FCEDA Procurement Academy returns November 13 to spotlight opportunities for innovative government contracting for law enforcement, critical infrastructure

The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) Procurement Academy returns November 13 with a session that will highlight opportunities in government contracting for next-generation technology used by law-enforcement agencies, solutions for securing critical infrastructure, and cooperation between the United States and Israel on a range of technology-related projects.

The FCEDA is partnering with the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation and 22nd Century Technologies for the forum, which will be held at the Doubletree Hotel, 1960 Chain Bridge Road, Tysons, Virginia.

The session will feature expert speakers and panelists from industry, government agencies and technology companies who will address issues and procurement opportunities in public safety, homeland security, critical infrastructure, cybersecurity, intelligence and law enforcement. The BIRD Foundation, a US-Israel governmental funded organization, will present its unique business funding model for project development and commercialization as well as matchmaking services for U.S. and Israeli companies.

The event is free but registration is required. Click here for more information and to register.

The FCEDA’s Procurement Academy is a series of comprehensive workshops focused on various aspects of the procurement process from start to finish. The workshops emphasize practical strategies for success and provide the essential elements needed to function effectively in today’s procurement arena.  The November 13 forum kicks off a workshop series that will include three sessions in 2020.

“We are delighted to present another Procurement Academy series and kick it off with a program that will provide many ideas and contacts for Fairfax County and Northern Virginia companies that want to pursue opportunities in technologies focusing on cybersecurity, homeland security and law enforcement,” said Victor Hoskins, president and CEO of the FCEDA.

Speakers will include:

  • Samuel Visner, director of the National Cybersecurity Federally Funded Research and Development Center at Fairfax County-based MITRE;
  • Victor Hoskins, president and CEO, Fairfax County EDA
  • Eitan Yudilevich, executive director, BIRD Foundation
  • Gad Fishman, chief scientist, Israel Ministry of Public Security
  • Yifat Alon Perel, minister of economic & trade affairs, Embassy of Israel
  • Megan Mahle, director of industry partnerships, Department of Homeland Security
  • Kristin Baker, risk team lead, Department of the Army
  • Dave Rohrer, Fairfax County deputy county executive for public safety
  • Arlette Hart, senior cybersecurity technologist, Leidos
  • Major Christian Quinn, Fairfax County Police Department
  • Dolly Oberoi, CEO, C2 Technologies
  • Bryce Stirton, co-founder and president, Responder Ventures
  • Seth Abrams, federal civilian cyber lead, General Dynamics Information Technology
  • Don McLean, chief cybersecurity technologist, DLT Solutions

Throughout the event, attendees will have the opportunity to hear executives with U.S. and Israeli companies discuss how they are confronting the challenges and innovations in technology. Following the event, there will be a networking lunch and an opportunity for attendees to meet one-on-one with other businesses.

The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority promotes Fairfax County as a business and technology center. The FCEDA offers site location and business development assistance, and connections with county and state government agencies, to help companies locate and expand in Fairfax County. In addition to its headquarters in Tysons, Fairfax County’s largest business district, the FCEDA maintains business investment offices in six important global business centers: Bangalore/Mumbai, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Seoul and Tel Aviv. Follow the FCEDA on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

22nd Century Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Fairfax County. It provides strategic technology, cyber security and application development solutions for government and commercial organizations across various industries. It works with clients to develop multi-faceted solutions integrating strategy, innovation, analytics and process improvements to ensure successful implementation of best practice solutions, while minimizing disruption and maximizing client ROI.

 The Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation works to encourage and facilitate cooperation between U.S. and Israeli companies in a wide range of technology sectors and offers funding to selected projects. The BIRD Foundation supports projects without receiving any equity or intellectual property rights in the participating companies or in the projects, themselves.

BIRD funding is repaid as royalties from sales of products that were commercialized as a result of BIRD support. The Foundation provides funding of up to 50 percent of a project’s budget, beginning with R&D and ending with the initial stages of sales and marketing. The Foundation shares the risk and does not require repayment if the project fails to reach the sales stage.

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