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Lord Mayor Peter Feldman of Frankfurt, Germany signed the Sister Cities' Agreement with Mayor Michael Nutter in Philadelphia on Wednesday, November 13, 2015.

A Sister Cities' Agreement is a legal and social agreement between two cities to promote cultural and commercial ties. This partnership will be beneficial towards Philadelphia. Frankfurt is the financial capital of Europe and Germany, as the city houses the EU Central Bank and the Deutsche Bundesbank. Frankfurt also is home to the largest airport in Germany and 2nd largest in Europe, which fosters increasing trade coming in and out of Philadelphia. German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) in Philadelphia arranged the 1st business delegation between Philadelphia and Frankfurt in September, 2016.

This relationship developed rather organically as the two cities share numerous similarities and connections. Frankfurt and Philadelphia are both the birthplaces of democracy in their respective countries. They also share many companies that are headquartered both in Frankfurt and Philadelphia including Morgan Lewis, Dechert, and Reed Smith. There are existing ties through world renowned cultural institutions, such as Frankfurt Opera and Philadelphia Orchestra. The recognition of connections between Frankfurt and Philadelphia started the discussion of a potential friendship in July 2014. Fast forward a year later, the partnership turned from an idea to a concrete agreement. The German Chamber of Commerce, the local German community, and the City were very excited about this agreement and looked forward to the increasing relations between German and American markets.

German-American Friendship Day in Frankfurt during September 2016 City of Philadelphia Trade Mission

A delegation led by Philadelphia Commerce Director Harold T. Epps recently returned from multi-day trade and investment mission to Europe, with stops in Germany, France and Portugal. Members of the delegation began arriving in Germany on September 24 and the final day of the mission was September 30. The group took part in several meetings, tours and other activities each day, focusing on business attraction and best practices for workforce development."Our first international mission far exceeded my expectations when it came to building relationships and learning from our counterparts in Europe," said Commerce Director Harold T. Epps. "The companies we met with expressed that our presence there showed the City's commitment to helping international businesses get set up in Philadelphia, and that is a sign we are on the right track. The interactions we had abroad reinforced our belief that Philly must continue to increase its visibility on the global stage. We want these businesses to see us as a resource and feel like our city is welcoming to companies looking to relocate or expand in the United States."

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Check out the video with Councilman Alfred Taubenberger at the German-American Friendship Day in 2016