Savannah and Israeli officials wrapped up three full days of information sharing designed to develop business ties between the two markets.
Uriel Lynn, President of the Federation of the Israeli Chambers of Commerce; Opher Aviran, Israeli Consul General to the Southeast United States; and other officials from Israel visited Savannah at the invitation of Mayor Edna Jackson, who traveled to Israel in May for the International Conference of Mayors.
“I was under the impression that during her trip, Mayor Jackson really discovered Israel,” said Lynn, who met with the Mayor in Israel to talk international trade. “From now on we’re going to make sure that the business people of Israel discover Savannah.”
Lynn, one of Israel’s top economic development leaders, toured the Georgia Ports, received presentations from the Savannah Economic Development Authority and World Trade Center Savannah, addressed the Savannah Rotary Club and met with Savannah business owners about opportunities to expand into the Israeli market.
“I am impressed not just with this city’s history, but the economic potential of Savannah,” he said. “We want to expose business in Israel to business in Savannah.”
The city of Savannah and the Savannah Economic Development Authority have been increasingly targeting international business development to help grow Savannah’s economy. Last year the city created the Greater Savannah International Alliance to advise Council on international affairs and strategy. At the same time, SEDA created World Trade Center Savannah to focus its international economic development actions.
“I am convinced we have only scratched the surface of economic opportunities between Savannah and Israel,” Mayor Jackson said. “I look forward to a long and prosperous relationship that will benefit business on both sides of the ocean.”