Governor Recognizes and Thanks Dagsboro Artist for Handmade Art That Made Its Way to Israel

DSCF9647(Wilmington) – Governor Markell met this week with native Dagsboro/Clarksville crafter and local artist Kim Frey  who made special gifts for the state to give to dignitaries in Israel during the Governor’s trade mission in early July.

 Ms. Frey created an original design of two-layered paper cutting.   Frey stained the paper to look like wood and illustrated further with watercolor.   The artwork featured Delaware and Israel flags placed in custom handmade frames.  The wooden frames were handmade by her husband, Chris.

 “We love supporting what Delaware artists produce,” said Governor Markell.  “The gifts were personal and unique because of Kim’s work.  I am amazed at how precisely she is able to cut her custom designs and make something distinctive-looking with the Delaware seal.”Compressed Photo of Gift

 “It has been an honor to do this work for the state,” said Ms. Frey.  “This craft has been a hobby and a love of mine for more than twenty years.  I enjoy making new and special pieces.”

 Kim Frey blogged about her meeting with the Governor this week.

Ms. Frey made similar gifts using the flag of Sweden for Delaware to present to the King and Queen of Sweden during their visit in May 2013.

Governor’s Weekly Message: Creating Jobs Through Global Partnerships

Tel Aviv, Israel – In his weekly message, filmed while leading a business development trip in Israel, Governor Markell underscores the importance of strengthening global relationships to create more jobs for Delawareans.

“We live in a different world these days, a world where our future prosperity is largely dependent upon how effectively we connect with businesses and with people around the world,” said Governor Markell. “And so we come to Israel to learn, to make connections. It’s this kind of effort that will ensure we keep Delaware moving forward.”

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President Shimon Peres Conducted a Diplomatic Work Meeting with the Democratic Governor of Delaware, Jack Markell

President Peres to Governor Markell:

The relations between Israel and Delaware are indeed very special”

 Governor Markell to President Peres:

“We have between Delaware and Israel a very strong history”

 The President of the State of Israel, Shimon Peres, conducted a work meeting with the Governor of Delaware, Jack Markell. Governor Markell, accompanied by a delegation of Delaware entrepreneurs and business leaders, is visiting Israel this week on an economic development mission. The delegation met with leaders from Israel’s business sector, in addition to visiting several business incubators and meeting with venture capital investors. President Peres and Governor Markell discussed the close relations between Delaware and Israel and ways to enhance the existing economic and academic cooperation.

pic1 President Peres began by welcoming Governor Markell and said, “Welcome to Israel, the relations between Israel and Delaware are indeed very special. Delaware is a wonderful place and I look forward to finding ways to further strengthen and enhance the cooperation between Israel and Delaware.”

Governor Markell thanked President Peres for his warm words and said, “We really appreciate the chance to see you. We have between Delaware and Israel a very strong history, especially in the area of corporate governance. We have a lot of collaboration between Delaware companies and universities and their counterparts in Israel, and this trip is to enhance that collaboration.”

Governor Markell took office in 2009. In addition to his duties as Governor, he also heads the National Governors’ Association (NGA), a policy organization that represents the nation’s governors. Traveling with the Governor are Delaware Economic Development Director Alan Levin, two Delaware business leaders, University of Delaware Vice Provost for R&D, members of the legal community and representatives from the Delaware Department of State.

Photos can be viewed on Flickr.


Photo Credit: Mark Neiman/Government Press Office


For additional information:

Ayelet Frish – Spokesperson and Media Adviser to the President of Israel– 0506205111

Yair Zivan – International Media Coordinator, Office of the President of Israel – 0523450061



Funding Available for US-Israeli Collaborations

The Israel-US Bi-National Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation supports US-Israeli joint development projects with matching grants of up to $1 million.  This competitive grant process is designed to bring innovative technologies to market through US-Israel cooperation.

Details regarding the BIRD Foundation, the grant process, and application requirements are available at

This is a joint application process by a US and an Israeli company. Project summaries are due on March 14, 2012 and full proposals must be filed by April 24, 2012 for the next funding cycle which will take place in June.

Delaware companies interested in obtaining additional information should contact BIRD’s Delaware representative, Debbie Buchwald at or


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