Trip to focus on sustainability, arts/culture, health care, education & economic development
November 26, 2012 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter will visit China this week to promote opportunities for investment in Philadelphia, strengthen relationships between key Philadelphia institutions and their Chinese counterparts, and continue to promote Philadelphia as a growing international city. He will also take part in a two-day conference on urban sustainability – Cities of the Future – organized by the Paulson Institute, chaired by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Paulson. Mayor Nutter was invited to participate in the conference in his role as one of America’s leading sustainability mayors and President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors by Secretary Paulson.
“China presents huge investment and export opportunities for Philadelphia and I intend to be very aggressive in promoting our city and attracting new investment, all of which ultimately leads to more job opportunities for Philadelphians,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “My message for this trip is that Philadelphia – increasingly recognized as an international leader on sustainability, healthcare, education and the creative economy – is ripe for investment and open for business.”
Mayor Nutter will begin his official visit with a two-day visit to Tianjin, a Chinese hub for clean energy technology and a Sister City of Philadelphia since 1980. During the visit, Mayor Nutter will meet with Tianjin Mayor Huang Xingguo to sign a new agreement of cooperation and partnership between the two cities. He will also visit the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area Eco-Center, a nationally-directed economic development zone focused on technological innovation and commercialization of low-carbon products and services.
From Tianjin, Mayor Nutter and the Philadelphia delegation will travel to Beijing for the Paulson Institute’s Cities of the Future conference on issues of urban sustainability and the growth of cities. During the conference Mayor Nutter will participate in a discussion with Acting Mayor of Beijing Wang Anshun around mayors as drivers of change on sustainability and will share some of the successes and challenges experienced by Philadelphia during the implementation of Greenworks Philadelphia.
While in Beijing, Mayor Nutter and Philadelphia International Airport CEO Mark Gale will also meet with senior executives from Air China to continue discussions around potential opportunities for a direct non-stop service between China and Philadelphia. Philadelphia is currently the largest metropolitan area in the United States without nonstop service to Asia. Increasing nonstop flights to international destinations is a key priority for Philadelphia’s future growth and attractiveness to foreign investment. Mayor Nutter was also invited by U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke to address the Ambassador’s Investment Forum where the Mayor will promote Philadelphia and highlight opportunities for investment in the region.
Joining Mayor Nutter on the visit to China will be representatives of leading Philadelphia institutions who will be using the opportunity provided by the Mayor’s visit to deepen their relationships with partners in China and announce new partnership opportunities to promote Philadelphia in this growing market. Participants in this trade mission include the Philadelphia Orchestra, Drexel University, Fox Chase Cancer Center, the law firm of White and Williams, and the China Partnership of Greater Philadelphia, each of which has developed relationships with institutions in Philadelphia’s Sister City. Mayor Nutter will also be joined from the City of Philadelphia by First Deputy Chief of Staff Suzanne Biemiller, Senior Deputy Director of Commerce Duane Bumb (who will arrive in advance of the delegation to address a pharmaceutical investors conference in Beijing), Philadelphia International Airport CEO Mark Gale, and President and CEO of the International Visitors Council of Philadelphia Nancy Gilboy, who administers the City’s Sister City Program. The delegation will return to Philadelphia Thursday December 6, 2012.
Mayor Nutter announced in a February speech to the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce that he intended to be aggressive in attracting international investment and promoting Philadelphia on the global stage. The mission to China is the first in what is expected to be a number of international trade missions to expand export opportunities for Philadelphia organizations and attract new investment to the city.