Mayor Nutter and a delegation of Philadelphia business leaders arrived in Paris early Thursday morning for a six-day visit the administration is billing as a “business development trip … focused on promoting cycling, commerce and investment in the city.”
The administration said the mayor will be meeting with his Paris counterpart, Mayor Anne Hildago; professional cycling executives; and chief executives of “a range of French businesses,” including Saint-Gobain, which has its North American headquarters in Valley Forge.
Nutter has taken previous, official trips to London, Tel Aviv and Tianjin, China, and his staff said the Paris voyage “builds on the goals and successes” of those sojourns, which promoted the city as “a world-class destination for tourism and an excellent location for businesses to consider.”
Mayor Nutter and his wife, Lisa, also plan to inspect the Paris bicycle sharing system, Velib’, the third-largest program in the world. Philadelphia is set to implement its own, maiden bike sharing program, after City Council gave approval this spring.