This story just broke on the Associated Press wire this morning. We’re excited that Governor Riley has agreed to join us on this first effort to pursue a technology trade mission to an international destination. See HERE for a link to the full (more detailed) announcement from the Governor’s office.
Riley plans industry-hunting trip to Israel
7/15/2005, 10:13 a.m. CT
The Associated Press
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Bob Riley plans to visit Israel in September on a trade and industry-hunting mission.
“This is a great opportunity to create new jobs for Alabamians,” Riley said Friday in a statement. “We’ll promote Alabama and look for companies interested in opening new operations in our state and new trade opportunities for Alabama companies.”
The governor and his delegation plan to visit Tel Aviv, an industrial park in the city of Rosh Ha’ayin and a business incubator site in Gallilee. Alabama officials will try to interest Israel’s high-tech, defense-related and security-related industries in doing business in Alabama, the governor said.
Riley will be the first Alabama governor to visit Israel since then-Gov. Fob James led a trade mission to that country in October 1997. During his visit, James unveiled an Alabama plaque at the “Promenade of States” outside Jerusalem.
Alabama is one of 22 states that have cooperative trade agreements with Israel. In 1943, Alabama became the first state in the nation to pass a resolution supporting the right of Jewish people to an independent homeland.