Governor Whitmer signs Memorandum of Understanding focused on technology, meets with business leaders, government officials on second full day of mission to Israel

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November 19, 2019 
 

Governor Whitmer signs Memorandum of Understanding focused on technology, meets with business leaders, government officials on second full day of mission to Israel
 

LANSING, Mich. -- Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Israel-based tech NGO Start Up-Nation Central that acts as a gateway to Israeli innovation to collaborate on technology solutions that have the potential to improve opportunities and quality of life for Michigan citizens. The state of Michigan and Start-Up Nation Central will work to connect innovative ecosystems and identify Israeli-based companies with opportunities to expand operations into Michigan to further the development and application of emerging technologies. The MOU builds on Michigan’s continued leadership in utilizing public-private partnerships to test, pilot and deploy new technologies in the state.  

“This MOU can offer a blueprint for connecting the innovation ecosystems strategically. An example might be how to optimize mobility to improve transportation options for citizens who may not be looking for a self-driving car, but who do need an affordable, reliable way to go to the bank, get to an appointment or meet friends for coffee,” Whitmer said. “I appreciate the partnership of Start-up Nation as we work together to build the connection that will transform our transportation landscape and lead to stronger relationships between Michigan and Israel.” 

Today’s MOU further strengthens on Michigan’s relationship with Start-Up Nation Central. Earlier this year, Michigan was announced as the first state in the United States to launch a free web platform poised to be a tipping point for the state’s startup ecosystem. The platform, called startupMICHIGAN.com, created by Start-Up Nation Central and powered by the Michigan Israel Business Accelerator (MIBA), features more than 300 startups, and growing – including hubs and funders. 

The Governor had several other meetings throughout the day highlighting the strength of the relationship between Michigan and Israel when it comes to the automotive industry, technology, cybersecurity, and the next generation of transportation, including a visit to GM’s Advanced Technological Center and a meeting with Israel Minister of Energy Dr. Yuval Steinitz to discuss Michigan’s robust cybersecurity community, excellent business climate, and talented workforce. The governor is also scheduled to visit Ford Motor Company’s New Regional Research Center tomorrow. 

Earlier in the day, Governor Whitmer provided remarks at the Water Technology and Environmental Council Conference in Tel Aviv, highlighting her dedication to protecting our Great Lakes and fresh water. Following her remarks, the governor met with Dr. Yuval Steinitz, Israel’s Minister of Energy, to discuss opportunities to strengthen Michigan’s cybersecurity, attract more businesses to our state, and grow our workforce. 

The governor's trip is being hosted by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit in coordination with the MEDC. 

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