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Last month, Global Philadelphia Association(GPA) hosted a virtual panel regarding how to safely reopen historic sites during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The panel was a massive success, with an estimated 50 people in attendance. Moderated by GPA’s own Melissa Stevens, the hour-long event consisted of a discussion focused on public health and historic preservation concerns surrounding historic site reopenings. 
September 21, 2020
The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to support an initial planning effort in advance of a citywide historic preservation survey. The selected consultant will assist DPD to develop criteria and processes for the citywide survey that ensures equity and identifies means to engage populations and histories not currently reflected in the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. 
September 7, 2020
GLOBAL PHILADELPHIA ASSOCIATION TO HOST PHILADELPHIA’S 5TH ANNUAL WORLD HERITAGE CITY CELEBRATION WITH STAR-STUDDED VIRTUAL BENEFIT ON SEPT. 10 Event is Free to Watch & Honors Philadelphia Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin Headliners Include Bacon Brothers, Lang Lang & Amanda Gorman, U.S. Youth Poet Laureate 
August 27, 2020
The Global Philadelphia Association recently hosted a virtual panel discussion on the reopening of historic sites during COVID. As the Philadelphia region begins the reopening process, historic sites have unique challenges in keeping both the public and historic objects and buildings safe. This panel presented information on preparing historic sites for reopening in the age of COVID-19 that addresses both public health and historic preservation concerns.  Please view panel discussion below.
August 26, 2020
By Tasnim Hasan Mitchell Little is the executive director at Philadelphia’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity. A native Philadelphian, Mitchell’s role is to oversee the work that is done in the office that focuses on improving economic mobility opportunities for Philadelphians impacted by poverty.  Since 1964, the office has been focused on economic empowerment, evolving from a community service-based approach to one that invests in and advocates for successful anti-poverty solutions. 
August 25, 2020
The Iacocca Institute’s Global Village at Lehigh University held a virtual town hall on July 29th, to discuss its future plans to adapt to the new reality facing us today. Kira Mendez, the director of Iacocca, said that the institute’s goal is to build “an intimate global community” online that does not sacrifice the experiences students gain on campus.
August 24, 2020
On September 10, 2020, Global Philadelphia Association (GPA) will hold its 5th annual World Heritage City Celebration. This year, the event will honor world-class musician and musical director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Due to the current global health crisis and GPA’s commitment to the safety of its members, the event will be virtual, with musical guests, remarks, and keynote speakers. 
August 13, 2020
Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts celebrated the dedication of Dr. Leonard Swidler, an internationally renowned religion professor, by establishing an endowed professor chair in his honor.  Ninety-one years old and teaching at Temple to this day, Swidler gifted the university the means to establish the Arlene and Leonard Swidler Chair for Interreligious Dialogue and Modern Catholic Thought in his will in June. 
August 2, 2020