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water industry companies that spe-
cialize in water efficiency. "Cities
around Michigan, including Detroit,
could use some of these same tech-
nologies to improve water efficiency
at home Snyder said.
Monday, he said, was to be spent
meeting with Israeli automotive com-
panies specializing in safety systems,
such as collision avoidance, inter-
connectivity — allowing vehicles to
"speak" to one another — and other
high-tech software applications.
He also visited General Motors
Advanced Technical Center Israel in
Herzliya, where he attended an auto-
motive reception sponsored by the
Michigan Israeli Business Bridge.
"The governor is really focused on
things Israel is really good at — tech-
nology, automotive, life sciences as
related to water and the environment,
and defense industries and homeland
security:' Hannan Lis said from Israel.
"He wants to make Michigan one
of Israel's leading trading partners.
With Israel's can-do attitude and
entrepreneurial spirit, Gov. Snyder
believes Michigan can scale up those
ideas with its infrastructure and great
workforce and be a gateway for Israeli
companies coming to North America."
Kaufman said, "The governor and
his team are really working hard
to promote Michigan as a place for
Israel companies to do business. The
reception from Israel's business com-
munity has been very, very positive!'
Later in the week, Snyder was plan-
ning to travel to Tel Aviv, Nazareth,
Haifa and the Galilee region. The
governor also was to participate in
Tuesday night's celebration of Israel
President Shimon Peres' 90th birth-
day, which will include other lumi-
naries such as former President Bill
Clinton and Jewish American super-
star Barbara Streisand.
The event also serves as the
opening event for the fifth annual
Presidential Conference, "Facing
Tomorrow 13," taking place at
Hebrew University, which Snyder
plans to attend. He will also be meet-
ing with Israeli companies in the
Snyder was scheduled to visit
Israeli universities and learn more
about the country's early childhood
education system and "bring those
ideas back to Michigan!'
Michigan's 2014 fiscal budget,
signed by the governor last week,
includes funding that will allow the
state to provide more early childhood
education opportunities for Michigan
children. He also plans to discuss
technology transfers with Israeli uni-
versities as well as how to best build a
"Our main focus is to create jobs,"
Snyder said. "Michigan is a great
gateway, in particular the Detroit
area. We have a very strong Jewish
community. We will be delivering
the message that Michigan is more
business-friendly than ever."
According to the governor's office,
Israel is the only country with free
trade agreements with both the
United States and the European com-
munity, which would allow Israel to
act as a bridge between the United
States and Europe, and Michigan is
uniquely situated for growth in Israel.
Last year, Michigan companies
exported $117 million in goods and
materials to Israel, making it the 19th
highest state in the U.S. for exports to
Israel, and Michigan ranks 15th among
states for imports from the country.
"Michigan has a lot of common
ground with Israel," Snyder said,
"particularly with startup and tech-
Snyder said that he hoped discus-
sions with the Israeli government
could lead to later trade agreements
with the state.
"Israel is a startup, high-tech
nation, but its marketplace is rela-
tively small," he said. "One of the best
markets for it is in the United States,
and Michigan can be that gateway for
Story Development Editor Keri Guten
Cohen contributed to this report.
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