About Us

The Independence Visitor Center Corporation (IVCC) is a Pennsylvania nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization, which operates in cooperation with the National Park Service, Visit Philadelphia®, Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, the City of Philadelphia, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.​​​​
The IVCC manages the Independence Visitor Center, the official visitor center for the Greater Philadelphia Region and primary point of orientation for Independence National Historical Park, the City of Philadelphia, the Southern New Jersey and Delaware River Waterfronts, as well as Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties in Pennsylvania.


What We Do

The best visits to Philadelphia start with the Independence Visitor Center Corporation because... 

Starting here can lead anywhere. 

We provide access to all the city has to offer: activities, tickets, reservations, and opportunities.  Our friendly, helpful, multilingual Visitor Services Representatives can turn any visitor's wish list into an unforgettable, customized itinerary. 

To activate this personalized touch with as many people as possible, the IVCC manages satellite locations, City Hall Visitor Center, Fairmount Park Welcome Center (temporarily closed for renovations), and Sister Cities Park Visitor Center; the visitor-friendly public transit service, Philly PHLASH® Downtown Loop; and the private event space and terrace, The Liberty View at Independence Visitor Center.


Annual Reports

The IVCC reports on its efforts and achievements on a yearly basis. Click on the links below to download the Annual Report from the corresponding year.

    •    Annual Report 2017
    •    Annual Report 2016
    •    Annual Report 2015
    •    Annual Report 2014
    •    Annual Report 2013
    •    Annual Report 2012
    •    Annual Report 2011


Board of Directors

Thomas A. CaramanicoChairman
President, McCormick Taylor, Inc.

Joseph T. Ashdale, 
Business Manager / Secretary - Treasurer
International Union of Painters & Allied Trades

Robert N.C. Nix, IIISecretary 
Chairman, Pleasant News Companies

Mary Isenhour
Governor's Representative
Chief of Staff, Office of the Governor

W. Bradley Baturka, CPA, CVA
Partner, Wipfli LLP

Julie Coker Graham​​​​​​
President & CEO,
Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau

Meryl Levitz
President & CEO,
Visit Philadelphia

Amy Shearer
Chief Marketing Officer, Philadelphia Zoo

William B. Petersen, Vice Chair
Vice President & General Counsel, Verizon

Stephen P. MullinTreasurer 
President & Principal, Econsult Solutions, Inc.

​​​​Margaret HughesMayor's Representative
Deputy City Representative,
City of Philadelphia

Lynn R. Axelroth, Esquire
Partner, Ballard Spahr, LLP

J.J. (Jonathan J.) Cutler
Principal, Heidrick & Struggles

Lauri Kavulich
Esquire, Clark Hill, PLC

Josh Grassi
General Manager,
Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing
Paul R. Levy
President & CEO, Center City District

Marc Woolley
Business Administrator, ​City of Harrisburg