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Lt. Governor Cherry Concludes Overseas Investment Mission

Contact: Katie Carey 517-335-1589

November 23, 2009

Secures commitments from Israeli companies, visits MSU's Dubai campus

LANSING - Lieutenant Governor John D. Cherry, Jr. returns to Michigan this evening after a week-long overseas trade mission to the Middle East that resulted in two Israeli companies agreeing to start water technology pilot projects in Michigan.  Cherry made stops in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Dubai.
 
The two pilot projects, one by EPC Ltd. Onsite Wastewater Solutions and another by EMEFCY, involve innovative uses of wastewater and are another step toward establishing Michigan as the North American leader in water technology.
 
The lieutenant governor also made a special visit to Michigan State University's Dubai campus, becoming the first state official to do so.
 
"Michigan State's presence in Dubai helps the university enhance its commitment to the land grant philosophy that has governed its development," Cherry said.  "MSU's Dubai campus also provides Michigan with a jumping-off point for future economic relationships with the United Arab Emirates."
 
Cherry also spoke with Michigan and other U.S. students at the American University in Dubai to get a stronger sense of study abroad opportunities for Michigan students.
 
"In a global economy, Michigan State University and the American University are offering Michigan students an academic experience in the Arab gulf region that will strengthen their career skills and make them highly attractive job candidates to businesses back home," Cherry said.
 
Cherry also had discussions with government officials about renewing the sister city relationship between Dubai and Detroit and about future cultural exchanges between Michigan and the gulf region.
 
"Dubai is fast becoming a technological leader in the Middle East," Cherry said.  "Our goal in visiting Dubai was to foster a link with the United Arab Emirates that will last for years to come."
 
For more information on Michigan State University's Dubai campus and the American University in Dubai, visit http://dubai.msu.edu/and http://www.aud.edu/
 
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