Governor Ralph Northam met the delegation of 16 Israeli companies in his office

after having met with the Israeli Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv in November.


An Israeli Ministry of Defense delegation of 16 companies conducted 200 B2B & B2G meetings throughout the Commonwealth which have already begun to birth new business in Virginia.  

The four-day-event (Feb. 3-6) in six cities involved meetings with Governor Ralph Northam, Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball; Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran; the Mayors of Virginia Beach, Mr. Bobby Dyer; Norfolk, Kenny Alexander and Hampton, Donnie Tuck, as well as, ten county & city EDAs.   

Officials from the Pentagon; NASA; Coast Guard, Homeland Security, all the armed forces, as well as, former CIA Director and Secretary of the Airforce presented to and met with the delegation. There were evening receptions attended by 250 people at the Israeli Embassy and in Norfolk.

In the past six months, Israeli defense companies have significantly expanded and invested throughout Virginia including Elbit Systems $350m acquisition of a Roanoke company and Israel Aerospace Industry (IAI) moved its North America HQ to Herndon, which Governor Northam announced when he visited IAI in Israel in November.   

Thanks to our partners:  Virginia Economic Development Partnership; Virginia Tourism Corporation; Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance; the Commonwealth Center of Innovation for Autonomous Systems; Fairfax County; the cities of Norfolk  &Virginia Beach and the Israeli Embassy.  And above all thanks to Kaitlyn, Kat, Tom and Daniel who tirelessly and professionally arrange 200 meetings between Virginia and Israeli concerns  that have already begun to birth businesses.  

Our Sponsors were and remain:  Williams Mullen Law firm and Scott Insurance

      

1) Former CIA Director James Woolsey (right) holding a drone designed by Israeli company Colugo who are considering building their U.S. Operations in Virginia;  Maj. Gen. Patrick Burden - Army Futures Command (Left) and Virginia Israel Advisory Board Executive Director Dov Hoch (Center).
2)   Eliad Peretz  NASA  (right)   Megan Mahle - Department of Homeland Security (2nd from Right)  Deborah Lee James – Former Secretary of the Airforce (3rd from Right)   Virginia Israel Advisory Board Executive Director Dov Hoch (Left) 
3)  Panel on Defense industry trends Duane Baker Lockheed Martin (right) James (Gib) Goodwin III RADM U.S. Navy (ret.) Lt Gen. Ted Bowlds U.S. Airforce (ret.) (Left)  Asher Kotz Fairfax County (Moderator).