FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Vered Nohi, Executive Director
(Philadelphia – March 21, 2017) The Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce marked its 30th Anniversary as the only organization focused on expanding business and commercial ties between the Greater Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware region and Israel, by bestowing its highest annual recognition on former Philly Mayor and Pennsylvania Governor, Edward G. Rendell.
In a local star-studded dinner at the Crystal Tea Room, Rendell accepted the 2017 Yitzhak Rabin Public Service Award amid business and government leaders from Israel and this region including the Consul General of Israel in New York, the Hon. Dani Dayan, the Deputy Consul, the Hon. Amir Sagie and the Economic Minister to North America, the Hon. Inon Elroy.
In addition, Rendell was surrounded by new and old friends in and out of government including former Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, former Philadelphia City Controller Jonathan A. Saidel and PICC Advisory Board Member and political leader Marcel Groen.
The governor joined a battery of distinguished leaders and institutes in our community who were also winners of the Rabin Award. They include Delaware Governor Jack Markell, venture icons Warren V. “Pete” Musser and Winston J. Churchill, Steven L. Friedman, Esq., Mayor Nutter, PNC Bank, Drexel University, Thomas Jefferson University, and American Airlines. All were recognized for their roles in strengthening commercial and research ties with Israel.
Whether as Philadelphia District Attorney (1978-1985), Mayor of Philadelphia (1992-2000), or Governor of Pennsylvania (2003-2011), Ed Rendell brought his vision and practical understanding to the task of moving this region forward. Earning the moniker “America’s Mayor,” he is credited with turning the city around and burnishing its image. As Governor, he worked hard to restore the Commonwealth to a secure financial footing.
Ed Rendell realized early on, the value and potential represented by our friends overseas. He made it a priority to increase international trade, to introduce new technologies to the region, and to entice foreign business to invest and take root here. In the last year alone, the Philadelphia-Israel Chamber helped attract no fewer than seven Israeli companies.
Israel is a preeminent friend, ally and strategic partner. And it is for his foresight in appreciating the world-class innovation Israel represents and his work strengthening the business and commercial ties between our region and Israel, that Governor Rendell was selected for the Yitzhak Rabin Public Service Award.
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Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce
The unique mission of the Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce (PICC) is developing business and academic ties between, Greater Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey and Delaware, and Israel. The PICC is a non-profit, non-denominational, independent organization focused on creating commercial and investment opportunities between the two regions.
The PICC also represents the US-Israel Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD), which has made more than $10 million in industrial R&D grants to U.S.-Israeli technology ventures in our area.
In 2016, seven Israeli companies established offices in Philadelphia. In December 2016, the BIRD Foundation awarded Christiana Care a $900,000 grant for cancer research.