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MetroHartford Alliance and Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford to Host Connecticut-Israel Technology Summit

May 23, 2012

Hartford, Conn. (May 24, 2012) – MetroHartford Alliance, the Region’s economic development leader and the City’s Chamber of Commerce, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford are pleased to host the Second Annual Connecticut-Israel Technology Summit which will take place on June 6, 2012 from 8a.m.-4:30p.m. at The Club Room at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn.

A resource for Israeli companies seeking to establish a presence in Conn. and domestic companies seeking to work abroad, the Connecticut-Israel Technology Summit will focus on life science, security and defense, and feature a luncheon keynote ‘The Israeli Mindset to Innovation’ presented by Eli Groner, Economic Minister to the United States.  The summit will kick-off with remarks from the Consul General of Israel,
Ido  Aharoni, and Governor Dannel P. Malloy, and include panel discussions for developing Connecticut-Israeli business collaborations, academic collaborations and unique funding options.  Breakout/Dealmaking sessions will offer attendees the opportunity for business-2-business, business-2-government and business-2-funding.

“In just a short time, the synergies between Connecticut and Israeli businesses are proving to be powerful links for business expansion,” said Sandra Johnson, Vice President and Director of Business Development, MetroHartford Alliance. “The Summit provides a wonderful opportunity for both foreign and domestic business leaders to network and gain strategic insights while developing international business collaborations.”

In 2011, the MetroHartford Alliance collaborated with the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford for the first Connecticut-Israel Technology Summit, which was well-attended by the New England business community.

“Partnering with the MetroHartford Alliance is consistent with the Federation’s mission of supporting our heritage as well as a strong social commitment,” said Laura Zimmerman, Vice President of Jewish Public Affairs, Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford. “Our engagement with the business community has proven to generate more connections and opportunities to cultivate relationships between Israeli and Connecticut companies that we hope will ultimately yield growth for all.”

The Connecticut-Israel Technology Summit will take place on June 6, 2012 from 8a.m.-4:30p.m. at The Club Room at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn.  Tickets are $54/per person and include a Kosher breakfast and luncheon.  To register, visit MetroHartford.com

The Connecticut-Israel Technology Summit is presented by the MetroHartford Alliance and the Jewish Federation of Great Hartford.  Event sponsors include: University of Connecticut School of Engineering (Gold Sponsor); Connecticut Light & Power, YankeeGas, Event Resources, Hartford Hospital, Rentschler Field and Sonitrol (Silver Sponsors); BEACON, Birken Manufacturing, Connecticut Development Authority, Connecticut Innovations and State of Connecticut – DECD (Bronze Sponsors).  Event partners include: BriefCam, Cantor Colburn, Jewish federation Association of CT (JFACT), Pullman &Comley, Robert H. Kennedy Charitable Foundation and Rogin Nassau.

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About MetroHartford  Alliance
As the Region’s economic development leader and the City’s Chamber of Commerce, the MetroHartford Alliance ensures that the Hartford Region competes aggressively and successfully for jobs, capital and talent.  An advocate for the continued growth of Hartford and the surrounding Region, the Alliance is actively engaged in executing its four-year strategic plan which builds upon its significant accomplishments over the past four years.  Among the plan’s areas of focus are: fostering a climate for job creation and infrastructure investment; retaining, developing, recruiting and engaging a diverse and talented pool of employees and entrepreneurs; promoting the stability and expansion of specific industry sectors with a link to support small business growth; marketing the Region’s assets to retain and attract businesses; and, ensuring that the Capital City is the dynamic urban core of the region.  For more information, visit the newly redesigned www.metrohartford.com.

About the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford
The Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford is the region’s leading authority on identifying, communicating and efficiently addressing the needs of our local and global Jewish community.
By providing opportunities for community members to work together to better understand and support Jewish life, and by allocating resources to organizations that support the education, heritage and social commitment of the Jewish community, Federation builds stronger Jewish leadership and ensures the continued growth, vitality and preservation of our Jewish community as a whole.