Gretchen Whitmer is making her first international trip as governor to strengthen trade ties with Israel.
She will travel between Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Bethlehem from November 17 to 23.
By meeting with leaders from government, business and nonprofits, the governor hopes to connect with startups and mobility companies to help the state compete for high-paying, high-tech jobs.
âI am proud to continue the decades-long tradition of Michigan governors traveling to Israel to deepen our relationship,â said Whitmer. âThroughout this trip, I will have the opportunity to meet leaders who share my commitment to strengthening Michigan as a leader in mobility, technology and startups. I look forward to a number of productive conversations on how we can strengthen our ties with our partners overseas and help attract more businesses and jobs to Michigan.
Whitmer will attend the Water Technology and Environmental Control conference and meet with Israeli Energy Minister Dr Yuval Steinitz, the Start Up Nation Central team, Mobileye CEO, Professor Amnon Shashua, and more.
It will also stop at GM’s Advanced Tech Center, Ford Motor Company, William Davidson Archaeological Park and the Peres Center Authority for Peace and Innovation.
In Bethlehem, she will meet Vera Baboun, representative of the Palestinian Authority and former mayor of Bethlehem, at the Church of the Nativity.
The Israeli government has invited Governor Whitmer to participate in the trip, which will be organized by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit in coordination with MEDC.