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Cultivation Corridor Signs Memorandum Of Understanding With Federation Of Israeli Chambers Of Commerce

August 21, 2014

Uriel Lynn, President of the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce (FICC), and Dan Carmely, CEO of the FICC, were in Downtown Des Moines (DSM) Tuesday and Wednesday for a series of functions with regional business leaders, including the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the FICC and the Cultivation Corridor. A signing ceremony took place at the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization office.

The Memorandum highlights a growing momentum for local companies to export goods to Israel, as well as for Israel-based companies to invest in and partner with Corridor companies. Lynn also led a presentation and strategy session arranged by the Partnership and the Corridor to talk further about exporting opportunities to Israel and how the FICC can assist companies looking to start or build a business presence in Israel.

“Today’s MOU is an important step in furthering trade relations for Central Iowa agriculture and bioscience companies and entrepreneurs,” said Brent Willett, Executive Director of the Cultivation Corridor. “Israel is a world leader in agricultural and bioscience innovation and a strong export market for U.S. ag and bioscience goods and services. By creating more opportunity for trade linkages like this, Corridor companies are better positioned to capitalize on more global markets.”

Wednesday’s event continued to strengthen the relationship between Israel and the Greater Des Moines Partnership. In March, Daniel Blumenthal, Deputy Consul for Economic Affairs with the Government of Israel Economic Mission to the Midwest, spoke at a luncheon in DSM hosted by the Partnership and Iowa Economic Development Authority. Earlier this summer, Partnership CEO Jay Byers participated in a trade mission to Israel.

The FICC is one of Israel’s largest business organizations. It is a nonprofit and nonpolitical organization dedicated to a market economy and free enterprise.

The Cultivation Corridor is a public/private partnership focused on furthering the region’s agriculture and biosciences economic cluster for investment, talent and research.

 About the Greater Des Moines Partnership 

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 23 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,100 Regional Business Members and more than 320 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com.