Georgia Leaders to Visit Israel on American-Israel Chamber of Commerce Business Mission, December 13 – 18, 2008

Atlanta, GA, November 13, 2008 --( State Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine Joins Mission.

Even as economies around the world struggle, Israel’s remains surprisingly robust, supported by extraordinary technologies, entrepreneurs, and strong business partnerships to take their products global. The American-Israel Chamber of Commerce (AICC) will lead a delegation from Georgia on a Business Mission to Israel from Dec. 13 – 18, 2008, exploring business opportunities for their companies and economic development for the state.

The mission will focus on the AICC’s priority areas including Life Science, Cleantech, Security, Software, and Telecommunications. Leaders from Georgia companies as well as government and economic development officials will take part in the mission including:

· Georgia’s Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, honorary chairman of the U.S.-Israel TeleHealth Business Exchange (Feb 2009)
· Maggie Baldwin, partner at CarterBaldwin and former cable industry senior executive
· Ben Taube, executive director of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA)
· Kevin Fletcher, vice president of economic development for Georgia Power
· Robin Spratlin, general manager of economic development for Georgia Power
· Tom Glaser, President, American Israel Chamber of Commerce

The mission will include:
· The Globes Business Conference in Tel Aviv will include a business to-business track with top Israeli business leaders and industry sector sessions.
· A recruitment event for the U.S. - Israel TeleHealth Business Exchange.
· One-on-one meetings with companies to pursue business and economic development interests.
· A visit to Yokneam-Megiddo, Atlanta's Partnership 2000 community and Ra’anana, Atlanta’s Sister City.
· A special visit to Haifa to meet with key governmental and business leaders
· A meeting with leaders of Israel’s Venture Capital community.

Participants will meet with Israeli governmental and business leaders, including prominent investors in the technology, life sciences, and cleantech industries. Each member of the delegation will have prearranged meetings with potential partners and economic development prospects.

“Israel continues to be a great source of economic and business activity for Georgia, and with this strong delegation, the mission will certainly advance our reach and initiatives that benefit both areas,” said Tom Glaser, president, American-Israel Chamber of Commerce.

About the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce
The American-Israel Chamber of Commerce is a bi-national business association with the mission of increasing economic development by fostering understanding, cooperation, and business relationships between Israel and the Southeast. AICC is a proud affiliate of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. Since its founding in 1992, AICC has been involved in completed transactions valued at more than $950 million, creating jobs and benefiting the economies of both Israel and the Southeast. AICC targets a range of projects involving import, export, research & development, direct investment and joint ventures. Key areas of focus include software, telecommunications, energy, medical technologies and security.


Contact: Mitch Leff, (404) 861-4769,
Mitch Leff