â¿¢ Ritter and Ben-Eliezer signed a bilateral agreement between Colorado and Israel to advance research and collaboration between companies and institutions in both areas.â¿¢ Colorado State University and Ben Gurion Universityâ¿¿s Desert Research Center signed a collaborative agreement on water-conservation and related technologies. â¿¢ The State of Colorado, through its Departments of Natural Resources and Agriculture, entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Desert Agro Research Center focused on water and agriculture research and development in arid and semi-arid climates. The agreement focuses on such water technologies as desalination, treatment and conservation. â¿¢ The Governorâ¿¿s Energy Office entered an agreement with BrightSource Energy to examine whether cogeneration technologies involving large-scale concentrated solar and natural gas can be utilized on projects in Colorado. Oakland, Calif.-based BrightSource officials will be in Colorado later this month to begin those discussions. â¿¢ Ritter, Colorado Economic Development Director Don Marostica and state Energy Director Tom Plant met with a number of Israeli clean-energy, water-technology, bioscience and venture-capital companies that may be interested in doing business in Colorado. â¿¢ Colorado Agriculture Commissioner John Stulp promoted Colorado beef exports to Israeli officials, some of whom will be in Colorado next month for livestock discussions. â¿¢ Colorado Chief Operating Officer Don Elliman met with Israeli officials regarding homeland security, including discussions about an upcoming homeland security expo taking place in Denver later this year. â¿¢ The delegation visited Ramat Negev, the Allied Jewish Federation of Coloradoâ¿¿s "partnership region" in Israel, where Ritter and the delegation were hosted by Mayor Shmulik Rifman. The privately-supported trip was sponsored by the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado. A state ethics panel created under voter-approved Amendment 41, which bars gifts of more than $50 to public officials, agreed to participation by Ritter and other state employees in the trip in a ruling beforehand.
"The mission was a great success for Colorado citizens,â¿ Doug Seserman, CEO of the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, said in a statement. â¿¿We look forward to working with both Colorado and Israel in the months and years ahead to further the business relationships built on this trip.â¿Copyright 2010 American City Business Journals http://denver.bizjournals.com/denver/stories/2010/07/19/daily19.html?ana=thestreet