News from our Tel Aviv office

Virginia Governor visits Israel

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam visited Israel for a trade and investment trip on November 16-19.  He was accompanied by Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball and Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring. The Fairfax County EDA team, Israeli business executives, government officials and Chamber organization representatives attended a reception hosted by the governor in Jaffe-Tel Aviv on November 17.

From left: Danny Moshe, CEO Green Vision Systems, Asher Kotz, Fairfax County EDA, Manager Business Investment, Israel, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, Yair Ephrati, Director FCEDA Israel Office.

Fairfax County EDA team outreach activity during a November Israel trip

The FCEDA team met with the Israel Export Institution to discuss collaboration in areas such as homeland security, aerospace, cybersecurity, construction tech and food-tech.

Left to right: Asher Kotz, Business Investment, Israel and Cyber, FCEDA Israel; Meital Koperman, Director Projects and Initiatives, Israel Export Institution; Bar Shamrich, Business Associate, FCEDA Israel.

Asher Kotz, Fairfax County EDA Business Investment Manager, Cybersecurity & Israel, attended the WATEC 2019 Water Technology and Environment Control Conference in Tel Aviv, Nov. 18-19

Asher Kotz, Business Investment, Israel and Cyber, FCEDA

FCEDA sponsors unmanned systems

Fairfax County is a hotbed of companies working on innovative technologies. To get the word out about the innovation ecosystem in Fairfax County, the FCEDA sponsored the IHLS 9th annual Unmanned Systems Conference at the Lago Conference Center in Rishon LeZion.

Many innovative and creative start-ups and companies showcased AI technologies and UAS solutions at the conference. At the booths, technologies ranging from unmanned vehicles and systems to solutions that increase situational awareness for such systems were showcased for investors, entrepreneurs, students, soldiers and police officers.

From left: Bar Shamrich, Business Associate, Fairfax County EDA Israel Office; Gadi Asherovitz, Kronos Aerial Photography

IAI expands North American headquarters

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has opened its new North America headquarters office in the Herndon area of Fairfax County, adjacent to Washington Dulles International Airport. The project will create more than 50 new jobs. IAI hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on December 3 to celebrate the new headquarters operation.

IAI stated that it is part of its strategy to secure more U.S. contracts in its $800 million business in North America. IAI said that establishing a new U.S. headquarters in Herndon and a Washington, D.C., office for government relations is critical to helping it grow in the U.S. market by strengthening its ties to Congress, the White House and local industry.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam visited the company’s global headquarters facility in Tel Aviv on Nov. 18 while on a trade mission to Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

“Fairfax County has long been a location of choice for major aviation and aerospace companies, and we are delighted to see that important industry cluster expand further with IAI,” said Victor Hoskins, president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA).

From left: Asher Kotz, Manager Business Investment, Israel & Cyber, FRCEDA; Nimrod Sheffer, CEO, Israel Aerospace Industry; Jeffery Cohen, President, BECO Management; Swami Iyer, CEO, IAI North America.

Priority Software makes new office a priority

Priority Software opened an office in the Reston area of Fairfax County to expand its operation that supports U.S. sales growth and operation.

With offices in the U.S., the United Kingdom and Israel, and a global network of business partners, Priority Software enables 75,000 companies in 40 countries to manage and grow their businesses.

Left to right: Eran Rozenfeld, Managing Director, Priority Software USA; Asher Kotz, Manager Business Investment, Israel & Cyber, FCEDA; Phil Allin, Chairman of Fairfax Water, and EVP Guernsey

Israel-based Checkmarx wins federal contract

Israel-based software security provider Checkmarx, with a federal sales office in Reston, won a contract in September with the U.S. Navy’s Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific to accelerate the development and delivery of secure software applications.

More than 5,000 Navy developers and contractors will be using Checkmarx’s software composition analysis and static application security testing to identify, prioritize and fix security vulnerabilities, and mitigate risk, in the software-development process

Elbit acquires night vision business in Virginia

The U.S. subsidiary of Elbit Systems, the international defense electronics company headquartered in Haifa, closed its $350 million acquisition of the former Harris Corp.’s night vision technology business in SeptemberElbit maintains an office in Reston. The company agreed in April to purchase the division from Harris for $350 million. Elbit Systems of America will maintain the night-vision business unit in Roanoke where it employs more than 500 employees.

Tenable acquisition of Indegy Tenable, which has an office in the Tysons area of Fairfax County, announced that it acquired Indegy Ltd. of Israel this month. The deal is worth more than $78 million. Tenable develops industrial control systems technology. Indegy has focused on industrial cybersecurity technology.