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Israel delegation with Israel’s Ambassador Ron Dermer, U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce Gil Kaplan, Israel’s Minister of Economic and Trade Affairs, Yifat Alon Perel and U.S. Commercial Counselor Ireas Cook
The 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit, its sixth one, took place at the Washington Hilton, Washington DC, from Monday, June 10 - Wednesday, June 12, 2019. The Israeli delegation, (29 representatives from 22 Israeli companies and organizations), accompanied by Commercial Counselor Ireas Cook and Senior Investment Advisor Sigal Mendelovich, held one-on-one meetings with U.S. state and local Economic Development Organizations to discuss value propositions offered by each locale that include commercial environment, market development, and incentives for potential investment. There were moderated panels with the latest information on all aspects of investment in the United States. USG speakers included three U.S. cabinet officials (Munchin, Ross, Perdue), seven Governors (NJ, KY, MD, IN, MS, OK, OH), three U.S. members of congress, (Manchin, Risch, and Capito) and Advisor to the President, Ivanka Trump. As one of the fastest growing sources of FDI into the United States, Israel is an important market for U.S. investment promotion under the SelectUSA program. The economic impact by Israeli firms in the United States is significant. Israel has become the 17th largest source worldwide in 2017 for foreign direct investment into the U.S. with $40 billion invested, supporting over 24,000 U.S. jobs, more than $2 billion in R&D investment, and $700 million of exports by Israeli firms from the United States.
Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis and Delegation Visit Israel
USCS organized a successful networking reception, hosted by AMB Friedman, in honor of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Governor DeSantis visited Israel with a 110 person delegation including his Cabinet. The reception included key contacts of the Governor, contacts of Florida’s economic development office, Enterprise Florida, companies with presence in Florida and those looking to invest in Florida. The event had an incredible outcome with over 300 attendees. Remarks were given by both the AMB and Governor where both emphasized the strong business ties between the State of Florida and Israel.
United Airlines Delegation to Israel on Inaugural Flight IAD to TLV
On May 24, SCO Ireas Cook at a U.S. Embassy market briefing for United Airlines officials and guests, to celebrate the new IAD-TLV direct flight. Guests included UA Regulatory Policy Director Sasha Johnson, UA Marketing Managers and Virginia State officials and corporate client partners.
DoC Advocacy Center Executive Director - Steve Renna meets with Israel Electric Corporation (IEC)
On May 2nd, 2019, Advocacy Center Executive Director - Steve Renna, Commercial Counselor - Ireas Cook, and Commercial Specialist - Naama Altman, met with Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) President & CEO - Ofer Bloch, and key IEC management. In the meeting, Renna expressed his content with regard to the strong collaboration between IEC and General Electric (GE). Specifically, he discussed the recent award to supply two new gas-fired combined cycle turbines at Orot Rabin power station, in addition to two other major tenders awarded to GE in the last year. In addition, Renna said that he would like to see more U.S. companies winning major tenders, and the two sides discussed the current reform in the Israeli electricity market and the numerous opportunities it presents in procurement of transmission and distribution equipment (approximately USD 2 billion annually.)
Chamber of Digital Commerce’s Blockchain Trade Mission to Israel
On April 1-3, we hosted a US Blockchain Certified Trade Mission, led by the Chamber of Digital Commerce. The trade delegation included 14 executives from the US blockchain industry. Their visit included meetings with Bank of Israel, and other related government agencies, as well as pioneers of the Israeli blockchain Industry. As part of the visit, we organized a half day blockchain seminar that included key players from the blockchain industry that discussed regulation, new protocols, new financial infrastructures and best practices for venture funds. There were overall 25 industry speakers and approximately 65 guests from the blockchain industry. On the last day of the visit, CS Israel arranged B2B meetings for the trade delegations.
Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy Dan Brouillette
On January 15, 2019, CS Israel together with AmCham and the BIRD Foundation held a business roundtable on the subject of U.S.-Israel energy cooperation, featuring Mr. Dan Brouilette, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy. Approximately 30 representatives participated in the roundtable, including U.S. and Israeli energy companies, Israel Ministry of Energy, the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce, the Israel Innovation Authority, the Israel Oil & Gas Association, US Chamber and others.
North Africa & Levant (NAL) Regional Meeting held in Morocco
CS Israel and CS West Bank participated in the North Africa & Levant (NAL) Regional Meeting which was held in Morocco, November 12-14, 2018. The purpose of the meeting was to network with colleagues from the region and Headquarters, develop plans and implement priorities, learn new technical skills, and improve intra-agency communication.
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant leads business delegation to Israel
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant led a business delegation to Israel this week. The visit was organized by the Mississippi Development Authority who incorporated a U.S. Embassy Jerusalem site visit for the Governor and delegation. The group was greeted by and met with Charge D’ Affairs Leslie Tsou. After a brief meeting, the group took a photo op with the Embassy seal.
Single Company Promotion event for Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation (GAC)
CS Israel held a Single Company Promotion event for Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation (GAC) in Tel Aviv. Headquartered in Savannah, Georgia, GAC produces the world’s most advanced business aircraft. Behind us is the super midsize G280, jointly designed and built by GAC and the Israel Aerospace Industry (IAI). For the first time in Israel, GAC hosted a static display of aircraft. With the help of the U.S Embassy Commercial Service, this event will open doors Gulfstream has not tapped both in the commercial and government world and solidify existing business relationships.
U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce Gilbert Kaplan attends the Israel Delegation Welcome Reception at the 2018 SelectUSA Summit
The Israel Delegation Welcome Reception, organized by SelectUSA Israel, BHI and H&K was a great success! The reception, which was attended by U.S. economic development officials, U.S. business executives, Israeli government representatives, and friendly organizations, was a great networking platform for the Israeli delegates. The reception provided the Israel delegation with an opportunity to connect with the EDO’s and learn more about the different states and the opportunities they offer, as well as gain more insights on doing business in the U.S. U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce Gilbert Kaplan, U.S. Deputy Commercial Counselor Susan Hettleman and Israeli Minister of Economic and Trade Affairs Yifat Alon Perel delivered welcome remarks.
Another successful Israeli Investment Delegation to the 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit in DC
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross opened the fifth SelectUSA Investment Summit that took place from June 20-22 near Washington D.C. Over the course of three days, the Israeli delegates gained key insights into the U.S. market and had the opportunity to connect with representatives of all 50 states to learn more about potential sites for their expansion plans. The theme for the 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit was "Invest Here. Grow Here. Succeed Here", focusing on the crucial connections between U.S. economic developers and international business investors. SelectUSA welcomed more than 3,000 participants from 66 international markets and 50 U.S. states and territories. Israel was one of the top 10 markets represented with 31 delegates.
Welcoming Briefing at CyberTech 2018
On January 29, CS Israel co-hosted a welcome briefing for more than 30 attendees at CyberTech 2018, a major annual gathering of the international cyber community. Attendees included U.S. company representatives as well as State and Municipal Economic Development Organizations who are in Israel to promote investment and collaboration with their localities. In addition to the Embassy’s Political, Economic and Commercial Counselors, and the Legal Attaché, the briefing featured two guest speakers representing the Israeli Cyber community. Specifically, Mr. Rafael Maman, partner, cybersecurity & Digital Strategies at PWC and Mr. Rami Efrati, a founding member of Israel’s Cyber National Bureau.
Israel Delegation to CES 2018
On January 9 to 12, CS Christina Azar led a delegation of 90 Israelis to CES in Las Vegas, NV. At the event, the CS ICT team arranged Show Time meetings, a session with the CES organizer, and a matchmaking reception. CS Azar counseled 15 U.S. companies during Show Time and reached out to numerous US companies at show. CS Azar will follow-up with the Israeli delegation and will offer assistance as needed.
We organized a Multiplier breakfast for the Cincinnati and Dayton Regional Economic Development Organizations
On November 7, CS Israel SelectUSA Investment Specialist Sigal Mendelovich organized a Multiplier breakfast for the Cincinnati and Dayton Regional Economic Development Organizations. CS Mendelovich worked with the EDOs to target a high-level audience from Israel’s leading business and government organizations. Senior Commercial Officer Greg Briscoe welcomed the participants, followed by Kimm Coyner, VP, REDI Cincinnati and Shelly Dickstein, City Manager, Dayton, who provided comprehensive overviews highlighting their Israel investment programs and focusing on success stories, including CS Israel SUSA Summit participant Woosh, which established operations in Dayton in 2016.
Opening Israel’s celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week
On November 12, Senior Commercial Officer Greg Briscoe opened Israel’s celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week by addressing guests at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and helping to “ring the bell” to open the day’s trading with 11 other key players from Israel’s Start-up Nation ecosystem, including Nobel Laureate Dan Shechtman. SCO Briscoe highlighted Israeli innovation and promoted the natural ties between U.S. and Israeli firms. He also offered SelectUSA as the USG’s answer to helping Israeli entrepreneurs make the connections necessary to expand to the United States. CS Israel will follow up with contacts made at the event to promote investment into the U.S. and to recruit Israeli firms to join the Israel Delegation to the 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit.
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signs Memorandum of Understanding with Israeli company HackerUSA
Israel based HackerU, was part of CS Israel's delegation to the SelectUSA Investment Summit in 2017. The Summit provided HackerU the opportunity to engage and network with federal officials and State representatives from the economic development organizations, which gave them invaluable information in determining their investment strategy. Since, HackerU’s subsidiary HackerUSA has signed an agreement with the State of Missouri which will pave the way for Missouri colleges and universities to work with HackerUSA in order to start a cyber security training program. “Cyber security can be a great strength for our state, and we can create more good jobs for Missourians, said Greitens in recent press release”. HackerUSA’s CEO Mr. Ariel Cohen looks forward to working with business and education leaders in Missouri to build partnerships.
Governor Scott Walker presents Wisconsin’s water technology sector to leading Israeli water companies
On November 1, 2017, CS Israel SelectUSA Investment Specialist Sigal Mendelovich organized a business roundtable for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker with leading companies from Israel’s internationally recognized innovative water industry. Senior Commercial Officer Greg Briscoe welcomed the participants and reviewed U.S.-Israel trade and investment relations, highlighting potential synergies between Israel and the state of Wisconsin. Governor Walker, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and leaders of the State’s water industry presented Wisconsin’s key business advantages in the water technology sector, highlighting the state’s long history of support for innovation in water treatment and management, making a strong case for why businesses in Israel should invest in Wisconsin. One Israeli start-up announced on the spot its intention to locate its R&D operations in Wisconsin to join and benefit from the state’s water innovation ecosystem.
Country Market Briefing for the Mayor of San Antonio and US Chamber Representatives
On October 23, CS Israel was delighted to host San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and his 17-person trade and cultural delegation for a briefing on the Israeli Market. Deputy Senior Commercial Officer Susan Hettleman was joined by two State Department colleagues, Political Counselor Michael Snowden and Economic Officer Daniel Gage to present an overview of U.S.-Israel relations. Mayor Nirenberg and his delegation will be in Israel for 7 days with the intention to deepen relationships with local leaders, align economic development opportunities in targeted industries, and strengthen cultural and educational ties between San Antonio and Israel. The delegation was organized by the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Jewish Federation of San Antonio.
Business Networking Luncheon for Utah Trade Mission hosted by S Horowitz
SelectUSA Specialist Sigal Mendelovich attended the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development business networking luncheon, hosted by S Horowitz. The business luncheon was a great success, inviting representatives from the Israeli business community to network with Gov Herbert and the EDO representatives, as well as the business delegation. Gov Herbert mentioned the great similarity between Israel and Utah, both growing in credit to its incredible innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.
Celebrating Oracle’s 20th anniversary in Israel and the opening of their new offices
On September 12th, Ambassador Friedman attended and gave welcome remarks at the “Hi-Tech Reception” co-hosted by Oracle Israel and Hi-Tech Ambassadors. The event had two main purposes: first, to celebrate 20 years of Oracle in Israel and inaugurate the firm’s new offices; and second, to welcome and introduce you to the top innovation high-tech leaders in Israel. CS Tel Aviv has a key role in organizing this event. 120 high-tech officials attended the event. The event was open to press and one of the most known newspapers, Jerusalem post published an article about the successful event.
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