Jamal Sowell

Jamal Sowell, president of Enterprise Florida, left, will be a part of a mission to Israel next month, along with Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Enterprise Florida President and CEO Jamal Sowell will be participating in an upcoming business development mission to Israel, which would include stops in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The mission will take place beginning Saturday, May 25 through Friday, May 31.

The mission was announced on Tuesday, April 9 at Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El in Plantation. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will be leading a delegation of diverse and accomplished business, political and academic leaders from across Florida on the administration’s first business development mission to Israel.

Only days before, Sowell had attended the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce’s annual Symposium & Business Leaders Luncheon where he spoke about job opportunities.

Sowell, of Enterprise Florida, said he was very excited about the upcoming mission and what opportunities the mission would present for Florida. Sowell spoke of the job opportunities the mission represented, and how many jobs that the mission would bring to the business community in Florida.

DeSantis spoke about the upcoming trip, saying it was unprecedented, and also spoke about the large number of people attending and how the trip would be a way to strengthen business ties with the tiny country and connect the country to Florida.

One way the mission can help is with research on water and other related issues.

“We have problems in Florida we are trying to address,” said DeSantis, “such as toxic algae and red tide. Who deals more successfully in this research than the country of Israel.”

“Thank you Governor DeSantis for making this trade mission a high priority for Florida,” said Sowell. “Enterprise Florida looks forward to hosting this historic trade mission and expanding international trade opportunities with Israel.”

Jeffrey Feingold, of the Republican Jewish Coalition, spoke of Israel as a startup nation and how the business communities in both Israel and Florida would have strong connections formed from the trip.

Sowell, at the symposium on March 29, spoke about economic prosperity for middle class and minority communities as well as Enterprise Florida’s talent retention efforts. “We look forward to partnering with local communities to recruit new businesses and create opportunity for Floridians,” Sowell said.

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