Industry Engagement

The mission of the Norfolk NATO Festival is to honor and promote the international influence the NATO Command, in Norfolk, VA and its 28 member nations bring to our city. We accomplish this mission through educational programs for children, cultural events to engage all citizens, as well as opportunities to empower our industries.

Date for Industry Engages NATO Conference Coming Soon

In 2014, the Norfolk NATO Festival began a partnership with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership with the goal of creating more opportunities for area industries to engage with the local NATO Command. Initially, the Norfolk NATO Festival hosted a leadership reception to facilitate introductions between key industry executives and NATO officers.

In April 2015, the Norfolk NATO Festival and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership presented the “Industry Engages NATO Symposium”, with support from NATO Allied Command Transformation. The symposium highlighted the importance of partnering with NATO to solve today’s global security challenges. The conference included keynote addresses from the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation,   General Jean-Paul Paloméros, as well from Mr. Richard Rushton, CAPT USN (Ret.), Lockheed Martin. The Honorable Maurice Jones, Virginia’s Secretary of Commerce and Trade, introduced the keynote speakers while addressing the Going Global Defense Initiative started by VEDP last summer.  The symposium included panel discussions presented by executive level industry leaders and general officers from NATO’s Allied Command Transformation. Panel topics covered NATO Business Processes, Autonomous Systems, Cybersecurity, and Emerging Technologies for Education and Training. 

View keynote addresses from the Industry Engages NATO Symposium here