LAS VEGAS, NV - October 18, 2013
Brian Sandoval today began a trade mission to Israel, focusing on three key
areas of similarity between Nevada and Israel: water technology, indoor
agriculture, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).
“With similarly arid landscapes and
complimentary expertise in water resource technology and management, Israel and
Nevada have already established a partnership that will help both of our
States into the future,” Governor Brian Sandoval said. “With Nevada’s System
of Higher Education playing an important role, this trade mission will help
to solidify Nevada’s presence in the world regarding water technology and will
also introduce the opportunities for advancement in Nevada’s UAV, indoor
agriculture, and technology commercialization sectors.”
In 2012, Nevada exports
to Israel totaled $129,054,837 and Nevada imported a total of $144,041,317 from
Israel. Israel is Nevada’s tenth largest export/import country.
delegation includes staff of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic
Development, members of the Nevada System of Higher Education and members of
Nevada’s business community.
The Nevada Economic Development and
Education Delegation consists of the following: Steve Hill, Director of
Economic Development for GOED; Dr. Stephen Wells, President of the Desert
Research Institute (DRI); Alan Gertler, Vice President of DRI; Jim Thomas,
Executive Director of DRI’s Division of Hydrological Sciences; Kumud Achrya,
Director of DRI’s Center for Environment Remediation and Monitoring; Ron
Zegers, Deputy General Manager of Engineering/Operations for the Southern
Nevada Water Authority (SNWA); Dean Mosier, UNR’s College of Business; Dean
Maragakis, UNR’s College of Engineering; Dean Thompson, UNR’s College of
Science; Marcel Fernando Schaerer, Director of the Business Success Center at
UNR; Thomas Piechota, UNLV’s Vice President of Research; and Jacimaria Batista,
Professor – Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering at
Business Delegation consists of: Creo Mundi; Flying ICU; Plexus Technology;
Vanguard Integrity Professionals, Inc.; Clark County Regional Center; Law
Offices of Greenberg-Traurig; and Tate Snyder Kimsey.
Upon arriving in Israel, the Governor and members of the delegation took part in a traditional Shabbat Dinner hosted by the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas.
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