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CALENDAR
March 1, 2017:
14th Annual Global Business Conference

April 5, 2017:
CEOs' COC Meeting

May 11, 2017:
15th Annual WTC Awards & Celebration

Meet our newest World Trade Center Members!
Annamaet Petfoods
Annamaet is a family owned and operated company. Their products are holistic, made in the United States with no ingredients from tainted sources, and maintain strict standards of quality control.
Chiral is the global market leader in enantioselective chromatography and offers the most extensive portfolio of chiral stationary phases (CSPs) manufactured by Daicel Corporation. 
DePaul & Company
is a leading General Contractor servicing the Delaware Valley. Since 2000 DePaul & Co. have established a reputation of providing quality workmanship and superior customer service in an atmosphere built upon integrity and high standards.
Since its creation in 1970, ETS has become a world leader in the design and manufacture of electrostatic measuring, monitoring, and simulation test instruments and services for the electronics, biotech, pharmaceutical, medical, university, and similar industrial and research fields.
is a leading manufacturer of top-quality IASTM instruments designed to detect and treat soft-tissue injuriesBased near Philadelphia, PA. Made with pride in the United States.
Iverson Gaming Systems, recognized as the world leader in onboard gaming management systems, is installed on over 100 cruise ships around the globe. Focusing on multi-site casinos, cruise gaming, and small-to-medium casinos, Iverson provides gaming management solutions that are proven and trusted, innovative, and cost-effective.
Kintetsu World Express has been a key player in the global transportation and freight forwarding industry since 1948. Since then, KWE has grown into a worldwide logistics and forwarding network spanning six continents.
Navarro & Wright Consulting Engineers, Inc. provides civil engineering and related services for public - and private - sector clients in the Mid-Atlantic region. Established in 1996, the firm operates four offices in Pennsylvania and Maryland, employing over 90 people.
Stevens & Lee
Founded in 1928, is a full-service law firm with approximately 150 attorneys and 50 non-lawyer business and consulting professionals representing clients on a regional, national and international scale.
The Office of International Affairs leads Temple's international initiatives, promoting globalization as one of Temple's core values. The office brings together various constituencies and units, working to integrate a global perspective throughout Temple's academic and co-curricular programs.
Here at The Vapor Chef we pride ourselves on quality. Not only in our product, but also our service. All of our vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol is USP certified and all our nicotine bases are american made.
Why should you become a member of the WTCGP?

Let our members tell you...

Barry Kratchman, President, Classic Cake:
"WTCGP staff have been extremely responsive, provided valuable insight and made a number of introductions, which will open up even more opportunities in the future."

Alla L. Wilson, PhD., Dean, School of Global Business at Arcadia University:
"Arcadia values the tremendous opportunity this partnership will provide our students, staff, faculty and centers around the world."

As a Member of the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia, you belong to the largest private trade organization in the world - the World Trade Centers Association!

To date, exclusive 'World Trade Center' and 'WTC' branded properties and trade service organizations are located in more than 90 countries and are supported by 15,000 WTC professionals.

Click here to join our select group of international companies who have grown their business and network through a World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia membership.
Business today reaches far beyond the limits of geography; smart business people are exploring and opening up markets around the world. The Pennsylvania International Trade Guide will help you assess your export readiness and provide you with the tools you need to develop and implement your export strategy. 
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PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
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2016 ISSUE NO. 4
WTC Review   |  A  World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia  Newsletter
We Counsel. We Connect. We Grow Trade.
World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia is a bi-state 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to assisting companies and organizations of Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey in the development and management of all aspects of international business.

It's been a great year!
A Message From The President

We'll be fifteen years old in 2017! For those of you who have been with us from the beginning, you know the milestones we've reached and the opportunities that exist for us as a World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia.
This year we are particularly proud of the success our companies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey have achieved. With the guiding hand of our trade counselors, these exporters, many of them small and medium-sized businesses, now have customers around the world - registering over $174M in increased export sales. 

Their success is our success and it's at the heart of what we do as a member-based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

This year we partnered with the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia and area business and civic leaders, as part of a national Brookings/JP Morgan Chase "Global Cities Initiative" to launch a dynamic export strategy to drive economic growth and job creation for the Greater Philadelphia Region. The resulting "Export Plan" for Philadelphia underscored that there are many more businesses in the Greater Philadelphia region who can and should be exporting - and need the services of the WTCGP.

As part of our commitment to the international business community to provide timely and relevant information on the global economy and celebrate our global leaders, this year's key signature events and international meetings included :
  • Annual Global Business Conference headlined by former Ambassador to China and to Singapore Governor Jon Huntsman
  • Business Roundtable with US diplomats from the ASEAN region
  • Meeting with visiting delegation from Tianjin China through our WTC network
  • Our only fundraising event - World Trade Centers Awards and Celebration where we honored Jerry Sweeney, President, CEO, and Trustee, Brandywine Realty Trust and member companies of the year, Bradford White (PA) and Sunhillo (NJ)
Every day the WTCGP opens its doors to help "grow trade" in the Greater Philadelphia region thanks to our member companies, and sustaining and leadership partners. As we continue to grow trade, we need to ensure that we can continue to expand this important work.

If you believe in our mission, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution. Click here and give what you can.

If you're considering becoming a member of the WTCGP, we've added an additional benefit, exclusively for the WTCGP - discounted membership at the Pyramid Club. We will be glad to provide further details.

We wish you happy holidays! As we navigate a global economy in transition, we look forward to working with you in 2017!

Thank you again for supporting the WTCGP .



Linda Mysliwy Conlin
President,  World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia
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TOP STORIES
GLOBAL CITIES INITIATIVE, GREATER WASHINGTON, DC MEETS WITH WORLD TRADE CENTER OF GREATER PHILADELPHIA

What is the WTCGP trade service model? When the delegation from Greater Washington, DC Global Cities Initiative visited with WTCGP and a select group of international business leaders on December 6th, that question was top of mind. The delegation consisting of: Brian Kenner, Deputy Mayor Planning and Economic Development; Karima Woods, Director of Business Development and Strategy, DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development; Bob Sweeney, Managing Director, Global Cities Initiative; Chuck Bean, Executive Director, Council of Governments; Tony Costa, General Services Administration; Olandan Davenport, Henry Terrell & Associates, PLLC; Amgad Shehata, SVP International, UPS; Marek Gootman, Fellow and Director of Strategic Partnerships and Global Engagement, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution and Brian Finch, JPMorgan Chase, were briefed by Linda Conlin, President, WTCGP on the overall mission, strategy and objectives of WTCGP.
DISCUSSIONS CONTINUE AT CEOs' CHINA OPERATIONS CLUB
Thank you JP Morgan Chase for hosting our CEOs' China Operations Club (COC) member meeting on December 7th. We managed to cover a lot of ground on relevant topics from A Restructuring of China to Capital Controls and other member business concerns. This year marks the 11th year for the WTCGP China Operations Club. We invite CEOs who are currently doing business in China to contact us to find out how to become a member.

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GOVERNOR WOLF ANNOUNCES $300M INVESTMENT FOR PORT OF PHILADELPHIA
Governor Tom Wolf announced a comprehensive Capital Investment Program at the Port of Philadelphia that will result in more than $300 million in investment in the Port's infrastructure, warehousing, and equipment. This initiative, which will start next year and continue through 2020, will double container capacity, position the Port for future growth, create thousands of jobs, improve efficiency, and increase tax revenues.
U.S. AMBASSADORS FROM ASEAN REGION HOSTED BY WTCGP & SELECT GREATER PHILADELPHIA
On Wednesday October 5th , U.S. Ambassadors from the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Region, U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Craig Allen and U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius, together with the US-ASEAN Business Council, Select Greater Philadelphia and the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia (WTCGP) held a Breakfast Roundtable to discuss trade and investment opportunities in Vietnam and Brunei.
LEHIGH VALLEY COMPANIES CRANKING OUT RECORD EXPORTS - THE MORNING CALL
Lehigh Valley among 63 metro areas across US to hit record exports last year. Director of the U.S. Commercial Service in Philadelphia also reports Pennsylvania exports to free-trade agreement markets increased 73 percent from 2005 to 2014.

Full Story (via The Morning Call)
MEMBER NEWS
CHINESE PATIENTS FIND LIFE SAVING TREATMENTS IN THE US THROUGH PGC
Premier Global Care (PGC), a newly created medical tourism company was established to fill the growing need and desire for China's growing middle class to receive life saving medical care in the United States. PGC was established under the Devon International Group (DIG). Since 2002, DIG has been a member of the WTCGP.

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WE'VE PARTNERED WITH THE PYRAMID CLUB - FOR OUR MEMBERS!
WTCGP and the Pyramid Club, one of Philadelphia's premiere private business clubs and  social networking venues, have formed a new WTCGP member benefit program. This program features a reduction in cost of Pyramid Club membership for WTCGP members, and more!

CHUCK PENNONI TO RECEIVE WILLIAM PENN AWARD FROM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
C.R. "Chuck" Pennoni, PE, Founder and Chairman of Pennoni Associates Inc., will receive the 2016 William Penn Award from the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia. The award, which has been given annually since 1949, recognizes an individual for his/her outstanding contributions toward the betterment of the region, professional accomplishments, and commitment to charity as well as to the community.

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PARIS Technologies Inc. is a data management, business intelligence, analysis, and reporting software company dedicated to providing innovative applications that improve the productivity and profitability of organizations around the world through data-driven decision making. PARIS Technologies is based in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Full Story
(via Philadelphia Inquirer)
UPCOMING TRADE EVENTS
SAVE THE DATE:

GLOBAL BUSINESS CONFERENCE
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

CEOs' CHINA OPERATIONS CLUB MEETING
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

WORLD TRADE CENTERS DAY ANNUAL AWARDS & CELEBRATION
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Full Calendar
CGLSLGP MEXICO TRADE MISSION 
The Conference of Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers (CGLSLGP) is leading a multi-sector trade mission to Mexico from April 3-7, 2017. Each mission participant will receive a customized schedule of B2B meetings to meet with prospective customers and business partners. Mission participants will also benefit from networking events and logistical support provided by the Conference's Mexico Trade Office.

April 3-7, 2017

Details (via CGLSLGP)
OIBD HOSTING CATALOG BOOTH AT EXPO MANUFACTURA 2017
Pennsylvania's Office of International Development will have a small booth at Expo Manufactura, being held in Monterrey, Mexico, from February 7-9, 2017, to promote the products and services of Pennsylvania companies by displaying their catalogs.
 
February 7-9, 2017

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PENNSYLVANIA OIBD TRADE EVENTS CALENDAR 
World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia is the Southeastern Pennsylvania regional representative for the Pennsylvania Export Assistance Program and is one of ten Regional Export Network (REN) partners.
WORLD TRADE CENTER NEWS
14TH ANNUAL GLOBAL BUSINESS CONFERENCE SLATED FOR MARCH 1, 2017

2016 Global Business Conference: Governor Jon Huntsman, former U.S. Ambassador to China and Singapore, with Gillian Tett, U.S. Managing Editor, Financial Times. 
Organized in partnership with the LeBow College of Business of ´╗┐Drexel University, this event provides an outlook on upcoming global market trends, updates attendees on national policies that may impact regional´╗┐ businesses, and provides practical tools to help businesses increase their global sales.

GEW FEATURES INTRO TO INTERNATIONAL TRADE, WTCGP
The November 18 networking and workshop event hosted by the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians introduced small and medium enterprises to the export-import ecosystem and the basics of starting or expanding an export-import business. Among the key trade representatives and presenters from the region was Dale Foote, international trade specialist for World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia.

INVEST IN THE WORLD TRADE CENTER OF GREATER PHILADELPHIA, A 501(c)(3) NONPROFIT
Dedicated to assisting companies and organizations of Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey since 2002, we have assisted companies in generating more than $1.5 billion in increased export sales, creating more than 19,600 jobs.

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2016 BRINGING THE WORLD TO PENNSYLVANIA HIGHLIGHTS
World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia (WTCGP) organized a two-day series of export advising meetings, Bringing the World to Pennsylvania, on September 20 and 21. In these meetings, 56 Pennsylvania companies, including 22 first-time participants, were advised by 14 Authorized Trade Representatives (ATRs) who support trade in 46 different nations.

FROM CAMEROON TO VILLANOVA, AN ENTREPRENEUR'S JOURNEY
In this inspiring story of a young woman's entry into the global tea market, World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia COO Dino Ramos sheds light on some of the work ahead for this Cameroonian entrepreneur.

Full Story (via Philadelphia Inquirer)
REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL TRADE NEWS
PHILA PORT WELCOMES FIRST SHIPMENTS OF FRESH BRAZILIAN BEEF TO U.S.
Officials of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) and other port industry leaders today welcomed an historic shipment: the first containers of fresh beef from Brazil to enter the United States. The Hamburg Sud vessel Monte Aconcagua will discharge the cargo at PRPA's Packer Avenue Marine Terminal on October 13 and 14.
USTDA REOPENS PROGRAM IN ARGENTINA
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency announced the Agency is resuming its program in Argentina for the first time since 2005. Prior to 2005, USTDA's highly successful program in Argentina had supported priority projects primarily in the transportation, environmental and energy sectors.

EXPORT IMPORT BANK OF THE UNITED STATES QUARTER IN REVIEW - FALL 2016
Message from the Chairman Fred P. Hochberg: During my time as the longest-serving Chairman of EXIM Bank, I have visited hundreds of businesses across our country, meeting with American workers and business leaders who power our economy. The EXIM team is well-prepared for the presidential transition that puts these customers and American workers first...

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 (via EXIM Bank)
DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY IMPLEMENTS TERMINATION OF BURMA SANCTIONS PROGRAM
President Obama signed an Executive Order terminating the national emergency with respect to Burma, revoking the Burma sanctions Executive Orders, and waiving other statutory blocking and financial sanctions on Burma.

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