From May 27-June 4, 2014. Governor Patrick led a coalition of the Commonwealth’s government and industry leaders on an innovation mission to Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to expand opportunities between the Commonwealth, Israel and the UAE for economic development and job creation in the innovation economy sectors.
During the U.S. - Israel Connected Summit, Governor Patrick joined representatives from Massachusetts-based Desalitech Inc., Director General of the Israel Ministry of Economy Amit Lang, representatives from the City of Ra’anana, the Israel Water Authority and City of Newton Mayor Setti Warren to celebrate the start of construction on a new municipal water treatment facility in the City of Ra’anana. During today’s forum, Governor Patrick announced MassCEC will work with MATIMOP and Israel NEWTech (an arm of the Israel Ministry of Economy) to launch the Global Water Innovation Network (Global WIN), a new initiative founded by Massachusetts and Israel, and intended to include potential partners around the world to collectively advance the adoption of water technologies in global markets. Desalitech Inc.’s new municipal water treatment facility in the City of Ra’anana will purify water from an old municipal well that closed because its nitrate content rose above public health limits for public consumption. The innovative plant will be built by Desalitech for Mei Raanana, the water corporation for the City of Ra’anana, and supply enough high-quality drinking water for 18,000 city residents daily. Desalitech Inc., previously based in Israel, relocated to Massachusetts last year, following Governor Patrick's trade mission to Israel in 2011. The company focuses on reverse osmosis processes for industrial and agricultural water and wastewater treatment, greatly reducing negative ecological impacts while improving the productive and responsible use of natural resources. Desalitech was named in the 2013 Global Cleantech 100 as a top company in clean technology.