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Georgia Leaders to Participate in WATEC

Commissioner Cummiskey Leads Delegation

While the water dispute among Georgia and neighboring states currently is not front page news as it has been in recent years, the state nonetheless is taking measures to insure that Georgia has an adequate supply of water for the future.  And in addition to looking for technologies to support this infrastructure imperative, the state also sees Israel as a source of prospects for establishing operations in Georgia in the Water sector.

With these objectives, Georgia will have an impressive delegation participating in the November 14-16 WATEC conference
in Tel Aviv, led by Chris Cummiskey, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development.  Other participants include Chris Clark, President of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce; Jay Wos, Research & Technology Management for Southern Company; Bob Keefe, Senior Vice President & CIO of Mueller Water Products; Jon Pensec, Director of Corporate Communications & Public Affairs for Mueller Water Products; Gregory Rogowski, President of Mueller Company; Nicholaus Peyton, VP International Sales of Mueller Company; Ken Clark, VP Product Development & Marketing of Mueller Company; Hassan Ali, VP & General Manager of Mueller Systems; Dawn Townsend, International Trade Manager of the Georgia Department of Economic Development; Todd Porter, President of H.T. Prof Executive Search; and Ronit Erlitzki, Partner of Noaz SourcingGuy Tessler, VP Business & Technology of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, SE Region, is representing AICC and supporting the delegation.   Ronen Kenan, Israel Trade Representative for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, is coordinating arrangements on the ground.

Georgia will have a booth at WATEC and will host a reception as well as meet with water companies at and outside of conference. They will be visiting Raanana—Atlanta’s Sister City in Israel, tour water facilities including the Hadera Desalination Plant, Eshkol Reservoir, and Shafdan wastewater treatment plant, and will meet with the BIRD Foundation.  A special Logistics event, coordinated by the Government of Israel Economic Office – US Southern Region and  hosted by Verint will bring together 20-25 companies to hear what Georgia has to offer, and set the stage for Israeli company participation in the Georgia Logistics Summit in February 2012.

Commissioner Cummiskey is being hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Arrangements for his participation in this important business mission to Israel were made by the Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast in Atlanta.

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