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File #: 170612    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 6/8/2017 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 6/8/2017
Title: Recognizing and honoring Consul General of Italy, Andrea Canepari, for his many accomplishments on behalf of Italy in the City of Philadelphia and his commitment to the relationship between Italy and the United States, on the occasion of his appointment as Italy's Ambassador to the Dominican Republic.
Sponsors: Councilmember Squilla
Attachments: 1. Signature17061200.pdf
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Recognizing and honoring Consul General of Italy, Andrea Canepari, for his many accomplishments on behalf of Italy in the City of Philadelphia and his commitment to the relationship between Italy and the United States, on the occasion of his appointment as Italy's Ambassador to the Dominican Republic.

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WHEREAS, Andrea Canepari has been the Consul General of Italy in Philadelphia since August 26, 2013. As the Consul General, Canepari was tasked with building new contacts between Italians and Italian-Americans as well as proving the post useful in addressing Italy's slow economic growth; and

WHEREAS, Throughout his time in the City of Philadelphia, Canepari has been instrumental in the establishment of organizations empowering the Italian-American community. Through his leadership he promoted and organized Ciao Philadelphia, an Italian cultural month, aimed to raise awareness about possibilities of international cooperation with Philadelphia, together with Independence National Park, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Thomas Jefferson University, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania, Temple, Drexel, and all of the major cultural institutions in the region; Il Convivio, a group of academics that helped add Italian classes to Philadelphia schools, such as Meredith Elementary and St. Monica, as he believes that the Italian language is an educational tool for the kids of the region and brings international opportunities; and a CEO business leaders' council linking colleges and corporations in both countries; and

WHEREAS, Canepari believed that Philadelphia's region could benefit even more from international cooperation and international activities. Therefore, he actively promoted international exchanges and raised Philadelphia's public attention on that specific goal. He was able to bring Philadelphia into the Italian media, where the most important Italian newspaper, described him as "a diplomat that Italy should take as an...

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