Promoting Innovation and Quality of Life in Modern Cities

The sixth annual Local Government Conference takes place in Tel Aviv, under the theme "Moving Cities towards Innovation".

January 31, 2017 17:28
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Promoting Innovation and Quality of Life in Modern Cities. (photo credit: KKL-JNF)

The Local Government Conference, held under the joint auspices of the Federation of Local Authorities in Israel and KKL-JNF, placed the encouragement of innovation and improvement of quality of life in modern cities high on the public agenda. The issues under discussion included infrastructure, education and society, transportation, security and culture.

Participating in the conference were government and Knesset representatives, local government heads from throughout the country and senior KKL-JNF officials.

“We are encouraging innovation not only in Israel’s central region, but also in the Negev, Galilee, and in all Israeli cities and communities,” said Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at the opening evening of the conference. “Our intention is not only to narrow social gaps, but to include all citizens of Israel, Jewish and non-Jewish, in the incredible success story of Israel’s development and prosperity. We are investing in the future because we believe in the future,” the Prime Minister declared.

The two-day conference, which took place on January 24-25 at the Tel Aviv Convention Center, included the Muni-Expo fair, where 120 companies, suppliers and service providers for municipal fields were represented. A model of a community forest, which was built by the KKL-JNF Signs and Ceremonies Department as part of the fair, attracted many visitors, who took a few moments out of their busy schedule and enjoyed a breath of nature in the middle of the city. The unique pavilion included grass, trees, picnic corners, an information station and playground equipment, just like a recreation site in the heart of the forest.

“From year to year, local government improves and gets more sophisticated, and puts the welfare of the citizens of Israel at the top of its priority list,” said Haim Bibas, the Chairman of the Federation of Local Authorities and the Mayor of Modi’in-Macabim-Reut. “We will continue to promote more initiatives for the benefit of all our residents.”

At the event, KKL-JNF was saluted in honor of its 115th anniversary since its founding. During the evening, a short film describing KKL-JNF’s work in various fields over the years was screened. “We have a vision that is expressed in every corner of Israel and encompasses every facet of life,” said KKL-JNF World Chairman Danny Atar. “We will continue building, leading and realizing the KKL-JNF vision for a better future, a green and optimistic future.”

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