Announcing June 8 Event in Tel Aviv: Current Business Opportunities in Northern Virginia, U.S.A.

The Future of Smart City and Secured Infrastructure

Tel Aviv, Israel (May 29, 2022) Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) will present “The Future of Smart City and Secured Infrastructure – Current Business Opportunities in Northern Virginia,” an in-person event at the Renaissance Hotel in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, from 10:30 to 13:30, Israel Daylight Time. Click here to register.

After more than two years, FCEDA returns to Israel for this in-person visit led by Asher Kotz, FCEDA International Business Investment Manager for Cybersecurity and Israel, in collaboration with Yair Ephrati, Director of FCEDA Israel office, and Alex Malkis, Manager of FCEDA Israel Office.

“Our international business investment team is excited to be back visiting Israel and re-engaging with companies looking to establish a presence in the United States,” said FCEDA President and CEO Victor Hoskins. “We look forward to supporting Israeli businesses in their efforts to grow and prosper.”

With the welcoming address at the June 8 event provided by representatives of FCEDA, Israel Advanced Technology Industries (IATI) and Virginia Israel Advisory Board (VIAB), the keynote address will be delivered by Itay Engel, Israel News Correspondent, Israel Channel 12. In addition, presentations will include:

  • U.S.-Israel Commercial and Trade Relations Update by Mike Calvert, Deputy Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Embassy Jerusalem – Tel Aviv Branch.
  • Grants for Joint Israeli-U.S. Projects – Homeland Security and Smart City by Limor Nakar–Vincent, Deputy Executive Director, Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation.
  • Getting Ready for the U.S. market by Herzog, Fox & Neeman, Tel Aviv (speaker to be announced.)

Featuring Malkis as moderator, a round table discussion focused on Business Opportunities in Northern Virginia will follow up next. The speakers will include Danny Moshe, CEO, GreenVision Systems and Dov Hoch, Executive Director, Virginia Israel Advisory Board. To conclude the event, Mr. Kotz will discuss: Make it in Fairfax County, Virginia. A networking luncheon will follow the presentations.

“With the economic strength of Northern Virginia, we see greater business opportunities for Israeli companies expanding to the U.S. market,” said Ephrati. “We assist in connecting Israeli firms to the Fairfax County business community, introducing them to local partners and identifying resources, incentives and grants to help offset costs of launching new U.S. operations.”

Located in Northern Virginia in close proximity to Washington, D.C., companies with offices in Fairfax County have convenient access to the U.S. federal government, as well as access to international financial institutions, legal experts, the diplomatic community, and embassies. Fairfax County’s central location is within easy commuting distance to most major U.S. cities. The time zone is convenient for conducting global business operations. Fairfax County links to global markets through Washington Dulles International Airport, including direct flights to Tel Aviv.

Referring to Tel Aviv-based software company GreenVision Systems’ establishment of its U.S. headquarters in Fairfax County, CEO Danny Moshe said: “We have leveraged the benefits of this location – the proximity to partners, research centers, and government customers- to grow our business in areas of homeland security, smart city, and critical infrastructure. In addition, the direct flight service from Tel Aviv to Northern Virginia, enable us to conveniently plan our growth and support from our Israel office to our U.S. operations center.”

FCEDA has maintained an office in Israel since 2004 and serves as a go-to resource for Israeli companies interested in expanding into the U.S. market. More than 35 Israeli companies presently have offices in Fairfax County including Amdocs, Avanan, Check Point, Elbit Systems of America, Israel Aerospace Industry NA, Melanox-Nvidia, and Verint. Nine Israeli companies have expanded to Fairfax County since 2019: Armis Security, Cellebrite, Cellwise, Commugen, D-Fend Solutions, GetSat, Septier Communications, SimilarWeb, and Tuflin Software.

“The U.S.-Israel alliance continues to strengthen, and that brings opportunities for funding and market acceleration for Israeli companies with innovative technology,” said Kotz. “We look forward to collaborating with more companies on their expansion plans to the U.S.”

Fairfax County’s business community features nine Fortune 500 headquarters, leading government contractors, as well as the global headquarters for outstanding companies such as Hilton, Mars, and Northrop Grumman. As a hub for more than 8,800 technology companies, Fairfax County has a plethora of emerging business opportunities in segments such as AI, cybersecurity, defense, homeland security, cloud, smart city, and sustainability. Along with its strength in government and defense technology, Fairfax County’s diverse ecosystem includes business opportunities in communications, financial, healthcare, and more.

About Fairfax County Economic Development Authority

FCEDA has maintained an office in Israel since 2004 and serves as a go-to resource for companies interested in expanding into the U.S. market. In addition to its headquarters in Tysons, Fairfax County’s largest business district, FCEDA maintains business investment offices in six important global business centers: Bangalore/Mumbai, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Seoul, and Tel Aviv.
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