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Gov. Charlie Baker Leads Economic Development Mission to Israel

BOSTON – Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, administration officials and nearly 40 business, academic, and Jewish community leaders left Dec. 9 for an economic development mission to Israel.

This was Gov. Baker’s first visit to Israel and his first overseas economic development mission. While in Israel, the Governor and delegation met with Israeli business leaders to discuss economic development between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Israel. The group focused on synergies in cybersecurity and digital health while promoting benefits for Israeli startup companies available in Massachusetts, including access to a talented and highly-educated workforce, top universities and vibrant venture capital sector.

The administration partnered Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) and the New England Israel Business Council to host the mission at no cost to taxpayers. This marks a tradition by Governors of the State of Massachusetts leading economic development missions to Israel due to a shared interest in healthcare and high-tech industry.

CAP: Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker (right) prior to boarding his EL AL flight to Israel. Photo Credit: Allen Dines

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