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Governor Corbett Announces Successful Efforts to Keep Italian Consulate in Philadelphia Open

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Dec. 20, 2013

Governor Corbett Announces Successful Efforts to Keep Italian Consulate in Philadelphia Open

Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today announced the Italian Consulate in Philadelphia will remain open. Recently, the Italian government had indicated it was considering closing its location near Independence Hall.

“The consulate office in Philadelphia is essential in maintaining and developing business opportunities between Italy and Pennsylvania, and I would like to thank the Italian government for keeping it open,” Corbett said. “Pennsylvania is rapidly becoming a strong partner in the global economy. Our world class energy industry, talented workforce and strategic location are helping to attract more and more international companies to expand within our commonwealth. As we continue building strong international partnerships with countries like Italy, we will bring jobs to Pennsylvania.”

The Governor made direct appeals to the Italian government to keep the consulate open, citing the important economic relationship shared by Pennsylvania and Italy. Italy is Pennsylvania’s 15th largest export partner, receiving $609 million in Pennsylvania exports in 2012. 102 Italian companies currently have operations in Pennsylvania that employ nearly 7,500 people.  The largest of these companies include New Holland North America (Fiat), DRS Technologies (Finmeccanica Spa), and Ansaldo STS Usa, Inc..

“I would also like to thank U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Jr. for his partnership in this important effort. I enjoyed the opportunity to work with Senator Casey in a bipartisan way to accomplish this shared goal,” Corbett said.

Media contact:

Valerie Caras, Governor’s Office, 717-783-1116

Steve Kratz, DCED, 717-783-1132

Editor’s Note: Governor Corbett sent a letter to the following Italian officials, the full text of which can be seen below:

 

The Honorable Giorgio Napolitano

President of the Republic of Italy

 

The Honorable Enrico Letta

Prime Minister of the Republic of Italy

 

The Honorable Pier Ferdinando Casini

President of the 3rd Permanent Commission for Foreign Affairs and Emigration

 

The Honorable Fabrizio Cicchitto

President of the 3rd Commission for Foreign and UE Affairs

 

The Honorable Laura Boldrini

President of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Italy

 

The Honorable Pietro Grasso

President of the Senate of the Republic of Italy

 

The Honorable Emma Bonino

Minister of Foreign Affairs

 

The Honorable Marta Dassu

Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs


The Honorable Matteo Renzi

Mayor, City of Florence

Dear President Napolitano:

It is my understanding that the Italian government is currently looking at various consulates around the world for potential closure. As I shared with Ambassador Phillip earlier this week, I believe it is important that the Philadelphia Consulate remain open; and I would like to ask for your assistance in accomplishing this goal. Significant is the fact that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Italy have a long history of successful trade links between our two economies. In fact, Italy received $609 million in Pennsylvania exports in 2012, making it the Commonwealth’s fifteenth largest export destination. Also, there are more than 100 Italian-owned companies currently located in Pennsylvania, employing more than 7,000 people. Therefore we believe that the Consulate office in Philadelphia is essential in maintaining and developing business opportunities between Italy and Pennsylvania.

Additionally, Italy’s leading sectors of food processing, advanced engineering and materials, as well as biopharma and defense are natural synergies to Pennsylvania’s industries. Italian companies including Finmeccanica, AugustaWestland, Marcegaglia, Danieli and others are located in Pennsylvania and benefit from the work handled by the Consulate in Philadelphia. For example, the Consulate has strongly supported the development of business relationships through its work with individual companies and participation in events and exhibitions including the Italian Clean Technology event in Italy, the Philadelphia International Flower show, the Life Sciences Promoting Growth show in Rome and BIO 2011 in Washington. All of these partnerships between Italian businesses and Philadelphia increase our success resulting from the long history of our two economies working together.

Likewise, Pennsylvania has official representatives in Europe, including in Italy, working to develop trade and investment opportunities between Italy and Pennsylvania. Our commitment is to continue strengthening our trade and investment relationship with Italy. Because of all the successes we have achieved together and because of all the successes I am confident we can continue to achieve as Philadelphia’s economy grows, I strongly encourage you and the Italian Government to closely evaluate the many links between Italy and Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Consulate’s critical role in developing these relationships now and into the future.


 Sincerely,

 Tom Corbett

 Governor

 

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