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The name William Penn evokes an image of a pudgy, kindly man wearing a white wig and dowdy, colonial garb—the Quaker Oats man as history. Penn (1644–1718) is known for founding Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love and the Holy Experiment of Pennsylvania, where diverse religious groups and Native Americans tried to live in harmony. He wrote wise, important books like No Cross, No Crown and Some Fruits of Solitude. He was a champion of religious liberty and a central leader of the early Quaker faith.
April 8, 2019
Mayor Jim Kenney today announced steps his administration will take to strengthen historic preservation across Philadelphia. The actions are implementing recommendations made by his Historic Preservation Task Force.
April 5, 2019
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.
April 4, 2019
Crane Chinatown, a new apartment building opening this spring, is now hiring. Each apartment will boast floor-to-ceiling windows, granite countertops, and tile blacksplashes and will include amenities such as a state-of-the-art fitness center, a rooftop sundeck with 360 degree views of the city, and an award winning bilingual childcare center. (Available for pre-lease starting late March. Available for move-in starting mid May.) Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporatin (PCDC) is partnering with Buzzuto property management and is seeking candidates for:
March 31, 2019
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.
March 24, 2019
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).
March 24, 2019
Hannibal Lokumbe can’t occupy a space for long before doing his level best to get someone around him to open up.   Sitting with a reporter at Parc restaurant recently, the composer turned to the waitress twisting cracked pepper over his omelet and asked her, apropos of nothing, what was the most beautiful thing she’d ever seen in her life. “My little brother. Him being born,” she said. A few minutes earlier, he was being introduced to soprano Benita Valente, who happened to be at a nearby table.
March 24, 2019
Whether you have a master’s degree or never attended college, whether you have worked in hospitality or not, Philadelphia’s booming hotel industry may be looking for you. The industry opened three new hotels and added 4,900 jobs to the 272,000 hospitality staff in the Philadelphia area last year, according to the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau. The city is welcoming six new hotels this year, including the Four Seasons Hotel, which is planning a two-day job fair to hire more than 500 people.
March 22, 2019
Beginning in April 2019, American Airlines will be flying diectly to Edinburgh, Scotland from Philadelphia. The service to Edinburgh (EDI) Airport will operate daily April 2 – October 26, 2019. American is moving this service to the Scottish capital from JFK Airport in New York City to PHL; earlier this year, American also relocated its Zurich service to PHL from JFK. 
March 20, 2019