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Governor Walker undertook a successful trade mission to Israel, where he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (and invited him to visit Wisconsin!), led a wreath-laying ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, and encouraged Israeli companies to form trade partnerships with and invest in Wisconsin, particularly in the water technology sector.

Additionally, Wisconsin received a $7.6 million federal grant to combat the opioid crisis, and Governor Walker signed legislation criminalizing synthetic fentanyl as a Schedule I drug.

And another business chooses to expand in Wisconsin! The Wisconsin-based and family-owned poultry processor Brakebush Brothers, Inc. will expand operations in Marquette County, investing $86 million and creating over 200 jobs.

1. Governor Walker Meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Governor Walker met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss future collaboration between Wisconsin and Israel as well as political and economic issues in the region.

In a statement, Governor Walker noted:

“Our nation’s commitment to Israel is stronger than ever, and I made it clear to the prime minister that Wisconsin stands by his country as it addresses the many challenges in the region.”

The hour-long, one-on-one meeting in Jerusalem took place on the first full day of the governor’s trade mission to Israel, where he is leading a 15-member delegation on a trip aimed at boosting exports, increasing foreign investment in Wisconsin and developing new partnerships between the state and Israel, specifically in the water technology sector.

2. Wisconsin Continues to Be a Leader in the Water Technology Sector

In a move that further expands Wisconsin’s global presence in the water technology sector, The Water Council signed two agreements during Governor Walker’s trade mission to Israel that will increase collaboration and establish new partnerships between Wisconsin and Israel.

The Water Counsel signed agreements with the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Israel Innovation Authority.

In a statement, Governor Walker said:

“These agreements will further enhance Wisconsin’s international reputation as a global leader in water technology by forging new partnerships that will pay dividends in the long run. These partnerships will strengthen the sector in both countries, and are expected to open new markets to water technology companies in Wisconsin and Israel.”

3. Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial

In addition to meeting with government leaders in Israel, Governor Walker and First Lady Tonette Walker also led a wreath-laying ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and a tree-planting ceremony at the Kennedy Peace Forest.

4. Wisconsin Continues to Fight the Opioid Epidemic

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration announced this week that it will allocate $7,636,938, for a second year to support the state’s efforts to bring prevention, treatment, and recovery support services to those affected by the opioid epidemic.

The same week, Governor Walker signed Assembly Bill 335 into law, adding forms of fentanyl to the synthetic opiates category under Schedule I and reorganizes some substances from the general synthetic opiates category to the specific fentanyl analog category.

Fentanyl is used by medical professionals to treat severe chronic pain. However, altered forms of fentanyl are being developed and lives are being lost at an alarming rate. There have been 145 fentanyl-related fatal overdoses in Milwaukee so far in 2017, according to a recent report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

5. Brakebush Brothers Inc. Expands Operations in Marquette County

Another Wisconsin business success story!

Brakebush Brothers Inc., a leading processor of poultry products, will expand its operations in Marquette County to meet the growing demand for its products. The company expects to create more than 200 jobs and invest $86 million for the expansion of its production facilities in Westfield. The company has already started hiring for the expansion, much of which will be completed by December.