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December 24, 2009
AS THE new president and CEO of the Independence Visitor Center Corp., I'm compelled to set the record straight regarding the op-ed by Jon and Leslie Bari (Dec. 7, "Why the Visitor Center delay?"). Pursuant to agreements with the Secretary of the Interior, the IVCC caused the Independence Visitor Center to be designed, built and opened on time and on budget. For eight years, IVCC has operated the center in cooperation with the National Park Service and has provided information, interpretation, facilities and services to enrich the experience of millions of visitors to Independence National Historical Park and this region.
NEWS
November 19, 2001
Along Philadelphia's Independence Mall, it's a week for doffing hard hats - and taking a well-deserved bow. The opening of a $38-million visitor center showcasing Independence National Historical Park, as well as the region's 500-plus tourist attractions, ranks as a solid chapter of contemporary history-making. As the first major building block in the mall's makeover to reach ribbon-cutting stage, the christened Independence Visitor Center at Sixth and Market Streets is piece of a long-held dream made real.
NEWS
February 11, 2003 | By Stephan Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
No question, there will be a New Jersey moment Thursday. On that day, at an 11 a.m. ceremony at the Independence Visitor Center, Sixth and Market Streets, the leather-bound, 327-year-old West Jersey Concessions will take their place in the limelight next to the venerable Magna Carta. Rarely seen, obscure to most, and signed by a future New Jersey governor as opposed to an English king, the Concessions nevertheless represent a true American milestone. "They are very important," said an excited Judge Edward Becker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, "and it's unusual to see them.
NEWS
November 20, 2001 | By Inga Saffron INQUIRER ARCHITECTURE CRITIC
A quarter-century ago, during the run-up to the Bicentennial celebrations, Philadelphia hired a Boston architecture firm to design a visitor center to greet the hordes of tourists expected for the event. It was a boxy, bricky, abstracted version of Independence Hall. It was not a success, either as architecture or as a way to promote the city. Vowing to correct the mistakes of the past, a group that includes the city, the National Park Service, and the Pew Charitable Trust decided to build a new visitor center that would help lift Philadelphia into the ranks of destination cities.
FOOD
May 30, 2013
Sample winners from the Inquirer's Brew-vitational at Philly Beer Week's Opening Tap, 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Independence Visitor Center. HandFarm is available only at the Tired Hands brewery.
NEWS
June 26, 2016 | By Michael Smerconish
"Mad as Hell? Voter Anger in the 2016 Election" will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Independence Visitor Center. Register by Monday at www.philly.com/electionpanel , or contact Jennifer Wolf at 215-854-5791 or jwolf@philly.com .
SPORTS
June 4, 2013
The United States Golf Association on Monday announced an event called "The U.S. Open Experience at Independence Mall. " Scheduled to open next Monday at the Independence Visitor Center, the exhibit will feature interactive educational golf exhibits and an official U.S. Open merchandise store. On June 15 and 16, the final two days of the Open at Merion Golf Club, additional exhibits will include live outdoor big-screen coverage of the Open, authentic USGA bleacher seating and simulated playing opportunities.
NEWS
April 3, 2008
AS HBO's new miniseries "John Adams" chronicles the life of one of our Founding Fathers, it provides a great glimpse into the process of creating a nation: patriots coming together to debate, argue and, in the end, find consensus. The show is also a good reminder of something we who live here take for granted: What a sacred place Independence Mall is. So the squabbles and apparent unholy alliances involving the National Park Service, Independence Visitor Center and tour operators recently highlighted by Daily News columnist Ronnie Polaneczky would make the founders shudder.
NEWS
June 25, 2010
Center City just became a bit more interesting and visitor-friendly, thanks to two initiatives that should showcase Philadelphia artists' work as well as better guide tourists in their travels around the city. Mayor Nutter's push to promote the arts received a visible boost with last week's opening of a ground-level arts office in City Hall that includes an 800-square-foot gallery. The gallery in Room 116 will serve as the administrative roost for the city's chief cultural officer and arts office director, Gary P. Steuer.
BUSINESS
November 18, 2001 | By Marcia Gelbart INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When the long-anticipated Independence Visitor Center opens on Tuesday, it will do so amid a decline in tourism, not just here but nationwide. For that reason, city tourism leaders say, it may be slow-going before the $38 million building, which occupies an entire city block at Sixth and Market Streets, is recognized as the official information center for Philadelphia, its surrounding counties, and South Jersey. To give it a short-term boost, Mayor Street has approved spending $145,000 on a radio and billboard campaign, featuring Philadelphia's most famous resident, Ben Franklin, to promote it. Nonetheless, tourism officials are confident that the new center, designed to lure out-of-town visitors as well as the region's residents, will bring Philadelphia a new and bigger chunk of the national tourism market.
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NEWS
June 26, 2016 | By Michael Smerconish
"Mad as Hell? Voter Anger in the 2016 Election" will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Independence Visitor Center. Register by Monday at www.philly.com/electionpanel , or contact Jennifer Wolf at 215-854-5791 or jwolf@philly.com .
BUSINESS
May 25, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, Staff Writer
The Independence Visitor Center plans a $15 million overhaul that will extend the outdoor terrace and enlarge the gift shop as it aims to generate more cash for operations from the city's growing tourist throng. The renovation will be the biggest investment at Independence Mall since the early 2000's, when the center and other buildings were constructed as part of a then-new master plan for the National Park Service site. It comes as the building's operator, the nonprofit Independence Visitor Center Corp., strives to reduce its dependence on the Park Service in an age of recurring federal budget tiffs.
NEWS
September 21, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
First a 1,200-pound bomb inside a rental van blew a crater into the base of the World Trade Center in 1993, killing six. Then a rental truck packed with fertilizer exploded in front of the federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995, killing 168 people. The detonation of a backpack nail bomb a year later inside a public plaza - killing one person in Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta - was the final straw. Those attacks inspired a new approach for protecting Americans and visiting dignitaries at large events from the growing threat of terrorism and violence on U.S. soil.
NEWS
March 9, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
If Philadelphia were a basketball court, Market Street East would be that inexplicable dead spot on the floor, the place where the ball just doesn't bounce. The eight-block corridor has four Dunkin' Donuts stores and two Subway sandwich shops - but no outdoor cafe. A McDonald's sits in what used to be a porn emporium. The midstreet shopping selection on what should be a glittery avenue ranges from drugstore to cut-rate clothing to cash for gold. Addicts come and go from a methadone clinic.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
EVERY TIME Fox 29's Mike Jerrick does his weekly "Ya Gotta Try This" segment on "Good Day Philadelphia," he gets a major Twitter response pleading to tag along the next week. Jerrick's response: Sure, come on down. Jerrick is hosting a "Ya Gotta Try This" event along with District Attorney Seth Williams , featuring edibles from 24 restaurants around the city, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Independence Visitor Center (1 N. Independence Mall W). The event benefits the Second Chance Foundation.
SPORTS
June 4, 2013
The United States Golf Association on Monday announced an event called "The U.S. Open Experience at Independence Mall. " Scheduled to open next Monday at the Independence Visitor Center, the exhibit will feature interactive educational golf exhibits and an official U.S. Open merchandise store. On June 15 and 16, the final two days of the Open at Merion Golf Club, additional exhibits will include live outdoor big-screen coverage of the Open, authentic USGA bleacher seating and simulated playing opportunities.
FOOD
May 30, 2013
Sample winners from the Inquirer's Brew-vitational at Philly Beer Week's Opening Tap, 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Independence Visitor Center. HandFarm is available only at the Tired Hands brewery.
NEWS
April 23, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Independence Visitor Center was evacuated for about an hour Sunday afternoon while police searched the tourist attraction and adjacent garage for a bomb or bombs. Visitors and employees were rushed out of the complex at Sixth and Market Streets shortly after noon and allowed back in around 1:30 p.m. In the interim, the Police Department bomb squad searched the facility with dogs, but found no explosives. "We took necessary precautions," Lt. Joseph McGarrey said. The center, across Market Street from the Liberty Bell, was evacuated after a man in camouflage fatigues who police labeled suspicious was found in a garage, sitting in a parked vehicle loaded with paper, clothing, and other items, McGarrey said.
NEWS
July 28, 2012 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
Overcoming enervating heat, more tourists and conventioneers are traipsing to Philadelphia museums and sites this summer than last, more are attending major exhibitions, and more are staying overnight in hotels, according to tourism officials and spot checks at key institutions. The increases may be modest overall, officials say, but the gains are real. At the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the newly opened Barnes Foundation, the just-reopened Rodin Museum, the Franklin Institute, the National Constitution Center, and the Independence Visitor Center, numbers are strong.
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