An Initiative of the City of Akron

U.S. Water Hub Promotes Israeli
Water Technology Collaboration

Mekorot and Mei Netanya • Israel

When it comes to building relationships in Israel, the City of Invention rises above its counterparts. Out of all U.S. cities, only Akron, Ohio, invested significantly in an Israeli Technology Incubator at Targetech, Netanya. It is also the lone municipality to enter into separate collaborative agreements and partnerships with Mekorot and Mei Netanya to develop, test and commercialize Israeli Water technologies for the U.S. market. These partnerships were the result of Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic’s efforts in Israel and his direct interaction with Yossi Yaacoby, the Director of Mekorot.

Akron maintains a constant presence at WaTech, the leading Israeli water technology conference, and it is the home of the Ohio office of the Israeli-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation, which stimulates, promotes and supports industrial R&D of mutual benefit to the U.S. and Israel.

Through an official Memorandum of Understanding, Akron is working with Mekorot to commercialize their portfolio companies in the U.S. The two also have an agreement to exchange water technology information.

AGWA has a similar agreement with Mei Netanya to establish an asset management system for municipal water utilities and water technology companies worldwide to use. This model will then be commercialized, providing a shared revenue stream for Mei Natanya and AGWA.

 

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