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 primary point of orientation for Independence National Historical Park and the official visitor center of the Philadelphia region, 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 staff 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 (closed temporarily due to COVID-19) and Love Park Visitor Center; the visitor-friendly public transit service, Philly PHLASH® Downtown Loop; and the private event space, 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 2019
    •    Annual Report 2018
    •    Annual Report 2017
    •    Annual Report 2016
    •    Annual Report 2015
    •    Annual Report 2014
    •    Annual Report 2013
    •    Annual Report 2012
    •    Annual Report 2011


Board of Directors

Deborah O’Brien - Board Chair
Market Executive, Bank of America Greater Philadelphia

Margaret Hughes
 - Board Vice Chair
Mayor's Representative
First Deputy City Representative, City of Philadelphia

Tiffany Newmuis Board Secretary
Director of Campus Experience, Comcast

Stephen P. Mullin - Board Treasurer 
President and Principal, Econsult Solutions

Joseph T. Ashdale
Business Manager / Secretary - Treasurer, District Council No. 21, International Union of Painters & Allied Trades

W. Bradley Baturka, CPA
Partner, Northeast U.S. Geography Leader, Wipfli LLP

Thomas A. Caramanico 
President, McCormick Taylor, Inc.

Jeremy Costa
Complex General Manager, Marriott Philadelphia Old City

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

Paul R. Decker
President Emeritus, Valley Forge Convention & Visitors Bureau

John H. Estey

Oliver St. Clair Franklin OBE

Honorary Consul, British Honorary Consulate, Philadelphia

Rob Ghormoz
Governor's Representative

Secretary of Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of the Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Maria Grasso 
Senior Vice President, Convention Division, Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau 

Lauri Kavulich
Esquire, Clark Hill, PLC

Shawn Andre Murray, MA, PHR
Assistant Professor Tourism & Hospitality Management  Montgomery County Community College

Amy Shearer
Chief Marketing Officer, The Philadelphia Zoo


A Message from the Independence Visitor Center Corporation:

As the official visitor center of the Philadelphia region, we welcome millions of people each year, of every age, race, gender, religion, language, culture, ethnicity, ability, and orientation.  These visitors come from around the world to explore the sites where our nation was founded.  Yet, nearly 250 years later, the founding principles of equality and inalienable rights are not the reality for many citizens.  

We recognize that systemic racial inequality is still a problem.

In a dedicated effort to combat the tragedies and injustices that arise from racial inequality, we pledge to be more conscious and mindful of pursuing equality and fairness for African Americans in everything we do as an organization.  We will always strive to treat everyone equally and with respect, and extend this philosophy to our visitors, staff, partners, and neighbors.

James J. Cuorato
President & CEO