Notes From the Start-Up Nation

The modern city of Tel Aviv, Israel by Israeli artist, Raphael Perez .

Israel’s Economic Diplomacy

Twenty-five mayors carefully selected from diverse cities around the world are experiencing Israel today, courtesy of the American Jewish Congress, its long-time President Jack Rosen, and the American Council for World Jewry together with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Crucible

You might say Israel has faced a unique set of city-planning challenges. You might also say:

“Necessity is the Mother of Invention” — Universal Proverb

As a result of such intense pressure, Israel has increasingly become a veritable laboratory of cutting-edge tech solutions to age-old societal problems like crime, sanitation, violence, and poverty.

Tel Aviv, Israel. (photo: Maxpixel)

Cutting-Edge Urban Development

The Israeli tech industry has answered significant societal challenges with practical, repeatable solutions other nations can model in order to build successful solutions in their own communities.

Science Fair

Solar-powered interactive bus stops. Revitalized urban community spaces that conserve and purify water. Reimagined public mass-transit systems. Innovative community education classes where students and teachers can interact in virtual reality.

Making Your City Safer

This year’s attending mayors will have the opportunity to tour the Smart City Command Center of Tel Aviv, the technological ecosystem at the heart of successfully managing a coastal city of almost a half-million residents that hosts over 2.5 million visitors annually.

The New 911

Emergency response near you may soon be getting an upgrade.

Safer Through Social Media

How should local law enforcement use social media platforms to identify credible threats to public safety?


In the wake of the disturbing cyberattack on the city of Atlanta last year, city leaders and security experts everywhere remain deeply worried about the vulnerability of vital city systems, networks and data.

Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, the most important jewish religious site with al-Aqsa mosque (right) and Dome of the Rock (left) on the background. (photo: Klagemauer)

Co-existence Infrastructure

Over the next week, the mayors will also experience Israel’s unique culture and its people; Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs living and working together side-by-side, for the good of the communities they all must share.

Global Solutions to Local Challenges

What can city leaders from around the world learn from the frontier in Israel?



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