Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Mahoning Valley Goes to Israel

The Regional Chamber is leading another international trip, this time to Israel. A large contingency representing a variety of interests will be making the journey. Just because I've read a lot about clean tech innovation in Israel, I'm interested in that angle:

The trip will include site visits and one-on-one meetings with Israel’s vast array of business incubators, including visits by Mayor O’Brien and members of the Warren Cleantech incubator steering committee -- Scott, Osterloh, Smith and Garvey -- to Cleantech incubators in Israel.

Israel is an entrepreneurship dynamo. Warren stands to gain a lot by going and learning from a global leader in clean tech R&D. I think this bodes well for the future of the incubator in that neck of the Mahoning Valley.

I recommend a close inspection of the economic geography of the Israeli incubators. There are likely a few aspects that can't be replicated, but the general clustering and proximity should be telling. Also, how do the incubators serve as economic drivers for the host communities? Warren has the opportunity to do something unique in the TechBelt and Israel is an excellent guide.

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