This past month of November, Mayor Nutter of Philadelphia announced that the city has been named the first World Heritage City of the United States! Philadelphia has been granted this title by XIII World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities in Arequipa, Peru and it comes as the result of a two-year campaign. It is predicted to increase the City’s international stature as well as give new growth in order to influence tourism and commerce in the area.
Mayor Nutter proudly announces this designation and mentions that Philadelphia is being mentioned for its many contributions to the United States.
Philadelphia’s case to become the first World Heritage City in the U.S. involved many factors throughout history. It was given considering the city is the location of Independence Hall, in which America’s Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence and altered history to create this nation in 1776. Also it is where the United States Constitution was written and signed. Now as the fifth largest city in the United States, Philadelphia joins 266 other World Heritage Cities in the Organization of World Heritage Cities.
A couple months ago, the Global Philadelphia Association and the City of Philadelphia invited more than one hundred leaders to compare ideas and tactics that could be fulfilled after the World Heritage City designation.