KKL-JNF Holds Panel with Regional Decision Makers on Strengthening the Negev & Galilee

“Project 2040 will breathe new life into Israel’s periphery”, said KKL-JNF World Chairman Danny Atar, at the Israel 2040 conference in Nof HaGalil

 (photo credit: KKL-JNF)
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
A one-day conference on the topic “On the center and the periphery-KKL-JNF strengthening the Negev and the Galilee” - initiated and led by KKL-JNF, took place at the KKL-JNF House for Excellence in Nof Hagalil (formerly known as Upper Nazareth). Conference participants included KKL-JNF representatives led by KKL-JNF World Chairman Daniel Atar, mayors from northern Israeli cities and towns, academics, planners and students.
“Project 2040 will breathe new life into Israel’s periphery,” Daniel Atar began by saying. “Within only twenty years, the Negev and Galilee will become centers of innovation with extensive influence and engines for growth for the entire state of Israel.”
“Project 2040 will breathe new life into Israel’s periphery,” Daniel Atar began by saying. “Within only twenty years, the Negev and Galilee will become centers of innovation with extensive influence and engines for growth for the entire state of Israel.”
The innovative Israel 2040 plan rests on three major axes: relocation, employment and education. Goals include facilitating the relocation of 1 million residents to the Negev and half a million to Galilee; incentivizing 150,000 new immigrants to move  to peripheral regions; building 400,000 new housing units; incubating 750 start-up companies; establishing 30 campuses for entrepreneurship and R&D, and 20 KKL-JNF Houses for Excellence for youth in outlying Israeli communities.
The decision to host the conference in the KKL-JNF House for Excellence in Nof Hagalil was not by chance. KKL-JNF House is a hub that equips youth in Israel’s outlying communities with the tools to take part and excel in Start-up Nation, narrowing social, educational and economic gaps between central and peripheral Israel.   This House is the first of its kind, with plans to establish similar Houses for youth throughout the north and south of Israel.  The centers will empower youth to excel in hi-tech and encourage young leadership.