For the third year in a row, the economic magazine The Marker has included Akko Mayor Shimon Lankry on its list of Israel’s 100 most socially and economically influential people. Lankry was chosen along with other Israeli mayors, including Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai, Ashdod Mayor Yehiel Lasri, and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.
This is the sixth year that The Marker has issued a ranking of Israel’s 100 most socially and economically influential figures in advance of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
The list is composed of senior figures in Israeli politics and in the country’s public and business sectors; among the more prominent people named are businessmen Rami Levy, Muzi Wertheim and David Azrieli; Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu; IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz; and US President Barak Obama.
The Mayor of Akko was ranked no. 47; the mayors included in the list were referred to by the magazine as “local magicians.” “You have to be very talented, almost a magician, in order to succeed,” says Dr. Itai Beeri, an expert on local government who explains, in the magazine, just how hard – virtually impossible – the job of Israeli mayor/local council head really is.
The Marker notes that during Shimon Lankry’s tenure as mayor Akko began experiencing positive migration, and that the arnona (municipal tax) collection rate rose to 90%. Interestingly, first place on the list of Israel’s 100 most influential figures was shared by Rami Levy, controlling owner of Rami Levy Hashikma Marketing and Michael Golan, CEO of Golan Telecom.
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