By Vered Nohi, Executive Director, PICC
Gov. Jack A. Markell of Delaware accepted the 2016 Yitzhak Rabin Service Award at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia. The honor, bestowed each year by the Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce (PICC), was awarded to the governor for his work in forming powerful and productive commercial and research ties between Israel and the First State.
“During the Markell administration, Israel’s friendship, commercial and academic ties with the First State have been elevated to a new level,” said Renee Baker, senior manager of closed-end funds marketing and investor relations at Aberdeen Asset Management. Baker continued:
Governor Markell sees the opportunity in leveraging Israeli innovation, with the potential of scaling these companies in Delaware. Israel’s relationship with the First State and the region is stronger because of his leadership.
The Rabin Award is the Chamber’s highest distinction. It is presented to individuals, businesses and academic institutions that have broadened the business or academic ties between Israel and the Greater Philadelphia, Delaware and Southern New Jersey region.
Explaining his interest in Israel, Governor Markell said:
While it is true that my first many trips to Israel were more about what the U.S. could do for Israel, the truth is that’s not the primary reason why I was so keen to visit as governor. It’s not why Delaware has had annual corporate, academic and trade missions to Israel during my administration. Israel is forging a new path in the 21st century with a remarkable impact on global innovation and new technology. If our state can learn from that, we have a much better chance of accomplishing our goal to make Delaware the best it can be.