University of Houston Delegation to Visit
Early in May, a delegation from the University of Houston will visit Israel to meet with local universities interested in hosting a joint educational program for developing professional oil and gas exploration engineers. With the discovery of large amounts of natural gas off the coast of Israel, there is now a need for local engineers trained to deal with issues related to such fields. EDI will assist Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in planning for and accompanying the visiting delegates.
Southeast US Visit Planned for Early June
EDI President Sherwin Pomerantz will be in the US in early June to visit with the economic development professionals in five southeastern US states. These include Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina. He will be joined by members of the IBG network from India and the US in an effort to raise the level of awareness of the IBG network and its potential as a resource for economic developers worldwide.
Investment Professional Joins EDI’s Staff
Beginning May 1st, Allen Gorin, a seasoned economic development professional based in Boise, Idaho became part of the EDI family with the specific responsibility of locating potential US investors and companies interested in Israeli acquisitions. Allen was in Israel in April for orientation and training and began his duties after his return to the US. Formerly of California but a native of Providence, RI, Allen will seek out entities in the US with the potential to invest in promising Israeli companies EDI has identified.
New Mexico Delegation Visits Israel
During the week of April 29th, 15 people representing both New Mexico businesses and Bernallillo County/City of Albuquerque, were in Israel to meet with potential business partners. During their visit, they spent time in their sister city, Rehovot, and at its university, the Weizmann Institute of Science. In addition, they met with various TTOs and other multipliers interested in exploring business opportunities in the state. EDI represents the commercial interests of New Mexico in the Middle East region.
Pennsylvania Companies Exhibit at Israchem 2013
Five Pensylvania companies exhibited in the Pennsylvania booth at Israchem 2013 in late April. The show, which was coupled with Analiza, Maintenance and SafeWork as well, is a showcase both for Israeli products in the field as well as for international companies interested in impacting the Israel market. EDI, in its role as representing the commerical interests of Pennsylvania in this region, administered the booth and Deb Lenker, Trade Director for this region at the state’s headquarters in Harrisburg, attended as well.
EDI Arranges Meetings for Visiting Utah Companies
During the week-long Utah trade mission at the end of April headed by Gov. Herbert, EDI arranged business meetings for six of the state’s companies who travelled with the Governor. The companies covered a wide variety of sectors which reflect the state’s capabilties, including health care and life sciences.