LANSING – Governor Gretchen Whitmer has announced plans to travel to Israel from Nov. 17 to Nov. 23, 2019. The governor will travel between Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem to meet with government, business, and nonprofit leaders to strengthen relationships and build business ties with startups and mobility companies to help Michigan compete for good-paying, high tech jobs. 

“I’m proud to continue the decades long tradition of Michigan governors traveling to Israel to deepen our relationship,” said Governor Whitmer. “Throughout this trip, I’ll have the opportunity to meet with leaders who share my dedication to solidifying Michigan as a leader in mobility, technology, and startups. I look forward to a number of productive conversations on how we can strengthen our ties with our partners overseas and help attract more businesses and jobs to Michigan.” 

In Israel, Governor Whitmer will participate in the Water Technology and Environmental Control Conference and hold meetings with Israeli Minister of Energy Dr. Yuval Steinitz, the team of Start Up Nation Central, Mobileye CEO Prof. Amnon Shashua, and more. The governor will also visit GM’s Advanced Technical Center, Ford Motor Company, the William Davidson Archaeological Park, and the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation. 

In Bethlehem, the governor will visit the Church of the Nativity and meet with Vera Baboun, representative of the Palestinian Authority and former mayor of Bethlehem. 

The governor’s trip is being conducted at the invitation of the Israeli government and hosted by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit in coordination with the MEDC. 

This is Governor Whitmer’s first international trip as Governor. 

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