Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE), an economic development organization dedicated to job creation in the Rochester region, this week welcomes several Israeli homeland security, printing and optical technology businesses to explore opportunities in Rochester as part of GRE's "Rochester-Israel Business Attraction Visit II." The event builds on a similar visit GRE hosted for 14 Israeli life sciences companies in February.
Altogether, 19 Israeli companies will be visiting Greater Rochester in June and July. Twelve of them are here this week; the rest will visit the region over the next few weeks.
Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and Rochester Mayor William Johnson Jr. join GRE in officially welcoming the Israeli companies at a kick-off event this morning at the Strathallan Hotel, 550 East Avenue, Rochester.
"GRE is once again thrilled to host Israeli companies as they explore business opportunities in the Rochester Region," said Michael Finney, President and CEO of Greater Rochester Enterprise Inc. "As in February, GRE looks forward to working with these Israeli companies as they attempt to establish mutually beneficial relationships and potential business partnerships with Rochester-based firms."
Major General Amos Malka (Major General Reserves, retired), President and CEO of the Elul Group, is the keynote speaker at today's kick-off. Major General Malka retired from the Israel Defense Forces in 2002 after a long and distinguished career in the Israel Defense Forces, last serving as Head of IDF Ground Forces and later as Director of Defense Intelligence. His reports and recommendations to the Israeli Knesset in the 1990s helped shape Israeli policy.
Over the course of the last several months, GRE and its Israel-based partner, Systematic Inventive Thinking, researched hundreds of Israeli companies that have expressed an interest in setting up a location in the United States. The Israeli companies participating in this week's visit were selected because there is a unique opportunity to establish a relationship between the Rochester business community and the participating companies. A good match exists between the products and services the Israeli companies offer and what the Rochester community, infrastructure and labor pool can provide them.
The following Israeli companies are participating in this week's visit: AR Challenges Ltd.; AVT; Carmel Vision; Lumus Ltd.; MicroMRI; PSik Solutions; Real Time Radiology; Shiloach Software Systems; Systematic Inventive Thinking; TC Export; Telecont Communications Ltd.; and Women's Health Care Center. Gerry Stoch, regional manager for the Empire State Development office in Israel, and Marvin Schechter, manager for trade with Israel in New York City, will be participating as well.
"The Rochester Region has much to offer these Israeli companies," Finney said. "Our knowledge-based workforce, technological strengths, entrepreneurial spirit, commitment to innovation, and outstanding quality of life are all assets that many businesses — including this week's participating companies — would find interesting and attractive."
This event is made possible in part through a $100,000 contribution by New York State Senator Joseph Robach. Senator Robach will be participating in the visit's closing-night dinner program on Wednesday, June 9, at Artisan Works, 565 Blossom Road, Suite L, Rochester.
More than 20 volunteer ambassadors — representing the top level of Rochester business and community leadership — are supporting this week's events as well.
In addition, the visit is made possible through the support of Israeli-based Systematic Inventive Thinking (SIT); Dixon Schwabl Advertising; Flaum Management Inc.; SUNY College at Brockport and the Jewish Community Federation of Greater Rochester.
Thanks also go to the Rochester Business Alliance; the Greater Rochester Visitors Association; Monroe Community College; the University of Rochester; Empire State Development; Monroe County, and the City of Rochester.
Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE) is a public-private partnership established to professionally market the Rochester metropolitan region as a competitive, high-profile place for business location and growth. GRE will collaborate with business, academia, not-for-profit organizations and government to ensure a unified approach to regional economic development efforts.