July 17, 2014 is the next
American Summer Experience!

- 2014  IVC & Philadelphia's Sister Cities Program and Tianjin, China share U.S.-China Sister Cities Award for Youth Programming 

- 2013  IVC named by Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia a "Dare to Understand Community Organization Partner"

- 2012 Temple University Global Philadelphia Award  

- 2011 Independence Charter School's Global Citizen Award

- 2009 Preservation Alliance's Community Action Award (for our work on the Chinatown Friendship Gate)

- 2005 Consular Corps Global Leadership Award

2004 Human Rights Award from the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission

Did you know that the network of 95 IVC's across the U.S. was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 for its work with
the State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program @StateIVLP.



You can check out other international activities in the region in our 'corner'

Check out our recent activity with Aix-en-Provence, Tel Aviv, Tianjin and Torun. 

Just click on the city's name to see photos from recent visits.  
And watch for photos from Mayor Nutter's visit to Tel Aviv in November!


Philadelphia is officially linked with 7 Sister Cities and 3 Partnership Cities in 9 countries.  Areas of cooperation include:
- Economic development & trade
- Youth and education
- Municipal and technological cooperation
- Arts
- Sports & culture

The Sister Cities program links Philadelphia to the world by creating special relationships with the ten  Sister and Partnership cities and one "Partners for Peace" city with the Iraqi city, Mosul. 

At the heart of all Sister City program is an agreement signed by the mayors of each city confirming their commitment, and that of their successors, to the program.  Each Sister City agrees to send and receive delegations of political and business leaders, arts and cultural representatives, educators, technical experts and students.  By building friendships between the residents and governments of Philadelphia and our Sister Cities, we:

 * Promote a positive image of Philadelphia and the U.S.

 * Educate our citizens about the world and its diversity
 * Promote tolerance and mutual understanding among nations
 * Strengthen our economies through business alliances 
 * And promote democracy through government-to-government exchanges

The City of Philadelphia's Sister Cities Program is a member of Sister Cities International, is funded by the Philadelphia Department of Commerce and is administered by the International Visitor Council of Philadelphia, which works with the Office of the City Representative, committees and partners to execute official exchanges. 

The program is administered by Nancy Gilboy, President & CEO of IVC and Katy Drinkwater, IVC Manager of Sister Cities and Special Projects.  Each Sister City is supported by volunteers who are committed to the goals and objectives of the program.  To become a member of the Sister City Association, contact Nancy Gilboy at 215.683.0997.

To check on recent & past activities, just click on the city link to the left.

Adding new Sister Cities

As much as we'd like to have a Sister City in every country, the economics of maintaining relationships doesn't permit it.  At this time, Philadelphia is unable to accept additional Sister Cities because we are committed to strengthening the relationships with the ten cities with which we have established relationships.  Our hope is to add more in the future.  When we do, it is essential that there is a large local ethnic community and an established organization within the community to support each Sister City relationship. 

It is equally important that anyone interested in requesting that a new city be considered, contact our office for advice.  For further information, contact Nancy Gilboy at 215.683.0997.


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(Last updated 1/17/14)

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Click above for the 2012 Annual Report released April 2013

Citizen diplomacy engages citizens in international relations. Meeting counterparts and experiencing everyday American life provides an authentic & more accurate view of the "real" U.S.

Restaurants participating
in our 
Summer Experience! 
-Bistro St.Tropez
-Capital Grille
-City tap House
-Chima Brazilian Steakhouse
-The Good King Tavern
-Ladder 15
-Ocean Prime
-Positano Coast
-The Prime Rib
-Seasons 52
-Square 1682
-Stella Rossa
-Tir Na Nog
-Valley Green Inn
-Water Works Restaurant and Lounge
Restaurants that participated in 2013
-Amuse at Le Meridien
-Asia on the Parkway
-Bistro St.Tropez
-Brauhaus Schmitz
-Bridget Foy's
-Capital Grille
-Chabaa Thai Bistro
-Chima Brazilian Steakhouse
-City Tavern
-D'Angelo's Ristorante
-Davio's Steakhouse
-Fratelli's Italian Bistro
-Jack's Firehouse
-Jane G's
-La Fontana Della Citta
-Luke's Lobster
-Marmont Steakhouse
-Mexican Post (2 certificates)
-Ocean Prime
-Oyster House
-Panorama Ristorante 
-Percy Street Barbecue
-Positano Coast
-The Prime Rib
-Ristorante La Buca
-Route 6
-Seasons 52
-Spring Mill Cafe
-Square 1682
-Starr Restaurants
-The Swann Lounge
-Tir Na Nog
-Valley Green Inn
-XIX (at the Bellevue)