Michigan, Israel sign deal for economic projects

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan and Israel have signed an
agreement to jointly support industrial research and development
projects.
The deal signed Monday by Gov. Rick Snyder and Israel’s
Midwest Consul General Roey Gilad (roh-EE’ gil-AHD’) calls for issuing a
request for proposals from for-profit business collaborations between
Michigan and Israeli companies.
Joint projects approved by the
Michigan Economic Development Corp. and the Israel Office of the Chief
Scientist will receive an unspecified amount of government funding. The
request for bids is expected to be issued by November.
Snyder says
the deal is a "breakthrough opportunity," and Gilad says he expects
partnerships in cyber security, autos, defense and water technology.
The governor made a trade trip to Israel last year and signed a letter of intent that’s the basis of the
new agreement.