Trade and Population Statistics: top
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Binational foundation grants shared by Indiana and Israel: top
|Binational Agricultrual Research and Development Fund (1979-2010):||$4,458,145|
|Binational Science Foundation (1996-2009):||$3,553,789|
|Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (1977-2010):||$0|
Grant recipients in Indiana from U.S.-Israel binational foundations:
Indiana University Medical School
Purdue Medical School
Purdue Research Foundation
Notre Dame University
USDA Soil Erosion Lab
Bilateral Institutions top
Indiana Economic Development Corporation Eastern Mediterranean Office - Headed by American oleh to Israel, Sherwin Pomerantz, the IEDC-EM looks to match companies in Indiana and Israel to develop joint business ventures and bilateral trade to enhance the economies of both states. Read more about the IEDC, CLICK HERE.
Cooperative Agreements - "Memoranda of Understanding" top
Indiana Government Missions to Israel top
April 2012 - Governor Mitch Daniels visited Israel for eight days on a trip that Indianapolis businessman Mickey Mauer led and that Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis members had requested. Gov. Daniels met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and several prominent Israeli businessmen and leaders of aerospace companies. He also visited significant cultural sites in Israel.Mickey Maurer led. The governor participated in the trip after members of the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis asked him to travel to Israel. While there, Gov. Daniels met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, leaders of various Israeli businesses and aerospace companies, and he visited several cultural sites.
July 2008 - Representative Mike Pence visited Israel and the Palestinian territories as part of a Congressional delegation to the area. Rep. Pence and his colleagues met with high ranking government officials, including Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. As the ranking Republican on the Middle East and South Asia Subcommittee of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Rep. Pence needed a first-hand look at the situation in Israel and to discuss the prospects for a renewed peace process with the Palestinian Authority. Read more about Rep. Pence's trip to the region from his personal blog, CLICK HERE.
March 2006 - Mayor Kevin Smith, of Anderson, and a number of high ranking staff officials travelled to Israel to make contacts with Israeli businesses with the hope to lure profitable companies to Anderson, in particular, and Indiana in general. The delegation met with a slew of Israeli businesspeople across a wide spectrum of fields. Read more, CLICK HERE.
Indiana Formalizes Support for Israel top
On March 14, 2011, State Senator Mike Delph led his Senate colleagues in unanimous passage of Concurrent Resolution 12, officially formalizing support of Indiana General Assembly towards the State of Israel. The resolution, voted on in the presence of Holocaust survivor and author Hart Hasten, promotes democracy worldwide and particularly stresses such in the Middle East where violent revolutions have occurred in numerous countries since the start of 2011. "Israel is the truest, longest-standing democracy present in the Middle East," Sen. Mike Delph today told his fellow state lawmakers. "With the widespread uprisings in the region, it is both timely and critically important for Americans to recognize this steadfast ally and to reassure the Israeli people of our continued support during these times of uncertainty." Senator Delph added, "Israel is an island in a sea of hostile neighbors ... Indiana recognizes Israel has a right to self-defense against attacks. It's important as elected officials that we take a stand and support our democratic allies." Read the text of Resolution 12, CLICK HERE.
Partners For Change top
The U.S.-Israel relationship is based on the twin pillars of shared values and mutual interests. Given this commonality of interests and beliefs, it should not be surprising that support for Israel is one of the most pronounced and consistent foreign policy values of the American people.
It is more difficult to devise programs that capitalize on the two nations' shared values than their security interests; nevertheless, such programs do exist. In fact, these SHARED VALUE INITIATIVES cover a broad range of areas, including the environment, science and technology, education and health.
Today's interdependent global economy requires that trade policy be developed at the national and state level.
Many states have recognized the opportunity for realizing significant benefits by seeking to increase trade with Israel. No fewer than 33 states, including Indiana, have cooperative agreements with Israel.
Indiana does not yet have a formal partnership with Israel; nevertheless, in 2010, Indiana exported over $48 million worth of manufacturing goods to Israel. The total value since 1996 reaches almost $562 million. Israel now ranks as Indiana's 34th leading trade partner.
Additionally, Indiana companies received approximately $600,000 in 2010 for U.S. government-funded military contracts with Israel through the Foreign Military Financing (FMF) program (U.S. military assistance to Israel). Some Indiana companies that received funding through the FMF program include: Murray Equipment, Inc out of Fort Wayne; DFAS-Indianapolis based in Indianapolis; and Fred S. Carver, Inc from Wabash.
Israel is certainly a place where potential business and trade partners can be found. It can also be a source, however, for innovative programs and ideas for addressing problems facing the citizens of Indiana.
Israel has developed a number of pioneering education programs. For example, AICE introduced an innovative Israeli peer tutoring program to North Carolina that educators adapted for use in the United States. Now known as Reading Together, the program is used in 28 states. The program is designed to help students achieve reading fluency and is mostly used for children in second grade. The hope is that with its implementation, increasing numbers of students will perform at grade level or above.
A range of other exciting approaches to social problems like unemployment, environmental protection and drug abuse have been successfully implemented in Israel and could be imported for the benefit of Americans.
The potential for greater cooperation with Israel for the benefit of Indiana is limited only by the imagination.
Indiana Firms Profit From Business With Israel top
As the only country with free trade agreements with both the United States and the European community, Israel can act as a bridge for international trade between the United States and Europe. Moreover, because of the deep pool of talent, particularly in high-technology areas, Israel provides excellent investment opportunities. Some of the nation's largest companies, such as IBM, Microsoft, Motorola, Intel and McDonald's have found that it is indeed profitable to do business in Israel.
At least 70 Indiana companies have discovered the benefits of doing business in Israel, including Magnavox, ALCOA, Allied-Signal, Colgate Palmolive and ITT Aerospace.
Biomet has been doing business in Israel for about ten years, says Tom Allen, Director of International Sales, Marketing & Operations. The company sells orthopedic equipment, such as hip and knee replacements. Allen says it's a good market for the size of its population (roughly six million) and that it's easier to do business in Israel than many countries like Japan and France. "The Israelis always meet their payment terms and that puts them in the top ten," says Allen, who sees the country as a growth market for his products because of its aging population. Given his positive experience, he enthusiastically recommends that other companies look for business opportunities in Israel.
Edmond Schaefer, Magnavox's Director of International Marketing, has also found Israel a good place to make money. "Magnavox has been doing business with Israel for about 20 years," he says. "We sell defense communications equipment and the Israelis in this industry are high caliber. You need to be patient and flexible," he adds, "but it's definitely a place where a company can make a profit."
ITT Aerospace is another company with long experience in Israel. "Israel's military needs make it a good market," says President and General Manager Dr. Marvin Sambur, whose company sold military radios to the Israel Defense Forces. "It's also a good place to visit; I learned a lot from dealing there. Israel's also a growing marketplace, which goes beyond the military."
One of the benefits to doing business there, adds Sambur, is that Israelis make up their minds quickly and then go forward. "The defense industry is a tough one to crack. It's a long process to establish yourself in the market." Since Israel uses a lot of the same equipment as the U.S. Army, which ITT supplies, Sambur looks forward to doing more business in Israel in the future.
One good way to break into the Israeli market is through
a joint venture with an Israeli company. Funding for such projects is
available from the Binational
Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD). BIRD funds projects in 36 states and the District of
Columbia and hundreds of companies including AOL, GE, BP Solar, Texas
Instruments and Johnson & Johnson have benefitted from BIRD grants.
The United States and Israel established BIRD in 1977 to fund joint U.S.-Israeli teams in the development and subsequent commercialization of innovative, nondefense technological products from which both the Israeli and American company can expect to derive benefits commensurate with the investments and risks. Most grant recipients are small businesses involved with software, instrumentation, communications, medical devices and semiconductors.
Since its inception, BIRD has funded more than 800 joint high-tech R&D projects through conditional grants totaling more than $210 million. Products developed from these ventures have generated more than $8 billion in direct and indirect revenues for both countries and has helped to create an estimated 20,000 American jobs. Dr. Eli Opper, the former Israeli chair of BIRD, has said that BIRD is a strong pillar of US-Israel industrial cooperation and that the extreme success of BIRD has led Israel to adopt similar models of R&D with other countries.
Up until now, no Indiana companies have taken advantage of the opportunity to reduce the risk of new ventures and tap into the deep pool of Israeli talent through the BIRD program.
Scientific Innovations top
Indiana researchers are making scientific breakthroughs and developing cutting-edge technologies in joint projects with Israeli scientists thanks to support from the Binational Science Foundation (BSF). BSF was established in 1972 to promote scientific relations and cooperation between scientists from the United States and Israel. The fund supports collaborative research projects in a wide area of basic and applied scientific field for peaceful and non-profit purposes. Since its inception, BSF has awarded some $480 million through more than 4,000 grants in 45 states and the District of Columbia.
BSF-sponsored studies are highly successful in achieving their two main goals: strengthening the US-Israel partnership through science and promoting world-class scientific research for the benefit of the two countries and all mankind. The BSF grants help extend research resources to achieve milestones that might not otherwise be attainable; introduce novel approaches and techniques to lead American researchers in new directions; confirm, clarify and intensify research projects; and provide unmatched access to Israeli equipment, facilities and research results that help speed American scientific advances. BSF has documented no less than 75 new discoveries made possible by its research grants and counts 37 Nobel Prize and 19 Lasker Medical Award laureates among its joint partners.
Purdue, Notre Dame and Indiana University are among the institutions which have shared more than $3.5 million in BSF grants awarded since 1996 alone.
Purdue's Louis Sherman studies photosynthesis in organisms called prokaryotes, a type of bacteria that doesn't contain a nucleus. He is trying to understand chlorophyl binding mechanisms to explain how photosynthesis occurs under different conditions, a project that could have important implications for agriculture. He has applied for a new grant to continue the research to learn more about photosynthesis in extreme environments, for example, to see how cells maintain themselves in the desert. Sherman says he and his Hebrew University collaborator have different but complementary skills. "Dr. Ohant is well-known for his research related to photosynthesis and has built special equipment that aided our work. Israelis are very good at studying extreme events like drought and Sde Boker, where the research is done, is like no other lab in the world."
Some BSF projects have practical applications, such as the work of chemical engineer James Carberry at Notre Dame, whose research on the effects of changing crystallite sizes has important implications for the chemical, petroleum and food industries.
Other projects, however, involve basic science, and are meant only to stimulate advances in a particular field. This is typically the case of grantees in mathematics. Notre Dame's William Dwyer, for example, works in a branch of mathematics that studies higher-dimensional shapes and tries to find quantitative ways to describe their forms. Together with his Hebrew University colleague, Emmanuel Dror-Farjoun, Dwyer hopes to ultimately reach a comprehensive understanding of higher-dimensional geometry. Dwyer met his collaborator in graduate school and values the association. "Emmanuel is energetic, imaginative, inventive, fun and productive to work with," says Dwyer. "and has helped push our field further."
Agriculture Benefits top
In 1978 the United States and Israel jointly created the Binational
Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD)
to help fund programs between US and Israeli scientists for mutually
beneficial, mission-oriented, strategic and applied research into agricultural
problems. Since its inception, BARD has funded more
than 1,000 projects in 45 states and the District of Columbia with a
total investment of more than $250 million. In 2000, an independent
and external economic review of 10 BARD projects conservatively
projected more than $700 million in revenue by the end of 2010, a number
which far outweighs the total investment in all BARD projects over its 33 year existence and helps to continually strengthen
Most BARD projects focus on either increasing agricultural productivity, plant and animal health or food quality and safety and have been influential in creating new technologies in drip irrigation, pesticides, fish farming, livestock, poultry, disease control and farm equipment. BARD funds projects in 45 states and the District of Columbia and at present is beginning to administer collaborative efforts between Australia, Canada and Israel as well. It is difficult to break down the impact on a state-by-state basis, but overall, BARD-sponsored research has generated sales of more than $500 million, tax revenues of more than $100 million and created more than 5,000 American jobs.
Indiana institutions have shared BARD grants worth more than $4.45 million since 1979.
In 2008, Purdue University professor of horticulture Natalia Doudareva received a three year BARD grant to work with Israeli scientists at the Volcani Center and at Ben Gurion University of the Negev to research and help produce better tasting fruits such as tomatoes. In recent years, farmer and growers have sacrificed flavor in their fruits and vegetables in order to produce ones that are more attractive to the eye and have a longer shelf life. Professor Doudareva and her colleagues have found a way to genetically enhance the aroma and taste of these fruits without harming their look or shelf-life.
Thanks to the support from BARD, the researchers from Purdue and Israel also believe that these genetically enhanced fruits and vegetables will also be marked by improved quality. Their achievements so far have actually been widely praised in print media and television and they hope this research will lead to improved crop yields and better produce at your local grocer. Read a summary of the project and its initial findings, HERE.
Finding new ways to protect Indiana's corn crops and egg production are two other benefits of joint research projects conducted under the auspices of BARD.
Bernie Engel is an Agricultural and Biological Engineer at Purdue who has been trying to develop a sensor that can determine the quality of fruit so it can be sorted more efficiently. He has been working with cantaloupes while his Israeli counterpart has worked with tomatoes. Both are using different types of sensors to detect qualities like firmness and aroma. "The innovation," he said, "is the software we've developed using artificial intelligence that puts all the sensory inputs together to judge quality." The idea is to have the sorter use the system to insure only the highest quality fruits and vegetables reach the grocer. Does this mean you'll never see another piece of rotten fruit in the store again? Not quite, Engel says, but he hopes once the program is commercialized, it will significantly improve the quality of produce.
The collaboration was very successful, Engel adds. "The Israelis are some of the best researchers in the world in the field of automation for fruit and vegetable sorting." Combining their skills with his own expertise in using computing technology to solve agricultural problems, has enabled the team to develop a system with great potential commercial value.
Purdue University Developmental Physiologist Nick Carpita has had two BARD grants to study the structure of cell walls. His most recent project involved research on tobacco and carrot cells to learn more about how plants tolerate salt. Ultimately, the findings could help scientists manipulate genes in plants to enable them to grow normally in a salty environment. The collaboration with gave Carpita the opportunity to work with Hebrew University's Debbie Delmer, one of the leading scientists in the field, "the matriarch of plant biology." He said his colleague's expertise working with cell walls and seed biology complemented his own proficiency in chemistry.
In another project, researchers at the State University of Indiana at Terre Haute have discovered a virus that may protect corn, barley and oats from smut diseases. This research may enable farmers to kill diseases and pests that threaten the State's corn crops.
BARD research done outside the State also benefits Indiana. For example, the State's egg industry has benefitted from BARD projects that produced a vaccine that prevents infections that cause egg production losses.
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State Contacts: top
Sherwin Pomerantz, Israel Director
Indiana Department of Commerce
c/o Atid EDI Ltd.
Bldg. 2, Har Hotzvim
POB 45005, 91450 Jerusalem
Jewish Federation Greater Indianapolis
615 N Alabama St #-412
Indianapolis, IN 46204-1434
1100 West 42nd St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
2939 Jewett St.
Highland, IN 46322
Michigan City United Jewish Welfare Fund
Temple Sinai, 2800 S. Franklin St.
Michigan City, IN 46360
105 Jefferson Center, #804
South Bend, IN 46601
105 E Jefferson Blvd #-804
South Bend, IN 46601-1917
Fort Wayne Jewish Federation
227 East Washington Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Fax. 219-422-8567 (f)
Evansville Jewish Community Council
P.O. Box 5026
Evansville, IN 47716
Federated Jewish Charities Hillel
912 W. State. St.
W. Lafayette, IN 47906