Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis highlighted his business development mission to Israel, which took place from May 25-31. During the mission, organized in conjunction with Enterprise Florida, Inc., more than 20 strategic partnerships and Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) were established, a historic number. MOUs included agreements between leading universities in Florida and Israel, as well as an extension of the Florida-Israel Innovation Partnership and a new MOU between Space Florida and the Israel Space Agency. The Governor also met with many leading Israeli companies, visited cultural sites throughout the nation of Israel, led a ceremonial meeting with members of the Florida Cabinet and met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“This historic mission has been the prelude to future prosperity and partnership between Florida and Israel,” said Governor DeSantis. “This week, we established an unprecedented number of alliances in science, business and academia. We affirmed our solidarity with Israelis and resolved to give no quarter to anti-Semitism. Returning to Florida, we bring with us prospects for investment, high-wage jobs, water conservation and innovative ideas to keep our schools and communities safe. We also carry home a renewed belief that peace, freedom and democracy are essential to our quality of life and are to be championed, cherished and never taken for granted.”

Governor-led missions are part of a global trade development and business recruitment strategy that involves leaders from business, government and economic development organizations throughout Florida. The missions provide a unique opportunity to promote Florida’s business advantages, assist exporters in meeting clients, and identify and attract foreign direct investment. Governor-led missions target markets where a significant opportunity exists to expand Florida’s economy. Agreements made will benefit Florida students, businesses and residents from securing high-wage jobs, to the development of environmental technology to research and academic opportunities.

Governor DeSantis’ mission included many historic firsts and important business, cultural and academic meetings and partnerships that will benefit Floridians and Israelis for generations to come.

The mission included the following:

A Bipartisan Delegation of more than 100 Floridians

  • The bipartisan delegation included more than 100 delegates from Florida, representing every corner of the state.
  • Along with the delegation, the trip was attended by 10 members of the Florida press.

More than 10 Media Availabilities with Florida and Israeli Press

  • Videos of the availabilities, along with other events of the trip, can be found on The Florida Channel’s website HERE.

Participation of more than 10 Florida Institutions of Higher Education

  • Florida A&M University
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Florida International University
  • Florida State University
  • Full Sail University
  • Miami Dade College
  • Saint Leo University
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Miami
  • University of North Florida
  • University of South Florida

Meetings with Government Officials to Strengthen the Ties and Synergy Between Florida and Israel

More than 10 Meetings and Events with Israeli Companies and Business Leaders to Recruit New Investments and Bring High-Wage Jobs to Florida

  • Rafael, a military and defense technologies development firm
  • Cellebrite, a digital intelligence platform developer
  • Israel Discount Bank, a financial services firm with commercial services as well as private domestic and international banking
  • Nobactra, an agricultural research firm specializing in plant disease solutions, including citrus greening
  • Stemrad, which specializes in protective equipment for radiation
  • SpacePharma, a leading Israeli satellite agency
  • Nano Dimension, a revolutionary electronic manufacturing company
  • INSIGHTEC, a leading technological medical device company
  • Attenti, which provides innovative solutions for law enforcement and corrections agencies
  • B.G. Tech, a service and maintenance company for micro-electronics
  • Gonen Usishkin, CEO of El Al Airlines
  • Governor DeSantis delivered the keynote address at the 2019 Israel-America Business Summit

Two Policy-Driven Roundtables to Improve Florida’s Environment and Public Safety

Five Business and Economic Networking Events

  • Networking reception hosted by VISIT FLORIDA with Israel Minister of Tourism Yariv Gideon Levin
  • Networking business lunch with Israeli business leaders hosted by Greenberg Traurig
  • Networking reception hosted by U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman
  • 2019 Israel-America Business Summit hosted by the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce
  • Networking dinner with Israeli business leaders hosted by Israel Bonds

Important Ceremonial Meetings of the Florida Delegation to Affirm Florida’s Friendship with Israel

Cultural Visits to Strengthen the Ties Between Florida and Israeli Residents

More than 20 Strategic Partnerships and Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs)



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