Lamont to Promote Connecticut’s Economic Development During Israel Trip

Governor Ned Lamont will join University of Connecticut acting president Radenka Maric and state business leaders Thursday night on a week-long visit to Israel to promote economic development and trade .

The 10-member delegation, including Commissioner David Lehman of the state Department of Economic and Community Development, will meet with key leaders, including Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and President Isaac Herzog, in an effort to strengthen trade and promote contractors. The delegation will also meet Dr. Salmon Zarka, head of the coronavirus task force at the Israeli Ministry of Health.

The trip, which will depart from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, will include a game of “Venture Clash,” in which six Israeli companies compete in eight-minute elevator pitches to Connecticut Innovations Inc officials. quasi-public strategic venture capital organization, including board chairman Michael Cantor, CEP Matthew McCooe and Lauren Carmody, vice president of marketing and communications.

Others on the trip include Kurt Amend, vice president of defense contractor Raytheon; Michael Bloom, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Connecticut; Dr. Barry Stein, vice president and chief innovation officer at Hartford HealthCare; Michael Kraines, Chief Financial Officer at Digital Currency Group; Professor Daniel Weiner, Vice President of Global Affairs at UConn.

Business development in the pharmaceutical and defense industries will be among the group’s goals, with the goal of promoting Connecticut’s workforce and business environment. The group will visit Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The trip was long planned, but was delayed during the COVID pandemic.

Innovation roundtables are also planned, one of which is expected to be led by Ruth Porat, chief financial officer of Alphabet, Google’s parent company.

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