Markell to travel to Israel

By Amy Cherry 8:22am, July 3, 2013 - Updated 5:37pm, July 3, 2013
Gov. Markell (WDEL/File)
Governor Markell is heading to Israel for economic development.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

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Various Israeli high tech firms have already incorporated in Delaware, but Governor Markell says that doesn't always translate to expansion.

"Just because they incorporate in Delaware does not mean that they will necessarily choose a Delaware university to partner with in terms of collaboration," says Markell.

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Markell says this trip is about raising awareness and changing the way of thinking.

"Traditionally, although they thought of us first for incorporation, they have not necessarily thought of Delaware first as a place to actually set up shop," he explains.

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Markell explains he doesn't have one business he's focusing on for this trip, but he says his past trips overseas to Korea and Morocco have produced real results for Delaware.

"Several months later Harim announced a $100 million investment in Delaware and the creation of 700 jobs," he says.

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Markell will also meet Israeli economic and government leaders in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

The governor leaves Friday and will return July 12th. Joining him is DEDO Director Alan Levin, who's paying his own way along with University of Delaware's Vice Provost and the past president of the Delaware Bar Association.

Markell doesn't know the cost of the week-long trip, but says Israel's ministry of foreign affairs will pay for his hotel.

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