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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s
Trade Mission to Israel
The JCRC of Greater Washington was proud to be a part of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s recent economic development mission to Israel organized by the Maryland Israel Development Center. During the trade mission, the governor met with numerous companies, academic institutions, American and Israeli dignitaries and visited several significant and religious sites, in an effort to strengthen ties and promote Maryland as a gateway for Israeli companies seeking to establish U.S. operations and bring new jobs to Maryland. Among the members of the delegation were the JCRC's President, Michael Friedman and Executive Director, Ron Halber, and prominent Jewish community leader Michael David Epstein.
Maryland has long maintained ties with Israel, building on our shared strengths in biotechnology, information technology, aerospace and defense. Governor Hogan is helping lead the effort to take that relationship to the next level by expanding into new industries. Approximately 24 Israeli companies currently maintain offices in Maryland, and this number is expected to grow.
Select this link to thank Governor Larry Hogan for leading this economic mission to Israel and for his support of the U.S.-Israel relationship.
Highlights From Governor Hogan’s
Trade Mission to Israel
photos credit Steve Kwak for all pictures on page
Governor Larry Hogan Kicked Off Israel Trade Mission, Highlighting Israeli Biotech Growth in Maryland
Governor Hogan arrived in Tel Aviv, Israel launching a weeklong business development mission in the country.
Governor Hogan met with executives at Enzymotec and its subsidiary VAYA Pharma, which recently relocated its U.S. headquarters to the University of Maryland BioPark.
Governor Larry Hogan Announced Israeli Company Opens U.S. Headquarters in Maryland
Governor Hogan announced that Israel-based Nayax, a global leader in the cashless payment solutions industry, has opened its U.S. headquarters in Maryland.
Governor Larry Hogan Met with Ambassador Liora Herzl During Trade Mission to Israel
Governor Hogan met with Israeli Ambassador Liora Herzl, Deputy Director General for North America for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
During their meeting, Governor Hogan and Ambassador Herzl spoke to the longstanding history between Maryland and Israel, and their many mutual strengths, including entrepreneurship, innovation, and high-growth industries.
Governor Larry Hogan Addressed Israeli Tech Conference
Governor Hogan addressed more than 250 Israeli high-tech entrepreneurs at the “Government, Investors, and Accelerators” TLV 2016 conference on the campus of Tel Aviv University.
The governor highlighted Maryland’s unique assets for global companies, including a highly-educated workforce, world-class infrastructure, proximity to the nation’s capital, and the numerous successful partnerships between the state and Israeli businesses to date. He also discussed the impact of the technology industry on healthcare, cybersecurity, and society and Maryland’s leadership in these areas.
“We are committed to creating a culture in our state where all businesses can grow and thrive, and in this increasingly competitive economy, where companies can – and do – locate virtually anywhere, we want to look beyond our borders for more opportunities. We want to forge more international partnerships around the world, and we want to start right here with our friends and allies in Israel”
“To any Israeli company that wants to look to Maryland as a place to do business, you will find an open door in our state, a seat at the table, and a good friend of Israel in the governor’s office.”
University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Tel Aviv University Signed MOU Promoting Academic Cooperation
Governor Hogan joined officials from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and Tel Aviv University (TAU) in Israel for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that promotes academic cooperation between the two universities.
The agreement establishes a framework for the joint development of research, exchange of academic and administrative staff and students, and the exchange of academic information and publications.
Electronic Technology Associates and Cyberbit Announced Baltimore Training Center
Governor Hogan joined Bruce Spector, Founder and CEO of Electronic Technology Associates (ETA); Bash Kazi, President and CEO of Kazi Investment Group LLC; Adi Dar, CEO of Cyberbit; and Barry Bogage, Executive Director of the Maryland/Israel Development Center (MIDC), to announce a partnership between ETA and Cyberbit to deliver the ETA Cyber Range, a training center to instruct cybersecurity professionals in protecting national assets and infrastructure against cyber-attacks.
The ETA Cyber Range – the first live, standalone, hands-on cybersecurity training center in the U.S. – will be located in Baltimore.
Governor Larry Hogan Visited U.S. Embassy in Israel
Governor Hogan met with U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Leslie Tsou, a senior official under U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, at a reception hosted at the U.S. Embassy in Israel.
Governor Hogan and Chargé d’Affaires Tsou delivered remarks to key Israeli and Maryland business leaders and officials and discussed economic development opportunities for Maryland.
Governor Hogan Announced Expansion of ELTA North America, Defense Company Plans to Add 50 New Jobs, Triple Space
Governor Hogan met with executives of defense giant ELTA Systems, Ltd. and announced that the company’s U.S. affiliate, ELTA North America, is tripling its footprint in Maryland and adding up to 50 new jobs over the next two to three years.
Governor Hogan Visited Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, Holy Sites in Israel
Governor Hogan visited several holy sites in Jerusalem, including the Mount of Olives and the Western Wall, as well as the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Museum.
“I was deeply moved by my experience at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Museum today. To see the faces, and hear the voices of victims of the Holocaust – one of the darkest chapters in history – was an experience I will never forget.”
“I was also extremely humbled by the opportunity to pray at Jerusalem’s sacred Western Wall, an enduring symbol of Israel’s rich spiritual heritage – a holy site where so many millions have come to seek hope and peace through God’s grace for centuries.”
Governor Hogan Toured Old City of Jerusalem, Bethlehem During Trade Mission to Israel
Governor Hogan toured the Old City of Jerusalem, including the Garden of Gethsemane and Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and visited the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
“Seeing these storied Biblical sites firsthand has given our delegation a deep understanding of Israel’s rich history and culture. The opportunity to connect with the people of this nation has truly strengthened the relationship between Israel and our state.”
Governor Larry Hogan Visited Hadassah Hospital, Addressed Cancer Seminar in Jerusalem
Governor Hogan visited Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, Israel and met with key Hadassah officials and medical professionals, as well as Israeli biotech companies working on cancer treatments.
Governor Larry Hogan Signed Sister State Agreement Between Maryland and the Negev Region in Israel
Governor Hogan signed a Sister State agreement between Maryland and the Negev Region in Israel. The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by Governor Hogan and Deputy Minister Meshulam Nahari establishes Maryland’s 19th Sister State relationship, and the first in the Middle East.
“I can’t think of a better way to wrap up our trade mission than by signing this Memorandum of Understanding,” said Governor Hogan. “This week has given me the opportunity to see first-hand the outsized contribution Israel makes both here and around the world. Maryland values the partnerships we have already, and I have no doubt that there will be even greater cooperation and collaboration generated as the direct result of this trade mission, and the execution of this MOU with the Negev.”
Pictures from the Trade Mission to Israel
photos credit Steve Kwak