“I came to learn and replicate,” said Haifa’s Mayor, Yona Yahav, following a visit to JVP Media Quarter.

Yahav and his delegation - including Spokesperson Tzachi Tarno, Gal Peled, CEo, Haifa Economic Corporation and Yael Mitelman, CEO, Hi-Center - met with employees of different portfolio companies, heard about JVP’s incubator, The Media Labs, and finished their tour with cherry picking in the mint buildings yard.

Yahav met with JVP’s founder and Chairman, Erel Margalit, and with JVP partners Gadi Tirosh, Yoav Tzroia, Uri Adoni and Haim Kopans. Yahav listened intently to the partners described the phenomenal success of JVP since its inceptions, and the unique incubator model of The Media Labs.

He later heard from JVP’s founder, Erel Margalit, about the great vision of The Media Quarter to fuse technology, creativity and social action in one exciting complex.

“This combination is the great invention of this generation,” Yahav said, impressed by the great change and revitalization The Media Quarter has brought to Jerusalem.

“That is our message to every city and every region,” Margalit said. “[as a municipality], just doing things is nice, but in order to succeed, you need to do things in the highest level, so that people will flock to it from all over. You need to create a center of excellence.”

The delegation parted with a promise to host a reciprocal visit in Haifa of JVP’s team.