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Akron Becomes Exclusive U.S. Partner to Monumental Israeli Project

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City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of stephanie york
Published: 03-02-2015

            Today, representatives of Israel’s water industry, academia, and private enterprises, have joined with Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic to announce that the City of Akron will be the exclusive North American government partner and location for Israel’s effort to bring cutting edge water technologies to the U.S. marketplace through an “Advanced Waste Water Treatment Demonstration Project.” The Israeli institutions, academia, and private enterprises that have initially united in this effort include:

  • WaTech-Mekorot (The Technology Innovation Division of Israel’s national water company)

  • Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (Israel’s leading academic research Institution)

  • Israel Export Institute (Israel’s export promotion organization)

  • Memtech, a technology company that specializes in the use of membrane innovation to improve and deliver new water technologies to the market

  • 4 other Israeli companies selected and approved by an executive committee of the Partners

                                                                                                                                             

            “We chose Akron because of its water industry experience, its successful business activities, its collaborative and cooperative spirit with Israel, and for the establishment of the Akron Global Water Alliance (AGWA) whose purpose is to promote innovation, knowledge sharing, and commercialization of water technologies,” stated Moshe Kelner, CEO of Advanced Memtech, one of the Israeli companies leading the Project.

            “This Project will create new jobs and investment through business attraction, further our water initiative, and place Akron in the forefront of water innovation and technology,” said Mayor Plusquellic.  “We are being entrusted with an exclusive platform and pipeline for Israeli companies to demonstrate innovative technologies and new solutions for water treatment worldwide.”

            Mayor Plusquellic also mentioned Akron’s past experience with projects in Israel including: being the first US City to partner with an Israeli municipal utility in Netanya, Israel, to develop and commercialize new water technology solutions; creating a partnership with Mekorot, to promote bi-lateral cooperation and innovation; and including the Israeli water company delegation in the Akron Global Water Alliance Launch Event last October.  Plusquellic particularly noted Akron’s $500,000 investment in the Targetech Innovation Center, an Israeli incubator that nurtures science, technology, research and development, and commercializes these efforts in Israeli and the U.S. market through Akron. 

            “These activities have positioned Akron to be the ideal partner for this project,” noted Mayor Plusquellic.  “This Project will benefit municipal water utilities nationwide and the Industry at-large. As the centralized North American location to carry out demonstration activities, we will be able to help companies commercialize solutions more efficiently and access the US market.”

            Mayor Plusquellic has also been a featured speaker at WaTech, one of the largest international water conferences in the world held bi-annually in Israel speaking on topics such as innovation, smart cities and international cooperation between U.S. cities and Israel.  He also was the keynote presenter at the Israeli-American Chamber of Commerce Conference in Chicago. 

            The parties have reached agreement on the terms and a formal contract will be finalized at a later date. 

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For further information, contact:
stephanie york
communications director
Phone: 330-375-2345
E-mail: [email protected]

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