Mayor Edna B. Jackson departed for Israel on Friday to attend the weeklong International Mayors Conference, which ends May 13, and explore various international economic development opportunities. Mayor Jackson is attending at the invitation of the Israeli Consul General. The Israeli Government and the Savannah Jewish Federation are funding the trip. She is one of four U.S. Mayors to attend.
While in Israel, Mayor Jackson will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli economic development officials, and Mayors from across the globe to discuss common challenges and opportunities. She will explore tourism partnerships, relationships with the Port of Haifa and connections with major industry, such as Israeli Aerospace Industries, which builds jets for Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace.
“Savannah must continue to build relationships beyond our borders to compete in this new century,” Mayor Jackson said. “Savannah is becoming known across the globe as a place of choice to do business.”
Two years ago the city created the Greater Savannah International Alliance to foster interna- tional relationships that benefit the region through commerce, culture, tourism and education. The Alliance, together with the emerging World Trade Center Savannah being developed by SEDA, are ensuring that the infrastructure exists locally to attract and nurture foreign investment in Savannah.
“Savannah’s leaders are as much a part of making our local economy grow as any businessman or investor,” said Kent Harrington, Chairman of the GSIA. “The mayor is very much a central part of a team that can help connect us to the engine of the global economy.” For more information on the Greater Savannah International Alliance, visit www.internationalsavannah.com.