David Ben-Gurion, the country’s architect and first Prime Minister, was prophetic when he said: “The future of Israel lies in the Negev.”
Indeed, the new Advanced Technologies Park at Ben-Gurion University will be proof of Israel’s stunning success at becoming one of the world’s high-tech capitals.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has called the Advanced Technologies Park a “cornerstone” of the Negev. “What we are doing here,” the Prime Minister said at the recent groundbreaking for the park, “has the dimension of a one of a kind achievement.”
With a planned hotel and conference center, the Advanced Technologies Park is located directly adjacent to Israel Railways intercity rail station and the Ben-Gurion University’s main Marcus Family Campus, enabling its tenants to develop strong R&D relationships with the university’s research centers and a statewide employee base.
In addition, the Israel Defense Forces are building a 2-million-square-foot high-tech telecommunications R&D center next to the park that will attract private contractors who will generate further opportunities for collaboration.
The Advanced Technologies Park is a unique public-private partnership blending the outstanding achievements of Ben-Gurion University and the City of Be'er-Sheva with high-tech companies seeking to develop innovative commercial applications for the world. KUD International LLC is the master developer.