. President & CEO Michael DelBene, Wawa CEO Chris Gheysens, and NBC10 President and General Manager Ric Harris.
Within the immense acreage of Fairmount Park, there lies an astute residence on 3400 West Dauphin Street: The Woodford Mansion. This home is a prime example of architecture representing America's heritage of becoming an independent country.
Philadelphia’s rising prominence as a global city is showcased through numerous events and organizations that highlight our region’s diversity and international connections. The Greater Philadelphia area is one of the most internationally-oriented, economically competitive, and forward-thinking regions in our nation, and much of that success can be attributed to our local globally-minded initiatives. We can find one such initiative just about an hour outside of the city, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Anna Broomall (1847-1931), a pioneer in women’s medicine and surgery, was recently honored with a historical marker from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC). The new marker is located on the premises of Widener University, near where she lived in Delaware County. 
The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) recently released a report discussing the challenges in public transportation to provide access to tourist attractions in the Greater Philadelphia area. With Philadelphia being a World Heritage City and an epicenter for tourism, attracting thousands of visitors each year to attractions such as Independence Hall, the Penn Museum, and Fairmount Park, providing easy access to these tourist spots are important to help our region grow economically.
On April 3, 2019, Global Philadelphia Association (GPA) hosted a special event, “Meet the City Council Candidates,” held at the offices of Deloitte, where we welcomed the candidates currently running for Philadelphia City Council, as well as current city council members.
The Honorable Stanley Straughter has been dedicated to global social justice supporting African and Caribbean communities of greater Philadelphia and was Chairman of the Mayor’s Commission of African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs under former mayor John F. Street. Mr. Straughter has also held positions such as Chairman, African and Caribbean Business Council of Greater Philadelphia; Chairman of the Board, UNESCO Center for Global Education; and Member of the Board of Directors, Constituency for Africa.
On Tuesday, March 19, Global Philadelphia Association’s Executive Director Zabeth Teelucksingh attended an internationally-focused lecture at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI). The lecture, entitled, “Who Will Feed India?,” was given by Dr. Ashok Gulati, the current Infosys Chair Professor for Agriculture at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER).
In 2019, the world commemorates the 400th anniversary of the first historically documented arrival of African captives to Virginia in 1619, at a time when it was still a British colony. Throughout the 350 years of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, enslaved Africans arrived at more than 175 distinct ports of entry (known as Middle Passage ports) throughout Europe and the Americas.
Philadelphia is a World Heritage City, where we recognize and celebrate the rich history and culture of our African-American community every day. Black History Month offers a special opportunity to learn more about this wealth of heritage.
The Print Center recently named Ksenia Nouril as the new Jensen Bryan Curator, acknowledging a transformational gift from supporters Julie Jensen Bryan and Robert Bryan. With a PhD in Art History from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in New Brunswick, Nouril has a history of curating teams dedicated to researching, cataloging, and interpreting modernist photographic history.
When it comes to the history of our country's founding and the American Revolution, you can't go without mentioning George Washington. Washington became our nation's first president (1789 - 97) and, with the new U.S. Constitution ratified, the new republic was beginning to legitimize as a sovereign independent power.