Newport County Chamber to Launch Business Trade  & Development Focus on Israel

Middletown, RI – As a direct outcome of a 2015 visit and series of meetings by the Israel Economic Minister to North America with local business and elected officials, the Newport County Chamber of Commerce has initiated a series of activities to expand Israeli business investment and economic development opportunities in Newport County and East Bay.

Join the Newport County Chamber of Commerce, BIRD, Commerce RI, Pell Center, Nevel International, Governemnt of Israel Economic Mission to North America and Consulate General of Israel to New England for this informational seminar to learn how U.S. companies and institutions can apply for joint funding of up to $1M for technology collaborations with Israeli partners, as well as the new funding program called NextGen Technologies for First Responders. The deadline for the next general technology cycle is March 9, 2016.

The event will be on Tuesday, February 2nd at the Pell Center, located at 518 Bellevue Avenue, Newport from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and registration can be made at  There is no fee to attend this event and all Companies and organizations relating to hi-tech, defense, EMS, Police, and Fire are encouraged to attend.

“Israel’s high-tech, pro-American business environment would greatly complement our local economy driven by defense, information technology and international tourism. The Chamber looks forward to continuing the process of connecting Israeli and local businesses with commerce and trade opportunities,” stated Erin Donovan Boyle, Executive Director of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce.

The BIRD (Israel – U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development) Foundation’s mission is to stimulate, promote and support industrial R&D of mutual benefit to the U.S. and Israel.  BIRD works to facilitate introductions between U.S. and Israeli companies looking to engage in joint research and development.  Andrea Yonah, BIRD Foundation, U.S. East Coast / Midwest Representative, will be presenting at the seminar.  She is responsible for increasing the Foundation’s profile among U.S. companies by engaging in business development, strategic growth initiatives, relationship management, and matchmaking between Israeli and U.S. companies. “Several Rhode Island companies, including one hospital, have been recipients of BIRD funding in recent years and are engaged in innovative technology projects with companies from Israel. We look forward to engaging more companies from the state during this upcoming program.”

Sagit Sade Attiya, Israel Consulate in Boston, Director will also be presenting on the importance of increasing and advancing economic development and commercial collaboration between New England and the State of Israel. The Bird foundation shows that the U.S. and Israel are partners not only because we share the same values, but also because we are committed to mutually beneficial collaborations in the area of research & development in al areas”

A case study will also be presented by Michael Joukowsky of Early X Foundation, also a past recipient of funding from BIRD.

Additional activities to enhance the Newport/Israel Tech Trade initiative are also underway.  NEVEL International, headed by Avi Nevel, has been retained by the Chamber to provide strategic business outreach to Israeli businesses and government leaders.  He will also be distributing “We Have It In Newport County, RI USA” informational pamphlets at the Cyber Tech 2016 Conference to be held January 26th & 27th in Israel and scheduling a visit by Newport County business leaders to Israeli Consulate in Boston in the Spring.

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