AICC and Commissioner Oxendine’s Visit to Escape Rescue (Video by Israel21C)

February 3, 2009

Video by ISRAEL21c

The AICC Mission to Israel delegation in December met with Tel Aviv-based Escape Rescue Systems that has developed a high rise evacuation system that was set to establish a pilot site at an investment of over $1.5 million in Atlanta a few years ago. Georgia Commissioner of Fire Safety and Insurance John Oxendine was in the delegation that received a briefing and demo at their pilot site in Ramat Gan and has met with the company several times since.  Escape Rescue is looking to partner with business owners or government entities to create a full or a scaled down version of the original plan in Atlanta.

State of Georgia looks to Israel for solutions to energy and water challenges

December 20, 2008
Dec 20, 2008 23:15

Israel’s track record of success and a similar climate brought a delegation from the US state of Georgia here last week to get a look at local cleantech and greentech firms.
Representing private companies, public, utilities, and government officials, the nine officials traveled all over the country looking for ways to integrate Israeli technology into their organizations. According to executives of a major water company based in Georgia, the US will overhaul its water infrastructure in the next 10 to 15 years. So the company has begun looking ahead to see how it can position itself with the most attractive line of products, including some blue-and-white ones.

Among their many stops, the delegation met with the Israel Newtech team at the Industry, Trade, and Labor Ministry. Israel Newtech is an umbrella organization for Israeli water and renewable energy companies interested in contracts abroad. The group was brought here by the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce Southeast Region, which has developed strong ties between the Georgia business community and Israel.

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AICC Mission – Maggie Bellville and Zohar Zisapel at RAD in Tel Aviv

December 20, 2008

Jerusalem Post

Maggie Bellville and Zohar Zisapel

INN Coverage of AICC Mission to Israel

December 17, 2008

Atlanta Business Execs ‘Rescued’ in Search for New Companies
by Hana Levi Julian

A group of Atlanta business executives was “rescued’ from a high-rise building on Sunday as part of their week-long itinerary of meetings with counterparts in the fields of energy, biotechnology, water technology and communications to discuss joint economic development opportunities — despite the recent fiscal downturn.

Tom Glaser, president of the Atlanta-based American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Southeast Region (AICC) said in a statement to the media that his group also planned to focus on picking up ties with new Israeli start-ups.”Israeli companies have a strong record of success in Georgia,” he said. The delegation is holding seminars and meetings in Raanana – Atlanta’s official Sister City, and in Yokneam, Atlanta’s Jewish Partnership community, as well as in Herzliya.

The group is checking out business opportunities with Shai Agassi’s “Project Better Place”, among others. They are also meeting with telemedicine companies throughout the country, including at the Galil Center for Telemedicine at the Technion, in order to promote the US-Israel TeleHealth Business Exchange that will be held in Atlanta in February.

Preparing for the Next 9/11
One particular focus of interest by the group has been a Ramat Gan-based company that specializes in getting people out of high buildings in as little time as possible. The “Escape Rescue System” carried out a simulation on Sunday that “stranded” the delegation on the 14th floor of a high-rise building. Within eight minutes, emergency rescue personnel had safely evacuated the entire group. According to company CEO Yoni Shimshoni, the multi-tiered, external evacuation platform system has been designated by the United States Department of Homeland Security as a Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology. It provides unprecedented fight and flight capabilities in the event of an emergency in a high-rise building and in a full, 5-cabin configuration, the system can deliver up to 25 SWAT personnel and rescue 150 people every 8 minutes.Shimshoni said Atlanta officials have been interested in his system for some time. “We are pleased to have had this opportunity to demonstrate the effectiveness of the system to the Georgia delegation,” he said.

“The tragic events in Mumbai and the changed skyline of New York are reminders of the pride we have in our cities and of the necessity to prepare for another 9/11, a fire or a terrorist hostage-taking situation,” said John Oxendine, Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner of Georgia, who was present for the simulation. “With more than 200 tall buildings in Atlanta, we need to consider revolutionary rescue and evacuation solutions,” he said.

Home to more than 50 Israeli companies, the state of Georgia is a leading center in the US for Israeli company activity. It has become a popular strategic business destination due primarily to its strong business environment, logistics, human capital and low cost of doing business. The delegation’s visit to Israel, facilitated by the AICC, is part of the state’s effort to entice Israeli businesses to open their U.S. offices in Atlanta and elsewhere throughout the state.

Atlanta Journal Constitution Coverage of AICC Mission to Israel

December 16, 2008

Delegation tries to sell Israeli businesses on Georgia

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Tel Aviv, Israel — To headline writers around the world, Israel is a place of never-ending conflict and religious and ethnic tension. For eight business executives and utility officials from Georgia visiting Israel this week, the Jewish state represents opportunities for business partnerships and elevating Atlanta’s international profile. “We’re really looking for a lot of high-tech investment. If that’s what you’re looking for, Israel is one of the places you need to visit,” said John Oxendine, Georgia’s insurance and safety fire commissioner. He joins Georgia Power officials, as well as leaders in green energy, water conservation and telecommunications.

Since 1992, when the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce opened an office in Atlanta, officials have attracted more than 50 Israeli businesses to Georgia, now among the top five locations for Israeli business in the United States. Georgia businesses export nearly $200 million of goods annually to Israel. At least once a year, chamber President Tom Glaser leads a group of Georgia business and civic leaders to Israel in an effort to build new partnerships and attract more Israeli investment to the Southeast. Despite the long-running conflict with Palestinians that sometimes strains the Israeli economy, Israel’s technology sector has emerged as among the world’s most innovative.

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AICC Mission to Israel in Atlanta Business Chronicle

December 6, 2008


AICC To Lead Business Mission To Israel

December 2, 2008
 Georgia’s Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine  

The American-Israel Chamber of Commerce (AICC) will lead a delegation from Georgia on a business mission to Israel from Dec. 13 to 18, 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: John Oxendine, Georgia’s Insurance Commissioner and honorary chairman of the U.S.-Israel TeleHealth Business Exchange ; Maggie Bellville, 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 and Robin Spratlin, general manager of economic development for Georgia Power Bob Keefe, senior vice president and CIO, and Ken Clark, vice president product management & marketing for Mueller Water Products; and Tom Glaser, president, American Israel Chamber of Commerce 

 The mission has an intense schedule that will include participation in the Globes Business Conference in Tel Aviv that features 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 in February, 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, and visits to historical and religous sites.

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.

Tom Glaser, AICC president says: “The current global economic crisis has made businesses more receptive to looking at new places and 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.”

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