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Governor Larry Hogan Addresses Israeli Tech Conference

GIA TLV Gathering Attended by Over 250 High-Tech Entrepreneurs

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Hogan today addressed more than 250 Israeli high-tech entrepreneurs at the GIA TLV 2016 conference on the campus of Tel Aviv University. The GIA, which stands for “Government, Investors, and Accelerators,” gathering is hosted by SpeedMind!, an organization that links Israeli start-up companies with financing opportunities. SpeedMind! is affiliated with Israeli consulting firm FreeMind, whose clients service numerous U.S. federal facilities like the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the Food and Drug Administration, as well as private foundations.

The governor highlighted Maryland’s unique assets for global companies, including a highly-educated workforce, world-class infrastructure, proximity to the nation’s capital, and the numerous successful partnerships between the state and Israeli businesses to date. He also discussed the impact of the technology industry on healthcare, cybersecurity, and society and Maryland’s leadership in these areas.

“Maryland truly is at the forefront of science, technology, business, and policy, and we want Israeli companies to continue to be a key part in our success,” said Governor Hogan. “We are committed to creating a culture in our state where all businesses can grow and thrive, and in this increasingly competitive economy, where companies can – and do – locate virtually anywhere, we want to look beyond our borders for more opportunities. We want to forge more international partnerships around the world, and we want to start right here with our friends and allies in Israel.

“To any Israeli company that wants to look to Maryland as a place to do business, you will find an open door in our state, a seat at the table, and a good friend of Israel in the governor’s office,” the governor continued.

Governor Hogan has been in Israel since Tuesday as part of a weeklong economic development trade mission. He is leading a delegation of state officials, business leaders, and Jewish community leaders.



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