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About GPA

The Global Philadelphia Association is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting Philadelphia as an influential World Heritage City and as a vital, diverse center for global affairs. The city’s location, rich history, and vibrant immigrant communities stir a unique passion for global connection.

For over a decade, we have helped those who think globally create valuable benefits -- economic and cultural -- for the Greater Philadelphia region.

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Our Mission

To assist - and to encourage greater interaction among - the many organizations and people who are engaged in one form or another of international activity within the Greater Philadelphia Region

To promote the development of an international consciousness within the Region

To enhance the Region’s global profile

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Our Vision and Values

In 2015, GPA helped secure Philadelphia’s selection as America’s first World Heritage City. The four pillars of the World Heritage City Project continue to guide our vision for Greater Philadelphia: 

Preserve and Celebrate Philadelphia’s Historical and Cultural Assets

Build World Heritage City Awareness and Ownership

Educate Global Kids with Roots

Extend Philadelphia’s Global Reach

We are focused on positioning Philadelphia as an international center and opinion leader, drawing new visitors and providing opportunities for Philadelphians to build global connections.

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Explore GPA's Impact

Each year, Global Philadelphia compiles an annual impact report that seeks to underscore our commitment to cultivating an international awareness and understanding among the residents and stakeholders of the Greater Philadelphia Region, fostering a more inclusive and globally-minded community. 

Read about what GPA has been doing recently in the realms of sustainable development, journalism, education, world heritage promotion, building international connections, and so much more. 


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