FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
PHILADELPHIA (January 12, 2016)—The Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce (PICC) announces the recipient of the 2016 Yitzhak Rabin Public Service Award is the Honorable Jack Markell, Delaware Governor. The Rabin Award is the Chamber’s highest distinction. It is presented to individuals, businesses, and academic institutes who have broaden the business or academic ties between Israel and the Greater Philadelphia, Delaware and Southern New Jersey region.
“Delaware Governor Jack Markell has a strong track record developing powerful and productive ties between Israel and the First State,” remarked David J. Allon, MBA, PICC President and a Financial Consultant with Citizens Securities. “The Governor has made it a top priority to engage Delaware in the global economy, making it easier for small businesses to find global markets and encouraging foreign investment in the state, while presiding over significant growth in Delaware as place for Israeli and other companies to incorporate. Israel’s relationship with Delaware and the region is stronger because of his leadership.”
Past recipients of the Rabin Award include: Drexel University, CHOP & Hebrew University’s Collaborative Agreement; American Airlines; Thomas Jefferson University and Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals; Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Former Israeli Consul General Daniel Kutner; Winston J. Churchill, SCP Vitalife; Pete Musser, The Musser Group; William McDermott, SAP Americas, Inc.; Steven L. Friedman, Esq.; Richard L. Smoot, PNC Bank; and Dr. Constantine Papadakis, Ph.D., Drexel University.
The 2016 Yitzhak Rabin Public Service Award will be presented to Governor Markell at the PICC’s Annual Dinner on Monday, April 18, 2016.
Additional information will be announced soon.
About the Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce
The Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce (PICC) is the go-to independent organization facilitating connections between Israeli and Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey and Delaware based businesses, governmental agencies and economic development organizations.
The PICC also represents the US-Israel Binational Industrial R&D (BIRD) Foundation and BIRD Energy, which annually award 20-30 grants up to $1 million to U.S.-Israeli company technology ventures.