Michigan Governor Leads Investment Mission to Israel

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -
Gov. Rick Snyder signs the budget in front of legislative leaders (L-R) Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Rep. Bill Rogers, Rep. Joe Haveman, Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville and Sen. Roger Kahn, on June 13 in the Romney Building in Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Dale G. Young)
Gov. Rick Snyder signs the budget in front of legislative leaders (L-R) Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Rep. Bill Rogers, Rep. Joe Haveman, Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville and Sen. Roger Kahn, on June 13 in the Romney Building in Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Dale G. Young)

Michigan’s chief executive is leading a delegation of business and government leaders to Israel for what’s described as a nine-day “investment mission.”

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder said he seeks to build on Michigan’s relationships with Israeli companies and academic institutions. His office said in a release that Michigan ranks 19th among states for exports to Israel and 15th for imports.

Snyder leaves Friday. His itinerary includes Yerushalayim, Tel Aviv, Nazareth, Haifa and the Galilee region. He’s expected to participate in a conference that includes an event marking President Shimon Peres’s 90th birthday.

Snyder has led trade missions to Asia and Europe since taking office in 2011. This is his first trip to Israel as governor.

The Israeli government invited the delegation.