Greenberg Traurig and the Consulate co-hosted a seminar on innovative water technologies and how the technologies from Israel can be incorporated into Florida's water management practices. Commissioner Putnam and Professor Galil from Technion were the keynote speakers.
The seminar opened up with Commissioner Putnam addressing Florida's water issues and the potential areas for collaboration between Florida and Israel. Commissioner Putnam also spoke about the need for Florida to explore new techniques to manage their water and how Israel has been a leader in the water management field.
Meital Stavinsky, one of the Shareholders with Greenberg Traurig, moderated the first panel, which showcased Israeli Water Innovation. The panelists included David Poger, Senior Sales Manager to the Americas with Whitewater Technologies, Phyllis Posy, the Vice President of Strategic Services & Regulatory Affairs for Atlantium Technologies, Aviv Tzur, the Chairman of the Israel American Chamber of Commcerce Florida Region, and Ian MacLeod, the Vice President of Marketing with Master Meter. All panelists provided an excellent presentation on their company's technology and how it can be incorporated into Florida.
Professor Galil from the Technion Univeristy spoke about the WATEC Conference held in Israel, October 22-24, 2013 and the areas Israel has perfected towards better water management pracitces, such as water technologies, water analysis, and water security.
The last panel consisted of local Florida policy makers and engineers who work in the field, which highlighted Miami-Dade County's plans to revamp its infrastructure and the need for innovative water technologies moving forward. Tia Diaz-Balart, the President of Eco Chamber, was the moderator for this panel. The panelists included Albert Perez, Vice President of Brown and Caldwell, Douglas Yoder, the Deputy Director of Miami-Dade Water and Sewer, Tom Beck, the Director of the Office of Water Policy for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and Stan Bronson, the Executive Director of the Florida Earth Foundation.
The Seminar concluded with a segment on investment strategies in Israel. Fred Glickman, the Vice President of International Operations for Enterprise Florida spoke about Enterprise Florida's capabilities for assistance with forming a delegation from Florida to Israel and the recent re-opening of the Enterprise Florida office in Tel Aviv. Sami Shiro, the Managing Director for Israel G-tek spoke about recent investments he has made in the cleantech field in Israel and why he has chosen to invest in Israel.
Overall, this seminar brought leaders and decision-makers together to discuss how Florida can better manage their water and potential avenues to collaborate with Israel.