Maryland Gov. O’Malley to visit Israel

Maryland Governor, and possible 2016 presidential candidate, Martin O’Malley is scheduled to visit Israel and Jordan next week for an eight-day trade mission.

The Baltimore Jewish Times reports

The trip is being called a “trade mission,” a trip put on by the Maryland/Israel Development Center in conjunction with the Baltimore Jewish Council. The purpose of the mission, according to MIDC’s chairman, Abba David Poliakoff, is to explore — and in some cases, solidify — economic development opportunities for Maryland with Israeli businesses and institutions.


“As our economy strengthens, we know we must look beyond our borders for new avenues for trade and investment, particularly those countries, like Israel, that have invested heavily in supporting entrepreneurs and growing an innovation economy,” said Gov. O’Malley.


Poliakoff said there are talks happening with a number of Israeli companies interested in setting up satellite offices in Maryland. In an article published on the MIDC website, three such companies are named: Hybrid Security, Robo-Team and Askimo.


Hybrid Security has a cyber-security product named Telepath that monitors the behavioral aspects of all Web application users, inside and outside the organization. Robo-Team has created a family of robotic hardware and software solutions designated for numerous operational missions, such as gathering tactical intelligence, explosive ordnance disposal, subterranean/tunnel investigation, urban search and rescue, HazMat surveying and many others. Askimo was the subject of a recent JT article. It is creating a worldwide video encyclopedia.


Poliakoff said working with Israeli companies is good for the State of Maryland; as companies open here, they bring job opportunities.


Dr. Jay A. Perman, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, seconded Poliakoff’s sentiments. He is traveling on the trip, making his first journey to Israel. He told the JT he expects the mission to be “a tremendous opportunity for me personally, for the university and for the state.”


“With the leadership of the governor, we are going to have the opportunity to meet with educational leaders and business leaders; this includes educational leaders at Hadassah Medical Center and Hebrew University in Jerusalem, at Tel Aviv University and at the Technion in Haifa,” said Dr. Perman. “We are going to explore opportunities whereby our university, together with these universities, can find common ground in biomedical research, in educational opportunities, in terms of delivering the kinds of professionals our state and the State of Israel need.”


Dr. Perman said he will be looking for potential relationships with representatives of the biopharmaceutical industry and is interested in recruiting companies for the University of Maryland BioPark.


Dr. Wallace D. Loh, president of the University of Maryland, is also traveling with the group.


A working itinerary includes meetings with newly elected Knesset member Rabbi Dov Lipman, originally from Silver Spring, with the minister of industry, trade and labor, Naftali Bennett, with President Shimon Peres and with U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro. O’Malley will also talk with Elta System Ltd. CEO Nissim Hadas. Elta opened an office in Maryland last year. He will talk with leaders of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and with Israel’s chief scientist.

Baltimore Jewish Times: Governor Heads To Israel

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