What’s New at EDI – April 2019

What’s New at EDI – April 2019

April 8, 2019

Indiana Visits Israel for the OurCrowd Summit

A delegation from the Indiana Economic Development Corp. was in Israel during the first week of March to attend the 2019 OurCrowd Global Investor Summit and meet with Israeli companies considering in locating their US facilities in Indiana.  The OurCrowd Summit is an annual event attracting thousands of international visitors to meet and learn about innovative Israeli companies in healthcare, public safety, environment, mobility, cybersecurity, food & agriculture, and more.  EDI set up a number of meetings for the delegation while they were in the country.  EDI represents the investment promotion interests of Indiana in Israel.

Austin, Texas Delegation Visits Israel

Early in April, a delegation from the Austin, Texas Chamber of Commerce was in Israel to meet with companies willing to consider locating US operations in the greater Austin region.  Accompanying the Austin visitors was also the economic development director of Cedar Park, Texas, a suburb of Austin.  While in Israel, the group met with Israeli companies, business multipliers and participated in the SelectUSA Day event in Tel Aviv on April 4th as well.  EDI was hired by the Greater Austin Partnership to arrange their meetings and accompany them during their meetings.

EDI to Conduct Agricultural Seminar in Kiev

In early April, EDI VP Business Development Michael Platt will be in Kiev, Ukraine to participate in a workshop for Ukrainian entrepreneurs about trade opportunities with Israel based on the new Free Trade Agreement signed recently between the two countries in January 2019.  Organized by Ukraine’s Export Promotion Office (EPO), together with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) as part of the EU4Business initiative, the workshop is aimed at representatives of the following sectors: IT, food industry, furniture industry, agriculture, light industry.  The event will also kickoff preparation for a trade mission from Ukraine to Israel in early July, which will be composed of 10+ Ukrainian agricultural product exporters seeking market opportunities in Israel.  EDI will handle the arrangements and B2B meetings for that mission, which will be the third trade mission coordinated by EPO from Ukraine to Israel in the last 18 months.  A mission focusing on another sector is planned for later in 2019.

SelectUSA Events in Tel Aviv and Haifa

On April 4th over 50 Israeli company representatives gathered in Tel Aviv under the aegis of the US Department of Commerce’s SelectUSA program to meet with the US state and regionals representative stationed in Israel.  During the event the Israeli companies had an opportunity to speak one-on-one with those representatives of locations where they are considering placing their future US operations.  A second such event is planned for May 1st in Haifa.  EDI, in its role as chair of the American State Offices Association, organized the event on behalf of the US Commercial Service.  Cooperating partners included the Manufacturers’ Association of Israel, the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce and the Israel-America Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM).