Iowa Gov. Reynolds will lead trade, investment mission to Israel in September

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Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds will visit Israel in September on a trade and investment mission, according to a news release Tuesday morning.

According to the release, the trip is aimed at expanding trade and investment opportunities for Iowa and is being coordinated by the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

“Trade and investment missions, such as this, uncover untapped opportunities for Iowa companies and serve as a forum to exchange ideas and promote collaboration,” Reynolds said in the release. “Our goal is to open doors for Iowa companies, promote Iowa as a place to do business and ultimately create jobs in our great state.”

The United States is Israel’s largest single-country trading partner, according to the release. Iowa exports exceeded $30.6 million in 2016 to Israel, a 14.5 percent increase from 2015.

From January to April of 2017, exports increase nearly 300 percent over the same period last year, according to the release.

Sectors that provide opportunities for Iowa companies include information and communication technology, agtech, biotechnology and animal feeds, among others.

“The Israel mission will help build on Iowa’s success in international trade and continue to strengthen our global partnerships,” Acting Lt. Governor Adam Gregg said in the release. “With the substantial increase in exports to Israel in just the first quarter of this year, it is important that we continue this positive and promising momentum.”

Iowa companies in all industry sectors are invited to participate in this mission. Companies looking to expand exporting opportunities can choose to have one-on-one, pre-qualified appointments targeted to their objectives.

The deadline to apply is July 7. For information and application details, visit iowaeconomicdevelopmnet.com/missions.