Connecticut business owners led by U.S. Representative Joe Courtney (D) are in Israel this week to strengthen ties with the Jewish State.
The Congressman from eastern Connecticut is joined by 18 representatives of state firms from the tourism and defense industries, among others. Also participating is Anne Evans, district director of the U.S. Commerce Department's export assistance center, located in Middletown, Connecticut.
The trip, which began Tuesday and is expected to end Saturday, is aimed at doubling U.S. exports over the next five years. Courtney told the Associated Press on Wednesday that he believes promoting economic growth could improve the chances for peace in the Middle East. He added that “getting out there and being visible is a way to make sure we'll be part of the opportunities that exist.”
Among the companies participating in the visit are United Technologies Corporation, Applies Physical Sciences Corporation, the Capewell Components Company and the Goodspeed Opera House.
The group also plans to meet with Arab business owners and other representatives of the Palestinian Authority during its stay in the region.
Courtney noted that until now, his state has not been very active in promoting its products overseas.