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  Itinerary prepared by City of San Antonio International Relations Office Israel  –  October 20-28, 2017 Benefit to San Antonio: The City will have the opportunity to discuss economic development opportunities with Israel in trade and investment within a few of San Antonio’s key targeted industries and sectors including cybersecurity, health & life sciences, big data and fintech. The delegation also travels to Israel to explore and understand specific areas of the Israeli economy and where it aligns with San Antonio industry sectors. San Antonio established a Friendship City agreement with Tel Aviv, Israel in 2011. Israel is identified as a target country in the San Antonio Trade & Investment Strategy launched in 2015. These trips have proven effective at helping build relations abroad that aid not only in business development but diplomatic relations, cultural sharing, educational opportunities and more. Itinerary Sunday, October 22, 2017    Breakfast meeting with The Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce hosted by the City of Tel Aviv    Courtesy Meeting between Mayor Huldai and Mayor Nirenberg followed by lunch hosted by Mayor of Tel Aviv.    Delegation to attend a briefing on the Innovation Eco-system.    Meeting with Boeing Israel    Dinner with Mr. Daniel Frankenstein, Co-founder and Managing Partner at JANVEST Capital Partners Monday, October 23, 2017    Breakfast meeting and country briefing by the representatives of the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv.    Visit “The Platform”, an International Accelerator for Urban Innovation hosted by the City of Tel Aviv.    Meeting with Team8 Cybersecurity Think tank and Company Creation Platform    Meeting and tour of Tel Aviv University    Dinner with Members of Knesset Tuesday, October 24, 2017    Walking tour through UNESCO World Heritage designated section of Old Jerusalem with an explanation of the history of the area.  Itinerary prepared by City of San Antonio International Relations Office    World Heritage Security Overview by Mr. Ami Metav to learn about security and the world heritage site; how to maintain dignity of a historical site but at the same time uphold all the necessary security and protection of the site.    Visit to Ben-Gurion University. Delegation welcomed by Prof. Porgador, Deputy Vice-President and Dean for Research and Development and Mayor of Be’er Sheva Ruvik Danilovich.      Visit to the National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev (NIBN) in Ben Gurion University with Prof. Ohad Birk, Director of The Edgar de Picciotto Family National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev    Meet with Roy Zwebner, CEO, Gav-Yam Negev, Advanced Technologies Park Offices of Gav-Yam    Dinner at House of Simon Falic, Chairman and CEO of Duty Free America Wednesday, October 25, 2017    “Made In JLM” Meeting and Presentation      Visit to Knesset, Israel’s Parliament and Q&A with Members of Knesset.      Tentative for Mayor only: Meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Requested)    Comprehensive guided tour of Yad Vashem. (Holocaust Museum) Councilman Treviño as head of Delegation in Israel starting afternoon of Oct 25-28    Meeting with representative from Israel New Tech.    Meeting with United Hatzalah- National Emergency Response Organization    Dinner hosted by leading Jerusalemite entrepreneurs Thursday, October 26, 2017    Briefing by Mr. Jonathan Spyer  –   “The Changing Seasons of the Middle East”      Meeting with BIO JERUSALEM.    Meeting with Mr. Gustavo Fuchs, Business and IP Intelligence Officer, Yissum Research Development Company.    Tour and meeting at Psagot Winery  –  (wines sourced by HEB) Thursday, October 26, 2017    Meeting with Rebecca Caspi, Director General, The Jewish Federation of North America.  Itinerary prepared by City of San Antonio International Relations Office Delegation Members (Names in red depart Israel mid-trip on October 25)  City of San Antonio 1.   The Honorable Ron Nirenberg, Mayor, City of San Antonio 2.   Mr. Roberto Treviño, Councilman District 1 3.   Mrs. Alex Lopez, Assistant Director, Economic Development 4.   Ms. Shahrzad Dowlatshahi, Chief Diplomacy & Protocol Officer Trip Coordinators: San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Jewish Federation of SAT 5.   Ms. Ronit Sherwin, CEO, Jewish Federation of San Antonio 6.   Mr. Esteban Lopez, Chairman of the Board of the SAHCC & Chief Marketing Officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield 7.   Mr. Ramiro Cavazos, President & CEO, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 8.   Ms. Rebecca Q. Cedillo, Immediate Past Chairman, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 9.   Ms. Brianna Dimas, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business and Civic Leaders 10.   Rabbi Chaim Block 11.   Mr. Robbie Greenblum, Founder & President, Greenblum Consulting 12.   Mr. Louie Escareño, General Counsel, Duty Free America 13.   Dr. Thomas Evans, President, University of the Incarnate Word 14.   Mr. Will Garrett, Director, Cybersecurity San Antonio 15.   Mr. J Randolph (Randy) Harig, Chairman of Texas Research and Technology Foundation & President/CEO of VelocityTX 16.   Mrs. Kay Harig, CEO OfficeSource Ltd and Board Member of Centro Alliance 17.   Mr. Rey Cano, Vice President of International and Business Development, San Antonio Economic Development Foundation 18.   Mr. Morris Miller, President & CEO, Xenex Corp 19.   Mr. Winslow Swart, Chief Inspiration Officer, Winslow Consulting 20.   Mr. Alberto Altamirano, CEO & Co-founder, Cityflag 21.   Mr. Mitchell Kaliff, President, Kaliff Insurance 22.   Mr. Bruce Smiley-Kaliff, Vice President, Kaliff Insurance 23.   Mr. Richard Vales, CTO, IPSecure  Itinerary prepared by City of San Antonio International Relations Office Cost of the mission and funding sources:      Mayor Nirenberg and the City’s  Chief Diplomacy and Protocol Officer will travel to both Israel and Germany during this trip. Their costs will be approximately $10,000 each, which includes airfare, hotel, transportation and per diem for food and misc. costs such as baggage. o   The Mayor’s travel to Israel and Germany will be paid for through the City’s Economic Development Department’s International Initiatives Fund, which is part of the General Fund. o   Travel for the Chief Diplomacy and Protocol Officer comes from the International Relations Office budget, which is funded by the Hotel Occupancy Tax.    Councilman Treviño and the EDD Assistant Director are traveling only to Israel and will continue on with the trade mission for the full week after the Mayor departs. They have signed on to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce ’s  package and their costs will be approximately $10,000 each, including airfare, hotel, transportation and per diem for food and misc. costs such as baggage. o   Councilman Treviño’s  travel will be paid through 1) his respective City Council office budget, which is also part of the General Fund; and, since he will be Head of Delegation after the Mayor leaves, half of his costs will be paid by 2) EDD’s International Initiatives Fund. o   Travel for EDD ’s Assistant Director will come from the Economic Development Department’s International Initiatives Fund, which is part of the General Fund.  
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