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Kriseman travels to Israel as part of mayor delegation

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, shown here along pit lane during IndyCar qualifying at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in March, is one of five U.S. mayors to travel to Israel on an educational trip with the American Jewish Committee. [DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published May 13

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman is spending the week in Israel on an educational trip run by the American Jewish Committee.

Kriseman is one of five mayors on the delegation, which is led by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

The trip is "designed to further enhance U.S.-Israel relations at the important municipal level," according to a news release from the American Jewish Committee.

Topics include development, startups, revitalization and city administration. Mayors are also set meet with figures across the Israeli political spectrum, including leaders within the Palestinian Authority.

The seminar comes with a travel element, too: mayors will visit Haifa, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, the Lebanese border and the West Bank.

"Every time I visit somewhere new, I am grateful for the chance to learn about new ideas that may work well in St. Pete," Kriseman said in a statement. "Even better, I am looking forward to talk about all the amazing things happening in the Sunshine City -- from arts & culture, to our new pier and police headquarters, to our food scene, to some of the best waterfront parkland in North America."

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