Jerusalem, Israel -  Governor Brian Sandoval today began a trade mission to Israel, focusing on three key areas of similarity between Nevada and Israel: water technology, indoor agriculture, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). 

“With similarly arid landscapes and complimentary expertise in water resource technology and management, Israel and Nevada have already established a partnership that will help both of our States into the future,” Governor Brian Sandoval said.  “With Nevada’s System of Higher Education playing an important role, this trade mission will help to solidify Nevada’s presence in the world regarding water technology and will also introduce the opportunities for advancement in Nevada’s UAV, indoor agriculture, and technology commercialization sectors.”

In 2012, Nevada exports to Israel totaled $129,054,837 and Nevada imported a total of $144,041,317 from Israel. Israel is Nevada’s tenth largest export/import country.

The gubernatorial-led delegation includes staff of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development, members of the Nevada System of Higher Education and members of Nevada’s business community.

The Nevada Economic Development and Education Delegation consists of the following:  Steve Hill, Director of Economic Development for GOED; Dr. Stephen Wells, President of the Desert Research Institute (DRI); Alan Gertler, Vice President of DRI; Jim Thomas, Executive Director of DRI’s Division of Hydrological Sciences; Kumud Achrya, Director of DRI’s Center for Environment Remediation and Monitoring; Ron Zegers, Deputy General Manager of Engineering/Operations for the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA); Dean Mosier, UNR’s College of Business; Dean Maragakis, UNR’s College of Engineering; Dean Thompson, UNR’s College of Science; Marcel Fernando Schaerer, Director of the Business Success Center at UNR; Thomas Piechota, UNLV’s Vice President of Research; and Jacimaria Batista, Professor – Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering at UNLV.

The Business Delegation consists of:  Creo Mundi; Flying ICU; Plexus Technology; Vanguard Integrity Professionals, Inc.; Clark County Regional Center; Law Offices of Greenberg-Traurig; and Tate Snyder Kimsey.

Upon arriving in Israel, the Governor and members of the delegation took part in a traditional Shabbat Dinner hosted by the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas.