Helene Solomon Joined Governor Patrick on Innovation Economy Mission 2011 to Israel

Helene Solomon, CEO, Solomon McCown & Company and TCI Board Member

Helene Solomon, CEO of Solomon McCown & Company and TCI Board Member, joined Governor Deval Patrick along with a coalition of state officials and business leaders on the Massachusetts Innovation Economy Partnership Mission 2011 to Israel and the United Kingdom in March. She participated in the Israel portion of the mission which began March 7. The coalition explored growth opportunities within the Commonwealth’s innovation-based industries – technology, life sciences, clean energy and financial services – and areas of common interest between the state’s established and emerging partners in Israel and the UK.

“I’m happy to have Helene Solomon joining our great coalition of leaders on this trade mission,” said Governor Patrick.  “Helene is at the forefront of our innovation economy, and we know her expertise will go a long way towards forging lasting economic ties and partnerships between Massachusetts and Israel.”

As a leader in the public relations industry, Solomon helped further the mission’s goals of identifying new job and economic development opportunities and lent her expertise on how best to tell the story of the innovation economy. During the trip, she took part in roundtables, company visits and meetings with government and business officials with Governor Patrick and the delegation in Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem.

“I was honored to join the Governor and the rest of the delegation on the trade mission,” said Solomon. “I believe it was an important opportunity for our Commonwealth to explore new growth opportunities and business relationships in the global market.”

Today there are nearly 100 companies with Israeli founders or Israeli-licensed technologies in Massachusetts. In 2009, these companies employed nearly 6,000 people and generated $2.4 billion in direct revenue for the state. Local firms exported over $180 million worth of goods to Israel in 2009 and, at 12.35 percent, the United States is Israel’s largest source of imports.

Please visit www.mass.gov/governor/innovationmission for more information about the trip.

For more information about Solomon McCown, please visit www.solomonmccown.com/.

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