August 11, 2020
Friday, May 31, 2019
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
More than 10 Media Availabilities with Florida and Israeli Press
Participation of more than 10 Florida Institutions of Higher Education
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
Two Policy-Driven Roundtables to Improve Florida’s Environment and Public Safety
Five Business and Economic Networking Events
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)