NEWARK, NJ – Choose New Jersey will return to Israel to lead a four-day economic mission trip to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem from Feb.10-13 to strengthen existing economic ties, cultivate further investment opportunities in New Jersey, and deepen connections between New Jersey and Israel.

“Choose New Jersey is looking forward to returning to Israel with an academic and business delegation to attract more businesses to our State and forge new collaborations,” said Jose Lozano, President & CEO of Choose New Jersey. “New Jersey is the ideal location for international businesses to plant their flag and we welcome innovative Israeli companies that are looking to grow in the United States.”

The trip includes key meetings with government and industry leaders, including representatives from cybersecurity, UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles), technology, life sciences and health care industries. The Choose New Jersey delegation will also host an event with the Israeli Chamber of Commerce and meet with a number of companies interested in investing in New Jersey.

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Throughout the trip, the delegation members will tout New Jersey’s innovation ecosystem, showcase partnership opportunities with the State’s world-class universities and highlight why New Jersey is the best place for Israeli companies to live, work, and do business.              

Home to the fourth largest Israel-born population and the fourth largest population of Israeli ancestry in the United States, New Jersey has a longstanding cultural relationship to Israel. The State of New Jersey demonstrated its commitment to Israel with the formation of the New Jersey-Israel Commission in 1989. The Commission works to promote cultural and educational exchanges and to encourage capital investment and joint business ventures. Choose New Jersey worked in close partnership with the New Jersey-Israel Commission to plan the mission to Israel.

Choose New Jersey President & CEO Jose Lozano will lead a delegation which includes:

Cathy Scangarella, Chief Business Development Officer, Choose New Jersey

Mariel Meskunas, Chief of Staff, Choose New Jersey

Sho Islam, Business Development Officer, Choose New Jersey

Nicole Mahon, Event Manager, Choose New Jersey

Andrew Gross, Executive Director, New Jersey-Israel Commission, State of New Jersey

Jared Maples, Director, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, State of New Jersey

James Blazar, Chief Strategy Officer, Hackensack Meridian Health

Diane Reynolds, Partner, McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP

Christopher Paladino, President, New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO)

Gurdeep Kaur, CSIO, Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG)

Donald Sebastian, Senior VP of Technology & Business Development, NJIT; President, New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII)

Coleen Burrus, Director, Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations, Princeton University

Beena Sukumaran, Ph.D., Vice President for Research, Rowan University

Steven Weinstein, Esq., Executive Vice President for Policy and External Relationships/Partnerships, Rowan University

David Kimball, SVP, Research & Economic Development, Rutgers University

Choose New Jersey and the delegation will be posting on social media during the trip using the hashtag #NJIsraelMission. You can follow their activities on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Choose New Jersey is a privately funded 501(c)(3) nonprofit economic development organization created to stimulate job creation and attract capital investment to New Jersey.  For more information, visit www.choosenj.com.