Israeli Ministry of Defense Delegation of 16 Companies Developed Partnerships in Virginia

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.

At the invitation of Governor Northam, the Israel Ministry of Defense brought 16 companies to the Commonwealth and conducted 200 B2B & B2G meetings in six cities. Th delegation met  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.  Israeli defense companies have significantly expanded and invested throughout Virginia including Elbit Systems $350m acquisition of Harris Night Vision in Roanoke and Israel Aerospace Industry (IAI) moved its North America HQ to Herndon.

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 Economic Development Authority; 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

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).
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).
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)
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)