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MASSECON IS CELEBRATED ON ITS 25TH YEAR
Susan Houston of MassEcon receives a Governor’s Proclamation from EOHED Secretary Jay Ash As it celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2018, MassEcon is receiving well-deserved praise from government and business leaders throughout Massachusetts. Under the leadership of Susan Houston, MassEcon has become one of the state’s premier nonprofit business organizations, contributing to the growth and economic health of Massachusetts. At MassEcon’s 25th celebration this summer, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash described himself as not only a strong supporter of MassEcon as Secretary, but also as someone who relied heavily upon MassEcon when he was City Manager and before that Planning & Development Director in Chelsea. “There’s been a constant,” Ash said, “and that’s been all of us being able to rely on MassEcon as part of a great team that puts Massachusetts’ best foot forward.” Secretary Ash then read a proclamation from Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, which praised MassEcon for creating “an enduring partnership between the public and private sectors to grow Massachusetts as a competitive location for expanding businesses.” Founded in 1993 by a consortium of utility companies led by then-Boston Edison, and embraced by the William Weld administration, MassEcon was the first private-public partnership to promote Massachusetts as an exceptional place to do business. “I’m a huge MassEcon fan,” said Gloria Larson, former President of Bentley University and former Massachusetts Secretary of Economic Affairs. “I worked a lot with MassEcon, and it was really all about our regional and U.S. and global reach. It fit hand in glove with what Governor Weld and my team were trying to do, putting Massachusetts on the map with respect to economic goals.” A nonprofit organization with a membership of business, trade associations, universities, chambers, and state, local, and regional economic development agencies, MassEcon has been working to help businesses come to, expand in, and thrive in Massachusetts — from the Berkshires to Boston. Over its 25-year history, MassEcon has facilitated the location of 275 companies, associated with 30,000 jobs, as they expanded or relocated to Massachusetts. Its partners in this endeavor have included the Massachusetts Office of Business Development, MassDevelopment, Massport, the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, and scores of regional and local economic development groups. MassEcon’s unique position as a non-partisan entity allows the organization to serve as a bridge from one administration to the next – from the Weld to the Patrick to the Baker administrations. Each Governor during its 25 years has chosen to be with MassEcon at its signature events and its members, leadership, and staff have been selected to serve on boards and commissions that have influenced policy. Some of the “firsts” initiated by MassEcon include: The Site Finder Service, established in 1994, to enable companies to find the best place to locate within the Commonwealth The Massachusetts Industrial and Research Park Directory, published with NAIOP in 1996 The ReadyMass100 portfolio of vetted properties that are potential homes for new companies The Annual Corporate Welcome Reception hosting 136 companies new to Massachusetts from 16 different states and 24 different countries The Annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards honoring more than 250 companies from throughout the state that have contributed to the Massachusetts economy by adding approximately 19,000 jobs and investing approximately $5 billion Those honored last year added 1,000 jobs in the state, invested more than $381 million and expanded their facilities by more than 2 million square feet. “You have competed in all shapes and sizes and played in all kinds of spaces,” Gov. Charlie Baker told the winners and guests at the Awards luncheon last November. To help the Commonwealth grow its rich economic base, MassEcon each year hosts out-of-state events that introduce the assets of Massachusetts to corporate site selectors, those professionals on the front lines representing companies considering expanding or relocating. In 2018, MassEcon hosted hospitality receptions in New York City, San Francisco, and Washington D.C., and took the Massachusetts story on the road to South Carolina and Atlanta. For almost 20 years, MassEcon’s monthly newsletter “In Brief” has been bringing news of company expansions, product launches, and the advantages of doing business in the Bay State. Stephen Flavin, Chairman of the Board during MassEcon’s 25th year and Vice President for Academic and Corporate Engagement at Worcester Polytechnic Institute remarked that “The solid foundation that has been built over the years puts the organization in great shape to reach even higher levels of achievement.”
Baker-Polito Administration, Transportation Officials Reveal Red Line Vehicle Mock-up
State and city officials, transportation leaders and the general public got a first look at the MBTA’s new Red Line subway car on display at Boston City Hall Plaza this week. Governor Charlie Baker, Massachusetts Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack and MBTA General Manager Luis Ramírez joined officials from CRRC, that Chinese company that is manufacturing the subway cars at its plant in Springfield, Massachusetts. Governor Baker said, “Our administration is investing over $1 billion to completely replace the fleets of the Red and Orange Lines, in addition to upgrading track and signals throughout the system to support the new cars. Through all of these investments in the core infrastructure of the MBTA, we will be able to deliver a more reliable system for our customers.” The Red Line mock-up is on display at City Hall Plaza on Wednesday, August 15, and Thursday, August 16, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. The mock-up is two-thirds the actual size of the new cars and showcases amenities and aesthetics to be included within the new cars. MBTA staff traveled to Changchun, China, in March 2018 to evaluate the Red Line mock-up car, which was also used by the MBTA and CRRC MA engineers during the vehicle development process. Lt. Governor Polito said, the new Red Line cars “will provide increased capacity and upgraded technology, offering MBTA customers a more comfortable ride. Unveiling this mock-up is an important milestone, and we encourage members of the public to come to City Hall Plaza and tour the new cars.” CRRC MA President Chuanhe Zhou said, “We embrace the opportunity to partner with the MBTA on that signature project. Together we have reached yet another milestone in introducing new subway cars to customers and visitors to Boston. We look forward to continued success and a prosperous partnership.” MassDOT Secretary Pollack said the MBTA “is investing nearly $2 billion in the Red Line as part of the Red Line/Orange Line Improvement Program, which includes procuring these new Red Line vehicles. The upcoming new fleet for the Red Line, coupled with new and improved track, signals, and other core infrastructure upgrades translates to a better, more reliable service for MBTA customers.” MBTA General Manager Ramírez said, “This mock-up is just a preview of what’s to come for Red Line riders. Increased capacity, technology-enhanced signage, and accessibility improvements are just some of the advanced features included on the new cars, giving our Red Line customers a more reliable ride.” In 2014, the MBTA awarded CRRC MA the contract to design and manufacture the new Orange and Red Line subway cars with the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board voting in December 2016 to replace the entirety of the Red Line fleet with new cars. New, modern vehicles, including 152 Orange and 252 Red line subway cars, comprised of the same make and model have multiple operational and maintenance benefits, and customers will be provided with more trains that run more frequently and reliably. With feedback from the public, the vehicle’s modern design boasts increased capacity, accessibility improvements, technology-enhanced signage, and emergency intercom units. The new cars have the latest propulsion and braking systems, allowing the achievement of a three-minute headway target, reducing customer wait times. A standardized Red Line fleet comprised of entirely new cars also allows the MBTA to implement a life-cycle maintenance program, resulting in better maintained vehicles, fewer disabled trains causing service disruptions, and an extended service life of at least thirty years. Accessibility improvements include wider door openings for easier boarding, minimized gaps between platform and car door, dedicated accessibility areas, and technology advanced audio and visual passenger information. Total value of the New Vehicle Procurement Program is nearly $1,010 million. The total value of the Red Line/Orange Line Improvement Program as a whole, which includes vehicle procurement, infrastructure improvements, signal upgrades, and state of good repair projects, is $1,982.03 million. For more information, visit mbta.com and connect with the T on Twitter @MBTA.
Baker-Polito Administration Announces $32 Million in Local Aid to 59 Communities
The Baker-Polito Administration announced the 2018 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Awards, providing more than $32 million across 41 projects that benefit 59 communities. These awards enable communities to address local needs by pursuing a variety of housing, community, and economic development projects. Governor Charlie Baker said, “Massachusetts cities and towns have unique needs, and our Administration continues to partner with municipalities to ensure they can access the most effective resources, including federal grant programs.” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said the grants “will help thousands of committed local leaders across the Commonwealth’s 351 build better roads, ensure access to services for everyone and keep local housing stock in great condition.” The 2018 CDBG awards will enable the rehabilitation of 280 housing units, support food pantries in eight communities, allow 16 communities to pursue small infrastructure projects, and provide social services in 17 communities. Projects range from a theater feasibility study in North Adams, to parking improvements in Southbridge, and small business technical assistance and commercial rehabilitation in Gardner, Everett, and Stoughton. Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash said, “We’re thrilled to support such a diverse array of projects in cities and towns throughout Massachusetts. From business assistance to housing assistance, these awards will help communities prepare for future success by building a strong foundation for their residents.” Housing and Community Development Undersecretary Janelle Chan said the funds “will strengthen entire communities and enable residents to better participate in community development.” CDBG is a competitive grant program designed to help small cities and towns meet a broad range of community development needs. Assistance is provided to qualifying cities and towns for housing, community, and economic development projects that assist low and moderate-income residents, or revitalize areas of blight. CDBG funds are allocated annually to the Commonwealth through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and administered by the MA Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Since 2015, the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded nearly $110 million to projects benefitting more than 180 communities. 2018 community development block grant awardees: Adams will receive $550,000 to provide renovations to the memorial school facility. Agawam will receive $799,750 for housing rehabilitation assistance to 17 units, an aging in place repairs program for 30 units and a planning project for accessibility improvements to town hall. Amherst will receive $825,000 for east Hadley road infrastructure improvements, planning for ADA transition plan, and to provide support for a food pantry, homelessness services, adult literacy, immigrant services and family stabilization services. Athol will receive $643,252 for infrastructure improvements to Marble Street. Ayer will receive $750,000 for housing rehabilitation assistance to 5 units and infrastructure improvements to prospect and oak streets. Brookfield will receive $800,000 for housing rehabilitation assistance to 5 units and infrastructure improvements to Hayden and Hyde streets. Buckland will receive $800,000 for infrastructure improvements to Williams Street and to support a food pantry. Chelsea will receive $825,000 for division street improvements, housing rehabilitation assistance to 5 units, code enforcement, microenterprise assistance, first-time homebuyer assistance for 9 units and social service assistance to include youth services, ESOL and citizenship training. Cheshire and New Marlborough will receive $998,000 for housing rehabilitation assistance to 25 units. Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Peru, Plainfield and Worthington will receive $870,158 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance to 12 units, planning for a senior center and to provide childcare assistance, elder services and a food pantry. Clinton will receive $486,715 for housing rehabilitation assistance to 5 units and for infrastructure improvements to Walnut Street. Dennis will receive $825,000 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance to 15 units, childcare assistance. East Longmeadow will receive $798,882 for housing rehabilitation assistance to 15 units, housing authority modernization, planning for town hall accessibility and to provide support for a food pantry. Easthampton will receive $798,000 for infrastructure improvements to admiral street neighborhood. Edgartown, Aquinnah and West Tisbury will receive $1,134,472 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance to 20 units and to provide childcare assistance. Everett will receive $825,000 to provide John Kearins playground improvements, microenterprise assistance to 5 businesses and social service assistance to include homelessness prevention, ESOL, youth services and a food pantry. Fairhaven will receive $771,697 for infrastructure improvements to Hedge Street. Gardner will receive $825,000 for public facilities improvements including targeted demolition, downtown accessibility improvements, small business technical assistance and social service assistance to include youth services, veteran’s services and domestic violence prevention. Greenfield will receive $825,000 for housing rehabilitation to 3 units, targeted demolition, infrastructure improvements, code enforcement, a commercial rehabilitation program and support for a food pantry and elder services. Hardwick will receive $800,000 for ADA improvements to town hall. Huntington will receive $408,025 for infrastructure improvements to Aldrich Avenue and to provide design for ADA improvements to town hall. Marlborough will receive $800,000 for housing rehabilitation assistance to 9 units and for infrastructure improvements to McEnelly and Devens streets. Montague will receive $737,395 for housing rehabilitation assistance to 2 units, rehabilitation of Rutter’s park and to provide social services to include family education, recovery counseling, a meals program and youth leadership training. Monterey, Sandisfield and Egremont will receive $1,025,550 for housing rehabilitation for 19 units. North Adams will receive $825,000 for targeted demolition, park improvements, and design for Ashland Street, planning for Eagle Street and a theater feasibility study and social services. Oak Bluffs and Tisbury will receive $838,871 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance to 12 units and to provide childcare assistance. Orange will receive $800,000 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance to 15 units Rockland will receive $745,000 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance to 22 units Russell, Huntington, Middlefield and Chester will receive $1,090,860 for infrastructure improvements to Pomeroy Terrace, planning for infrastructure improvements and to support a food pantry, elder services, adult education and domestic violence prevention. Shelburne will receive $551,066 parking improvements to Deerfield Avenue and to support a food pantry. Southbridge will receive $825,000 for Central Street parking improvements, commercial rehabilitation assistance for 2 businesses and code enforcement. Spencer will receive $555,000 for rehabilitation assistance to 14 units and design for infrastructure improvements. Stoughton will receive $586,141 to provide commercial rehabilitation assistance to 14 businesses. Townsend will receive $800,000 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance to 15 units and to support a fuel assistance program. Truro, Harwich, Eastham and Provincetown will receive $1,142,813 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance to 20 units and to provide childcare assistance. Wales, Brimfield and Holland will receive $806,250 to provide housing rehabilitation assistance to 24 units, planning for a senior housing study and to support a food pantry. Ware will receive $725,000 for spring street infrastructure improvements and domestic violence prevention services. Warren, Ware and Hardwick will receive $749,420 for housing rehabilitation services to 17 units and to support social services for domestic violence prevention, adult education and community health. Wareham will receive $825,000 for housing rehabilitation assistance for 12 units, housing authority modernization and support for senior outreach, homelessness prevention, boys and girls club, and literacy and transportation services. Webster will receive $825,000 for downtown streets infrastructure improvements. West Springfield will receive $825,000 for housing rehabilitation assistance for 7 units, Gardner Street infrastructure improvements, code enforcement, planning for the Merrick neighborhood and support for family self-sufficiency and homebuyer programs, ESOL, camp scholarships and head start.
Governor Baker Signs Fiscal Year 2019 Budget
Today, Governor Charlie Baker signed the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) budget into law. The $41.232 billion plan reinforces the Baker-Polito Administration’s commitment to structurally balancing the state budget, while investing $4.91 billion towards K-12 education, providing over $200 million to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic, increasing funding to build stronger communities and supporting the state’s workforce from job growth to public transit. The FY19 budget anticipates a sizeable deposit in the Stabilization Fund, resulting in a net increase of $368 million for this fiscal year and a total balance of $2.15 billion by the end of FY19—which is nearly double the balance since the Baker-Polito Administration took office in 2015 and the highest amount in more than a decade. The budget reflects the Administration’s commitment to reducing the reliance on one-time sources of revenue, down from nearly $1.2 billion in Fiscal Year 2015 to $95 million in FY19, a decrease of 92%. Consistent with the administration’s previous budgets, this plan does not raise taxes or fees. The FY19 budget represents a 3.2% increase in spending over estimated spending in Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18). The total $41.232 billion in spending excludes the Medical Assistance Trust Fund transfer. Governor Baker said, “Since taking office, our Administration has worked to reduce an inherited budget deficit, build our reserves by over $1 billion and make targeted investments in education, the opioid epidemic and our cities and towns—all without raising taxes. We are pleased to sign a balanced budget that manages taxpayer dollars in a fiscally responsible way, while providing a tax break for working families and support for critical services for every resident. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and I appreciate our ongoing partnership with the Legislature to collaborate and compromise on this important blueprint for the upcoming fiscal year.” The Commonwealth’s investment in Chapter 70 education aid to local schools will reach an all-time high of $4.91 billion, an increase of $160.6 million over FY18 and $507 million since the Administration took office. The budget also includes an increase in the state Earned Income Tax Credit from 23% to 30% of the federal tax credit, and builds on an earlier increase from 15% to 23% signed by the Governor in 2015. The tax credit increase, which was included in the Governor’s FY19 budget proposal, will provide additional tax relief for 450,000 filers, allowing working families in Massachusetts to retain more of their earnings. Next year an income-eligible family with three qualifying dependent children will receive a tax credit of nearly $2,000, or $458 more than at the current rate. The budget also increases the dairy farm tax credit. The FY19 plan continues the Administration’s support of local communities with a $37.2 million increase in unrestricted local aid, to $1.1 billion, an increase of $153.2 million since taking office. The budget includes $5.3 million for the Community Compact Cabinet program, and FY19 funding will reach $6.8 million total, pending approval by the Legislature of $1.5 million in additional funds. Chaired by Lt. Governor Polito, the Community Compact promotes municipal best practices and supports efficiency and regionalization grants for cities and towns. As of May 2018, all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth have signed compacts with the Commonwealth. Lt. Governor Polito said, “Our Administration has made it a priority to be a reliable partner for cities and towns across the Commonwealth, and this budget reaffirms that commitment. This plan will make significant investments in education and local aid, as well as grant programs to support local economic development and public safety initiatives.” The FY19 budget continues the Administration’s focus on addressing opioid addiction and substance misuse, funding $203 million across multiple agencies (not including MassHealth) for treatment and services for individuals with substance use disorder, an approximately 70% increase since 2015. The budget will continue support for women’s addiction treatment services at Taunton State Hospital and programs at the Massachusetts Alcohol and Substance Abuse Center in Plymouth. The budget makes a major investment in behavioral health with a $109 million increase in funding for the Department of Mental Health, which includes $83.8 million for Adult Clinical Care Services to improve community-based services for adults with serious mental illness. The Department of Children and Families will receive $1 billion in funding, an increase of $34.2 million over FY18. Since 2015, funding for DCF has increased by $180.2 million, which has supported the hiring of more than 600 new employees to address the critical infrastructure needed to run the agency. The budget makes important progress toward funding accounts that traditionally have been underfunded and typically require significant supplemental appropriations, including snow and ice removal, legal services for the poor, and emergency shelter for the homeless. Secretary of Administration and Finance Michael J. Heffernan said, “Working with our partners in the House and Senate we make great progress in this budget toward funding the cost of services that we know the Commonwealth will incur, to maintain structural balance, and to build our reserves, all of which are important to responsible budgeting. This budget is a continuation of our efforts to plan and spend taxpayer resources more efficiently and maximize our investments.” The Massachusetts Department of Transportation receives $582.5 million in funding, including the MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities. The MBTA will receive $127 million in state support in FY19 to build on the Administration’s commitment to improve financial sustainability at the T, in addition to the annual $1 billion sales tax transfer. As part of the budget-signing, Governor Baker vetoed $49 million in gross spending, including 297 earmarks. Of 110 outside sections, the Governor signed 91, and returned 19 to the Legislature with proposed amendments. In addition to signing the budget today, Governor Baker urged the Legislature to act on a supplemental budget proposal filed on July 13 that invests $150 million for new programs to support education and school safety, including $40 million to fund more school counselors, social workers and psychologists, $30 million for targeted intervention and turnaround efforts in school districts with high concentrations of low-income students and $15 million to fund community college scholarships to cover unmet tuition costs for students with financial need. The supplemental budget also recommends an additional $50 million to fund local road and bridge projects. Link to FY19 Budget
Governor Baker Opens UMass Lowell’s Fabric Discovery Center, Announces $7 Million in Manufacturing Awards
This week, Governor Charlie Baker joined leaders from UMass Lowell, national manufacturing institutes and the Massachusetts advanced manufacturing community to officially open the Fabric Discovery Center at UMass Lowell. First launched in May 2017 through a $10 million award to UMass Lowell, the Center will drive innovation in textile research and provide a foundation for collaboration between university research, students and companies from across the Commonwealth. Governor Baker also announced $7 million in new M2I2 grants to support six additional advanced manufacturing projects located across Massachusetts. Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2) is a state program that invests in emerging advanced manufacturing projects. Governor Baker said the new Center “will bolster the advanced manufacturing sector in the Commonwealth by promoting innovation, R&D, and advanced technologies, cementing Massachusetts’ place as a global leader in innovation. Our administration is proud of its continued support of advanced manufacturing, and these awards highlight the strong partnerships that exist between our world-class academic institutions and leading companies from across the Commonwealth and around the globe and look forward to seeing the continued progress.” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said, “We are proud Massachusetts is making history with the Fabric Discovery Center at UMass Lowell,” adding, that the awards “represent critical investments in our state universities, growing manufacturing firms, and top research centers that call Massachusetts home. These investments in our R&D hubs are critical to enabling breakthroughs in technology throughout the Commonwealth and continuing our leadership as the #1 state for innovation.” The Baker-Polito Administration has committed more than $100 million in funding over five years to the M2I2 effort, which provides a vehicle for the Commonwealth to invest in the Manufacturing USA program and advance innovation and job growth through cross-collaboration among companies, universities, national labs, government, incubators, accelerators, and other academic/training institutions. To date, the M2I2 program has made direct commitments totaling $46 million, including the $7 million in awards to the six grantees announced today by the Governor. Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash said the awards “continue our commitment to supporting the development of tomorrow’s technology here in Massachusetts, which will lead to the opportunities and jobs for Massachusetts students and workers. Our educational institutions are creating the foundation for new technology sectors to flourish here in Massachusetts, from R&D through to manufacturing, and we are confident Massachusetts has the talent and resources to ensure this becomes a reality.” Under the Manufacturing USA program, Massachusetts is convening the national effort to develop revolutionary functional fibers and textiles, and participating in regional manufacturing innovation institutes in robotics, integrated photonics, flexible hybrid electronics, and biopharma manufacturing. M2I2 awards support critical research and development infrastructure in four of these sectors, working closely with each of the national manufacturing institutes, including Next Flex (flexible-hybrid electronics), AIM Photonics (integrated photonics), ARM (robotics), and Cambridge-based AFFOA (advanced functional fabrics). Several representatives from the national institutes were on hand today, including Dr. Yoel Fink, CEO of AFFOA, which was the recipient of an M2I2 grant that will support the expansion of AFFOA’s first Fabric Discovery Center, located at its national headquarters in Cambridge, Mass. According to the Manufacturing in Massachusetts, 10% of the Commonwealth’s total economic output is tied to manufacturing and $26 billion in manufactured goods were exported from the Commonwealth in 2016 alone. Roughly 250,000 employees work in the manufacturing sector in Massachusetts, comprising 7.8 percent of the total workforce in the state. See full press release here. About M2I2: Launched by the Baker-Polito Administration in 2016, the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2) aims to help Massachusetts manufacturers adopt innovative new technologies and administers the Commonwealth’s investment in the Manufacturing USA program. The Administration has committed $100 million-plus in funding over five years to support M2I2 projects across the Commonwealth; the investments are managed by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. Through the creation of sector-specific Manufacturing USA Centers, M2I2 will advance innovations and job growth within the state through cross-collaboration among companies, universities, national labs, government, incubators, accelerators, and other academic and training institutions. To learn more about the M2I2 program, including how Massachusetts manufacturers can apply for grants, visit http://m2i2.masstech.org
Baker-Polito Administration, MassDevelopment Announce Over $2 Million for Collaborative Workspaces
The Baker-Polito Administration and MassDevelopment announced $2,155,000 in funding for the third round of Collaborative Workspace Program grants, a MassDevelopment program that accelerates business formation, job creation, and entrepreneurial activity in communities by supporting infrastructure that fuels locally-based innovation. Eligible organizations may apply for either seed grants to plan and study the feasibility of new collaborative workspaces, or fit-out grants to develop and expand existing workspaces. Through its first two rounds of grants, the Collaborative Workspace Program provided $3 million in funding to more than 50 organizations for the planning, development, and build-out of different types of collaborative workspaces. This new round includes $1.5 million from the Commonwealth’s capital budget and $655,000 from the Barr Foundation, the second installment of a three-year $1,965,000 grant to the program to expand support for arts-related collaborative workspaces in the Commonwealth. “Through our 2016 Economic Development Legislation, our administration implemented the Collaborative Workspace Program to enable investments in community-based innovation infrastructure to provide entrepreneurs across Massachusetts with the resources to turn ideas into businesses,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “Throughout the Commonwealth, participating communities are making progress in creating welcoming and productive spaces. We look forward to investing further in our state-wide innovation ecosystem.” “Funding awarded through the Collaborative Workspace Program has helped advance community-based innovation and entrepreneurship in cities and towns across the Commonwealth,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Lauren Liss. “Thanks to continued support from the Baker-Polito Administration and the Barr Foundation, MassDevelopment is thrilled to kick off a third round of grants that will provide even more organizations with the resources they need to create or enhance collaborative workspaces in their community.” MassDevelopment’s continued partnership with the Barr Foundation broadens the reach of the Collaborative Workspace Program to include the creative sector, a critical source of innovation and positive community change. “Collaborative workspaces are hubs of creativity for entrepreneurs, artists, and other creatives to find new tools, collaborators, and resources. The ideas, projects, and enterprises that emerge have enormous potential to foster greater vibrancy, innovation, and economic activity in neighborhoods, and keep Massachusetts at the forefront of innovation,” said San San Wong, Arts & Creativity Program Director at the Barr Foundation. Proposals are due in electronic format via email at email@example.com by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 20, 2018. Funding decisions are expected to be announced at the end of September. MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, works with businesses, nonprofits, financial institutions, and communities to stimulate economic growth across the Commonwealth. During FY2017, MassDevelopment financed or managed 377 projects generating investment of more than $4.3 billion in the Massachusetts economy. These projects are projected to create about 9,488 jobs and build or rehabilitate 1,863 residential units.
MassEcon Welcomes 17 new Companies to MA
Last week, Governor Charlie Baker joined MassEcon officials and 125 business, academic and political leaders to welcome seventeen companies new to Massachusetts at the 10th Annual Corporate Welcome Reception annual Corporate Welcome Reception, held at Sanofi Genzyme’s headquarters in Cambridge. The annual gathering is designed to promote Massachusetts as an outstanding place to locate, start or expand a business. Of the 17 new companies setting up in Massachusetts, two are global headquarters, two are United States headquarters and one is a North American headquarter. Governor Baker said, “Massachusetts continues to succeed in attracting new jobs, development and investment from around the world and we are excited for the role these new companies will play in our economy and communities in the years to come. There’s no better state in which to write the next chapter in whatever your story is going to be.” MassEcon Executive Director Susan Houston said, “Over the past 10 years, we’ve welcomed nearly 150 new companies to Massachusetts, and the 17 we are recognizing today are terrific additions to the Commonwealth’s economic landscape. We look forward to supporting their growth.” Houston highlighted two made-in-Massachusetts companies: Sanofi Genzyme, formed in 1981 and today the largest biopharma company in the Commonwealth with 5,000 employees; and Kronos, founded in 1977 by an MIT alumnus, and today is a technology leader in cloud-based human relations solutions, with 1,500 employees in its Lowell headquarters and 5,300 employees worldwide. Sanofi Genzyme Executive Vice President Bill Sibold said, “We believe Massachusetts is the best place to start, grow, and develop a company.” Governor Baker was introduced by MassEcon Chairman and Vice President for Academic and Corporate Engagement at Worcester Polytechnic Institute Stephen Flavin, noted that these 17 companies collectively absorbed 153,000 square feet of commercial space across the state. Here is the list of 17 new companies, including where they came from and where they located to in Massachusetts since January 1, 2017. • Alexion, Connecticut→ Boston • Asics Creation Studios, California → Boston • Avianca Airlines, Colombia → Boston • CELLINK, Sweden → Cambridge • CILcare, France → Cambridge & Lexington • Fresenius Kabi Compounding, Germany → Canton • Histo-Scientific Research Laboratories, Virginia → Worcester • iboss, California → Boston • IndusPAD, California → Lawrence/Methuen • Level, Spain → Boston • LexaGene, Canada → Beverly • The Muck Boot Company, Rhode Island → Westwood • Mustang Bio, New York → Waltham & Worcester • PainQX, New York → Boston • Smartsheet, Washington → Boston • StemTek Therapeutics, Spain → Cambridge • Tufin, Israel → Boston ABOUT MASSECON MassEcon is a private non-profit entity that serves as the state’s private sector partner in promoting Massachusetts as the premier choice for business growth. Launched in 1993 by the Governor’s Council for Growth and Technology, MassEcon promotes Massachusetts by providing information services to companies seeking to expand or relocate to the state. MassEcon’s services include the Site Finder Service, the Research & Information Service, and the Massachusetts Ambassadors program. MassEcon works to ensure that business stays, grows, and thrives in the Commonwealth. More information can be found at www.massecon.com.
Gloucester Connects with Global Buyers at Seafood Expo North America
The City of Gloucester and its sustainable seafood initiative, Gloucester Fresh, had another successful showing at the Seafood Expo North America (SENA) conference on March 11-13th, 2018 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston’s Seaport District. The Gloucester Fresh pavilion was located at Booth 2186 in the vast exhibition hall, along with over 1,300 other exhibitors. The City of Gloucester provided space at the pavilion for business meeting opportunities to Gloucester companies interested in promoting their seafood to a global audience. Gloucester also attracted an international delegation visit to the city for business meetings as a result of its participation in Seafood Expo North America. To enhance the Gloucester Fresh brand, city officials, led by Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, held a Seafood Demonstration and Tasting in a conference center kitchen area drawing 75 attendees, including international seafood buyers. For the second consecutive year, New England culinary staffing agency leader SnapChef joined the City of Gloucester to support the use of fresh and sustainable seafood in modern cooking. During the tasting reception, the Snapchef team cooked locally caught Gloucester Fresh monkfish, serving dishes such as monkfish-stuffed rice balls, monkfish tacos, and monkfish stew. Supporters of the reception included the following: Commonwealth of Massachusetts Seaport Economic Council, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Massachusetts Office of Business Development & International Trade, Massachusetts Department of Marine Fisheries, and the US Department of Agriculture. The Gloucester Fresh Program (www.gloucesterfresh.com) is driven by the Economic Development Department of the City of Gloucester.
Mass Export Center Tour New Bedford’s Seafood Facilities
The Massachusetts Export Center showcased New Bedford to a group of international seafood buyers from Asia, Europe, the Middle East and South America on March 9, as a way of marketing the region’s seafood products and facilities. They visited BASE/ New England Seafood Auction, Northern Wind, Bergies Seafood and Ocean’s Fleet. They also toured a fishing vessel at the waterfront, and attended a seafood industry luncheon with New Bedford city officials and leaders from the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce. The buyers were in Boston for the 2018 Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America, the largest seafood trade event in North America. Countries represented on the tour include China, Colombia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, Spain, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam. The annual tour is sponsored by Food Export – Northeast, a non-profit export promotion group, which partnered Massachusetts Export Center to introduce buyers to local seafood suppliers in New Bedford. Other participants include Massachusetts Department of Agriculture, New Bedford Chamber of Commerce and New Bedford Harbor Development Commission. Colleen Coyne, Seafood Program Coordinator for Food Export-Northeast, said that “Buyers are vetted and selected based on their serious interest in northeast seafood and for their purchasing power. Since 2004, this annual activity has helped launch new markets for northeast seafood around the world – from scallop exports to France, to lobster sales in China. ” Last year’s Seafood Buyers Mission generated sales of $31,803,000. Additional projected sales totaled $22,465,000. 24 seafood suppliers participated, and 127 new distributorships were established. Seafood companies reported developing 107 new buyer relationships and making 31 first-time sales to a new market. Nancy Lowd of the Massachusetts Export Center said, “The international buyers really enjoy visiting New Bedford and seeing the source of the products they are here to buy, making connections and buying product directly from the source. Seafood is one of the most important exports from Massachusetts.” According to US Census data, Massachusetts exported $426 million in seafood in 2017. South Coast Chamber CEO Rick Kidder said, “The fishing industry in New Bedford is…one of the world’s finest, and when coupled with the strong UMass- Dartmouth maritime research from the School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST), New Bedford’s fleets and processing are among the most efficient and productive. A recent agreement for New Bedford to join the Ocean Cluster means that new technologies and businesses from fish products can flourish in the fishing capital of the nation.” The 2018 tour is the 14th annual visit of international seafood buyers to the New Bedford area organized by the Massachusetts Export Center, part of the state’s Small Business Development Center Network. The Center provides a broad range of services to Massachusetts exporters and operates a New Bedford office at the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce. Along with Food Export USA and Massachusetts Export Center, other participants in this year’s seafood tour include the New Bedford Harbor Development Commission and the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce. The luncheon reception is sponsored by Eastern Bank and Eastern Fisheries. It includes a presentation by Dr. Kevin Stokesbury, Chair of Fisheries Oceanography at the School for Marine Science and Technology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Mass Funds STEP Grants to Market Exports Abroad
The Baker-Polito Administration has provided $623,000 in matching funds to help more than 50 Massachusetts companies market their products overseas. The State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program is funded in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and administered in cooperation with Massachusetts Office of International Trade & Investment (MOITI) and Massachusetts Small Business Development Center/Massachusetts Export Center. The grants support export activities such as trade show participation, overseas marketing and localization services and subscriptions from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Governor Charlie Baker called the STEP program “a great opportunity for Massachusetts small businesses to access capital, enter new markets, and grow their operations.” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said, “Programs like STEP help small businesses pursue every opportunity by leveraging state, federal, and private funding.” The STEP grants are funded in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and administered in cooperation with the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (MOITI) and the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center/Massachusetts Export Center. The STEP grants support export activities such as trade show participation, overseas marketing and localization services, and subscription services from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash said that “STEP grantees are encouraged to use market research and export assistance services provided through the Export Center to ensure the highest return on investment.” SBA MA District Director Bob Nelson called STEP “Most of our exporters are small businesses and being able to leverage federal funds with state and private funds to help expand international sales is a tremendous opportunity.” Assistant Secretary of Business Development Nam Pham called STEP “a key resource for exporting firms.” Director of the Massachusetts Export Center Paula Murphy said STEP “enables Massachusetts businesses to engage in targeted, high-impact activities to increase export sales.” Since 2015, the administration has awarded more than $1.3 million through the STEP program, which has helped companies realize more than $46 million in export sales. For more information on the STEP program and services provided by the Export Center visit www.mass.gov/export/step/
Baker-Polito Administration Files Act Enhancing Opportunities for All
The Baker-Polito Administration released a new economic development framework and legislation, An Act Enhancing Opportunities for All, to build on the administration’s efforts to promote economic vitality in our communities and spur economic growth across the state. This bill serves as the next step forward to bolster Massachusetts’ success, building on the achievements and framework created by Governor Baker’s first economic development bill that was passed by the Legislature in July 2016. Governor Charlie Baker said the bill “seeks to grow the economy for all regions of the Commonwealth by providing support for small businesses, continuing the successful MassWorks program for Massachusetts’ downtowns and main streets and purchasing more equipment to expand and improve workforce skills training. We look forward to working with the Legislature to create a permanent sales tax holiday, to develop a stronger pipeline of trained employees in manufacturing and technology fields and incentivizing business through tax credits.” This legislation provides over $610 million in capital authorizations, including $300 million in capital reauthorization for the MassWorks program. Additional capital authorizations include: • $100 million for a new regional development program to partner with communities on projects with the potential to create large numbers of jobs and make a significant regional impact • $75 million in skills capital grants to fund equipment to expand and improve career technical education programs and programs focused on training and retraining adults in high-demand skills in manufacturing, information technology, and other high growth sectors • $50 million to partner with coastal communities to address saltwater dredging needs • $50 million to build on the successes of the Seaport Economic Council in stimulating economic development, creating jobs in the maritime economy sector and protecting coastal assets that are vital to achieving these aims • $25 million to fund our Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2) and provide matching grants to institutions of higher education across the Commonwealth to collaborate with private industry around emerging manufacturing technologies • $12.5 million to provide matching grants to the federal Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs for accepted Massachusetts businesses that are seeking to commercialize their innovations • $1.25 million to enable community development financial institutions to leverage significant federal funding to support lending for small businesses in need of capital development financial institutions to leverage significant federal funding to support lending for small businesses in need of capital Lieutenant Governor Polito said the proposal helps the Commonwealth “to better partner with cities and towns. Greater flexibility for communities, housing boards and state agencies will maximize potential economic opportunities, and funding in this legislation will support dredging for our coastal communities and continued support through the Seaport Economic Council for the maritime economy.” Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash called the initiative “an extension of our partnership with many stakeholders, most notably legislators and municipal officials. These leaders have joined our efforts to support broad economic development, from public housing investment and downtown revitalization, to cutting edge research & development that leads to the commercialization of the innovations that result, to building upon our incredibly talented workforce—one of the best in the country.” Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rosalin Acosta the legislation “will help close skills gaps and ensure that the next generation of workers in the Commonwealth has the training and resources they need to access next generation jobs. By focusing on investing in high demand job categories, employers across Massachusetts will continue to benefit from a pool of highly trained workers to meet their growth needs.” Secretary of Education James Peyser said, “The investments in technology and equipment made through the Skills Capital Grants are already having an impact on our students’ future successes in college and careers, and we are very happy to be able to make these additional investments. The grants enabled schools to support an additional 7,000 students to learn skills in high-demand, growing industries in the Commonwealth.” Administration and Finance Secretary Michael J. Heffernan said, “By increasing authorizations for successful programs like MassWorks and Skills Capital Grants, this legislation will ensure we can continue to build on the progress the administration has made to unlock economic potential for our communities and in our workforce. A permanent sales tax holiday will also foster economic growth for our local businesses in each community across the Commonwealth.”
Massachusetts Awards $10.9 Million in Skills Capital Grants
This month the Baker-Polito Administration awarded $10.9 million in Skills Capital Grants to 33 high schools and educational institutions, enabling the schools to acquire the newest technologies to educate students and expand programs. Skills Capital Grants are designed to help high schools, colleges and other educational institutions invest in the most up-to-date training equipment to give their students an advantage when they continue in their chosen field or particular area of study. Skills Capital Grants cover a broad array of fields, from construction and engineering to healthcare and hospitality. The awards were announced as part of Governor Charlie Baker’s visit to Salem High School with Mayor Kim Driscoll on June 21, 2018. In total, the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded more than $48 million to 157 different programs over the past three years. Governor Charlie Baker said the Skills Capital Grants program “has had a positive impact on students in the Commonwealth and we look forward to working with the Legislature to include $75 million worth of funding for Skills Capital Grants as part of the Economic Development bill we filed in the spring.” The equipment purchased by high schools and colleges over the past three years through Skills Capital Grants has directly impacted the educational experience for thousands of Massachusetts students to better prepare them for the workforce,” the governor said. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said, “By giving our students the opportunity to learn on the newest technologies, we are ensuring they will be better prepared to succeed when they graduate from high school. We look forward to continuing our work with these 33 high schools and previous awardees to enhance their programs and develop a skilled workforce ready to meet the needs of the Commonwealth.” The competitive grants are awarded to educational institutions that demonstrate partnerships with local businesses, as well as align curriculum and credentials with industry demand, in order to maximize hiring opportunities in each region of the state. Education Secretary James Peyser said, “Schools that receive these competitive grants are giving their students a head start by creating relationships with local employers who provide input and expertise about the skills and knowledge they will need to be successful in the future.” Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rosalin Acosta said the program “has had great success in closing those skills gaps and ensuring that the next generation of workers in the Commonwealth has the training necessary to access our high demand job sectors.” Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash said the grants “will help ensure a strong pipeline of talented workers throughout the Commonwealth to support these key industries. A skilled workforce is essential for Massachusetts to have an edge in attracting employers in these sectors to locate and expand here, and for adding great jobs now, and in the future.” The Skills Capital Grants are awarded by Governor Baker’s Workforce Skills Cabinet. Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito created the Workforce Skills Cabinet in 2015, bringing together the Secretariats of Education, Labor and Workforce Development, and Housing and Economic Development in order to align education, economic development and workforce policies, and to strategize around how to meet employers’ demand for skilled workers in each region of the state. Workforce Skills grants are real gamechangers for students, for teachers and employers The following schools and educational institutions received Skills Capital Grants today: Assabet Valley Technical High School: $497,000 – Assabet Valley Tech will train adults for careers in metal fabrication and advanced manufacturing, with the purchase of six virtual welders, two CNC CO2 laser cutting/marking machines and one fiber laser marking machine. The high school partners with Quinsigamond Community College to expand post-secondary course offerings to more students in its evening program. Barnstable High School: $50,000 – Barnstable High School will enhance its food service and hospitality career pathway. Students learn about the tourism and retail industry as well as business, entrepreneurship, and marketing through a ProStart curriculum. The grant will purchase a reach-in refrigerator and freezer, convection oven, and hot food well unit, along with stainless steel worktables and other commercial kitchen equipment. Barnstable Public School has partnered with many local businesses to help students learn entrepreneurship, and those who graduate from the BHS Food Service and Hospitality career pathway are encouraged to earn their hospitality certificate in culinary arts from Cape Cod Community College. Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional School District: $234,149 – The high school will enhance its advanced manufacturing training using MACWIC Applied Manufacturing Technology Pathway concepts, and purchase four CNC lathes, a milling machine, as well as upgrade tooling, wiring, floor prep, machine rigging and pneumatics. Blackstone Valley partners with approximately 30 local businesses, and offers a post-secondary evening courses for adults. Bristol County Agricultural High School: $499,966 – The high school will expand its agricultural mechanics program. The equipment will be used in the Ready-Set-Go welding center that will house CNC equipment and a mechanical CAD design lab. The new equipment will also enable the school to expand its evening school and specialty workshop to include multiple levels of mechanical engineering, manufacturing, and service technician. Bunker Hill Community College: $135,393 – The college will purchase equipment to maintain its state-of-the-art EMT and Paramedic laboratory. BHCC offers the only paramedic training program in the City of Boston, and one of only 15 paramedic training programs in Massachusetts. The college will purchase a defibrillator trainer, simulation manikins, a ventilator, and an infusion pump. Center for Manufacturing Technology (CMT); $367,676 – The Center for Manufacturing Technology plans to create a new welding and sheet metal program with increased square footage and fully equipped instructional workspaces to meet a regional demand. Students will have access to cutting edge equipment and gain the skills required by the industry by training on two new ProtoTRAK mills, a Haas CNC lathe, and upgraded CNC software. The Center has multiple employer partners committed to participate in worker training and curriculum development. Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School: $476,589 – The high school will expand its advanced manufacturing training to offer courses to students at neighboring Bristol Community College, as well as unemployed and underemployed adults across Bristol County. New equipment will expand the capacity of the advanced manufacturing program to include additive manufacturing, rapid prototyping and computer numerically controlled (CNC) digital machining coursework, which will be available to high school students during the day, BCC students in the afternoons, and adult learners in the evening. Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School District: $253,000 – Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School District will expand its current Instructional Technology Systems (ITS) and Health Assisting programs. The ITS program will include robotics, informatics, programming/web development and cybersecurity. The Health Assisting programs will include medical billing/coding and informatics. The grant will help renovate the existing ITS lab and purchase state-of-the-art equipment. Everett High School: $494,842 – The grant will update equipment to better prepare students for careers in advanced manufacturing and healthcare industries. The school will purchase a Master Cam lab with software, three CNC lathes, three CNC bed mills, one CNC knee mill upgrade, and one CNC Bridgeport retrofit kit. For the health assisting program, the school will purchase eight hospital beds, three EKG machines, three spot vital sign instruments, four patient mannequins, and four patient simulators, one Hoyer lift, and a minibus to facilitate transporting students to and from healthcare clinical settings. Everett High School will establish the Adult Technical Institute (ATI) to serve the workforce training needs of underemployed and/or unemployed adult workers in the region during the evenings and on weekends. Greater Lawrence Technical High School: $500,000 – Greater Lawrence Technical High School will expand its advanced manufacturing programs with increased access to both high school students and adults in the community. The school will purchase a HAAS CNC 5-axis milling machine, Cysta AS-544 coordinate, measuring machine, Torchmate 440 FC80 plasma cutting table, multi-material printer, CNC metal/additive printer, Multi-material laser cutter, and CNC tooling. A partnership with Northern Essex Community College will provide dual enrollment credits for students in advanced manufacturing programs, and will also continue to offer evening programs to unemployed/underemployed individuals. Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School: $282,813 – Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School will strengthen health care training by expanding the Nurse/Health Assisting program and incorporating an EMT component beginning in the 2018-2019 school year. The new equipment will support training partnerships with Bristol Community College and UMass Dartmouth, as well as our many health services partner organizations in the Southeast region. Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative/Career & Technical Center: $399,352 – The Lower Pioneer Valley Career & Technical Education Center (CTEC) will purchase equipment to support the Machine Technology and Information Support Services & Networking (ISSN) programs. These programs provide training to both high school students and unemployed/underemployed adults, in partnership with the Hampden County Regional Employment Board. CTEC will purchase additional equipment to expand enrollment, which has reached capacity. The Information Support Services & Networking (ISSN) program prepares students for a variety of IT roles while articulating up to 12 college credits through a partnership with nearby Springfield Technical & Community College (STCC). Massachusetts Bay Community College: $494,438 – Massachusetts Bay Community College will expand the Health Science division into a state-of-art certified simulation center and nursing skills lab. The center will be equipped with a family of simulators, from neonatal to geriatric, to teach students a range of skills applied in operating rooms, neonatal units, and assisted living facilities. The center will be used by MassBay students to earn an associate and certificate in Nursing and Practical Nursing, or certificate in Paramedicine programs. MassBay, in partnership with Keefe Regional Technical School, plans to launch a Summer Health Careers Academy as a bridge to a career pathways program. Massasoit Community College: $494,671 – Massasoit Community College will purchase equipment for a new Certified Nursing Assistant program, and upgrade its existing Nursing and Allied Health programs. The programs will provide training for adults seeking employment, a career change, or incumbent workers looking to advance their skills. The college will recruit unemployed and underemployed adults with barriers to employment by working with education and healthcare partners, community-based organizations, and career centers. The college will purchase pediatric and simulation manikins, instructional technology to record and assess student performance, and replace outdated medical devices with current technology. Mattapan/ Greater Boston Technology Learning Center, Inc.: $50,000 – Mattapan Tech specializes in IT vocational training, including PC repair, networking and security. Basic computer training and English as a second language is also offered, as well as career building and college pathway assistance to graduates. Mattapan Tech will purchase a server, laptops, desktop computer components, tablets, software, robotics equipment and a 3-D Printer to deliver learning opportunities for adults, as well as STEM programs for children ages 8-15 in the summer, including coding, robotics and electronics. Mattapan Tech recently developed partnerships with Mass Rehab, My Brother’s Keeper, and Mass Bay Community College which offers Mattapan Tech graduates college credits. McCann Technical School: $195,873 – McCann Tech will purchase new equipment to prepare students in advanced manufacturing, install the latest engineering and robotic generated technology and provide continuing education and training opportunities otherwise not available in Berkshire County. The school will purchase advanced manufacturing engineering workstations capable of supporting the five software packages required, a 3D printer/prototype system, and a robotic manufacturing center. McCann partners with several Pittsfield-area businesses, and offers evening programs to adult students. Middlesex Community College: $499,254 – Middlesex Community College will completely renovate and upgrade its dental hygiene clinic and dental assisting lab. These healthcare programs lead to associate’s degrees in dental hygiene and dental assisting as well as a one-year certificate option in dental assisting. Funding will support twenty four new operatories in the Dental Hygiene Clinic, and five new operatories in the Dental Assisting Lab will be re-configured. Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School: $500,000 – Minuteman Voc Tech will modernize and expand its metal fabrication and joining technologies (welding) lab, allowing high school, “gap year” students, and adults to train on modern, safe, industry-standard equipment. Graduates will enhance their technical skills and more easily secure jobs as welders, metal fabricators, and machinists in the region’s defense, manufacturing, STEM/medical device, and power-generation industries. Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School: $500,000 – Monty Tech will create a state-of-the-art A.R.M. (automation, robotics, and echatronics) lab, replicating working environments in advanced manufacturing and automation. The A.R.M. Lab will include a variety of equipment and technology used to train students (both high school and non-traditional) interested in careers in advanced manufacturing and automation. Students will prepare to become manufacturing technicians, robotics technicians, automation technicians, moldmakers, and CNC machinists at local corporations. The high school will collaborate with Mount Wachusett Community College to provide education and training opportunities. Mount Wachusett Community College: $439,850 – Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) will upgrade equipment in two of its simulated health science labs (SIMS Labs) which support the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), Practical Nursing Certificate (PN), Paramedic Technology Certificate (PAC), and the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) non-degree training pathway. By updating the two SIMS labs, MWCC Health Sciences students will have improved access to industry standard equipment and authentic learning scenarios. Each SIMS lab will receive functioning headwalls, IP cameras/microphones, MedDispensing software, EKG; and SIMMan simulators. Nashoba Valley Technical High School: $500,000 – Nashoba Valley Technical High School will transform spaces for its Health Assisting and Dental Assisting programs into a mock ER, long-term care rooms, dental offices, and a pharmacy. The school will purchase an adult patient simulator for students to practice clinical nursing skills, medical charting software, updated EKG machines, a Pyxis MedStation training unit, and an Anatomage table for students enrolled in the Early College anatomy and physiology course with Middlesex Community College. North Shore Community College: $226,130 – North Shore Community College’s Engineering Technology Lab project supports NSCC’s Engineering Science and Industrial Technology program including Computer Aided Design Certification (CAI), SOLIDWORKS Certification, Engineering Science Transfer (EST), Pre-Engineering (PET) and the development of a new associates’ degree in Engineering Technology. Students will gain project-based experiences through application of engineering principles on updated equipment and software. Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School: $489,871 – Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School will enhance the current HVAC program and expand to include plumbing and pipefitting. Skilled instructors will train students in grades 9 through 12 who attend Pathfinder, as well as incumbent employees in the region who need to upgrade skills. This program equips high school students with skills for plumbing apprenticeships and mechanical contracting, and will provide them with a pathway to post-secondary education to study fields such as energy system technology, mechanical engineering technology, building construction management and technology, HVAC certification, and engineering. Pathfinder partners with Holyoke Community College, E2E, and Springfield Technical Community College to provide evening and day programs. Plymouth South High School: $57,750 – The Plymouth Public Schools will purchase SimSpray for the Automotive Collision and Repair and Automotive Technology programs. SimSpray is a virtual reality spray painting and coatings simulator that produces a realistic experience in which students reproduce the body positioning, and muscle and joint movements required to create the ideal mil thickness on a finished piece. The SimSpray System will be available to industry and community partners that work collaboratively with the Auto Collision and Repair program outside of normal school hours. Quincy High School: $132,700 – Quincy High School will enhance the engineering technology program by purchasing new industry standard equipment such as DELL computers/monitors, 3D printers, interactive whiteboards, CNC milling machine, and Project Lead the Way equipment for hands-on instruction and experimentation. The equipment will allow students to work on the same software and equipment that is utilized in manufacturing and engineering design. Salem High School: $145,333 – Salem High School will build a certified CVTE Medical Assisting program, a certified Building and Property management program and is planning Early College STEM programs. The school will purchase health care equipment for vital signs, room set-up and patient transfer, phlebotomy, life support and electrocardiograms to support CPR, CNA, medical assisting and EMT training. It will also purchase virtual reality welding simulators to improve advanced manufacturing skills. The Medical Assisting program will work closely with Partner’s Healthcare to develop curriculum to ensure that students will be provided with the skills needed to either go directly into the career, or continue on to post-secondary programs. The Building and Property Management program will also work with the local contractors, building management companies, and ironworkers to ensure curriculum is aligned to industry standards. Silver Lake Regional High School: $397,826 – Silver Lake Regional High School will modernize the Horticulture program by replacing a 40-year-old greenhouse. A new 30 x 60 industrial greenhouse will vastly improve the ability to both train students and provide access to necessary equipment and curriculum in a way that’s consistent with industry standards. Additionally, Silver Lake will purchase a new skid steer and sawmill for the program. The skid steer will allow our program to instruct students on a standard piece of commercial equipment to prepare them for landscape construction, material handling, and excavation jobs. The saw mill will allow the program to integrate forestry curriculum in the program. Tantasqua Regional Vocational High School: $121,317 – Tantasqua Regional Vocational High School will purchase equipment to support the health assisting programs. The school will build a simulation lab and update hospital beds to more closely resemble the beds students use in both their clinical and internship placements. The equipment will strengthen courses and support an evening EMT program. Tantasqua will partner with Quinsigamond Community College to create an adult learners EMT program. Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School: $236,516 – Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School will expand the existing health technology program training for physical therapist aides. The career path includes post-secondary education to become physical therapist assistants, and eventually physical therapists. Machines range from whirlpools, treadmills and exercise bicycles to strength training devices and others that help restore stability, balance and agility. The equipment will be available outside normal classroom hours to support the new Continuing Education evening program. UTEC: $500,000 – UTEC will purchase Computer-Numeric Control (CNC) machinery used by employers for CNC operations in wood, metal and plastic production. UTEC will also purchase additional large-shop woodworking equipment to provide trainees with experience and skills that transfer to carpentry and skilled-trade employers. UTEC collaborated with both Middlesex and Northern Essex Community colleges, as well as various employers and the Greater Lowell Workforce Development Board. Westfield Public Schools – Westfield Technical Academy: $108,000 – The Westfield Technical Academy will purchase equipment to support the electrical Wiring technology career-technical program at the school. The school will replace out-of-date equipment, including electrician’s tool kits, table tops, stools, lockers, a powered conduit bender, and a PVC conduit bender, a vacuum/blower fishing system, a powered cable puller and new motor control equipment. The adult education program through the Gould Institute will expand the program into the evening for the community. Weymouth High School: $130,515 – Weymouth High will invest in a robotics and automation technology program to provide training to support growing demand in the manufacturing sector on the South Shore. Graduates will enter the workforce as qualified technicians or continue to post-secondary education in several STEM-related fields. Students will have the opportunity to gain nationally recognized credentials such as Revit, Inventor, FUNIC. Worcester Technical High School: $495,575 – Funding will support Worcester Tech’s Robotics Automation Technology Program and provide a cybersecurity lab for web development and robotics automation programs. Students will be trained on new equipment, such as logic controllers and design software, specific cyber security, human robotics and robotics technology. The high school collaborates with Quinsigamond Community College and Worcester Polytechnic Institute for postsecondary courses.
Baker-Polito Administration Announces New Initiative for Innovative Solutions to Marine Economy Challenges
The Baker-Polito Administration awarded a total of $4,150,000 for five marine infrastructure projects, and a new initiative, the SEC Grand Challenge, to leverage Massachusetts’ innovation economy for the benefit of our coastal communities. The Seaport Economic Council will make up to $500,000 available to the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) to support innovative solutions for marine and coastal communities. The Seaport Economic Council approved the awards at today’s meeting in Quincy, which was chaired by Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. Since 2015, the Seaport Economic Council has awarded $28 million through 61 grants in 36 Coastal Communities. Governor Baker said, “We are thrilled to see the Seaport Economic Council partner with the MassTech Collaborative to better connect our communities with cutting-edge innovation, and give entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop new technologies directly with partners in the marine economy. Massachusetts continues to be a vital testing ground for new technologies, and we are excited for our coastal communities to reap the benefits.” Lt. Governor Polito called the Seaport Economic Council “a vital resource for our coastal communities and we are proud of the work it has done since 2015. The Grand Challenge will help connect entrepreneurs and technology companies with non-profits, research institutions and municipalities to develop transformative solutions.” The Grand Challenge Program represents an opportunity to offer innovative solutions to improve marine and coastal community resources in Massachusetts. The Internet of Things (IoT) represents technology and business innovations that can enhance the economic potential of our ocean and coastal resources that contribute to the prosperity of the Commonwealth, and provide potential solutions to today’s environmental challenges. The Grand Challenge will focus on projects that address maritime communications, maritime performance and data analysis, and commercial fishing, and cover a broad range of subjects, including aquaculture, shipping, marine biotechnology, offshore renewable energy, marine robotics and more. The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) and the Seaport Economic Council (SEC) will partner with MassTech to fund projects that leverage the strength of IoT technologies to improve our marine and coastal communities. The Grand Challenge will encourage entrepreneurs and technology firms to work with nonprofits, research institutions, municipalities, or other public authorities on the deployment of new and novel IoT-based technology or business solutions to address important opportunities in the Marine Economy. Deputy Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Carolyn Kirk, who is vice-chairwoman of the Seaport Economic Council, said the group “is committed to helping communities effectively leverage their maritime resources, to create new opportunities for residents, tourists and businesses. This first-of-its-kind initiative in Massachusetts is an exciting opportunity to connect our coastal communities to emerging technologies as we continue to fund vital maritime infrastructure, and reach the full potential of our blue economy.” Seaport Economic Council Awards: Barnstable, Fire and Rescue Training Academy – $300,000 SEC funds will contribute to the cost of a simulator for its shipboard firefighting training program to support the state’s commercial and recreational boating industry and its seaside communities. The simulator will provide maritime professionals and land-based firefighters hands-on experience with marine-related fires and suppression tactics. Harwich, Saquatucket Harbor Landslide Renovation – $1,000,000 SEC grant will help fund the construction of a new Harbormaster Office building with expanded restroom facilities for both the public and slip permit holders. The project will also include a space for a snack building to be leased to a private operator, as well as seasonal booths to be leased and operated by local vendors and artisans. New Bedford, New Bedford HDC Central Command Center – $1,000,000 SEC funds will help fund the construction of a command center for police and fire marine personnel, and create a response/training room for port personnel to ensure coordinated and efficient communications between all agencies responsible for daily port operations and emergency response. With the increased shipping activity as a result of the state’s investment in refrigeration of the State Pier, and the growing maritime economy of the city, it is important to protect vital economic assets in case of marine emergency. Quincy, Quincy Maritime Center – $1,000,000 As a next phase of a 2016 SEC grant for the design of the Houghs Neck Maritime Center, this round’s SEC funds will contribute to the final design, bidding, and construction of the facility. The future facility will provide for safe, public, municipal, and emergency access to the water of Houghs Neck, improve the climate change resiliency of the site, provide improved stormwater treatment, improve public safety support infrastructure, and enhance the safety and accessibility of the site. The project will also address ADA compliance and accessibility. Wareham, Onset Bathhouse Rehabilitation – $350,000 SEC funds will contribute toward renovation costs of the Historic Onset Bathhouse as Headquarters of the Onset Bay Center. The future center is aimed to be a headquarters, community learning center, and boat storage facility. The Center will provide high‐quality on‐the‐water exploration programs for thousands of people every year and engage with community members of all ages and abilities in a variety of activities focused on building a connection with Buzzards Bay.
GreenBuild Draws 24,000+ Participants to Sustainable Building Conference
Governor Charlie Baker Joins Greenbuild Organizers in Officially Opening this Year’s Conference. Governor Charlie Baker kicked off the opening of Greenbuild, the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to sustainable building, held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) on November 8-10, 2017. Organized by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), this year’s conference drew 24,731 attendees, who participated in 300 workshops and visited 703 exhibitors spread across 169,000 square feet of floor design space. Lindsay Roberts, Greenbuild group director, Informa Exhibitions, said, “It was an incredibly successful week celebrating the entire building and design community as well as the green building movement in the beautiful, historic setting of Boston.” Kate Hurst, senior vice president, Conferences & Events, USGBC, said Greenbuild “encompasses the breadth of the sustainability and green building movement and the commitment we feel to our community, to our mission and to our world. Also representing Massachusetts at Greenbuild was Energy and Environment Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matt Beaton, who reiterated Governor Baker’s commitment to supporting clean energy, energy efficiency and emerging technologies as key tools in climate change adaption and mitigation. With 30 tours throughout greater Boston during the week, Greenbuild participants got to enjoy historical Boston by exploring sustainable sites, local universities, commercial buildings and the seaport district.
MassChallenge awards $1 million in cash prizes to 16 top startup companies
MassChallenge, the world’s most startup-friendly accelerator, awarded $1 million in cash prizes to 16 of the highest-impact startups from the 2017 Boston accelerator, its most competitive program to date. In addition, CASIS & Boeing also allocated $500,000 to three startups from the cohort to fund research projects on the International Space Station. During the ceremony, MassChallenge awarded $100,000 prizes to each of four of the “highest-impact” companies from its 2017 class. Here are the $100K Diamond Winners: CozyKin Massachusetts | High Tech | Creates the sharing economy for childcare by matching local families together and placing them with Montessori-trained nannies in in-home nanny shares. OffGridBox Massachusetts | Energy/Clean Tech | Creates a modular and compact unit that provides renewable energy and treated water in remote areas. Pykus Therapeutics Massachusetts | Healthcare/Life Sciences | Develops a dissolvable intraocular device to make retinal surgery less painful and more successful. Vence California | General/Retail/Consumer Goods | Increases revenues, eliminates fencing costs/capex, and reduces labor expenses for livestock farmers. See full list of winners here. According to its website, “MassChallenge is the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet. No equity and not-for-profit, we are obsessed with helping entrepreneurs from all backgrounds, industries, and regions around the world. We also reward the highest-impact startups through a competition to win a portion of several million dollars in equity-free cash awards. Through our global network of accelerators in Boston, Israel, Mexico, Switzerland, Texas, and the UK; and unrivaled access to our corporate partners, we can have a massive impact – driving growth and creating value the world over. To date, 1,211 MassChallenge alumni have raised over $2 billion in funding, generated approximately $900 million in revenue, and created over 65,000 total jobs. For more information, please visit masschallenge.org.”
MassEcon Names 15 MASSACHUSETTS FIRMS AS WINNERS OF 2017 IMPACT AWARDS
Photo: Susan Houston and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito at MassEcon event this summer. MassEcon, the state’s private sector partner in promoting business growth in Massachusetts, recently announced its 14th Annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Award winners, recognizing 15 companies for their outstanding contributions to the Massachusetts economy. The companies were selected on the basis of job growth, facility expansion, investment, and community involvement since January 1, 2016. The winners are being honored at an Impact Awards luncheon on November 21, 2017 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, with Citizens Bank as presenting sponsor. The winning companies (listed below) were selected after site visits and a reception with their competitors and judges at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP. Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash said, “Massachusetts is fortunate to have an involved, diverse and generous business community, and we are happy to recognize these exceptional leaders today. Maintaining strong relationships between public and private sectors is crucial to long term economic growth, and providing community access to job opportunities across the Commonwealth.” MassEcon Executive Director Susan Houston said, “MassEcon is thrilled to celebrate these companies for their commitment to expanding in Massachusetts. Their investment and job growth stimulates benefits throughout the Commonwealth, and we are excited to publicly honor the achievements of these outstanding corporate citizens.” Citizens Bank, Massachusetts President Jerry Sargent said, “This is well earned recognition of companies committed to the long term growth and success of the Massachusetts economy. Citizens Bank is pleased to partner with MassEcon to celebrate the economic impact of those who are investing in new infrastructure, creating jobs and helping our citizens reach their potential.” 14th Annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Award Winners
International Dignitaries visit North Central Massachusetts
Photo: Owen Richardson, VP of Sales & Marketing at Laddawn, welcomes the tour Last week, state officials accompanied members of the New England Consular Corps on an all-day field trip to North Central Massachusetts to learn about the region’s business opportunities, hospitality amenities and local companies. Twenty-five diplomatic and commercial representatives of 16 countries participated to learn about the region’s skilled workforce, quality of life and the advantages of locating a business in North Central Massachusetts Countries represented on the tour included Brazil; Cabo Verde; Columbia; Ireland; Japan; Mexico; Nepal; Netherlands; Poland; Portugal; South Korea; Taiwan; Turkey; United Arab Emirates; and the United Kingdom. They visited Quiet Logistics in Devens, to learn about its Quiet Brand Incubator, a new program launched in 2016 to support innovative e-commerce startups; Laddawn, Inc. in Devens, which manufactures recyclable plastic films and bags for industrial, food, medical, and institutional markets; Boutwell Owens of Fitchburg, a manufacturer of printed paperboard packaging; and Great Wolf Lodge in Fitchburg for a lunch and presentation about the region. The tour finished with a trip to the summit of Mount Wachusett to witness the beautiful fall foliage and scenic views of the region, with a special reception with local business leaders hosted by Wachusett Ski Area. State economic development officials on the tour included Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of the Massachusetts Office of Business Development & International Trade; Mark Sullivan, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of International Trade & Investment (MOITI); Francois Nivaud, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT); and Peter Milano, Senior Director of Business Development at the Massachusetts Office of Business Development. “The Massachusetts Office of Business Development is proud to showcase business opportunities throughout the Commonwealth and the recent tour of North Central Massachusetts with the New England Consular Corps is one of the many ways we spotlight our manufacturing companies, visitor destinations and recreation areas that underscore everything Massachusetts has to offer,” said Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of the Massachusetts Office of Business Development and International Trade. President & CEO Roy Nascimento of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce called the trip “an exciting opportunity to showcase North Central Massachusetts to an international audience of diplomats and business representatives. We have a number of international businesses already thriving in our region and believe that this is a dynamic region to invest and grow a business.” MOITI Executive Director Mark Sullivan said, “Our office works closely with the consular corps year round, and these ongoing visits to different parts of Massachusetts provide a good setting to showcase business and investment opportunities for foreign companies.” Acting Vice Consul Susan Krusell from the Consulate General of Ireland said the tour “enhanced my understanding of all that Massachusetts has to offer…. The businesses showcased were all cutting-edge innovators in technology, manufacturing and sporting hospitality. I was especially impressed by each firm’s leadership and appreciated their openness in sharing why the North Central Massachusetts location benefited employee quality of life as well as the business bottom line. Upon return, I shared information about some firms and the region with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin and partner organizations here in the state.” Executive Director Francois Nivaud of MOTT said the North Central Massachusetts region was a popular destination “for tourists interested in four-season outdoor activities such as foliage tours, skiing and hiking; farm-to-table culinary activities; and dozens of museums and cultural venues in cities and towns.” The tour was co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (MOITI) along with the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce and its economic development affiliates the North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation (NCMDC) and the Johnny Appleseed Trail Association (JATA). For more information on the economic development tour, please contact the North Central Massachusetts Chamber at 978.353.7600 ext. 244 or visit northcentralmass.com. To learn about international investment opportunities in Massachusetts, contact Mark Sullivan at MOITI by calling 617-973-8543.
Boston, Massachusetts is Named #1 Startup City in America
The City of Boston has been ranked the top ‘startup community’ in the U.S. for the second straight year, according to the new “Innovation That Matters” Report released by the national organizations 1776 and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the U.S. Chamber Technology Engagement Center and FreeEnterprise.com. Boston is the “city best positioned to succeed in the next-wave digital economy,” noted the report. “Boston’s growing access to talent is a boon for the city, and its steady pipeline of next-wave innovators contributes to its vibrant startup community. Investment by city and civic leaders, universities and other research institutions also contributed to its rise in this year’s connectivity ranking.” Other cities in the Top Ten include: San Francisco Bay Area (#2), Philadelphia (#3), San Diego (#4), Austin (#5), Atlanta (#6), Dallas (#7), Seattle (#8), New York (#9) and Portland (#10). Governor Charlie Baker said the ranking “solidifies Boston and the Commonwealth’s standing as the best place to start and grow an innovative technology-focused business, whether it’s a startup emerging from one of our top academic institutions, or a major global company looking for next stage growth. This is a testament to the innovation ecosystem that exists here in Massachusetts, bringing together and building on the unique partnership between our universities and tech firms.” The report’s authors lauded Boston, Massachusetts for being “home to a high number of next-wave startups” that are backed by the region’s world-class universities, which generate top talent that power innovation. The report also showed “the share of next-wave startups—sectors spanning health, energy, education, and smart cities—grew 29 percent from last year,” critical growth given that nearly half of all startup investment is going to these types of companies, according to the report. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said the Administration’s “investments in advanced manufacturing and workforce development are designed to support the growth of innovative companies, supplying a deep bench of experienced and highly trained employees. As we continue those types of investments in infrastructure, talent, and more, we look forward to the Commonwealth remaining a global leader in the innovation economy.” For cities looking to improve their ranking, the report’s authors suggest embracing unique characteristics and to establish “industry-specific startup clusters that capitalize on your city’s distinct advantages,” while also bridging the gap between a city’s startups, investors, public officials and other business leaders. Engaging the next generation of talented workers and encouraging them to join the startup culture, while also promoting entrepreneurship and innovation are two other suggestions. Executive Director/CEO Tim Connelly of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative said, “Working on behalf of the Commonwealth and the Baker-Polito Administration, we’ve been pleased to spearhead economic development programs which bolster our talent pipeline, provide mentoring opportunities for new entrepreneurs, and invest in high-value R&D projects which spur increased engagement and interaction between our universities and top global companies.”
3rd Annual HUBweek Underway in Boston through October 15
The 3rd annual HUBweek, a festival that celebrates innovation at the intersection of arts, science and technology, is underway in Boston and Cambridge. Over 175 events are taking place that explore cutting-edge ideas, inventions, and prospects for the future. Here is a master list of events. HUBweek was founded by The Boston Globe, Harvard University, MIT and Mass General Hospital. Many of the events are free, and some require a small fee. Here is the registration page. For more about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
HUBweek 2017 Celebrates Massachusetts’ Innovation Culture
HUBweek, a weeklong festival of ideas and innovation that connects Boston’s iconic history, culture, science, medicine and technology, takes place October 10-15, 2017 in various places around Boston. Founded in December 2014 by The Boston Globe, Harvard University, MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital, HUBweek taps the region’s distinct concentration of intellectual leadership, creativity and ingenuity that has helped make Massachusetts one of the world’s leading innovation economies. One of the compelling features of this year’s HUBweek is a centralized festival site at Boston City Hall featuring signature events, workshops and hackathons, creative gathering spaces, competitions, art installations, and unexpected experiences. The village is being constructed with 60 + shipping containers and contains a geodesic dome larger than Fenway Park’s Green Monster, according to organizers. Register for HUBweek events here. Other highlights of HUBweek include GlobeDocs Film Festival; Immersion: A Nighttime Live Arts Experience; and a Futures Forum that discusses large-scale solutions to global problems. For information about visiting Massachusetts for this year’s HUBweek, go to MassVacation.com.
Why Massachusetts is the most Innovative state in the US
Four Centuries of Innovation: From Mass to the World, a new and recently updated exhibit at Boston’s Logan International Airport, underscores the wide-spread recognition that Massachusetts is the most innovative state in the nation. The telephone and the microwave oven were born here. The first human organ transplant, too. And Massachusetts was the first state with marriage equality, not to mention being the home of the chocolate chip cookie, and Apple’s Siri. The list of firsts is enormous, and few states can come close. The most truly significant of these, from a list of nearly 500 very remarkable Mass Innovations that changed the nation or the world, are profiled in a permanent exhibit sponsored by Massport in the busy walkway between Terminal C (Jet Blue) and Terminal E, (international flights). The exhibit opened last November and, in an effort to keep the exhibit vibrant, current, and compelling, seven new panels were recently added for a total of 56 unique Massachusetts innovations. Seven New Innovation Panels at Logan Airport One of the important insights which we keep hearing from visitors who see the exhibit is that the breakthroughs made here are not largely from a single sector, as might be the case in an industry based city such as Detroit. With their amazing diversity, the most recent seven of our top innovations, clearly illustrates this point: • The healthcare sector –Three-Dimensional Breast imaging instruments have played a large role in ensuring much earlier and more effective cancer treatment, and saved so many lives. • Software – “Automatic word completion” helps people communicate so much faster than always typing every character whether you love it or hate it, especially on smaller, mobile devices. • Planning and Environment — At Revere Beach the concept of a pristine beach, open to all, was first modeled more than a century ago. Located just a few miles from the center of Boston, it influenced the creation of similar shoreline reservations and parks across the nation. • Romance & Sweets — The invention of the first machine to make hard candy (1847) combined with a bit of whimsical humor to create the much-loved Valentine “sweetheart.” Billions of these tiny candies have earned a place in popular culture that has not been relinquished in more than 150 years. • Information Tech – a reading machine engineered by Ray Kurzweil which could read almost any printed text and translate it into sound, empowered visually impaired people and accelerated the general adoption of advanced character recognition, scanners, and modern voice technology. • Travel and Tourism –Tripadvisor started with a simple concept: ask people to give their own opinions about hotels, destinations, transportation services, and more. Thanks to rapid growth – they now get input from half billion people a year – Tripadvisor has become a powerful and indispensable service. Whether it is using technology to fight cancer or helping the visually-impaired, creating new models for public beaches or sharing travel information, Massachusetts is proud of its innovation traditions that benefit so many people around the world. Four Hundred Years of Innovation reminds us how people with ideas, vision, and energy – even in a relatively small state such as Massachusetts – can make a very big difference in transforming and improving life for everyone everywhere. Check out the exhibit the next time you pass through Terminal C and Terminal E at Logan International Airport.
Seaport Economic Council Awards $2.4 Million to Seven Communities in Massachusetts
(Photo: Historic Postcard of Oak Grove Bluff, Swansea) Today the Baker-Polito Administration’s Seaport Economic Council awarded $2.4 million for collaborative initiatives in seven coastal communities to improve public infrastructure and promote maritime economic development. The seven cities and towns that received awards include Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Lynn, Plymouth, Rockport, Saugus and Swansea. Governor Charlie Baker said, “Massachusetts’ robust marine economy offers diverse economic opportunities to our coastal communities, from fishing to research and tourism. We are committed to nurturing the growth of these maritime opportunities through the Seaport Economic Council’s resources and community guidance.” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, chair of the Seaport Economic Council, said, “The varied needs of our communities are reflected in the awards announced today, from a harbor management plan in Dartmouth, to a lifeguard station in Swansea and a critical sea wall in Lynn. These projects will promote local growth and unlock economic potential.” Earlier this year, the Seaport Economic Council commissioned a comprehensive study of the Commonwealth’s Maritime Economy, which underscored the sector’s importance to the Massachusetts economy. The Blue Economy directly employs 90,000 people, supports over 5,500 business establishments and accounts for $3.4 billion in wages in Massachusetts. The Seaport Economic Council’s investments target coastal infrastructure improvements, planning and innovation efforts to directly support tourism, blue technology, and recreation and commercial assets to further grow this critical sector. Deputy Secretary of Housing and Economic Development and vice-chair of the Seaport Economic Council Carolyn Kirk said, “By improving access to tourist destinations, increasing maritime safety, and developing new economic opportunities for commercial growth in our maritime areas, these investments will support the continued economic development of the Commonwealth’s 78 coastal communities.” The Seaport Economic Council advances the Baker-Polito Administration’s support for communities and residents across the state by leveraging unique economic assets to drive sustainable regional growth. The council was re-launched in August 2015, with a mission to deepen the maritime economy, promote economic development, and support resilient infrastructure in all 78 of Massachusetts’ coastal communities while preparing them to engage with the challenges posed by sea level rise and increasingly powerful coastal storms. The council’s capital grant program supports working waterfronts, local tourism, coastal resiliency, and maritime innovation, from the North Shore to Cape Cod and the South Coast. Since 2015, the Seaport Economic Council has invested over $24 million in 56 projects across 32 communities. Awards: Dartmouth – $80,000 Dartmouth will develop a Harbor Management Plan to identify areas of concern regarding current management of the harbor. This project will involve a broad group of community stakeholders in the development of the management plan. Fairhaven – $72,000 Fairhaven will fund the Public Safety Marina phase of the larger renovation of Union Wharf. The award will contribute to the costs of infrastructure, fencing, security lighting and engineering oversight. The project will also consolidate the Town’s public safety marine units into one location to improve the overall public safety of the port by increasing efficiency and producing faster response times. Lynn – $1,000,000 Lynn will use this award in the construction of a seawall to support a Harborwalk along the city’s coastline. This will provide a publically accessible connection from the Lynn Heritage State Park to the Lynn Ferry landing. Plymouth – $48,390 Plymouth will use this grant to pay for a new boat ramp for commercial fisherman. The current boat ramp is the second busiest in the state and draws many recreational users whom fishermen must compete with for access to the ramp. This project supports the maritime objectives of the community by providing the necessary infrastructure to support both the existing commercial activity within the harbor and the growing aquaculture industry. Rockport – $102,000 Rockport will use this award to construct a boat landing facility on Straitsmouth Island. This will open up access to the pristine 29-acre island for the first time in over 80 years for boaters, kayakers, hikers, bird watchers and people wishing to tour both the historic lighthouse and the keeper’s house. Saugus – $120,000 Saugus will support the town’s RiverWalk project, which seeks to support and sustain locally based lobstermen by creating new economic opportunities. This funding will help attract local citizens and leisure visitors alike to a newly accessible and inviting Saugus River bank and set the stage for the establishment of new restaurant and retail businesses in the area. Swansea – 1,000,000 The Town of Swansea will use this award to construct a variety of buildings necessary for the development of its coastal infrastructure. This funding will be used to build a lifeguard station, bath house and training facility.
Governor Baker addresses Massachusetts’ life sciences commitment at BIO International Convention
Governor Charlie Baker addressed the 2017 BIO International Convention in San Diego this week to reinforce Massachusetts’ commitment to the life sciences sector as tech and innovation firms around the globe look to expand. Governor Baker also welcomed attendees to the 2018 BIO International Convention, which will be hosted at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) in June 2018. Here is a video of Governor Baker’s speech. Earlier in the week, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a legislative proposal to bolster Massachusetts’ leadership in the life sciences sector, which would provide up to $500 million over five years for strategic investments in public infrastructure, research and development, workforce training and education, including up to $295 million in capital authorization and up to $150 million job-creating tax incentives. Governor Baker said, “We are committed to supporting the public-private partnerships and strategic investments that have made Massachusetts a global leader in the life sciences, research, development and medical advancements. This proposal empowers the Commonwealth and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center to continue that success, attracting world-class companies in innovation and technology, giving researchers the best available tools and educational environment, training our workforce and providing successful careers here in Massachusetts.” Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito said, “Our administration has a strong commitment to increasing educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math for students across Massachusetts. We have a talented pipeline ready to lead and learn in the life sciences, and through this proposal, we are excited to provide more opportunities for the Commonwealth’s fastest growing industry.” The BIO International Convention is hosted by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) which represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.
MassEcon Welcomes New Companies to Massachusetts
In April 2017, MassEcon held its 9th annual Corporate Reception at Sanofi Genzyme‘s headquarters in Kendall Square, Cambridge. The popular networking event, held annually, connected representatives from eighteen new companies in Massachusetts to private sector leaders and senior state officials. Governor Charlie Baker greeted the assembly of 125 business and government leaders, telling them, “Massachusetts continues to succeed in attracting new jobs, development and investment from around the world and we are excited for the role these new companies will play in our economy and communities in the years to come.” The company locations of origin include Turkey, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Australia, Denmark, Switzerland and China, as well as Michigan, Florida, Rhode Island and California. In total, these companies add more than 800 new jobs to the Commonwealth, and represent a wide variety of industries including life sciences, education, energy, manufacturing, technology, and transportation. Bill Sibold, Global Head of MS, Immunology & Oncology at Sanofi Genzyme welcomed the companies, telling them, “We have created an innovative ecosystem here that allows us to work with academic institutions, nurturing both public and private partnerships. There’s no greater place in the world to be.” The 18 new companies attending the Corporate Welcome: 3Decor in Lawrence; Air Berlin in Boston; Bayer East Coast Innovation Center in Cambridge; BeWell Connect’s Visiomed Group in Boston; Biognosys in Beverly; Brammer Bio in Cambridge, Lexington, and Somerville; DONG Energy in Boston; Duro-Last in Ludlow; Eataly in Boston; Founders Science Group in Taunton; For the Record (FTR) in Woburn; LEO Pharma in Cambridge; Moby Dick Brewing Co. in New Bedford; Nexthink in Boston; Signature Healthcare Services in Westborough; Smartick in Boston; Prodrive Technologies in South Weymouth; and Vcanbio in Natick. “This event is an opportunity for ambassadors for the state to say welcome to Massachusetts and thank you for investing here,” said MassEcon Executive Director Susan Houston. “It is also an opportunity for us to connect these new companies with the robust network of resources Massachusetts has to offer.” Read more about MassEcon here.
Small Business Month in Massachusetts
Photo: Lt. Governor Karyn Polito kicks off Small Business Month at Clark University in Worcester. On stage is (l-r) Peter Milano, MOBD Regional Director, and Jay Ash, Secretary of EOHED. The Baker-Polito Administration officially proclaimed May as Small Business Month in Massachusetts, citing small businesses as “the backbone of the American economy.” This month, the Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development (EOHED) and Massachusetts Office of Business Development (MOBD) have scheduled ten listening sessions across the Commonwealth to discuss ways in which Massachusetts can encourage economic growth and job creation. These listening sessions will inform the economic development strategy of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. Here is a schedule of the listening sessions. Governor Charlie Baker said that small businesses “account for close to half of our state’s employment and our administration will continue to advance policies and partnerships to support our local economy. We welcome this opportunity to further engage the small business community on ideas to drive new growth and job creation.” Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito said the contributions of small businesses “extend beyond the number of jobs they create and serve as a backbone of every region, downtown and community in Massachusetts. We look forward to highlighting existing resources available to small businesses and soliciting further ideas through listening sessions across the state.” EOHED Secretary Jay Ash said, “We are looking to create continuous engagement with our small business community to collaborate on how to best support this critical sector of the Massachusetts’ economy.” MOBD Assistant Secretary for Business Development Nam Pham said the listening sessions “give us the opportunity to discuss the complex issues that our small businesses face, from access to capital to navigating state resources. Through conversations with stakeholders and local leaders, we hope to identify the challenges in each region of the Commonwealth and build strategies to expand opportunities for our small businesses.”
Massachusetts Holds 10 Small Business Listening Sessions throughout May
On behalf of the Baker-Polito Administration, EOHED Secretary Jay Ash invites you to attend a listening session on small business in your region of the Commonwealth. Please register in advance for the event of your choice. Topics include: Doing Business in Massachusetts (regulations, taxes, fees) Government Resources (grants, networks, expertise) Access to Capital (community based lending, micro-lending, seed money, predatory lending) Access to Government Contracts & Supplier Diversity Main Street Support Discussion on Local Issues Central Kick-off with Lieutenant Governor Polito Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. Clark University Higgins Center Worcester, MA Register Here Cape Cod with Deputy Secretary Carolyn Kirk Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. Chatham Community Center Chatham, MA Register Here. West Mass with Secretary Jay Ash Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Holyoke Community College Kittredge Center Holyoke, MA Register Here: Berkshire County with Secretary Jay Ash Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. Berkshire Community College Pittsfield, MA Register Here. Northeast with Deputy Secretary Carolyn Kirk Monday, May 15, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. Salem State University Salem, MA Register Here. South Coast with Assistant Secretary Juan Vega Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. Bristol Community College Fall River, MA Register Here. Brockton with Lieutenant Governor Polito Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. The Conference Center at Massasoit Brockton, MA Register Here. MetroWest with Secretary Jay Ash Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. The Center for Arts Natick (TCAN) Natick, MA Register Here. North Central with Secretary Jay Ash Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. Mount Wachusett Community College Gardner, MA Register Here. Greater Boston with Secretary Jay Ash Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. MassChallenge Boston, MA Register Here. Print the full schedule here.
Massport Launches Direct Flights between Massachusetts and Colombia on Avianca
Massachusetts continues to expand its global connections with the announcement of the new direct route between Boston and Bogotá, Colombia on Avianca . Governor Charlie Baker joined Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn and other officials last week at Logan International Airport to celebrate the 53rd international destination flying out of Logan Airport. The international flights now encompass South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Governor Baker said the airline connection “allows the Commonwealth to maintain its competitive edge and continue to reap the benefits of a culturally and professionally diverse population.” Massport CEO Glynn said, “The addition of nonstop service to Bogotá is another example of Massport’s focus on connecting New England with the global economy.” The Avianca route begins on June 2 and offers year-round service from Boston to Bogotá four times per week on an A319 aircraft. In Bogotá, passengers can conveniently connect to 36 destinations throughout South and Central America through Avianca’s hub. Avianca is the flag carrier of Colombia and the country’s largest air carrier. The second largest air carrier in Latin America, it has been in operations since 1919, making it the oldest airline in the Western Hemisphere. A member of the Star Alliance, Avianca serves over 100 destinations in almost 30 countries with a modern fleet of over 180 aircraft. Yida Ximena Mora Silva of the Boston’s Consulate General of Colombia called the new flight, “an example of how the United States and Colombia continue to develop strong ties that benefit both countries.” The Colombian community in Massachusetts has had significant growth since the 1960s, with over 20,000 Colombians now residing in the Commonwealth. Colombians also make up the 8th largest foreign-born population in Boston, with the majority (75%) residing in East Boston. Sustaining Boston’s competitive edge in international travel is critical to the state’s highly travel-dependent and diversified economic base which is spread across sectors such as information technology, biotechnology, healthcare, education, and medical scientific research and products. International non-stop flights make Boston more attractive to foreign companies to locate U.S. facilities in the Commonwealth. Francois-Laurent Nivaud, Executive Director of Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism, said the increase in direct air service “increased Massachusetts’ overseas visitor market by 13% to 1.7 million visitors, bolstering our state economy through direct spending, taxes and jobs.” In addition to the new Avianca route, Massport officials also celebrated the Terminal E renovation and enhancement project designed to improve the passenger experience. The international terminal was expanded by 95,000 square feet, along with renovating three existing gates and adding services to accommodate larger aircrafts. The project incorporates sustainable and resilient design elements and has submitted documentation for LEED Gold certification. Boston Logan International Airport offers nonstop service to 75 domestic and 53 international destinations and served more than 36 million passengers last year. The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, public terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field, and Worcester Regional Airport. For more information please visit massport.com. For information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
Award-Winning Digital Displays at Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
Check out the new video on digital displays from Signature Boston, the marketing arm of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. This is the fourth video in Signature Boston’s Technology series: previous segments presented Technology Leadership, Wireless Connectivity, and Network Infrastructure. Learn more about Signature Boston’s Technology Support program. Here is a schedule of upcoming conferences and conventions at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and the Hynes Convention Center.
Baker-Polito Administration Announces Economic Development Incentives for 13 Projects
Photo: Parathletes compete against each other with state-of-the-art technology using Maxon Motors. Earlier this month, the Commonwealth’s Economic Assistance Coordinating Council (EACC) approved tax incentives through the Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP) to support the expansion of 13 companies in 11 communities. These projects are expected to create 1,181 new jobs and retain 4,685 existing jobs across Massachusetts, and deliver $469 million in private investment. Governor Charlie Baker said the incentive program “helps Massachusetts companies make investments, expand operations, hire people, and grow their businesses. The program builds on our efforts to promote growth across the Commonwealth, drawing new employers from out of state, and helping those already here grow, and complements investments in our people and our communities to drive sustained economic growth.” Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito said the targeted investments “will create new jobs and economic opportunities by unlocking business growth and private job creation,” adding that the program “allows us to make these investments into growing companies, supporting the workers, families, and businesses of Massachusetts.” Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash called EDIP “an investment in the future of the Commonwealth (that) will ensure employment and business opportunities for our residents. The awards we approved today will support advanced manufacturing in Agawam, food enterprise in Pittsfield, and apparel distribution in East Bridgewater. This diversity is why Massachusetts thrives, and why our economy will continue to grow.” Assistant Secretary of Business Development Nam Pham said EDIP has enabled Massachusetts “to cultivate innovative businesses, traditional manufacturers, and main street entrepreneurs. Ensuring that all our entrepreneurs and businesses have the opportunity to succeed is an important part of our mission, and EDIP helps to make that a reality.” Six of the awarded projects this quarter are manufacturers, and 8 projects are located in Gateway Cities. Including the projects approved today, the EACC has approved 134 economic development projects since January 2015, including 60 manufacturers and 68 companies in Gateway Cities. These projects will lead to the creation and retention of more than 25,500 jobs, and will leverage more than $2.8 billion in private investment. The EDIP is the Commonwealth’s investment tax credit program for businesses, and is one of the most effective tools helping businesses to grow in Massachusetts. EDIP tax credits and other incentives are available to companies that make qualifying investments in new facilities and create new jobs. The EACC meets on a quarterly basis to review applications. More information about the EDIP is available on the Massachusetts Office of Business Development’s website. Approved Projects Manufacturing Retention Projects Evans Machine Company, Inc. (Brockton) – Evans Machine Company is a precision manufacturer of machined parts. They plan to add 10,000 square feet to their current facility to expand operations, and will create 14 new jobs while retaining 59 and investing $2,262,750. The EACC Board approved $105,000 in investment tax credits. 3Dekor LLC (Lawrence) – 3Dekor is an online retailer planning to invest $2,136,500 to transition into a manufacturer of shower curtains, curtain panels, tapestries, slipcovers, and rugs. The company currently imports all its products. This shift will create 35 new jobs and retain 1 job. The EACC Board approved $256,380 in investment tax credits. Maxon Precision Motors, Inc. (Taunton) – Maxon Precision Motors is a wholesale distributor planning to expand into the assembly and modification of motors. As part of this process, the company is relocating to Taunton, investing $11,085,000, creating 70 new jobs, and retaining 42 jobs. The City of Taunton has approved a tax-increment financing agreement (TIF) valued at $1,148,638. The EACC Board approved $1,000,000 in investment tax credits. Modern Mold and Tool, Inc. (Pittsfield) – Modern Mold and Tool specializes in design, engineering, complex mold manufacturing, and injection molding. The company is investing $3,000,000 to expand its operations in Pittsfield, creating 20 new jobs and retaining 50 existing jobs. The EACC Board approved $145,000 in investment tax credits. Enhanced Expansion Projects Wayfair, LLC (Boston) – Wayfair is an online furniture and accessories company that is investing $105,178,207 to expand its offices and equipment, and hire new employees to staff a variety of departments, including software and systems engineering, online marketing and analytics, merchandising, customer service, and sales. This expansion will create 460 new jobs, while retaining 2,880 jobs. The EACC Board approved $1,150,000 in investment tax credits. EFEKTA Group, Inc. / Education First (Cambridge) – EFEKTA, part of Education First, will invest $133,400,000 to develop a third building for educational and business uses, on its North Point campus in Cambridge. This expansion will allow EF to create 300 new jobs and retain 1,150 existing jobs. The EACC Board approved $6,000,000 in investment tax credits. Expansion Projects Sound Seal (Agawam) – Sound Seal manufactures sound control products, and plans to invest $950,000 to purchase new equipment and add 10,000 square feet to their building, expanding the company’s manufacturing capacity. This expansion will create 15 new jobs, and retain 63 existing jobs. The Town of Agawam has approved a TIF valued at $38,122. The EACC Board approved $75,000 in investment tax credits. Twins Enterprise, Inc. / ’47 Brand LLC (East Bridgewater) – Twins Enterprise, a distributor of sports apparel, is planning to invest $21,200,000 to expand and open a new distribution center in East Bridgewater. This new facility will create 30 new jobs, while retaining 287 existing jobs at other Twins Enterprise facilities, in Brockton and Salisbury. The Town of East Bridgewater has approved a TIF and personal property tax exemption valued at $536,000. The EACC Board approved $150,000 in investment tax credits. Shire City Herbals, Inc. / Shire City Apples LLC (Pittsfield) – Shire City Apples manufactures Fire Cider, an organic apple cider vinegar tonic. Shire City Apples plans to invest $1,272,005 to build a new commercial kitchen, and expand the company’s office space and warehouse. The expansion will create 10 new jobs and retain 14 existing jobs. The City of Pittsfield has approved a TIF valued at $42,788. The EACC Board approved $74,000 in investment tax credits. F.H. Cann & Associates, Inc. (North Andover) – F.H. Cann & Associates provides call center, answering, debt collection, and loan resolution services for student loans. The company is investing $1,887,500 to expand from 17,000 square feet to 50,000 square feet, after winning new business with the U.S. Department of Education. This expansion will create 220 new jobs, and retain 139 existing jobs. The EACC Board approved $2,000,000 in investment tax credits. Local Incentive-Only Projects Emerald Corporate Center, LLC (Chelsea) – Emerald Corporate Center invested $114,000,000 to purchase land from the City of Chelsea and develop a LEED Silver-certified, 275,000 square-foot office building, now home to the regional office of the FBI. The City of Chelsea has approved a TIF valued at $15,671,538. Naumkaeg, LLC (Salem) – Naumkaeg, LLC is making a capital investment $862,000 to improve a commercial building for an incoming occupant, A&J Artisan Bakers, who will expand with more production space. The City of Salem has approved a TIF valued at $84,122. Algonquin Acquisition Company, LLC (Taunton) – Algonquin Acquisition Company, the parent company of Boston Globe Media Partners, is consolidating its printing operations in Taunton. The City of Taunton has approved a TIF valued at $1,307,357 million. ###
U.S. News & World Report Names Massachusetts #1 State in America
U.S. News & World Report debuted its Best States rankings this week and Massachusetts was ranked the #1 State in the United States. The rankings are based on various factors, such as education health care, infrastructure, government economy, opportunity and justice. The project includes 28 rankings using 68 metrics, 26 data sources and 10,000 data points. Here is a summary of all 50 states. Massachusetts’ highest rankings include: # 1 Educational Attainment #1 College readiness #2 Medicare quality #3 Pre-K to 12th grade “Massachusetts is a great place to live, work and raise a family because of the strength and character of all those who call the Commonwealth home,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Everyone should be proud that Massachusetts continues to lead the nation in health care access and public education for all citizens, and our administration will continue to build on these accomplishments to bring more economic success to every corner of Massachusetts.” In an interview on CBS This Morning, Governor Baker joined Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer for the Report, to discuss the Commonwealth’s #1 overall ranking. “We have a lot of great schools” in Massachusetts, Governor Baker said. “That has led to a whole series of terrific, what I would call ecosystems around technology and healthcare and finance and education. You put it all together, in this day and age, in this kind of global economy and global world we live in, and it’s a terrific mix.” Health care factored into the state’s high rankings, according to the Report. In 2015, 96.4% of residents had health care insurance, the highest in the country, and the health care industry contributed $19.77 billion to state’s economy. Massachusetts also ranked first in Broadband access, and was also cited for its low unemployment and rate of new business growth, ranking second in the nation for new patents. “We also do have a bipartisan approach to working together,” Baker said. “People are okay with the ideas of compromise and collaboration. If you look at the success we’ve had policy-wise in the education, health care, and economy spaces, energy and a whole bunch of others, they’ve all been done on a bipartisan basis.” Reporter Visi Tilak, who wrote the Massachusetts summary, wrote, “Its vibrant academic environment, innovative and supportive health care policies and modernizing economy, measure for measure, make this small New England powerhouse with a population of 6.8 million the strongest state of all.” Tilak concluded that the indicators “point to a promising future for a state presently ranked No. 1 overall, a state whose fabric is woven with the modern and traditional, immense range and diversity, a formula that allows for tremendous innovation and growth.” Find out about visiting Massachusetts at MassVacation.com.
Massachusetts Seaport Economic Council Awards $5 Million to 13 Communities
Port of New Bedford. Photo courtesy of New Bedford Tourism & Marketing Office. Earlier this month, the Baker-Polito Administration’s Seaport Economic Council announced a total of $5 million in awards for 13 coastal communities. The grant awards advance collaborative initiatives to improve public infrastructure and promote maritime economic development in a wide array of coastal cities and towns. Governor Charlie Baker called the Blue Economy “an integral component of Massachusetts’s long-term economic growth, in sectors as diverse as robotics and commercial fishing. These investments will help modernize and repair vital infrastructure in New Bedford, encourage research and development in Falmouth, and generate maritime economic growth from Gloucester to Tisbury.” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, chair of the Seaport Economic Council, said that Massachusetts “has built a globally competitive economy on our ability to leverage the Commonwealth’s unique strengths, skills, and physical assets. The Seaport Economic Council gives coastal communities the tools to advance collaborative work and community-based plans that will encourage sustainable growth.” Deputy Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Carolyn Kirk, vice-chair of the Seaport Economic Council, said the Baker-Polito Administration “remains committed to supporting our 78 coastal cities and towns by making investments in waterfront planning and coastal assets which generate economic development.” Here is a link to the 2017 grant recipients of the Seaport Economic Council. The Seaport Economic Council advances the Baker-Polito Administration’s support for communities and residents across the state by leveraging unique economic assets to drive sustainable regional growth. The council was re-launched in August 2015, with a mission to deepen the maritime economy, promote economic development, and support resilient infrastructure in all 78 of Massachusetts’ coastal communities while preparing them to engage with the challenges posed by sea level rise and increasingly powerful coastal storms. The council’s capital grant program supports working waterfronts, local tourism, coastal resiliency, and maritime innovation, from the North Shore to Cape Cod and the South Coast.
Governor Baker announces budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018
(Photo courtesy of State House News) The Baker-Polito Administration filed its Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) budget proposal on January 25, 2017. The $40.508 billion spending plan funds key priorities including local aid, education, workforce development, housing and homelessness services, and substance misuse prevention programs, while keeping spending in line with recurring revenues and does not raise taxes. See video on the budget proposal, with comments by Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Kristen Lepore, Secretary of Administration and Finance. “This budget reaffirms our commitment to the hardworking people of the Commonwealth to propose a balanced budget that significantly invests in education, workforce development and funds to fight the opioid epidemic—without raising taxes,” said Governor Baker. “While practicing fiscal discipline and reining in spending, we are also pleased to introduce new initiatives like the ‘Learn to Earn’ program to shrink the unemployment and underemployment gap in our state and a $4,000 tax-credit for employers hiring an unemployed veteran. I look forward to working with our colleagues in the legislature so that we can all make Massachusetts a better place to live, work, and raise a family.” Read more information on the Governor’s filing letter, budget message and specific account informmation.
Governor Baker Delivers Second State of the Commonwealth Address
This week, Governor Charlie Baker delivered his second State of the Commonwealth address from the House Chamber of the Massachusetts State House. Members of the audience included Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo, Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg, members of the House and Senate, state officers, business leaders and community groups. “Our economy is among the strongest in the nation,“ Governor Baker told the assembled guests. “Over the past two years we’ve added 120,000 jobs. Today more people are working than at any time in the past 20 years. The companies of the future are moving to Massachusetts, bringing millions in private investment, while new companies are born here every day. In fact, for the second year in a row, Bloomberg named Massachusetts the #1 state for innovation. “It’s not an accident that Massachusetts is such an attractive place to do business. It’s a reflection of the quality of our people and the business climate we’ve created,” he said. Governor Baker also spoke about the progress being made on energy in Massachusetts. “Together, we passed landmark legislation that will reduce our carbon footprint while maintaining a competitively priced and reliable supply of energy. And we’ve built on those efforts by issuing an Executive Order on Climate Change that directs state government to work with local governments, business, and non-profits to develop plans to further protect our environment and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.” In terms of making government more efficient and more accessible to businesses and citizens in Massachusetts, Governor Baker said, “We’ve reviewed, updated and eliminated thousands of pages of outdated and obsolete state regulations, which has reduced red tape and made it easier for employers, non-profits and cities and towns to do their jobs.” Governor Baker also talked about Massachusetts’ innovation economy and its global reputation in technology, health and the life sciences. “We all know the world is becoming more and more dependent on technology. Smart buildings. Smarter machines. Robotics. Autonomous vehicles. Digital health. Precision manufacturing. And big data to name a few,” Baker said. “These are the platforms of the next generation of great companies and new jobs. And cyber security that moves as fast as the hackers, thieves and troublemakers is what makes this all possible. Success in protecting databases and smart machines will ensure that people benefit from the best ideas in science, engineering and technology for decades to come. Baker called Massachusetts “one of the three most important players in cyber security in the world,” and said the industry is just taking off. “Hundreds of billions of dollars will be spent over the next decade to protect information and assets. Massachusetts’ organizations should play a major role in driving these decisions. Over the next ten months we’ll bring together the best minds locally and globally to develop a blueprint for success here in Massachusetts. And we will follow it.” Finally, the governor praised the veterans of Massachusetts but noted that “too many of our returning heroes struggle to find good jobs. So we’ll be proposing a $4,000 tax credit for businesses hiring and retaining an unemployed veteran.” Here is the full text of Governor Baker’s address.
Massachusetts Senate Hosting Commonwealth Conversations 2017
The Massachusetts Senate is hosting its annual Commonwealth Conversations, a state wide listening tour of grassroots forums designed to connect state legislators directly with constituents to hear their ideas, concerns and suggestions. The series kicks off on Tuesday, January 31 in the Metro Boston region, and continues through Tuesday, April 11 in the North Shore region. See full schedule below. The Massachusetts State Senate is “bringing Beacon Hill to you with Commonwealth Conversations 2017,” said Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg, who called the initiative “part of the next step in our ongoing efforts to make your government even more responsive and accessible to you.” Here is a schedule of the upcoming forums: Date Region January 31 Metro Boston February 7 South Coast February 28 South Shore March 7 Southeast March 14 Central Mass March 21 Northeast March 28 Western Mass April 4 MetroWest April 11 North Shore
Massachusetts Partners in Nation’s First Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Innovation Institute
The Baker-Polito Administration has been selected as a partner in the nation’s first Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Innovation Institute. The $250 million Institute is a national public-private partnership, awarded through Manufacturing USA, a federally-authorized network of manufacturing innovation institutes. Federal matching funds for the institute will be provided by the US Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology. The public-private partnership will develop and commercialize new advanced manufacturing technologies while training a skilled workforce. Governor Charlie Baker says the new Institute will “ensure that our globally competitive life sciences cluster continues to deliver cutting-edge therapies, while providing quality manufacturing jobs to the citizens of Massachusetts.” The Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Innovation Institute is the sixth Manufacturing USA project secured under the Baker-Polito Administration. Massachusetts is anchoring the northeastern node for project, which will be known as the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL), a public-private partnership that seeks to solve challenges related to the production, testing, and regulation of new treatments. Educational and research institutions participating include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Quincy College, UMass Lowell, UMass Medical School, and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), along with a consortium of small, medium, and large biopharmaceutical industry partners from across the supply chain. The Commonwealth is supporting NIIMBL’s collaborative research and development, and workforce training efforts, through a five-year, $20 million commitment from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC). The Commonwealth’s matching contribution leverages $70 million in federal funds, awarded to the national project, and additional matching funds from private sector participants. Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito says the partnership “will create new capacity to manufacture modern biopharmaceutical therapies in Massachusetts, and continue to broaden the reach of the life sciences cluster throughout the Commonwealth.” Travis McCready, President and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, said the Institute “will build connections between our biomanufacturing innovators in industry and academia, and will connect the innovation going on in manufacturing with the innovation going on in the lab.” The project will also train an advanced manufacturing workforce, capable of working in new biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies. Manufacturing USA, formerly known as the National Network for Manufacturing Institutes, is a network of competitively awarded public-private innovation institutes. Manufacturing USA seeks to spur research into cutting-edge technologies that can be applied to advanced manufacturing processes. Bidders frequently form teams of universities across different states, with regional nodes supporting the lead bidder. The federal awards are leveraged several times over through a series of state and industry matches. Massachusetts is convening a national effort to develop revolutionary fibers and textiles, and the state is a participant in regional manufacturing innovation institute nodes in photonics, flexible hybrid electronics, smart manufacturing, and rapid process intensification.
Massachusetts “Open for Business” Initiative Offers New Approach to the State’s Real Estate Properties
In October 2015, Massachusetts launched a unique business opportunity initiative called Open for Business, which challenged agencies across state government to find the “highest and best use” of real properties and assets that are entrusted to the Commonwealth. The purpose, according to Governor Charlie Baker, was to protect natural resources, create economic opportunity, build housing, manage these lands with professionalism and creativity, and to generate appropriate revenue from leases and other partnerships. Governor Baker said, “This is an opportunity for the private and nonprofit sectors to partner with the Commonwealth as we look to support job creation, affordable housing, renewable energy, capital investment in state buildings, and otherwise manage the lands and buildings that are entrusted to us. We believe the best ideas won’t come from within government; they will come from the private sector, from local leaders, and from community stakeholders.” Last week Governor Baker briefed reporters about the progress that has been made through the Open for Business initiative, including the sale or lease of 22 state-owned pieces of land and the identification of 80+ potential projects. When these first 22 projects are fully executed, they will generate: $413 million in revenue 1,556 new housing units 260 new jobs 100,000 square feet of commercial space $8.2 million in annual property tax payments to cities and towns As the administration looks for “better and smart or more sophisticated use” of state property, officials expect that the collaboration with the Commonwealth’s cities and towns, as well as private developers, will help the program will also help increase affordable and market-rate housing stock while expanding job opportunities. For the first time, assets that are owned by different agencies are being aggregated in one place, regular inter-agency meetings are streamlining the process, and progress is being tracked. Since the Open for Business program launched, it has been expanded from 42 properties to 85 potential projects across 41 cities and towns.
Massachusetts Rated the Most Innovative State in America by Bloomberg
Massachusetts is again rated the number one state for innovation in the United States by Bloomberg, edging out California for the second straight year. The Bloomberg U.S. Innovation Index rated each of the 50 states on a 0-100 scale across these six metrics: R&D intensity; productivity; high-tech density; concentration of science, technology, engineering & mathematics (STEM) employment; science & engineering degree holders; and patent activity. Bloomberg reported that Massachusetts “gained ground by churning out more science and engineering graduates and producing jobs in those industries even though it had less technology company density than in 2015.” In addition, Bloomberg wrote, “Ranking leader Massachusetts has enjoyed a faster recovery from the last recession than most states and now boasts a 2.9 percent unemployment rate, leaving it tied for second-best in the country. That compares with a 4.6 percent national average.”
SBANE SUPPORTS Massachusetts-based Manufacturing Companies
The Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) recently awarded a total of $225,000 in matching grant funds to 31 manufacturing companies across the Commonwealth. Currently in its eight year, and fifth consecutive funding year, SBANE’s Manufacturing Matching Grant Program is an opportunity for small and medium-sized Massachusetts-based manufacturers to hire private consulting expertise to assist with finance, marketing, accounting, government procurement and other business tasks. This competitive, one-time matching grant program is funded through an appropriation in the state budget and is overseen by the Massachusetts Office of Business Development. Over the last eight years, SBANE has allocated $1,637,500 in public funds to approximately 189 manufacturing companies that support 9,420 jobs in Massachusetts. Here are some success stories from the program. “The impact on manufacturers who have utilized the program has been extremely beneficial,” said SBANE President Robert Baker. “These matching funds have helped companies make completely necessary improvements to their business operations.” “Manufacturing is an important sector in the Massachusetts economy,” said Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Business Development & International Trade. “As small and medium sized manufacturing companies in the Commonwealth seek to grow or restructure, these grants give them the necessary resources to succeed.” For more information on this program, or other ways SBANE helps small businesses, please visit our website at SBANE.org
BAKER-POLITO ADMINISTRATION EMBARKS ON ISRAELI ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MISSION
Governor Charlie Baker and the New England-Israel Business Council (NEIBC) are leading an economic development mission to Israel this week designed to bolster the Commonwealth’s economic competitiveness in cybersecurity and digital health. Massachusetts has a thriving digital health ecosystem, with nearly 300 innovative companies and 10 digital health innovation programs and accelerators, including an initiative announced by Governor Baker earlier this year. Cybersecurity continues to be one of the major economic growth drivers between Israel and the Commonwealth’s robust research, investment, capital and talent sectors. Governor Baker said the mission provides “opportunities to exchange ideas and showcase all Massachusetts has to offer, from a highly-educated and talented workforce, to top tier universities and a vibrant venture capital sector, as these startup Israeli businesses seek a home away from home to expand and create new jobs in the Commonwealth.” The Massachusetts-Israel business connection is already strong. According the NEIBC’s 3rd edition economic impact study, Israeli-founded companies in Massachusetts booked over $9 billion in revenue in 2015 – nearly 4 percent of the state’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – and employed 9,000 workers. The study also found that the growth rate of Israeli companies in Massachusetts is four times that of the Massachusetts economy as a whole. The administration is partnering with the New England Israel Business Council (NEIBC), with the support of Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) to host the mission at no cost to taxpayers. Nearly 40 private sector partners are participating, along with staff from the Baker-Polito Administration.
Massport Unveils ‘Four Centuries of Innovation’ Exhibit at Boston Logan Airport
Massport CEO Tom Glynn at the opening of Four Centuries of Innovation Massachusetts is proud of its illustrious history as it prepares to celebrate the Plymouth 400 anniversary in 2020, followed by celebrations of nearly three dozen other cities and towns that were settled between 1620 and 1630. Another equally fascinating narrative related to Massachusetts is its distinctive history of innovation and invention, as evidenced by Four Centuries of Innovation, a new exhibit officially unveiled by Massport this week at Boston’s Logan International Airport. The exhibit, which runs in a new connector corridor between Terminal E and Terminal C, features 49 world-changing innovations in medicine, technology, education, finance and social change. Present for the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, November 17 were Thomas P. Glynn, Massport CEO, Dr. Robert Krim, Professor and Founder of the Innovation Center, Framingham State University, and Janey Bishoff, CEO, Bishoff Communications. Krim and Bishoff created the exhibit along with the staff at Massport. Joining them on stage were Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Massachusetts Business Development, Francois Nivaud, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism, Pat Moscaritolo, President & CEO of Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, as well as university leaders, entrepreneurs, business leaders and airport personnel. Dr. Krim, who worked on the innovation project for nearly 20 years, is an expert on the innovation history of Massachusetts. During his remarks, he gave insight into why the state has been a key center of social and technological innovation going back 400 years. He said Boston was “one of the two or three most innovative cities in the world,” thanks to its cluster of universities, research centers, and entrepreneurial spirit. The new permanent exhibit shows the breadth of innovation in Massachusetts. “We have found that Massachusetts has more innovations that have changed either the nation or the world than any other state in the US,” Krim says. “More than 500 breakthroughs which changed the nation and/or the world came from Massachusetts over our four centuries, in medicine, technology, education, finance, and social justice. It’s an incredible set of stories, which we want others to know about.” The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, public terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field, and Worcester Regional Airport. Massport is a financially self-sustaining public authority whose premier transportation facilities generate more than $15 billion annually, and enhance and enable economic growth and vitality in New England. No state tax dollars are used to fund operations or capital improvements at Massport facilities. For more information please visit massport.com.
MassChallenge Presents $1.5 Million to World’s Most Promising Startups
MassChallenge™ recently announced $1 million in prize money to 16 of the world’s highest impact startups at the 7th annual Boston Awards. In addition to this funding, CASIS & Boeing also allocated $500,000 to three startups to fund research projects on the International Space Station. The event took place at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in the city’s Seaport District, not far from the Massport headquarters. Over 1,500 people attended, including leaders from business, government, academia and community organizations. The assembled crowed heard on-stage pitches from the top 26 companies being considered for the awards, and also heard from Governor Charlie Baker and Chobani Founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya. “The great genius in MassChallenge is the notion of being able to accelerate ideas into something much bigger,” said Governor Charlie Baker, who also praised “the finalists, disruptors, big thinkers and entrepreneurs who will push innovation forward. “MassChallenge has an enormous impact about what people think about our brand and about Boston,” the governor said. See the full list of winners here. “I’m so proud to announce this year’s winning startups, which have leveraged our global network of resources, mentors, partners, and more to truly change the world,” said Scott Bailey, Managing Director of MassChallenge Boston. He also praised “startups and key players across the ecosystem who have made a commitment to work together in order to create enormous impact.” MassChallenge also celebrated passing a milestone of accelerating over 1,000 alumni, bringing the total to 1,211. In total, these 1,211 startups have raised over $1.8 billion in funding, generated over $700 million in revenue, and created 60,000 direct and indirect jobs. Notable alumni include Gingko Bioworks (Boston, 2010), Handy (Boston, 2012), Localytics (Boston, 2010), Cambridge Bioaugmentation Systems (UK, 2015), and Turo (Boston, 2010). “We have come a long way since 2010 when we ran our first accelerator in Boston,” said John Harthorne, Founder and CEO of MassChallenge. “We now have accelerators in five countries and growing, and have helped accelerate over 1,200 startups. “They are truly making an impact on the world – addressing some of the world’s biggest problems through innovation and creating jobs of the future. This is only the beginning and I’m excited to watch what our alumni continue to accomplish in the years to come.” Visit MassChallenge for more information.
Massachusetts, America’s Most Innovative State
Massachusetts has again topped the State Technology & Science Index as the Number One innovation economy in the United States. The index, issued annually by the Milken Institute, measured five categories in the rankings: human capital investment; risk capital and entrepreneurial infrastructure; research and development inputs; technology concentration and dynamism; and technology and science workforce. Governor Charlie Baker called Massachusetts’s top innovation ranking “a testament to the talent of our workforce and the ingenuity of our employer community. But it is also a reminder of the competition we’re facing from other states, and of the need to continue the public-private research and development investments that will allow our advanced manufacturing, life sciences, and high-technology clusters to continue to grow.” Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito praised “the researchers and employers that are pioneering new technological advances in cyber security, robotics, materials sciences, and medical and wearable devices. Our administration is committed to supporting innovation clusters throughout the Commonwealth, accelerating business formation and growth, and ensuring that our workers are prepared for the jobs of the future.” Jay Ash, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, cited “highly educated workforce, our public supports for new technology discovery, and an unparalleled network of incubators, accelerators, and collaborative workspaces that nurture the growth of new, innovative companies” for creating the state’s dynamic innovation economy. Travis McCready, President & CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, called Massachusetts “the best place in the nation and the world for life sciences innovation,” adding, “through continued investment, we are developing a fully integrated ecosystem for life sciences product development, from discovery right through to commercialization and production.” Tim Connelly, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, said, “To remain on top we’re continuing these investments, supporting public-private R&D projects focused on emerging technology sectors. Our hope is that the technologies developed and workers trained through these innovative projects will keep us at the top of the list for decades to come.” Since January 2015, the Baker-Polito Administration has committed matching funds to public-private research partnerships in emerging technology clusters, in cyber security and data science, nano-printed smart sensors, and printed electronics. The Administration is collaborating with partners in higher education and private industry on three major federally-sponsored advanced manufacturing technology projects, including a national innovation institute in revolutionary fibers and textiles, and regional innovation institutes in flexible hybrid electronics, and integrated photonics. The Administration has also launched a comprehensive public-private cluster development initiative to advance the competitiveness of the Commonwealth’s emerging digital health industry. The Baker-Polito Administration has also committed $12 million in Workforce Skills Capital Grants to provide high schools and community colleges with modern workforce development equipment, with a significant allocation devoted to workforce training in innovation fields, including engineering, advanced manufacturing, robotics, computer science, and 3D printing. In August 2016, Governor Baker signed An Act Relative to Job Creation and Workforce Development (H.4569), which includes $71 million for the development and commercialization of new manufacturing technologies, $45 million for workforce training equipment grants, and $15 million for the Research and Development Matching Grant fund, recognized in the Milken Institute’s innovation index as a critical driver of long-term investments in the future of the state’s innovation economy. The Act also includes $15 million for investments in community-based innovation, through a new fund that makes capital grants to support the development and fit-out of collaborative workspaces.
STEP Grants Help Massachusetts Export Companies Market Themselves Overseas
Caption: President Cathy Rocheleau welcomed Nam Pham and Mark Sullivan and other state and local officials to Rocheleau Tool & Die Company for the Step Grant Announcement. (Photo courtesy of Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise) Earlier this month, federal and state officials announced a new round of grants to help small businesses in Massachusetts expand and help market their export activities overseas. The U.S. Small Business Administration’s State Trade and Expansion Program (STEP) awarded $504,478 in funds to Massachusetts, which added a matching contribution of $168,159 for a total of $672,637. The STEP grant is being administered through the Massachusetts Office of International Trade & Investment (MOITI), the Office of Business Development (MOBD) and the Massachusetts Export Center (MEC). The announcement was made at the Rocheleau Tool & Die Company in Fitchburg, a company that has had success in expanding its business to South America. Cathy Rocheleau, president of Rocheleau Tool & Die, welcomed state and local officials to the plant and later gave a tour of the manufacturing facilities. Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Business Development, said the funds “will support the growth of small businesses, whether they are new to exporting, or seeking to expand their export activities. I look forward to continued partnerships with the U.S. Small Business Administration, as we work together to spread economic growth across the Commonwealth.” The STEP grants provide reimbursements to eligible Massachusetts small businesses for qualified export-promotion expenses. Supported activities may include trade show participation, overseas marketing, and localization services and subscription services from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Participating small businesses are also required to secure matching private funds. Paula Murphy, Director of the Massachusetts Export Center, said the grant is available to small businesses across Massachusetts. “The funds are awarded on a competitive basis, and a well-planned international business strategy is critical for a grant award,” she said. Mark F. Sullivan, Executive Director of MOITI, said last year’s STEP grants were shared with over 60 Massachusetts small businesses to enhance their opportunities in the global marketplace. “We look forward to continuing that success with this year’s grant round,” Sullivan added. Also attending the event was Robert H. Nelson, district director of SBA’s Massachusetts District Office, Roy Nascimento, executive director of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce and Fitchburg Mayor Stephen DiNatale. MOITI and MEC are currently accepting grant applications from businesses, and a free STEP grant webinar is being presented on November 18 and December 14, 2016.
Massachusetts Supports Community-Based Innovation Programs
(Photo: Greentown Labs in Somerville) The Baker-Polito Administration recently announced a coordinated grant funding round to support community-based innovation and entrepreneurship in municipalities across Massachusetts. The $1.175 million funding round includes grants to support physical workspaces that launch new businesses at the local level, as well as new funding for human capital development in entrepreneur mentorship programming. Governor Charlie Baker said the Administration “is connecting every region in Massachusetts to the innovation economy, creating a platform for sustainable statewide job growth. Through these new investments in innovative workspaces and entrepreneurship support systems, we are deepening the infrastructure of economic development at the local level, and fueling small business job creation.” Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito said the grant programs “will help community-based stakeholders position themselves as anchors of the entrepreneurial economy. The establishment of locally-grown innovation districts will empower every community in the Commonwealth to have a stake in moving the Massachusetts economy forward.” MassDevelopment is making $1 million in grant funding available to support the development of collaborative workspaces. It includes $500,000 to facilitate the workspaces in Gateway Cities, and $500,000 to workspaces in non-Gateway municipalities. The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative is committing $175,000 to create a new statewide entrepreneurship support network through its Innovation Institute. It plans to help launch a statewide Knowledge Sharing Network, a two-year pilot program that will provide a statewide platform for solving common problems and sharing best practices. Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash “Every community in Massachusetts possesses a deep spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship, which is a powerful driver of regional growth. By providing both the physical and human capital needed to sustain local entrepreneurship, we are giving communities the tools they need to grow jobs from within.” Marty Jones, President and CEO of MassDevelopment, thanked the Baker-Polito Administration and the Legislature “for supporting this initiative and creating more opportunities to develop innovation related spaces across the entire Commonwealth.” Pat Larkin, Interim Executive Director of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, said the entrepreneur mentoring program “will help enhance both existing and thriving, entrepreneurship programs across Massachusetts, while kick starting new mentoring efforts in the state. The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development has made a comprehensive effort to map the state’s innovation ecosystem. It found that 118 communities, located in every region of the Commonwealth, contain at least one innovation space, program, or organization, with dense innovation hubs in every region of the state. The Baker-Polito Administration’s community-based innovation strategy focuses on growing these statewide innovation assets, and empowering community innovation stakeholders to drive regional job growth. Here is more information on the Massachusetts Community-Based Innovation Program.
Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2.9 Million in Seaport Economic Council Grants
(Seaport Economic Council in front of the Pilgrim Hall Museum) This month the Seaport Economic Council awarded $2.9 million in competitive grants to grow the blue economy and support job creation in coastal cities and towns. The funding will unlock increased economic activity and growth in Chelsea, Fairhaven, Quincy and Swampscott, while supporting technological innovation and education opportunities through Bunker Hill Community College, the John Adams Innovation Institute and the University of Massachusetts. Governor Charlie Baker said, “Massachusetts leads the world’s blue economy and our administration is committed to supporting its regional growth in the Commonwealth’s 78 coastal communities by investing in education, planning, and research efforts. The important investments by the Seaport Economic Council in technological research and development will ensure Massachusetts maintains a strong employment base in the blue economy of the future.” Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, chair of the Seaport Economic Council, said the grants “will help communities plan for growth and leverage their unique economic assets to support job creation and business expansion. Funding marine infrastructure improvements and educational programs supports small business growth and ensures residents can access the skills they need for employment in the maritime economy.” Deputy Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Carolyn Kirk said the state’s blue economy “encompasses everything from part-time scallopers to artists and underwater vehicle designers. Supporting municipal planning efforts, infrastructure improvements, and educational programs will help ensure that these communities retain their diverse and strong economies.” The Seaport Economic Council was re-launched in August 2015, with a mission to deepen the maritime economy, promote economic development, and support resilient infrastructure in all 78 of Massachusetts’ coastal communities while preparing them to engage with the challenges posed by sea level rise and increasingly powerful coastal storms. The council’s capital grant program supports working waterfronts, local tourism, coastal resiliency, and maritime innovation, from the North Shore to Cape Cod and the South Coast. Grant Recipients Bunker Hill Community College – $450,000 Bunker Hill Community College will partner with College Bound Dorchester to foster awareness of the maritime economy sector among Boston’s youth, and will ensure that students gain the necessary skills and certificates – including carpentry, woodworking, electrical, and plumbing skills – to engage in maritime trades. Chelsea Harbor Plan – $120,000 The City of Chelsea will prepare a Municipal Harbor Plan to allow for greater flexibility in waterfront development. This planning process will support Chelsea’s development of a strategic path to achieve its waterfront goals and objectives. Fairhaven Union Wharf Improvements – $950,713 The Town of Fairhaven will use funds to construct Phase 2 of the West Wall Union Wharf Bulkhead Replacement and Improvements. The Wharf is within the Designated Port Area and is currently used by commercial scallopers, draggers and lobster boats. Improvements will allow the Wharf to accommodate additional commercial fishing, charter fishing, and public safety dockage. John Adams Innovation Institute – $147,500 The Seaport Economic Council will partner with the John Adams Innovation Institute to implement the Council’s Innovation Grants Program in a way that maximizes successful investment in innovation-based economic development projects. Quincy Maritime Center – $225,000 The City of Quincy will use grant funding to complete permitting, engineering, geotechnical services, and architectural designs for the Hough’s Neck Maritime Center Building. Swampscott Harbor Plan – $50,000 The Town of Swampscott will undertake a harbor plan, integrating harbor and waterfront initiatives with existing town plans and developments. The plan will focus on identifying and prioritizing necessary coastal infrastructure improvements, evaluating proactive actions to address storm surge and sea-level rise, and encouraging the economic development of the historical waterfront. University of Massachusetts Boston Urban Harbors Institute – $89,569 Significant economic growth potential exists in the Massachusetts seafood economy, but coordinated strategies and investments are required to realize this potential over time. The Urban Harbors Institute will research the details of these approaches and their applicability to the on-the-ground conditions in Massachusetts’ fishing ports. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth – $612,250 The project draws upon four leading marine and robotics technology organizations to develop new approaches to provide autonomy for unmanned underwater vehicles and prove their usefulness on key missions. This will be done in a collaboration between students at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Northeastern University, and private research companies. This research and development will move the marine robotics sector forward, while engaging and educating students. This program will also provide key new research infrastructure, two undersea robots, for university research. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship –$250,000 The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will upgrade its Mechanical and Prototyping Laboratory and Technology Venture Center to attract, support, and retain marine technology startups in southeastern Massachusetts. These facilities will leverage CIE’s experience working with marine technology startups, expanding on a successful program that has already spun out five marine technology firms into established Massachusetts businesses.
MASSECON ANNOUNCES FINALISTS FOR 13TH ANNUAL ECONOMIC IMPACT AWARDS
MassEcon has selected eighteen companies from across the state as finalists for the 2016 Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards, which recognize companies that make an outstanding contribution to the Massachusetts economy. On on September 14, the finalists will present one-minute elevator pitches describing their growth in the Bay State to a panel of judges and business leaders at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP in Boston. Jay Ash, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, is the featured guest at the event. The finalist companies range in size and are drawn from different industries including, manufacturing, biotechnology, medical devices, technology, and education. MassEcon selected the finalists based on their job growth, facility expansion, and investment since January 1, 2015, as well as other criteria including community involvement. Together this year’s finalists have added over 2,000 jobs to the Commonwealth, invested over $450 million, and expanded their facilities by nearly 1.5 million square feet since January 2015. “We are thrilled to recognize Massachusetts companies that contribute so much to the Commonwealth’s success,” said Susan Houston, Executive Director of MassEcon. “The range of industries and regions represented by this impressive group of companies demonstrates the collective strength of our state.” Citizens Bank is the presenting sponsor of the Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards. “Supporting the Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards is part of Citizens Bank’s commitment to strengthening communities where we live and work,” said Jerry Sargent, President, Citizens Bank, Massachusetts. “These awards recognize businesses across Massachusetts that are investing in their communities, and creating jobs. Citizens Bank congratulates all the finalists on their success and we look forward to celebrating with them on September 14th.” Finalists compete on a regional basis (West, Central, Southeast, Northeast, and Greater Boston), and a gold, silver, and bronze winner will be selected from each region. MassEcon is announcing the winners in October and recognizing them at its annual awards luncheon on November 22nd at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel in Boston’s Seaport District. A non-profit, non-partisan organization, MassEcon serves as the state’s private sector partner in promoting Massachusetts as the premier choice for business growth.
Governor Baker Signs Economic Development Legislation in Massachusetts
Today, Governor Charlie Baker signed comprehensive economic development legislation into law, providing up to $1 billion in new investments in communities, workforce training, and innovation across Massachusetts, and deepening the state’s economic competitiveness. The new economic development law, An Act Relative to Job Creation and Workforce Development (H. 4569), advances job creation by expanding the Baker-Polito Administration’s commitment to building a skilled workforce and connecting residents to economic opportunities, strengthening community and housing development efforts, and investing in the emerging technologies that will underpin the Commonwealth’s economic future. Governor Charlie Baker said the legislation “unleashes valuable opportunities for investments in the development of revolutionary new technologies and community-based innovation, connecting every region of the Commonwealth to the innovation economy. “By pairing those investments with a growing commitment to workforce development in high-demand fields like advanced manufacturing, computer science, and robotics, we will deepen our efforts to build the nation’s most competitive workforce,” the Governor continued. “I am proud this bipartisan legislation will support the growth of our state’s nationally-leading innovation economy, and help develop the jobs of tomorrow.” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said the legislation provides “a robust set of tools that will allow state government to partner with communities, and advance our common goals. By providing critical funds for public infrastructure, site cleanup, and Gateway City redevelopment, this legislation will unlock local and regional economic development priorities, and connect citizens across Massachusetts to economic opportunity.” Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash said the legislation “reflects the collaborative spirit that drives our economic development efforts. It is the result of more than a year of conversations with scores of legislators and administration officials, as well as thousands of conversations with business leaders, municipal officials, educators, community advocates and other stakeholders. And it reflects our shared vision of creating economic opportunities, economic prosperity, and economic mobility throughout the Commonwealth.” An Act Relative to Job Creation and Workforce Development is organized around four main themes: community development, workforce development, innovation, and economic competitiveness.
Governor Baker Signs Comprehensive Energy Diversity Legislation in Massachusetts
This week, Governor Charlie Baker signed comprehensive energy diversity legislation into law at the State House with Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, legislative leaders, and energy and environment stakeholders. Proponents hailed it as a continued effort to stabilize electric rates, ensure a diversified energy portfolio for the Commonwealth, and embrace advanced technologies. An Act Relative to Energy Diversity (H. 4568) garnered bi-partisan support and promotes the Baker-Polito Administration’s commitment to reducing energy costs while strengthening the state’s clean energy economy and progressing toward Massachusetts’ greenhouse gas reduction requirements. Governor Charlie Baker said, “Massachusetts is always at the forefront of adopting innovative clean energy solutions, and this legislation will allow us to build on that legacy and embrace increased amounts of renewable energy, including hydropower. With our partners in the Legislature, the Commonwealth has taken another major step toward providing residents and businesses with a cost-effective and reliable clean energy future.” Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito said, “The hydroelectric and offshore wind power generation authorized in this legislation will play a crucial role in securing clean and cost-effective energy for the Commonwealth’s ratepayers. By utilizing renewable sources of power generation, Massachusetts will continue to lead the nation in embracing economic and environmentally friendly methods to generate electricity to meet the needs of our communities.” Matthew Beaton, Secreatry of Energy and Environmental Affairs, said, “The ability to procure clean hydroelectric power and off-shore wind is another important milestone in the Commonwealth’s transition to a diversified energy portfolio. By embracing renewable energy generation technologies, the Baker-Polito Administration continues to make progress in achieving the emissions reductions targets set forth by the Global Warming Solutions Act.” Read the full press release here.
FREE Outside the Box Festival Highlights Performing Arts in Massachusetts
Thousands of people from all over New England and beyond are converging on Boston Common this weekend for the Outside the Box Performing Arts Festival. Now in its third year, the five day event has quickly become a popular way for residents and tourists alike to gather and enjoy hundreds of musical, dance, literary, theatrical and comedic performances. The most amazing feature of Outside the Box – aside from the incredible diversity and range of talent – is that the festival is free. Free art for everybody – that has been the vision of OTB founder Ted Cutler, a well-known Boston businessman and philanthropist who has long recognized the positive effects that cultural expression has in Massachusetts and indeed, throughout the world. The festival reaches its apex this weekend with dozens of performances taking place on multiple stages throughout the 50 acre Boston Common, which is the nation’s oldest park, formed in 1634. New this year is the OTB Interactive, built around the belief that innovation is a performing art. Check out the activities taking place on the Common and at nearby venues like the Paramount Center and the Revere Hotel. While the OTB Festival is free, the OTB Interactive requires a badge and admission. See details here. Here is the full schedule of activities and the list of performers. Find out more about visiting Massachusetts at MassVacation.com.
MassEcon Annual Conference Highlights Massachusetts within a Global Economy
Caption: Michael Dolega, Director and Senior Economist at TD Economics and panelists. Photo Credit: Janet Stearns. More than 130 leaders from across Massachusetts gathered at the Newton Marriott Hotel in early June for the 2016 MassEcon Annual Conference, whose theme was Connecting Massachusetts to the Global Economy. An informative and insightful conversation took place that assessed the state’s current and future outlook for success in a globally connected world. Featured speaker Michael Dolega, Director and Senior Economist at TD Economics, made these observations pertaining to the state’s economy in the global context including: • Massachusetts stands to benefit from high value-add goods exports in the high-tech, health care, machinery, and chemical markets, due to strong human capital and intellectual property protections. • Massachusetts is well positioned to gain from persistent expansion in service exports which has doubled in value nationally since 2005 and accounted for $25 billion in Massachusetts last year. • Current free trade agreements cover 31% of Massachusetts goods exports, but pending deals such as the TPP and TTIP, this share could increase by 33%, removing sizeable tariffs that make Massachusetts products more expensive and less competitive. Following the presentation, Dolega was joined by moderator Curt Nickisch (Senior Editor at the Harvard Business Review) and panelists Lorraine Attridge (Fast Trak Leader at GE Healthcare Life Sciences), Colin Gillespie (President of LEGO Education North America), Charles Gray (Vice President and General Counsel at Teradyne), and Paula Murphy (Founder and Director at the Massachusetts Export Center), for further discussion and Q&A with audience members. The dialogue covered a variety of topics ranging from doing business with Iran to the impact of the current election cycle to the significance of non-compete clauses. The panelists emphasized the many strengths of the Massachusetts economy, including: • World renowned education institutions which consistently produce high caliber talent • Openness to foreign leaders, workers, and businesses • Innovative environment • Recent increase in direct international flights to and from Logan International Airport in Boston The panelists also highlighted areas of improvement for the state, including further investment to modernize the infrastructure; additional encouragement to mid and small sized companies to establish headquarters in the state; and ensuring that protectionist regulations regarding employees do not obstruct the Commonwealth’s continuous goal of becoming a world class economy. During the Q&A, Dan Griggs, a TD Bank Market President, raised the issue of non-compete clauses and their impact on business. In response, Charles Gray disagreed with those who cite the presence of non-competes (agreements that prevent employees from using information gained from employment to establish a competing business effort) as a reason for business success. Gray referenced, that in large part, the impact of non-competes depends on the individual market, which can mitigate their overall impact. In addition, Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (MOITI) Executive Director Mark Sullivan conveyed to the audience the role his office could play in helping connect Massachusetts businesses to the global economy. Sullivan also emphasized the availability and attractiveness of Massachusetts’ Gateway Cities, offering his office’s assistance to any individuals or companies interested in exploring the opportunities in these locations. Thank you to all who attended the 2016 MassEcon Annual Conference, and a special thank you to our featured speaker, panelists, moderator and sponsor TD Bank.
PaxEast 2016 Taps into Massachusetts Creative & Innovation Economies
At first glance, this year’s annual PaxEast 2016 gathering at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in South Boston resembled a gigantic costume ball, replete with fictional and virtual characters from video games, movies, comic books and the far reaches of someone’s imagination. Massachusetts has a stake in the $67 billion gaming industry, which helps to fuel the state’s creative industries and innovation economy. Tens of thousands of gamers, investors, retailers and experts attend PaxEast each year, supporting the local tourism and hospitality industries. PaxEast is also a valuable stage for aspiring entrepreneurs and game developers to find a ready audience to view new products. One of the most popular elements of the show is the Pax East Indie Showcase, described as “a collection of the best indie games you’ve never heard of available on mobile platforms.” Timothy Loew, executive director of the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDigi) noted the top local video game companies on the Expo Hall floor, included Harmonix, Proletariat, The Deep End Games and The Molasses Flood among a number of others. Numerous Massachusetts schools exhibited, including Becker College in Worcester; Elms College in Chicopee, Mount Ida College in Newton and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). “Each year the Boston-area game scene, like PAX East, gets bigger and more exciting,” Lowe says. “With more people playing more games on more devices in more places than ever before, I already can’t wait until the next PaxEast in 2017.” To learn more about the state’s Video Gaming opportunities, contact Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDigi). Here is a schedule of upcoming conventions in Massachusetts. For information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
MassEcon Event Welcomes New Companies from Around the World
Photo Caption: MassEcon hosts Corporate Welcome Reception at Genzyme for 19 companies new to Massachusetts. Company leaders are pictured with Governor Charlie Baker, EOHED Secretary Jay Ash and MassEcon Executive Director, Susan Houston. Photo by Janet Stearns. This week MassEcon held its 8th annual Corporate Welcome Reception at Sanofi Genzyme headquarters in Kendall Square, Cambridge. Over 100 private sector leaders and senior state officials, including Governor Charlie Baker, were on hand to welcome the representatives from thirteen companies and six airlines to Massachusetts. The sector and geographical diversity of the group speaks to all that Massachusetts has to offer to companies seeking a foothold in the state’s innovation economy. The new companies represent a wide variety of industries including life sciences, education, energy, manufacturing, online retail and transportation. And they come from all parts of the United States and the world. International companies originating from Canada, Israel, Mexico, Norway, Sweden,Turkey and the United Kingdom were represented along with domestic companies with corporate origins in California, Connecticut, Indiana, Kansas, New York and Washington. In his welcoming remarks, Governor Baker said, “Massachusetts’ innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, talented workforce and commitment to success has put the Commonwealth on the map as a place for businesses to grow and thrive. As we continue to build partnerships with our communities and the private sector, we welcome these companies from around the nation and the globe and look forward to the opportunity to encourage more businesses to call Massachusetts home, create jobs and bolster our economy.” According to MassEcon, the companies are adding 1,600 new jobs to the Commonwealth. MassEcon Chairman Brian Cohen said the companies at the event “represent impressive additions to the Commonwealth’s business community, and we look forward to their having a productive, successful, and long-standing relationship with the Commonwealth.” The 13 companies include Amazon in Fall River; Applied Photophysics in Beverly; Avigilon in Somerville; Olink Bioscience in Watertown; Sunrun in Marlborough; ERD Metal in Avon; Eli Lilly, IBM Watson Health, Philips, and WuXi AppTec in Cambridge; and General Electric, Harmon.ie, and LEGO Education in Boston. In addition, six international airlines that have recently launched non-stop flights to and from Boston’s Logan International Airport were among the honorees. They include AeroMexico; El Al Israel Airlines; Norwegian Air Shuttle; Qatar Airways; Scandinavian Airlines and WestJet Airlines. MassEcon Executive Director Susan Houston said the popular annual event “is our way of saying thank you for choosing the Commonwealth. It is also an opportunity for us to connect these companies with the robust network of resources Massachusetts has to offer.” MassEcon is a private non-profit entity that serves as the state’s private sector partner in promoting Massachusetts as the premier choice for business growth.
Governor Baker’s Hydropower Legislation Receives Bipartisan Support
(EEA Secretary Matthew Beaton speaks about Hydropower Generation) The Baker-Polito Administration’s efforts to diversity Massachusetts’ energy portfolio by procuring cost-effective hydropower generation received support last week from three former secretaries of Energy and Environmental Affairs: Maeve Vallely-Bartlett, Rick Sullivan, and Ian Bowles. The three former officials met with Governor Charlie Baker and current Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton to discuss the need to stabilize New England’s electricity rates, meet the Commonwealth’s Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) goals and provide ratepayers with a clean, cost-competitive alternative to coal and oil generation. Governor Baker said the endorsement of the former secretaries “is illustrative of the pressing need to address Massachusetts’ rising energy costs, increase electricity grid reliability and reduce carbon emissions to meet the Commonwealth’s energy and environmental goals.” Secretary Beaton said the legislation “strikes an important balance between climate and environmental awareness, and the Commonwealth’s need for clean, reliable, cost-effective generation resources.” In July, the Baker-Polito Administration filed Senate Bill 1965, An Act Relative to Energy Sector Compliance with the Global Warming Solutions Act, to require Massachusetts utilities to jointly, and competitively, solicit long-term contracts for clean energy generation resources and associated transmission together with the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) For more information, visit Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
Governor Baker Addresses the National Society of Black Engineers in Boston
Governor Charlie Baker gave a welcoming address to the National Society of Black Engineers conference at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on Thursday, March 24, 2016. This is the 42nd annual conference of the NSBE, which draws over 11,000 delegates from across the country and around the world. The theme of this year’s conference is “Engineering a Cultural Change.” Here is a full BSBE conference agenda for the week. In his welcoming remarks, Governor Baker, said, “It is very special for us that you chose Massachusetts, as we do consider ourselves to be a national leader in education, engineering, science and medicine.” In Massachusetts, Baker said, “We basically live by our wits, that’s always been what’s made us special and what’s made us great. In this day and age, when competition is global and everybody is competing, having an edge with respect to talent and education and what I would call capacity to play makes an enormous difference.” Video Courtesy of Antonio Caban/State House News Service Here is a schedule of upcoming professional conferences and meetings taking place in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts is one of 17 states to join the Accord for a New Energy Future
This week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker joined 16 other governors from around the nation in a bipartisan effort to promote clean energy, clean transportation choices and a modern electrical grid. Over 127 million Americans are represented in the participating states. The Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future provides participating governors with a platform through which their states can collaborate, learn from one another, and leverage partnerships in energy planning and policy making. Governor Charlie Baker said the Accord “highlights the tremendous opportunities to create a shared clean, affordable and resilient energy future. Massachusetts will continue to lead the way on clean energy, energy efficiency and the adoption of innovative technologies such as energy storage. These efforts, and our legislative proposal to bring additional hydroelectricity and other renewable resources into the region, will ensure we meet our ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction targets while also creating a stronger economy for the Commonwealth.” Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito said the Accord “allows us to collaborate with like-minded governors to create innovative clean energy policy and ensure a stronger national energy future. Joining the Accord reaffirms our commitment to diversifying the Commonwealth’s energy portfolio, supporting new energy technologies, and meeting our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25% below 1990 levels by 2020.” Senior advisors to the participating governors will convene shortly to discuss initial steps to pursue their shared priorities and commitments contained in the Accord. Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton said the Accord allows “clean energy leaders to strengthen our economy, protect public health and natural resources, and increase energy security. This new commitment builds on the Commonwealth’s forward-thinking leadership in promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy, and addressing the pressing threat of climate change.” The Baker-Polito Administration has been working to stabilize and reduce the cost of energy for residents and businesses, strengthen the clean energy economy in Massachusetts and help meet greenhouse gas emissions reduction requirements set forth under the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA). Through the filing of hydropower and solar legislation, the Administration hopes to diversify Massachusetts’ energy portfolio and encourage the development of renewable energy resources. The Administration’s 2016-2018 energy efficiency plan, recently approved by the Department of Public Utilities, sets nation-leading savings levels for both electricity and gas and is estimated to achieve $8 billion in economic, environmental, and energy benefits. The Administration also launched a $10 million Energy Storage Initiative to support the continued growth of renewable power generation and make Massachusetts a national leader in the deployment and effective use of innovative energy technology solutions. Last month, Governor Baker added $2 million in funding to the state’s electric vehicle (EV) rebate program, an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector by increasing the use of zero emission vehicles in Massachusetts. A recent update to Massachusetts’ Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020 concluded that the Commonwealth is well-positioned to meet, or exceed, a greenhouse gas reduction goal of 25% by 2020 through the full implementation of the Baker-Polito Administration’s energy policies. The Administration’s commitment to action on climate is also demonstrated by signing the Metro Boston Climate Preparedness Commitment, endorsing the Subnational Global Climate Leadership Memorandum of Understanding (Under2MOU) and joining Eastern-Canadian Premieres and New England Governors in signing a climate change resolution calling for a 35-45% greenhouse gas reduction, below 1990 emission levels, by 2030. Click here to access the full text of the Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future.
Mark Sullivan to Head up Mass Office of International Trade & Investment
On February 8, 2016, the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development welcomed Mark F. Sullivan as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (MOITI). “Mark brings a wealth of international business experience to this role,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “We look forward to his contributions, as we strengthen our international office in their work with the global business community.” “Growing the Commonwealth’s economy requires strong partnerships with international companies” said Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary for Business Development. “Mark’s leadership will enhance MOITI’s ability to attract investment from the international business community, and open overseas markets for Massachusetts companies.” “The Commonwealth is home to a growing number of international companies,” said Mark Sullivan. “I look forward to serving the people of Massachusetts, as MOITI works to unlock new opportunities for trade and growth.”
Massachusetts Files Economic Development Legislation Providing “Opportunities for All”
The Baker-Polito Administration filed legislation this week entitled An Act to Provide Opportunities for All. The bill outlines investments of up to $918 million in capital funding for local infrastructure, Brownfields site cleanup, Gateway Cities development, development site assembly and site readiness, smart growth housing, workforce development, emerging technologies, and community-based innovation. In broad terms, the legislation seeks to advance job creation and economic growth by empowering communities and regions to reach their potential, expanding workforce development efforts to close the skills gap and connect residents with economic opportunities, and investing in emerging technologies to set the stage for future job growth across the Commonwealth. Read the press release here. Governor Charlie Baker called the legislation “a platform for growth and prosperity across the Commonwealth,” and said, “Strong communities, a highly-trained workforce, and our commitment to welcoming emerging technologies will ensure Massachusetts’ continues to have a pro-growth business environment providing economic opportunities for all.” Lieutenant Governor Polito said, “Community development and revitalization have been priorities of ours since day one, and this bill will provide new investments and tools to enable and leverage private development toward that goal.” Jay Ash, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, said, “Massachusetts’ greatest asset is its brainpower, and this legislation provides the state’s innovators with the tools they need to create the next generation of jobs in technology and in advanced manufacturing.” An Act to Provide Opportunities for All is organized around four foundational themes: preparing communities for success, a new Massachusetts Innovation Initiative, workforce development, and economic competitiveness.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker Delivers State of the Commonwealth Address, January 21, 2016
Governor Charlie Baker gave his first State of the Commonwealth Address on Thursday, January 21, 2016 from the House Chamber of the Massachusetts State House. Here is a written version of Governor’s Baker’s address.
Massachusetts Launches Comprehensive Digital Health Initiative
(Governor Baker at Children’s Hospital. Photo & video courtesy of State House News Service) Last week, Governor Charlie Baker joined public officials and business leaders from the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (MACP) at Boston Children’s Hospital to announce a comprehensive public- private partnership designed to accelerate the competitiveness of the Commonwealth’s digital healthcare industry. Governor Baker said the Baker-Polito Administration “is committed to making Massachusetts a national leader in digital health by partnering with private industry, convening key stakeholders and addressing market gaps. This emerging industry cluster has the potential to become a powerful driver of job creation across the Commonwealth, while also unlocking new advances in improving patient care and lowering health care costs.” Digital health is an emerging industry cluster identified by the Commonwealth’s economic development plan signed by Governor Baker on December 23, 2015. The digital health market is emerging rapidly, and has potential to create multiple positive effects on the state’s economic bottom line by creating jobs, attracting investment, and developing solutions, which improve healthcare delivery and ultimately can help contain healthcare costs. Known as digital health, or eHealth, the sector spans a variety of technologies such as electronic health records, consumer wearable devices, care systems, payment management, Big Data analytics and telemedicine. The fast-growing sector represents about a $32 billion market opportunity over the next decade, according to Goldman Sachs. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said, “Strong public-private partnerships are what make our City, and our region, more competitive in the global economy. We know that the digital healthcare industry is Boston’s future, and I thank our state and private sector partners for their support.” To support digital health startups, the City of Boston, Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech (MeHI), and MACP announced the establishment of a digital health innovation hub. The initiative will provide space, programming and strong industry network for digital health startups and will serve as a Boston “hub” for the industry. Programming through the hub will be managed and operated by MassChallenge. House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo said Massachusetts is in a unique position “to become global leaders in the digital healthcare sector. I am proud that the House’s past two economic development bills have supported eHealth programs because I believe this industry presents rich opportunities for Massachusetts.” Dr. Jeffrey Leiden, who led MACP’s Digital Health Initiative, said that Massachusetts, “With the strengths of our universities, academic medical centers, and life sciences companies, is uniquely positioned to succeed in digital healthcare and I’m thrilled to be part of the team that will make it happen.” Governor Baker and Jay Ash, Secretary of Housing & Economic Development, have designated the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech (MeHI) as the state’s implementing agency. Established in 2008 by the Legislature as a division of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, an economic development agency, MeHI works to promote and accelerate the use of digital healthcare, such as electronic health records and health information exchange. Governor Baker announced today that he will file legislation to expand MeHI’s efforts to include digital healthcare cluster development activities. “This initiative begins in Boston, but it’s a statewide effort, and we see real opportunities for growth in communities across the Commonwealth, including Springfield and Worcester, Lowell and other places,” Governor Baker said at the press conference.
Massachusetts’ Economic Development Plan Offers Opportunities for All
Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito endorsed and signed the Commonwealth’s economic development plan, a strategic policy document to guide the administration’s economic development strategy. Read an online copy of the economic development plan here. Governor Baker called the plan “an important statement of our administration’s priorities and values. It creates a framework for connecting residents across the state to economic opportunity, and for unlocking new business growth by pressing Massachusetts’ competitive advantage on a number of fronts.” Lieutenant Governor Polito said, “Our administration has prioritized community development across the Commonwealth. This economic development plan reflects our commitment to promoting vibrant communities, and spurring new growth, from Cape Cod to the Berkshires.” The plan is the result of one year of robust public engagement. The Baker-Polito administration hosted fourteen public listening sessions across the state, and engaged in thousands of conversations with residents, business owners, municipal officials, state legislators, academic experts, and industry officials. The Governor’s Economic Development Planning Council unanimously endorsed the plan on December 9. The key priorities of the plan include: • supporting workforce development strategies that close the skills gap, and connect citizens to economic opportunity; • promoting vibrant communities and regions; • advancing the development of key industry clusters, and harnessing cluster development to drive job growth in the Commonwealth’s regions; and • sharpening the Commonwealth’s competitive position through regulatory reform, and efforts to lower key business costs, such as energy costs. Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash said, “Over the past year, I have met with residents, business owners and local officials, in communities from Williamstown to Provincetown. I am proud that their priorities and aspirations are reflected in this economic development plan, which will advance prosperity for citizens, growth for businesses, and vitality for communities.” Massachusetts law requires that each new gubernatorial administration publishes an economic development strategy within a year of taking office. The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development will use the policy framework set by this plan to develop and shape specific initiatives that will respond to issues, themes, and priorities highlighted in this plan.
Massachusetts Honors Companies for Jobs, Facility Growth and Investments
Congratulations to the winners of MassEcon’s 12th annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards, which recognized 18 companies for their contributions to the state’s economy. Over 400 business leaders attended the awards ceremony in Boston. Keynote speaker Governor Charlie Baker said the winning companies “demonstrated a shared vision of economic prosperity by expanding better jobs and building stronger communities across all regions and industries of the Commonwealth.” (Governor Charlie Baker addresses the audience at Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards ceremony) Since January 2014, the winning companies from across the state, ranging in size and industry, including manufacturing, life sciences, information technology, and travel, have added 2,700 jobs to the Commonwealth, invested over $346 million, and expanded their facilities by nearly 1.7 million square feet, according to MassEcon. Susan Houston, Executive Director of MassEcon praised the companies “for staying and growing here, and for their confidence in the long-term future of the Commonwealth.” Among the winners was Massport, which won the Global Leader Award for its success in expanding commerce connections with the rest of the world. Through its airport and seaport facilities, Massport has helped to generate trade, tourism and travel, which accounted for $15.1 billion in total economic impact this year. Here is a list of 2015 MassEcon Economic Impact Award winners in alphabetical order. Find out more about MassEcon here. For more information about Massachusetts’ economic development plans, visit Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development.
Congratulations MassChallenge Class of 2015
(Caption: Pianist Brockett Parsons Performs at the 2015 MassChallenge Awards. Photo by Joanne Decaro.) Over 1,500 entrepreneurs, philanthropists, corporate executives and public officials attended the 6th annual 2015 MassChallenge Awards, held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in South Boston. It was a banner night for the Commonwealth’s innovation and entrepreneurial community, as 128 finalists vied for $1.5 million in non-diluted grants. Governor Charlie Baker praised the competitors for creating “a bigger, better and different way of thinking about what is possible.” MassChallenge Boston Managing Director Scott Bailey said, “Tonight is what it’s all about – great startups and a room full of people who helped get them there.” In the end, four companies were named $100K Diamond Winners, and 12 were $50K Gold Winners. An additional 10 startups were named In-Kind Silver Winners, and two companies were selected to receive the CASIS-Boeing Prize for Technology in Space. Here is a list of the 2015 MassChallenge winners. The competition was as competitive as ever in 2015, noted MassChallenge officials, with over 2,250 startups applying to join MassChallenge accelerators in Boston and London. A highlight of the evening was a live performance by musician Brockett Parsons, who played a circular keyboard assembled by MC Finalist PianoArc. The winners join an esteemed group of alumni, which includes 835 companies from around the world. Since 2010, startups accelerated by MasChallenge have raised $1.1 billion in funding, generated $520 million in revenues and created 6,500 jobs.
MASSACHUSETTS PROMOTES MANUFACTURING SECTOR IN OCTOBER
Massachusetts celebrates its manufacturing industry throughout October with a series of events and initiatives to support the Commonwealth’s 7,000 manufacturing companies and their 250,000 workers. You can find a full schedule of activities, which includes tours, seminars and open houses, by visiting Amp it up!, the state’s advanced manufacturing program. Among the highlights of Manufacturing Month in Massachusetts. The Baker-Polito Administration proclaimed October 2015 as Manufacturers Month, stating that “Manufacturing is important not only as an economic driver of our state, but also as a key generator of innovation, product development and employment potential.” On Friday, October 2, National Manufacturing Day, the Baker-Polito opened the application process for the Advanced Manufacturing Training Program’s Workforce Development Grants. These grants will fund programs that provide training to unemployed and underemployed individuals, including veterans, minorities and women, for precision manufacturing programs. Here is more information about applying. Governor Charlie Baker said it is important to recognize “the contributions that manufacturing companies and workers make to the well-being, health, safety and prosperity of the Commonwealth and to support the continued growth of this sector by helping to train new workers for available positions.” Jay Ash, Secretary of Housing & Economic Development, said, “Employers frequently tell us that a shortage of skilled workers keeps them from hiring and growing. These training grants will help us connect citizens across the Commonwealth to good-paying jobs, while enabling economic growth.” On Monday, October 5, MassChallenge hosts a MADE@MassChallenge Hardware Startup Showcase which will introduce the manufacturing community to the 2015 MassChallenge hardware startups as well as up-and-coming companies from the Wentworth Institute of Technology. On Friday, October 16, the Massachusetts Export Center holds a briefing on Best Practices for Export Compliance Program Development and Management. It is a must-attend for any manufacturers interested in exporting its products. On Monday, October 26, the Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative and the Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium hold a forum to discuss manufacturing issues such as innovation, workforce training and funding. On Wednesday, October 28, the Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) hosts the New England Manufacturing Showcase to present the unique products and capabilities of its members. In August 2015, the Baker-Polito administration made two announcements to underscore its ongoing commitment to advancing manufacturing in Massachusetts. The first was a partnership between MIT, Quinsigamond Community College, and the Commonwealth in support of the Integrated Photonics Institute in Manufacturing Innovation. The second was that Massachusetts would be a partner in the nation’s Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Flexible Hybrid Electronics. The partnership includes UMass/Amherst, MIT, UMass/Lowell, Harvard and Northeastern, along with private sector companies. The Manufacturing Innovation Institute is part of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), a federal competition sponsored by the US Department of Defense that seeks to advance manufacturing by connecting academic researchers with private firms. Here is more information about Massachusetts’ Advanced Manufacturing Program (AMP it up!).
MassEcon Announces 21 Finalists for Annual Economic Impact Awards
MassEcon, the state’s private sector partner in promoting business growth in Massachusetts, has announced the 21 finalists for its 2015 Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards. This year’s finalists represent a diverse set of companies all across the Commonwealth. They range in size and are drawn from industries such as manufacturing, life sciences, hospitality, technology, and food and beverage. Together this year’s finalists have added over 1,500 jobs to the Commonwealth, invested over $394 million, and expanded their facilities by nearly 2 million square feet since January 2014, according to MassEcon. Each of the finalists will present a one-minute elevator pitch to a panel of judges on September 16, 2015 at Nutter McLennen & Fish LLP in Boston. Katie Stebbins, Assistant Secretary for Technology and Innovation at Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development, is the featured guest at the event. Now in its 12th year, the Impact Awards are based on the job growth, investment and facility expansion of Massachusetts companies. Winners from each of the five regions will be announced in October and recognized at an awards luncheon on November 24 in Boston. Susan Houston, Executive Director of MassEcon, said “We are delighted to recognize the businesses in Massachusetts that contribute so much to our state’s success. The diverse set of industries and regions represented by this impressive group of companies demonstrates the overall strength of our Commonwealth.” Here is the list of finalists for the 12th Annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards: WEST Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing – Lee Kennametal – Greenfield Mohawk Fine Papers – South Hadley SOUTHEAST Joseph Abboud Manufacturing – New Bedford LaFrance Hospitality Company- Wareham South Shore Millwork, Inc. – Norton NORTHEAST Aspen Technology – Bedford Bake’n Joy Foods – Ayer Energi – Peabody Jabra – Lowell Southwick – Haverhill CENTRAL GE Healthcare – Marlborough Great Wolf Lodge – Fitchburg Jack’s Abby – Framingham SanDisk – Marlborough Simplivity – Westborough GREATER BOSTON Baxalta – Cambridge Carbonite – Boston CarGurus – Cambridge LogMeIn – Boston Trip Advisor – Needham Read more about MassEcon here.
Massachusetts Listening Sessions on Economic Development Draw over 700 Residents
Lively Discussion at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester Over 700 business leaders, elected officials and community representatives from across Massachusetts came out in full force recently for a series of six listening sessions conducted by the Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development. The half day sessions were simultaneously conducted in Lowell, Lynn, Quincy, Springfield, West Barnstable and Worcester on June 25, 2015. Topics included talent retention and workforce development, competitiveness and regulation, and zoning and infrastructure. Jay Ash, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, said that “Addressing business and community needs directly requires significant, continued engagement, and a concerted effort to understand concerns and craft effective solutions. I look forward to continued partnerships with local officials, businesses, and non-profits as we work together to grow our economy and provide every resident with the opportunity for training and employment.” Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Business Development, called the listening sessions “thoughtful and useful,” adding, “It was a rare opportunity to talk through complex issues and look at potential solutions with a wide range of well-informed stakeholders. The ideas we heard will help us grow the Massachusetts economy.” The purpose of the sessions was to get business and community input for a comprehensive economic development plan EOHED will begin drafting in the coming months. Carolyn Kirk, Deputy Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, called the discussions “lively and thought-provoking,” adding that they “will prove to be invaluable in shaping the Commonwealth’s economic development plan.” Massachusetts law requires the secretary of Housing and Economic Development to draft a comprehensive economic development plan within the first year of a new gubernatorial administration. Secretary Ash has committed to grounding the Baker-Polito Administration’s economic development strategy in public dialogue, and in regional opportunities. These regional listening sessions began a six-month economic development planning process, and serve as a first step in drafting the statutorily-required plan. Regional Directors from the Massachusetts Office of Business Development include Jon Golnik (Central Mass); Peter Milano (MetroWest and Merrimack Valley); Debra Boronski (Western Mass); Dick Dalton (Greater Boston), Maria DiStefano (Northeastern Mass) and Maria Marasco (Southeastern Mass).
Massachusetts Cabinet Secretaries Discuss Economic Development at MassEcon Conference
(L-R: Stephanie Neal-Johnson, Stephanie Pollack, Matthew Beaton, Jay Ash, Geri Denterlein and Susan Houston). Photo courtesy of MassEcon. Recently over 200 business leaders, academic executives, and public officials from across the Commonwealth gathered at the MassEcon annual conference in Newton to engage with cabinet secretaries on housing, economic development, energy, environmental affairs, transportation, labor, and workforce development. The centerpiece of the conference was a panel of the four economic development secretariats from Governor Charlie Baker’s Administration. Panelists included Secretary Jay Ash, Housing & Economic Development; Secretary Matthew Beaton, Energy and Environmental Affairs; Secretary Stephanie Pollack, Transportation; and Undersecretary Stephanie Neal-Johnson, Labor and Workforce Development. Susan Houston, Executive Director of MassEcon, said her group was “honored to convene the key players who will influence the Commonwealth’s economic future. Promoting economic development requires the commitment of a full team that spans agencies and offices, and this cabinet clearly demonstrates a collaborative ethic.” Geri Denterlein, President of Denterlein, served as moderator. For ongoing details on Massachusetts’ economic development activities,visit the Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development.
MassVentures Wins National Tibbetts Award for Driving Innovation in Massachusetts
PHOTO: Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration; Jerry Bird, President of MassVentures; Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Massachusetts Office of Business Development; and Javier Saade, SBA’s Associate Administrator for Investment and Innovation. Congratulations to Boston-based MassVentures, one of just three organizations across the United States to receive the 2015 Tibbetts Award for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR). MassVentures was recognized for its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Targeted Technologies (START) program, which has awarded $6 million to 27 Massachusetts technology companies over the past three years. Jay Ash, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development and Chair of the MassVentures board, praised START for providing “a diverse group of high-tech companies with the resources and guidance they need to reach their potential and enjoy sustained growth. START is catalyst for our innovation economy and sends a resounding message to high-tech businesses around the world that we are creating a supportive and productive environment in which these companies can thrive.” Jerry Bird, President of MassVentures, said, “By helping companies utilize their SBIR/STTR Phase II funding to grow employment and stimulate innovation, the START program shows that the Commonwealth will not sit idly by while high-tech companies wait for capital to help commercialize their technologies. It is critical that we continue to work with entrepreneurs and actively demonstrate the state’s commitment to these industries.” Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Business Development, said, “The emphasis that MassVentures has placed on small business development has been vital to making Massachusetts a world leader in innovation. This administration is privileged to have such an adept investment team working to assist these developing companies.” Bird and Pham attended the awards ceremony at the White House. The award is named for Roland Tibbetts, acknowledged as the father of the SBIR program, and is presented to companies, supporting organizations, and individuals which have leveraged, or helped others leverage, SBIR/STTR investment to generate measurable value to their firm or the nation. In addition to the three organization winners, the SBA also recognized six individuals and 23 small businesses, including Aspen Aerogels Inc. of Northborough. The keynote address at the awards ceremony was delivered by Massachusetts resident and NASA flight engineer Catherine “Cady” Coleman, an accomplished scientist and astronaut noted for her six month expedition to the International Space Station. In addition to helping high growth companies increase employment opportunities, promote manufacturing and commercialization, and stimulate innovation across Massachusetts, START brings together an ecosystem of companies, expert reviewers, service providers and company advisers. Companies receiving START awards during the first two years of the program have grown revenues by 20%, and have used, or will use, their START grants to secure an additional $24,000,000 in funding.
MassEcon & Governor Baker Welcome New Companies to Massachusetts
(Photo by Janet Stearns, courtesy of MassEcon) Massachusetts continues to attract new companies from around the world, as demonstrated by MassEcon’s 7th annual Corporate Welcome Reception, held recently at the Genzyme Corporate headquarters in Kendall Square, Cambridge. The event attracted more than 150 leaders from the private sector and senior state officials, led by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and his economic development team of Jay Ash, Secretary of the Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development and Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Business Development. “Massachusetts’ innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, talented workforce and commitment to success have put the Commonwealth on the map as a place for businesses to grow and thrive,” Governor Baker told the assembled guests. “As we continue to build partnerships with our communities and the private sector, we welcome these companies from around the nation and the globe and look forward to the opportunity to encourage more businesses to call Massachusetts home, create jobs and bolster our economy.” The companies range from both start-ups to established businesses, and their locations of origin include China, Mexico, Turkey, Sweden, Ireland, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New Hampshire, South Carolina, New York, California and Massachusetts. They represent a variety of industries such as life sciences, technology, healthcare, energy, manufacturing, transportation and will add more than 2,000 jobs to Massachusetts. “This event is our way of saying thank you for choosing the Commonwealth,” MassEcon Executive Director Susan Houston said. “It is also an opportunity for us to connect these companies with the amazing network of resources Massachusetts has to offer. While there’s no magic formula for attracting and retaining business in the state, fostering a welcoming environment is essential.” Among the new companies attending the MassEcon reception: Baxter of Cambridge Cathay Pacific Airways of Boston CNR-MA of Springfield Cohealo of Boston Corbus Pharmaceuticals of Norwood Cryptzone of Waltham Driblet of Cambridge GE Healthcare of Marlborough Hainan Airlines of Boston Jabra of Lowell Mohawk Fine Papers of South Hadley Primark of Boston Pulse Secure of Westford Schneider Electric of Andover Turkish Airlines of Boston Unitrends of Burlington. Find more information about MassEcon here.
MassChallenge Launches 2015 Startup Accelerator Programs in Boston, Jerusalem and London
Governor Charlie Baker Addresses MassChallenge gathering. (Photo by Mark Steffen) Boston’s Innovation District was abuzz this week as several hundred entrepreneurs, business leaders and public officials attended the launch of the 6th MassChallenge Startup Accelerator competition. This year’s announcement took place simultaneously in Boston, Jerusalem and London, which officials say is an indication of Massachusetts’ success in exporting innovative ideas. Billed as the world’s largest accelerator, the MassChallenge program selects about 200 startups each year to participate in four-month accelerators in Boston and London, where they receive a variety of support, ranging from free resources and office space to mentorship and access to global networks. A final group of finalists also compete for millions of dollars in cash awards to help build their companies. According to MassChallenge, anyone with an early-stage startup can apply for the awards, from any industry and from anywhere in the world. MassChallenge does not take equity or place any restrictions on the startups it supports. Applications for these programs are open from February 11 through April 1, 2015. Entrepreneurs can apply here. In Boston, Governor Charlie Baker delivered a keynote at MassChallenge headquarters, expressing ongoing support for entrepreneurship in Massachusetts and praising MassChallenge as a global leader of innovation-driven economic development. “As a massive engine of job creation and economic growth, entrepreneurship makes Massachusetts great,” Baker said. “MassChallenge has an outstanding track record of attracting great startups and talent to the Commonwealth,” adding that the UK and Israel affiliates offer “proof that Massachusetts’ own unique brand of innovation is the standard for helping entrepreneurs launch and grow all over the world.” MassChallenge CEO John Harthorne said the concurrent launch in three cities “demonstrates the potential for our international network,” adding that “more entrepreneurs will gain access to the resources they need, with no equity taken.” Scott Bailey, managing director of MassChallenge Boston, announced several new initiatives, including alumni, industry and international committees to provide value to MassChallenge programs. And he welcomed several new MassChallenge sponsors, including Bühler, PepsiCo, Bose, Boehringer Ingelheim, Aetna, and Smith & Nephew. And finally, MassDevelopment is supporting the imminent launch of MADE@ MassChallenge, a makerspace for current and former start-up clients of MassChallenge. Slated to open March 10, 2015, the 5,000 square foot space with hardware and prototyping capabilities will provide entrepreneurs with expert training, equipment and office spaces with no equity taken. “MassDevelopment is thrilled to announce a grant of $200,000 to help to launch MADE@MassChallenge,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Marty Jones. “This funding will stimulate innovation by early-stage entrepreneurs and build on the partnerships between entrepreneurial companies and manufacturers in Massachusetts.” Find out more about MassChallenge here.
Massachusetts Senate Conducting “Commonwealth Conversations” in February & March
The Massachusetts Senate has launched a state wide listening tour called Commonwealth Conversations, a series of grassroots forums designed to connect state legislators directly with constituents to hear their ideas, concerns and suggestions. The series kicked off on February 4, 2015 in Western Massachusetts, and continues on Wednesday, February 11 with a public forum in Central Massachusetts being held at 6:30 p.m. at the UMass Medical School – Aaron Lazare Medical Research Building in Worchester. Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg noted recently that “the best ideas are often found not within these halls but in our neighborhoods and our coffee shops, in our board rooms and union halls, in our office break rooms and at our family tables.” In a video announcing the Commonwealth Conversations, Senate President Rosenberg was joined by Senator Bruce E. Tarr, Minority Leader of the MA Senate, and Senator Michael. J. Rodrigues, Chair of the Commonwealth Conversations. Senator Tarr said, “These forums are part of an effort to make your government even more accessible and responsive to you. State Senators from around the Commonwealth will be listening to what you have to say, and working hard to make sure they carry your voices and your ideas back to Beacon Hill.” “So that’s where your Senators will be over the next few weeks,” Rosenberg continued, “listening to your ideas, and following up on our promise of shared leadership with the people of the Commonwealth.” Here is a schedule of the upcoming forums: February 23 / North Shore February 25 / South Shore March 2 / Metro West March 4 / Metro Boston March 11 / South Coast March 18 / Southeast For more information, visit Commonwealth Conversations web site, and follow on Twitter #MAConvos.
Governor Baker Announces $4 million grant to UMass Lowell for new research collaborative
Governor Charlie Baker announced a $4 million grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) to UMass Lowell to support the school’s new Printed Electronics Research Collaborative (PERC). The four-year grant award, part of the Collaborative Research and Development Matching Grant Program, is being matched by $12 million in industry support. Governor Baker called the grant “another positive step forward for UMass Lowell, students and businesses across the Commonwealth…. By connecting the incredible resources in our universities with the business community, the Commonwealth will continue to stimulate economic growth and create more good-paying jobs.” Printed electronics is an emerging field with the potential to become a $76 billion global market in the next decade, according to a 2014 report by IDTechEx. It has a broad range of applications in fields including health care, telecommunications and renewable energy. UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan and MassTech CEO Pamela Goldberg joined the governor for the announcement at the Mark and Elisia Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center, an 84,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art research facility on campus where PERC will reside, alongside the Raytheon-UMass Lowell Research Institute. “Our mission is to convene industry, academia and government to catalyze economic opportunity in regions and clusters around the Commonwealth,” said Goldberg. “This project hits the mark on several fronts, including the potential to drive the development of innovative products and business growth.” “Not only does bringing our researchers together with innovators in industry stimulate economic growth, it offers our students unparalleled opportunities for experiential education,” Meehan said. “We are grateful to the Commonwealth for its investment in what we believe will be a model for academic and industry collaboration.” Among the Massachusetts companies that have signed on to participate in PERC are Raytheon, MicroChem, Rogers Corporation, SI2 Technologies and Triton Systems, with more companies expected, according to Julie Chen, Vice Provost for Research UMass Lowell.
Charlie Baker Becomes Governor of Massachusetts on January 8, 2015
(Photo Courtesy of State House News) Charlie Baker was sworn into office as the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on Thursday, January 8, 2015. Governor Baker delivered his inaugural address to the joint session of the Massachusetts state legislature at the State House in Boston. Here is the text of Governor Baker’s remarks. Karyn Polito was then sworn in as Lt. Governor of the Commonwealth. Here are Lt. Governor Polito’s remarks. Governor Baker joins an illustrious list of governors from Massachusetts that dates back to John Hancock (1789-1793). Contact the Governor’s Office here, and follow Governor Baker on twitter.
BOSTON’S 2024 OLYMPIC BID HIGHLIGHTS SPIRIT OF MASSACHUSETTS
Boston is going for the gold. Early next month, the US Olympic Committee (USOC) is expected to name the American city that will compete on the international stage for the 2024 Olympic Games. Boston is one of the four finalists, along with Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, DC. Earlier this month, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and the Boston 2024 delegation presented its proposal to the USOC, and came away confident of Boston’s chances. “One of the things they look for is legacy and sustainability of a city. Really we’re in very strong shape as far as the future of the city,” Mayor Walsh said. The quest to submit an Olympic bid got underway in October 2013 when Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill submitted by state Senator Eileen Donoghue of Lowell to create a Special Commission that would explore the feasibility and cost of this massive undertaking. The 11-member commission vetted the key issues of cost, infrastructure, transportation, security needs, and local support, and in February 2014 came back with an affirmative decision. Mindful of the enormous amount of resources and collaboration needed and the complexity of hosting the games, the Special Commission embraced the challenges “as an opportunity to leverage an Olympics to catalyze and accelerate the economic development and infrastructure improvements necessary to ensure that Massachusetts can compete globally now and into the future.” In addition to garnering the resources, planning and collective willpower needed to carry out an Olympic event, Massachusetts can also accentuate its illustrious tradition of pride in its sports and top athletes. Massachusetts’ connection to the Olympics dates back to 1896, when the first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece. At that event, nine of the fourteen American athletes were from Boston, and 13 of the 20 medals awarded to the USA went to Boston athletes. The following year, in 1897, the Boston Athletic Association launched the first amateur marathon race, which has since spawned hundreds of marathons across the world. The Boston Marathon remains one of the world’s most prestigious races, with over 35,000 runners participating in 2014, resulting in a $175 million economic impact, according to the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. In professional sports, Boston has rightly been called the City of Champions, with the Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins and New England Patriots winning a combined eight championship titles since 2000. Basketball and Volleyball were both invented in Massachusetts, according to the Massachusetts Sports Office, which plays a supportive role in bidding on major sporting events like the 2014 Winter Olympic US Figure Skating Championships last winter, and a variety of NCAA sporting events in collegiate sports. Massachusetts is already an international destination, thanks to its world class innovation economy, academic institutions, medical facilities, and rich cultural and natural landscapes. Tourism is the third largest employer in Massachusetts with 128,000 jobs and $16.9 billion in direct spending, according to Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism. And Massport’s steady expansion of international air routes at Boston’s Logan International Airport continues to serve as the gateway to New England, with 76 domestic and 42 international destinations, handling over 30 million passengers each year. So best wishes to Boston 2024 as it seeks to bring the Olympics home to Massachusetts in 2024.
Invention, Innovation & Imagination: JFK’s Space Program Exhibit at Logan Airport
(Photo courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum) John F. Kennedy continues to inspire. The 35th president of the United States (1961-63) was a proud native son of Massachusetts whose leadership, vision and courage continue to inspire the nation and the world. The U.S. Space Program was one of President Kennedy’s most lasting initiatives and is the focus of a new exhibit aptly titled, “Invention, Innovation and Imagination.” The multimedia installation, a joint collaboration between the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum and the Massachusetts Port Authority, is located at Terminal A at Boston’s Logan International Airport. For history lovers, the exhibit brings to bear the cold war era of the 1960s, when the United States and the Soviet Union were vying to reach the moon first. On May 25, 1961, President Kennedy appealed to the Americans’ spirit of adventure, to patriotic pride, and to the cause of freedom, saying: “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth.” The wall graphics celebrate the innovation economy in New England by highlighting numerous innovations that resulted from the U.S. Space Program. One of the compelling elements is an audio of President Kennedy’s famous speech challenging the nation to put a man on the moon before the end of the 1960s. Heather Campion, CEO of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, said, “Not only did his challenge to Americans and stewardship of the Space Program land a man on the moon in just eight years, but it resulted in several significant scientific advancements that are staples to us today, including GPS, protective firefighting gear and our ability to harness solar energy.” Thomas P. Glynn, CEO of Massport, said the exhibit is part of the airport’s public art program “aimed at stimulating passengers and providing a sense of place. This exhibit reminds us how President Kennedy motivated the nation to push the limits of science and technology. That motivation has continued ever since with great results here in Massachusetts.” This installation is first piece in three-phase collaboration between JFK Library Foundation and Logan Airport. Plans for future installations include visuals designed to encourage children to pursue science and volunteerism, and an installation highlighting President Kennedy’s call for global citizenship. Located in East Boston, Logan Airport is the region’s largest transportation center, generating $7 billion in economic activity each year. The JFK Library & Museum is located at Columbia Point in Dorchester preserves and provides access to historical materials related to President Kennedy and his times. For more about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
Green Communities Thrive in Massachusetts
(Photo Courtesy of PV Squared in Greenfield, MA) Massachusetts is getting greener, and that is great news for the cities and towns across the Commonwealth seeking to cut energy costs that ultimately save taxpayer dollars. Just last week, state and local officials announced that 13 more municipalities received the state’s coveted Green Community Designation. The 13 new communities include Ashburnham, Belmont, Dalton, Dudley, Everett, Goshen, Halifax, Lanesborough, Millville, Pembroke, Upton, Warwick and Wellfleet. That brings the total to 136 green communities, more than half of the state’s 351 cities and towns. The Green Community Designation and Grant program is run by the Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs (EOEE), which rewards communities that meet five clean energy benchmarks: • Provide as-of-right siting in designated locations for renewable/alternative energy generation, research & development, or manufacturing facilities. • Adopt an expedited application and permit process for as-of-right energy facilities. • Establish an energy use baseline and develop a plan to reduce energy use by twenty percent (20%) within five (5) years. • Purchase only fuel-efficient vehicles • Set requirements to minimize life-cycle energy costs for new construction by adopting the new Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) Stretch Code. In addition to recognizing the new communities, Governor Deval Patrick released the program’s first ever progress report , which indicates that seven communities already in the program have achieved a 20 percent reduction in municipal energy: Arlington, Belchertown, Cambridge, Natick, Palmer, Springfield and Sutton. “Today, we mark a significant milestone, with more than half the Commonwealth’s population now residing in a Green Community,” said EOEE Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett. “These 136 communities have committed to locking in energy savings, protecting our environment and saving municipal energy dollars.” Green Communities grants have already supported more than 500 completed projects across the Commonwealth, projected to deliver annual energy cost savings of nearly $4 million. Once they receive the Green Communities designation, cities and towns are eligible for awards to fund local renewable power and energy efficiency projects that advance both municipal and state clean energy goals. Grants awarded so far assist an array of projects across the state, including the installation of solar panels on town office buildings, weatherization at schools and municipal buildings, installation of high-efficiency street lights and a host of energy efficiency upgrades. Here is a video of Green Community participants. The Patrick Administration’s aggressive clean energy initiatives have made Massachusetts a leader in energy efficiency, renewable energy and emissions reductions. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recently named Massachusetts number one for energy efficiency for the fourth consecutive year. In 2007, Massachusetts had just over 3 megawatts each of solar and wind capacity installed. Today there are 699 megawatts of solar installed, with a goal of 1,600 megawatts by 2020. The Commonwealth has installed 107 megawatts of land-based wind and is poised to be home to the nation’s first offshore wind farm. Here is how to become a green community in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Launches Partnership to Connect Startups with Established Manufacturers
(Caption: Greentown Labs Executive Director Emily Reichert, Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone, Secretary of EOHED Gregory Bialecki, MassDevelopment CEO Marty Jones, Principal at Tyson Associates Mitch Tyson, and MassMEP Director of Operations Jack Healy) Photo Courtesy of Greentown Labs A new partnership between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the advanced manufacturing industry, and the innovation collaborative space movement will create new synergies that can connect local startup companies with manufacturers. The partnership includes MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency; the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP), an organization seeking to strengthen the state’s advanced manufacturing sector; and Greentown Labs in Somerville, one of the state’s success stories in creating innovative collaborative space for mixed-uses. Officials say the partnership will help startups to achieve their potential, manufacturers to increase their access/exposure to the latest technological trends, and the Commonwealth to grow its manufacturing sector. Greg Bialecki, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development spoke at the announcement, and noted that the combined efforts of these three groups “will help emerging manufacturers take their ideas from concept to company.” Emily Reichert, PhD, CEO of Greentown Labs, described Greentown Labs as “a community of entrepreneurs solving the world’s biggest energy and environmental challenges….we want our companies to know they have many options to stay and grow their businesses here in Massachusetts.” Marty Jones, President and CEO of MassDevelopment, said, “Working with Greentown Labs and MassMEP, we will make sure that clean-green companies not only continue to come up with their ideas in Massachusetts, but that they will build their companies in the Commonwealth.” Jack Healy, Director of Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership, said, “The strength of the manufacturing base in Massachusetts benefits the Greentown Labs’ start-ups as they move from bench-top ideas to larger scale commercial success.” “Greentown and MassMEP will develop a network and best practices for both startups and manufacturers through a series of educational workshops and collaborative projects,” according to a blog post by Micaelah Morrill, program manager of the manufacturing initiative. This project will launch with a pilot involving 40 companies that will lead to a broader program. The new partnership is a continuation of manufacturing initiatives launched during the Administration of Governor Deval Patrick, including the Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative, which Bialecki says “focused unprecedented attention and resources on this critical innovative sector.” In October, Massachusetts celebrated National Manufacturing Day throughout the week with a series of events across the Commonwealth that highlighted the manufacturing industry.
Boston one of four finalists in the Audi Urban Future Initiative
Boston is one of four cities – along with Mexico City, Berlin and Seoul – competing to develop innovative solutions to mobility in the future. Known as the Audi Urban Future Initiative, this multidisciplinary exercise examines a wide range of urban challenges and possible solutions that involve new generations of technology. Congratulations to all the participants.
Massachusetts Life Sciences – Out of this World!
(Caption: Expedition 41 Flight Engineer Reid Wiseman of NASA) Life science companies based in Massachusetts have a unique opportunity to send their research to outer space, thanks to the new Galactic Grant Competition announced this month at Boston’s Museum of Science. The first-in-the-nation competition is funded by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC), the state’s investment agency that supports life sciences innovation, research, development, and commercialization. MLSC is partnering with the Center for Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), the agency charged with maximizing innovation and discovery aboard the International Space Station. Up to $500,000 is being awarded to the winning companies, who will get to participate in life science experiments take place on board the International Space Station. Applicants may apply between December 1, 2014 and April 3, 2015. A series of information sessions, to take place between December and February, will be announced at the end of November. “Massachusetts is the global leader in life sciences, so it is only fitting that we are the first state to promote life sciences experiments on the International Space Station,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “We are taking our spirit of collaboration to space in order to advance science, technology, education and economic development for Massachusetts and its residents.” In addition to the $500,000 research prize(s), $50,000 is being set aside for STEM educational initiatives that connect Massachusetts students to the ISS with unique content and student research opportunities. The International Space Station is an ideal research platform for life sciences initiatives, according to officials. The microgravity environment on the station has profound and unique effects on biological phenomena and can enable discoveries with terrestrial applications, including drug discovery, development, delivery, and diagnostics. Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D., President &CEO of MLSC, said “Massachusetts is the first state that CASIS has approached about a collaboration….on the International Space Station – a one-of-a-kind platform for applied research projects that will help bring new therapies and cures to market.” Earlier this month, CASIS & Boeing awarded $200,000 each to three startups that participated in the MassChallenge competition, to test their medical technologies aboard the International Space Station. Find out more information about the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.
STRENGTHENING OUR GLOBAL TIES TO CREATE GROWTH & OPPORTUNITY IN MASSACHUSETTS
The Massachusetts Office of Trade & International Investment is hosting a forum today to discuss ways in which increased global engagement helps the Massachusetts economy grow. Featured speakers include Governor Deval Patrick, EOHED Secretary Greg Bialecki, MOITI Director Rich Elam, as well as CEOs from international companies and state and local leaders from government, business and academia. Here is the Schedule of Events and speaker biographies.
Governor Deval Patrick: Transition of State Government
Governor Deval Patrick unveiled his Transition of State Government initiative with a series of transition videos to help ensure a smooth passage from his administration to Governor-elect Charlie Baker. “Congratulations to the Governor-elect, Lieutenant Governor-elect and their team on winning the election,” Governor Patrick said. “Now it’s time to prepare to govern, and we hope this website will help you and all citizens understand the substance of the work of this Administration as you assume continuing responsibility for it.”
Congratulations MassChallenge Class of 2014
The 5th annual MassChallenge Awards at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston’s Seaport District this week was an inspiring event from start to finish. Guest speakers included renowned entrepreneurs and innovators Travis Kalanick, co-founder and CEO of Uber Technologies and Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, as well as Nancy E. Frates, co-creator of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The main event of the evening was the announcements of $1.75 million in awards to the best startup companies of the year. Four companies won the top prize of $100,000 each, followed by 12 companies winning $50,000 each, totaling $1 million. And in addition, 23 other companies won a variety of prizes totaling $750,000, as part of the MassChallenge Side Car prizes. The Side Car grants were sponsored by CASIS and Boeing, the John W. Henry Family Foundation, Microsoft, MassIT and Perkins School for the Blind. Here is a full list of the 2014 MassChallenge winners. Congratulations to all of the contestants and to the winners. Prior to the event, MassChallenge CEO John Hawthorne presented a special award to Governor Deval Patrick for his work promoting innovation and technology. In fact, the governor became the recipient of the first annual Deval L. Patrick Commonwealth Innovation Award, which will be given in subsequent years to a deserving individual. Kalanick praised Patrick for helping to create an environment where companies like Uber could succeed. Schmidt echoed that praise, adding that “If you want to solve the economic problems of the U.S., create more entrepreneurs and get more immigrants in as well.” This year’s top prize winners include: Catie’s Closet, which improves school attendance and removes social stigmas by providing clothing and necessities to students living in poverty; Disease Diagnostic Group, which is creating a hand-held malaria diagnosis device; Drinkwell, which converts arsenic and fluoride water into safe drinking water; and SQZ Biotech, an MIT biotech startup that squeezes molecules into cells.
Massachusetts Ranked First in Nation for Energy Efficiency Polices and Programs
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has ranked Massachusetts first in the nation for energy efficiency policies and programs in its annual state-by-state scorecard. This is the fourth straight year Massachusetts has led the nation in this coveted category. “We have treated efficiency as our first fuel because saving energy, managing costs and reducing environmental impacts while building a stronger clean tech economy helps fulfill our responsibility to future generations to leave a strong Commonwealth than we found,” said Governor Deval Patrick. See the Massachusetts Score Card Here. The Patrick Administration energy efficiency and clean energy goals were outlined when Governor Patrick first took office in 2008, when he signed the Green Communities Act, the Green Jobs Act and the Global Warming Solutions Act. In fact, ACEEE continues to highlight the Green Communities Act as a central component to Massachusetts’ achievements, since it requires the state’s investor owned electric and natural gas utilities to prepare energy efficiency plans and pursue “all cost effective energy efficiency.” Maeve Vallely Bartlett, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, said that “Massachusetts has made reducing our energy use a priority across state government, municipalities and in our businesses and homes.” Maggie Molina, Program Director of ACEEE Utilities, State and Local Policy, said “Massachusetts has proven that it is possible to save more energy each year while creating jobs, boosting the economy, and ensuring a cleaner environment for years to come.” “Energy efficiency’s benefits go beyond greenhouse gas reductions and lower energy costs – it has become a true economic driver in the Commonwealth,” said Alicia Barton, CEO of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. “Because of the investments Massachusetts has made, there are more than 4,000 companies with over 65,000 workers inventing, delivering, and exporting energy efficiency technologies to national and global markets.” In September 2014, the Governor Patrick announced the 2014 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report, showing that clean energy sector now includes more than 88,000 employees and nearly 6,000 businesses. The clean energy sector in Massachusetts grew by 10.5 percent, the fourth year of double digit growth. Energy efficiency is now the job of more than 65,000 workers in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Celebrates Global Diaspora Week, October 12-17
How can immigrant communities in the United States work closely with their respective homelands to create entrepreneurial opportunities that benefit both places? That was the poignant theme of Global Diaspora Week (October 12-17), a national conversation organized by the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Calvert Foundation. Diaspora is from the Greek word διασπορά, and refers to the “movement, migration or scattering of a people from their ancestral homeland.” Over 70 events took place across the nation, including several in Massachusetts, which helped underscore the entrepreneurial spirit, hard work and innovative ideas prevalent in immigrant communities, according to the International Diaspora Engagement Alliance. Local Chinese leaders organized the forum, Entrepreneurship Development and Opportunities for the US Chinese Diaspora at Harvard University. Hosted by the United Cultures Innovation Center for International Cooperation (UCIC) and the Harvard US-China Economic Interaction Council (HUCEIC), the all-day conference drew over 250 entrepreneurs, business leaders, public officials, students and academics for a robust discussion and exchange of ideas. Topics included Translational Medicine in the Genomics Era, US-China Capital Market Relations and Dialogue Opportunities; and Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Education, Cultural and Tourism Industry. Organizer Xin Li said she hoped the forum would “bring the Chinese community together and let the older generation pass on their experience and wisdom to the next generation” while fostering innovation and creating social engagement. Several state and local officials participated in the conference, including Tackey Chan, State Representative; Rich Elam of the Massachusetts Office of International Trade & Investment (MOITI); Kathleen Newell of the Massachusetts Export Center; and Jolin Zhou of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. Local Brazilian leaders Alvaro Lima and Anselmo Cassiano organized a series of four lectures at MIT and Berklee College of Music to discuss Diggai, a new initiative that seeks to aggregate and curate the cultural products of Brazilians around the world. Leading up to Global Diaspora Week, Boston hosted its 6th annual Golden Bridges conference, welcoming a delegation of officials, entrepreneurs and tourism leaders from Northwest Ireland. Drew O’Brien, head of Global Partnerships, was a guest speaker, along with Senate President Therese Murray and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. And in September, MOITI welcomed a group from Malaysia seeking to create new business and education partnerships in the Commonwealth. Massachusetts ranks eighth in the nation for newcomers, with an immigrant population that represents over 14 percent of the population. Latino and Asian-owned businesses alone employ over 50,000 Massachusetts residents, with sales of over $7 billion. Immigrants compose nearly 20 percent of the state’s workforce. Governor Deval Patrick declared Immigrant Entrepreneurship Month, June 15 – July 15, 2014, and said, “Our immigrant communities have always been an integral part of our state’s economic and cultural fabric. I am proud to recognize the hard work of our immigrant entrepreneurs who have made Massachusetts home, and whose achievements help keep us in the leadership business.” Massachusetts wants to enable foreign-born, American- educated entrepreneurs to remain in the country after they graduate. The new economic development bill, An Act to Promote Growth and Opportunity, calls for the creation of a Global Entrepreneur in Residence Program to retain and attract entrepreneurs who are growing companies and creating jobs in the state. Administered by the Mass Tech Collaborative, the program will place selected students – who are eligible for H-1B visas but unable to get them due to a federal cap – as “entrepreneurs in residence” at public and private institutions and will ensure that they continue to contribute to the Massachusetts economy. For more about the international investment opportunities in the Commonwealth, visit Massachusetts Office of International Trade & Investment.
Economic Impact Award Finalists Call A “Gateway City” Home
(Caption:Massachusetts Gateway Cities. Top l-r: Lowell, Brockton, Lawrence; Bottom L-r: Leominster, Chicopee, Fall River.) (Information for this blog was submitted by MassEcon) Gateway Cities may have been overshadowed in the past by the well-known economic hubs of Boston and Cambridge, but recently, Gateway Cities have been getting more well-deserved attention for playing a significant role in the Commonwealth’s economy, both from public officials and in the private sector by organizations like MassEcon. Nearly 40% of the finalists for MassEcon’s 11th Annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards call one of the 26 Massachusetts Gateway Cities home: Affordable Interior Systems in Leominster; Asahi/America and Solectria Renewables in Lawrence; PlumChoice in Lowell; Crown Uniform & Linen Service in Brockton; Matouk in Fall River; Menck Windows in Chicopee; and Nuclea Biotechnologies in Pittsfield. These companies represent a variety of industries – from manufacturing to commercial laundry to bio-pharmaceutical to luxury textile industries – and, along with the 13 other finalist companies from around the Commonwealth, they have been recognized by MassEcon for their expansion, investment, jobs and community involvement. The finalist companies in Gateway Cities have made significant contributions to their communities by investing nearly $69 million in properties, expanding in more than 800,000 square feet and adding 370 jobs since January 1, 2013. Representatives from each of these companies joined the other finalists on September 17 at a reception hosted at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP where they delivered their company’s stories. Finalists will be awarded Gold, Silver, and Bronze standings at the Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards Luncheon on November 25 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. These winners will be announced during the week of September 29. Click here for the latest updates. MassEcon has recognized the growth of companies in Gateway Cities with its Economic Impact Awards, and also with its ReadyMass100 program. Since launching the ReadyMass100 program just five years ago, MassEcon has gained a strong presence in 26 properties in 14 of the Gateway Cities, covering more than 604 acres and more than 2.5 million square feet. Each of the ReadyMass 100 properties has been rigorously evaluated by a team of real estate experts in concert with state partners and is certified for immediate occupancy or development. The properties have met key criteria relating to infrastructure, permitting, size and readiness. This chart illustrates the presence of ReadyMass100 properties in Gateway Cities throughout the Commonwealth: For more information regarding Gateway Cities visit MassEcon.com or contact MassEcon Senior Director Doug Kehlhem at firstname.lastname@example.org
Massachusetts Celebrates National Manufacturing Day
(Caption: State officials celebrated National Manufacturing Day in 2013 at Crane Stationary in North Adams.) by Marty Jones If Halloween isn’t your style of celebration, there are plenty of other holidays throughout October. You can reminisce about the contents of childhood sandwiches on National Bologna Day, step away from the computer on Information Overload Day, and bestow a personality on your beloved vehicle on National Name Your Car Day. Or, you can reserve October 3 on your calendar and join hundreds around the Commonwealth to celebrate National Manufacturing Day, a holiday that is less Mad Hatter and more nuts-and-bolts, with a real economic impact for Massachusetts. Manufacturing is the one of the largest sectors in Massachusetts, with more than 7,500 companies employing 250,000 workers. For reasons such as the recession and outdated, negative perceptions of manufacturing, this industry is often overlooked by young people and their adult influencers. That lack of awareness means that while manufacturers will need to hire up to 100,000 new workers in the next 10 years as current employees retire, today’s students aren’t prepared with the highly technical math, computing, and engineering skills required to fill the openings. These jobs pay well – an average salary of $75,000 They’re also exciting, cutting-edge career options for people looking to play an active role in creating some of the world’s most interesting products, from smartphones to wind turbines and life-saving drugs. National Manufacturing Day, which in Massachusetts is part of Advanced Manufacturing Week, can help to banish these cobwebbed perceptions of the industry and highlight the bright future in manufacturing careers. To encourage schools and manufacturers to collaborate, MassDevelopment is celebrating October 3 by launching a contest through AMP it up!, our campaign to promote advanced manufacturing as a viable and attractive career path (stay tuned that day for more details). AMP it up! matching-grant recipients are also hosting events around the state, so check out an open house, tour, or speaking program near you. MassDevelopment manages the redevelopment of Devens, a 4,400-acre community in north-central Massachusetts that has a high concentration of advanced manufacturing companies. To showcase the opportunities and work of those companies, we’re holding a mini manufacturing trade show with businesses such as Vitasoy, Eglomise Designs, FIBA Technologies, and Laddawn. Students, teachers, guidance counselors, and all those interested in manufacturing in Massachusetts are welcome to attend. So, on October 3, grab your bologna sandwich, clear your mind, and drive Pamela the Prius to one of the Commonwealth’s many manufacturing companies. You’ll find a lot worth celebrating. Marty Jones is President and CEO of MassDevelopment.
Massachusetts Proclaims Advanced Manufacturing Week, September 29-October 3, 2014
Commonwealth of Massachusetts A Proclamation His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick Whereas: Massachusetts manufacturers are world-class companies that are an essential part of the state’s innovation economy; and Whereas: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is home to over 7,000 manufacturers with 250,000 employees that distribute their products globally; and Whereas: Up to 100,00 new workers will be needed over the next 10 years to fill jobs in the Massachusetts manufacturing industry; and Whereas: The Commonwealth’s “AMP it Up!” campaign has held more than 30 career awareness and manufacturing promotional events that have reached more than 1,000 students, parents, and career counselors; and Whereas: The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development in collaboration with the Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative has created programs to support manufacturers Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim September 29 – October 3, 2014, to be, ADVANCED MANUFACTURING WEEK And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this week and participate fittingly in its observance. Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this 29th day of September, in the year two thousand and fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth. By His Excellency Deval L. Patrick Governor of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin Secretary of the Commonwealth God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Massachusetts Companies Continue to Expand Jobs and Enlarge Facilities
Caption: IPG Photonics Corporation is expanding facilities and adding jobs in Marlborough, (Photo courtesy of Mystic View Design) Massachusetts is helping to support businesses across the Commonwealth seeking to expand their facilities and create new jobs while using private funds. This week the Economic Assistance Coordinating Council (EACC) approved seven projects to participate in the Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP), the Commonwealth’s investment tax credit program for businesses. The projects are expected to create 433 new jobs and retain 460 existing jobs, in addition to leveraging over $61 million in private investment and supporting construction projects across the Commonwealth. They include five manufacturing companies and three projects located in Gateway Cities. “Supporting companies that are choosing to grow in Massachusetts is one of the Administration’s key economic development objectives to create economic opportunity in every region of the Commonwealth,” says Michael Hunter, Executive Director of Massachusetts Office of Business Development. “These investments will help these companies expand and continue to enhance the Massachusetts economy by making our communities stronger in the long term.” The EACC, which meets quarterly, approved these projects: Manufacturing Retention Projects (MRP) Jacqueline’s Wholesale Bakery, Inc. in Salem Metrigraphics, LLC in Lowell Expansion Projects (EP) IPG Photonics Corporation in Marlborough Amazon.com.dedc LLC in Stoughton Tax Increment Financing Only Projects SMC Limited in Devens New England Peptide in Gardner Freedom Credit Union in Springfield Here are fuller descriptions of the projects. In 2009, Governor Deval Patrick and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki, along with the Legislature, reformed the EDIP program, turning it into one of the most effective programs to help business grow in Massachusetts. Since then, 204 projects have received approval, leading to the potential creation of 14,416 new jobs, the retention of 40,911 existing jobs and leveraging of over $5.5 billion in private investment. In all, the program has assisted 111 manufacturers and supported 94 projects in Gateway Cities. For more information about the EDIP and the Local Incentive Program, contact the MOBD regional representative in your area.
Massachusetts & Denmark Collaborate on Renewable Energy and Life Sciences
(Caption: Lillgrund Wind Farm in Denmark) This week Governor Deval Patrick is leading a coalition of government and industry officials on an Innovation Partnership Mission to Denmark, United Kingdom and France. The goal is to expand opportunities between Massachusetts and the European Union for economic development and job creation in the innovation economy, education and transportation sectors. Denmark was the first stop on the trip, with Governor Patrick touring the Lillgrund Wind Farm off the coast of Copenhagen, and later giving an overview of the state’s strategy for strengthening its clean and renewable energy portfolio. “Offshore wind has enormous potential off Massachusetts’ coast and we are working to ensure the Commonwealth is the national hub for this emerging industry,” Patrick said. “It is essential we establish strong relationships with industry leaders abroad so we can learn from their experience to grow the industry at home.” The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has named Massachusetts number one in energy efficiency in the United States for three years running. The clean energy revolution is yielding economic benefits as well, with 11.8 percent job growth in the last year and 24 percent in the last two years; nearly 80,000 people are employed in the industry in Massachusetts at 5,500 companies. Later that day, the governor spoke at a Life Science Innovation Partnership Forum in Copenhagen. It was a sequel to a June 2012 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Massachusetts and Denmark’s Medicon Valley that sought to stimulate economic, industrial, technological and commercial cooperation between these two leading life sciences centers. “The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Medicon Valley are both centers for life sciences innovation with economies driven by entrepreneurship,” said Greg Bialecki, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development. “Our strengths in industries such as life sciences and digital technologies have positioned us as a global leader, and by working together, we will ensure economic growth in our regions for generations to come.” Sophie Haestorp Andersen, Regional Chairman of the Capital Region of Denmark, described her group’s strategy to be “an international knowledge region that collaborates with the best research institutions and companies in the world. The agreement with Massachusetts is an important milestone in that strategy.” There are also important trade connections between the two places. Last year, Denmark was Massachusetts’s 40th largest export partner, with Massachusetts exporting approximately $60.3 million in goods and services to Denmark. Denmark was Massachusetts’s 48th largest import partner in 2013, with Massachusetts importing approximately $48.9 million in goods and services, according to the Massachusetts Export Center.
Assembly Row is the New Orange
(Caption: Artists Rendering of Assembly Row) The Assembly Station train stop along the MBTA Orange Line opened this week in Somerville, and the excitement was palatable among commuters as well as business owners and state and local officials. For one thing, it was the first new station added by the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) in twenty-seven years; the daily projected ridership at Assembly is expected to be up to 5,400 passengers by 2030. But more so, the new train stop is a harbinger of great things to come for the $1.4 billion Assembly Row project, which is part of an exciting strategy by public officials to create unique new communities where residents have easy access to transportation, jobs, housing, and recreational and entertainment opportunities. The development will include more than 2.8 million square feet of office space, 635,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and entertainment uses, and 1,813 homes. It will feature public benefits like a waterfront park and new bike and pedestrian paths connecting existing neighborhoods with the new development. The first phase, with 448 apartments, scores of retail shops and restaurants and more, is already open. “We invest in infrastructure to catalyze private development, revitalize urban neighborhoods and bolster growth and opportunity across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Deval Patrick, who visited the new station on September 2, opening day. “The new Assembly Orange Line station is a concrete reminder of what can be achieved through public-private partnership and investment in our communities.” Governor Patrick was joined at the opening by U.S. Congressman Michael Capuano, who helped secure federal funds for the station, Mass DOT Secretary and CEO Richard Davey, MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott, Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and other local officials. The new Assembly station is funded through a combination of federal, state and private investment. The total cost of the station is $56 million with the Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development (EOHED) contributing $25 million through a MassWorks grant, $16 million in federal funds and a $15 million investment from Federal Realty Investment Trust, the developers of the Assembly Row project. EOHED Secretary Greg Bialecki noted that “Assembly Row is an excellent example of a well-rounded development project that aligns our jobs, housing and transportation needs to better serve our residents. Through these types of collaborative efforts we are making our communities great places to live, work and play.” To learn more about the Patrick Administration’s strategy for economic growth through investments in innovation, infrastructure and education, go to Choosing to Compete in the 21st Century.
United Airlines’ Hemispheres Magazine Features Massachusetts
Check out the September 2014 issue of Hemispheres Magazine, the in-flight magazine of United Airlines. There is a 15 page spread devoted to Massachusetts in its Dossier series, which features an “in-depth overview of a region, including the unique initiatives that shape its industry and commerce as well as its influence on today’s global economy.” Both Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh are profiled in the issue. The supplement describes Massachusetts as “one of America’s favorite places to do business,” and says that Governor Patrick ”leaves a state that ranks among the leaders in everything from student achievement to economic competitiveness and entrepreneurial activity.” A number of state officials are cited in the publication, including Greg Bialecki, Secretary of Housing & Economic Development; Susan Windham-Bannister, President & CEO of Massachusetts Life Sciences, James Rooney, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority; Thomas Glynn, CEO of Massport, and Robert Caret, President of the University of Massachusetts. Among the Massachusetts companies featured are the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, Raytheon Company and Partners Healthcare. In April 2014, United Airlines opened a new concourse at Terminal B at Boston’s Logan International Airport. Governor Patrick said at the time, “With increased customer service and convenience, United’s presence in Terminal B will continue to make Boston a top destination for domestic and international travel.”
Collaborative Workspace Grants Available to Massachusetts’ Gateway Cities
(Photo: Collaborative Workspace at Brooklyn Boulders Somerville) Entrepreneurs have an exciting new opportunity to create collaborative work spaces in Gateway Cities across the Commonwealth. Thanks to the Gateway Cities Transformative Development Fund, entrepreneurs can apply for up to $2 million in matching grants to own, sponsor or operate collaborative workspace. State officials believe these spaces help spur business growth and economic activity in Gateway Cities. “Collaborative workspaces inspire communities of innovation,” says Greg Bialecki, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development. “These shared environments are hubs of economic activity, and are a very important part of our overall growth strategy.” The Gateway Cities Transformative Development Fund, totaling over $16 million, is part of An Act to Promote Economic Growth in the Commonwealth, which Governor Deval Patrick signed into law on August 13, 2014. Managed by MassDevelopment, the Fund enables equity investments and technical assistance to support transformative development in Gateway communities. “The sharing economy has driven demand for flexible, dynamic workspaces, especially in Gateway Cities,” says Marty Jones, MassDevelopment President and CEO. “We look forward to seeing the spaces that will spring from this first phase of the Transformative Development Initiative.” Interested applicants can access the Request for Proposals for the grants, which can be used for construction, improvements, or equipment for new spaces or for existing facility expansions. Collaborative workspaces often feature open floor plans, community meeting spaces, and other features to encourage connections between tenants. Earlier this spring, Housing & Economic Development staff held workshops across the state to familiarize prospective developers, operators, funders and public officials with collaborative space opportunities. Gateway Cities are defined as having: a population greater than 35,000 but less than 250,000; a median household income below the state average; and a population whose rate of attainment of a college degree is below the state average. Massachusetts’ new economic development plan has been praised recently by Inc. Magazine for supporting “business communities outside of the traditional business thoroughfares of Boston and Cambridge.” And Fortune Magazine praised Massachusetts for creating “a model based on public-private partnership, a promising blueprint other states should follow.”
Twenty-two finalists Compete for MassEcon’s 2014 Economic Impact Awards
(Caption: Greg Bialecki, Secretary of Housing & Economic Development) Excitement is building for this year’s 2014 Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards, presented annually by MassEcon, the state’s private sector partner in promoting business growth in Massachusetts. Earlier this month, MassEcon announced the twenty-two companies that are finalists for the award, representing five regions of the state: West, Southeast, Northeast, Central and Greater Boston. They range in size and are drawn from various industries like education, robotics, manufacturing, life sciences, energy, consumer goods, information technology and advertising. “We are thrilled to recognize the businesses in Massachusetts that contribute so much to our state’s prosperity,” says Susan Houston, Executive Director of MassEcon. “The range of industries and regions represented by this outstanding group of companies demonstrates the overall strength of our Commonwealth.” On September 17, the finalists present one-minute elevator pitches describing their growth to a panel of judges and business leaders. Greg Bialecki, Secretary of the Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development, is a featured guest at the event. “These Team Massachusetts finalists are making significant contributions to our state’s economy,” says Bialecki. “I applaud these companies for their investment and look forward to our ongoing partnership as they continue to expand and create jobs here in Massachusetts.” The winners from each of the five regions will be announced in October, and presented with their awards on November 25 at a luncheon in Boston at which Citizens Bank is presenting sponsor. Here are finalists by region: WEST: Menck Windows – Chicopee Nuclea Biotechnologies, Inc. – Pittsfield Sinicon Plastics, Inc. – Dalton SOUTHEAST: AccuRounds, Inc. – Avon Crown Uniform & Linen Service – Brockton Hydroid, Inc. – Pocasset Matouk – Fall River SolarCity – Pembroke NORTHEAST: Asahi/America – Lawrence Entegris, Inc. – Bedford Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. – Burlington Solectria Renewables – Lawrence PlumChoice, Inc. – Lowell Toxikon Corporation– Bedford CENTRAL: AIS, Inc. – Leominster Pall Life Sciences – Westborough Quest Diagnostics – Marlborough GREATER BOSTON: Biogen Idec, Inc. – Cambridge EF Education First – Cambridge Havas Media/Arnold Worldwide – Boston Pfizer, Inc. – Cambridge uniQure – Lexington Best of luck to all of the finalists! To learn more about Massachusetts’ economic development strategy, visit the Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development.
Massachusetts’ Economic Development Plan Should Be a National Model, Writes Two Leading Business Magazines
(Caption: Governor Deval Patrick) Massachusetts’ $80 million economic plan, signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick on August 13, 2014, is getting glowing reviews from two leading business publications, Inc. Magazine and Fortune Magazine. “Massachusetts’ economic development plan is one that other states may want to pay attention to,” writes Inc. Magazine‘s Jeremy Quittner, in “Why Massachusetts’ Plans for Economic Development Could (and Should) Blaze a Trail for Other States.” Quittner describes the state’s plan to “bolster job training in the state’s high-growth industries, provide capital to its start-ups, and support business communities outside of the traditional business thoroughfares of Boston and Cambridge.” The Massachusetts plan, outlined in The Act to Promote Economic Growth in the Commonwealth “provides new tools and training to ensure the Massachusetts workforce meets the needs of employers, invests in our Gateway Cities to promote development across the entire state and provides incentives to create jobs and stimulate the economy,” reads a statement from the Governor’s Office. Greg Bialecki, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, says that the bill “provides significant new support for the Commonwealth’s economic development strategy. Ensuring the long-term economic prosperity of the Commonwealth means extending growth and opportunity to every corner of the state.” The Inc. Magazine story comes on the heels of an article in Fortune Magazine published last week and written by Karen Mills, former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and Senior Fellow at Harvard Business School. In, “How U.S. States Can Get Small Businesses Growing (Again),” Mills writes that “Massachusetts has created a model based on public-private partnership, a promising blueprint other states should follow.” She praises Massachusetts for “taking parts of the playbook for jobs and driving solutions that make sense.” Massachusetts’ ongoing economic development strategy focuses on the state’s long-term investments in education, innovation and infrastructure, and is outlined in the document, “Choosing to Compete in the 21st Century.”
Massachusetts builds up its global profile in life sciences
(Massachusetts Life Sciences Pavilion at the Bio 2014 Conference) Building on the Commonwealth’s robust life sciences industry and long-term strategy for growth, Governor Deval Patrick announced the launch of the Universal Partnerships (UP) Program, a new initiative by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) to help fund Massachusetts companies that are forming R&D collaborations with life science organizations throughout the world. The announcement came at the 2014 BIO International Convention in San Diego, where a strong delegation of scientists, entrepreneurs, business leaders and public officials made the case that Massachusetts is the best place in the world to be for the life sciences industry. “We invest in the life sciences because we are choosing to shape our own future,” said Governor Patrick. “I commend the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center on creating this unique and forward-looking international collaboration.” In its first year of the UP program, the Center will award grants ranging from $50,000 to $200,000. An eligible project will focus on a milestone within a research & development collaboration, and will consist of one Massachusetts company and one organization outside of the United States. The organization could include a company, an academic institution, a hospital or a research institute. Through the MLSC, Massachusetts is investing $1 billion over 10 years in the growth of the state’s life sciences supercluster. These investments are being made under the Massachusetts Life Sciences Initiative, proposed by Governor Patrick in 2007, and passed by the State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Patrick in 2008. Greg Bialecki, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, noted, “Massachusetts is committed to seeking new models of innovation to drive future economic growth,” adding that the program “expands the footprint for collaboration across the globe.” Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D., President and CEO of MLSC, said the UP program “is based on our strong belief that knowledge creation occurs worldwide and global collaboration to share that knowledge will accelerate innovation and economic development.” “Collaboration is key in the life sciences, and the announcement of this new Universal Partnerships program is incredibly exciting,” said Massachusetts Senate President Therese Murray. “I look forward to seeing the projects and businesses that result and their impact here and abroad.” Several of Massachusetts’ overseas trading partners – United Arab Emirates, Great Britain and Japan – expressed support for the new program. “Building and maintaining international cooperation through partnerships is a high priority for the United Arab Emirates, and specifically, DuBiotech,” said Marwan Abdulaziz Janahi, Executive Director of DuBiotech. “The MLSC encourages worldwide collaboration in the life sciences industry, and DuBiotech, the Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park, is proud to be a part of it.” “One Nucleus is proud to have a highly collaborative and enjoyable relationship with Massachusetts – fuelled by a meeting with Governor Patrick in 2009 and which has seen a range of tangible activities with him, the MA Life Sciences Center and MassBIO since then for the benefit of companies on both sides of the pond. Long may it continue,” said Harriet Fear, British Business Ambassador and Chief Executive, One Nucleus. Sachiko Yoshimura, Chief Executive Director, the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO LA), said, “Japanese companies and the government of Japan have extensively invested in life sciences, and most recently are intensely focused on regenerative medicine. Establishing a flourishing relationship with MLSC will surely accelerate R&D and trade, and we very much look forward to our collaboration.” JETRO, representing the government of Japan, recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment to promote business activities between the two places. The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) is an investment agency that supports life sciences innovation, research, development and commercialization. The MLSC is charged with implementing a 10-year, $1-billion, state-funded investment initiative. These investments create jobs and support advances that improve health and well-being. The MLSC offers the nation’s most comprehensive set of incentives and collaborative programs targeted to the life sciences ecosystem. These programs propel the growth that has made Massachusetts the global leader in life sciences. The MLSC creates new models for collaboration and partners with organizations, both public and private, around the world to promote innovation in the life sciences. For more information about Universal Partnerships, visit Massachusetts Life Sciences Center or email email@example.com.
Massachusetts’ Economy Gets Creative
(Caption: Governor Deval Patrick addresses the Creative Economy Summit) When it comes to the creative economy, Massachusetts gets it! With over 100,000 workers and a $1 billion statewide economic impact, the creative industries in Massachusetts are an integral part of the Massachusetts economy. Building upon this success was the focus of Massachusetts’ recent Creative Economy Summit, held on June 12 at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston. Leaders from across the state convened to network, collaborate and envision ways in which the creative and innovative economies can intersect and continue to fuel each other. The impressive turnout included experts and advocates from the performing and visual arts, digital gaming, film industry, architecture, publishing and design, alongside entrepreneurs, innovators, and government officials. The morning kicked off with a welcome by Dawn Barrett, president of Mass College of Art & Design, and an introduction by Greg Bialecki, secretary of the Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development, followed by Helen Fruscio, the state’s Creative Economy Industry Director. “The focus of the summit was on uniting the creative industries and ensuring interactivity among the attendees” says Fruscio. “We wanted everyone to think of new ways to cross-collaborate.” For example, the morning panel, “Future Trends of the Creative Industries,” was a seminar on cross-collaboration, with experts like Lisa Strout, director of the Massachusetts Film Office, Panos Panay, the head of Creative Entrepreneurship at Berklee College of Music, Jon Radoff, founder of Disruptor Beam and Laura Fitton of HubSpot sharing their insights. At the afternoon session, ”Creative Capital,” Jerry Bird of MassVentures, Dan Sullivan of Crowdly, Anita Brearton of Golden Seeds, Bill Warner of Avid Technology and Neil Martin of Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation talked about strategies for funding and bringing creative ideas to market. The panel discussions were followed by the popular ‘unconference’ gatherings with crowd-sourced themed discussions, allowing the participants to gather into smaller groups and discuss a variety of topics. Governor Deval Patrick gave the closing remarks at the Summit, discussing how the Administration’s investments in education, innovation and infrastructure have supported innovation and the creative economy in Massachusetts. Patrick has led the way in making Massachusetts one of the nation’s most creative states. In 2007 he established the position of creative Economy Industry Director at the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. He helped institute the Creative Economy Council, which develops a statewide strategy for growing the creative economy. He launched the Creative Economy Network, which tracks progress and promotes efforts to support the creative economy on the local, regional and state-wide level, and CreativeNEXT listening tour, a business development program that helps owners of small and medium-sized creative businesses quickly access resources and advice to help grow their enterprises by meeting with an expert panel. At the summit, Governor Patrick reminded participants that “Creativity is central to all that we’re trying to do,” adding, “The innovation economy is also artists, novelists and architects. It’s a source of our growth and civilization.”
Massachusetts Celebrates Immigrant Entrepreneurship Month
(Caption: Josiane Martinez, Office For Refugees and Immigrants) (Photo: Jun Tsuboike / Governor’s Office) Governor Deval Patrick celebrated Immigrant Entrepreneurship Month this week at the New American Center in Lynn where he heard first-hand accounts from local immigrants about their entrepreneurial successes in Massachusetts. “Our immigrant communities have always been an integral part of our state’s economic and cultural fabric,” Governor Patrick told the audience. “I am proud to recognize the hard work of our immigrant entrepreneurs who have made Massachusetts home, and whose achievements help keep us in the leadership business.” Immigrants in Massachusetts have many notable accomplishments of which to be proud. 17.5% of the state’s business owners are immigrants, and they generate $2.8 billion in income for Massachusetts each year, according to the Immigration Policy Center in Washington, DC. There are 41,248 foreign students in Massachusetts, who contribute $1.5 billion to the state’s economy in tuition, fees and living expenses, according to the NAFSA Association of International Educators. These foreign students help fuel the state’s innovation economy, since 38.7% of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) graduates are foreign born, as are 49.1% of the state’s engineering PhDs. Immigrants co-founded over 25% of the state’s biotechnology companies, notes the Immigrant Learning Center in Malden. Massachusetts ranks eighth in the nation for newcomers, with an immigrant population that represents over 14 percent of the population and nearly 18% of the state’s workforce, according to the U.S. Census. Latino and Asian-owned businesses alone employ over 50,000 Massachusetts residents, with sales of over $7 billion. In May, the Patrick Administration announced a federal grant to enhance vocational, educational and citizenship assistance to refugees and immigrants in Massachusetts. The nearly $400,000 grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) will place 90 AmeriCorps members across Massachusetts to provide training and support to 5,000 refugees and immigrants over the next three years. The Governor’s proposed Act to Promote Growth and Opportunity bill before the Massachusetts legislature has two key elements that would support the immigrant community. One is an investment in workforce tools and training in Gateway Cities as a way to stimulate the economy. The other is the Global Entrepreneur Residence Program, which would allow qualified, highly skilled, international students currently in Massachusetts to stay here after graduation if they are starting or growing a business. The Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants is a good place to start to find out more about what the Commonwealth is doing to promote full participation of refugees and immigrants as self-sufficient individuals and families in the economic, social and civic life of Massachusetts.
Massachusetts’ Sandbox Summit – Entrepreneurship for All
(Caption: Desh Deshpande, founder of Merrimack Valley Sandbox) How do we foster the next generation of entrepreneurs in Massachusetts? One sure way is to bring budding entrepreneurs together with seasoned entrepreneurs, business executives, government officials and academic leaders who are willing to share expertise, insights and encouragement about what it takes to thrive in the state’s robust innovation community. Such was the setting at the second annual Merrimack Valley Sandbox Summit in Lowell this week, an inspiring gathering of creative thinkers, generous mentors and willing collaborators who are working to bring their ideas to market, thereby spurring economic growth at local and regional levels. Over 250 people attended the two-day summit, held at University of Massachusetts in Lowell. Keynote speakers included Deval Patrick, governor of Massachusetts; Gururaj (Desh) Deshpande, founder of the Deshpande Foundation and the Merrimack Valley Sandbox; Akhil Nigam, founder and president of MassChallenge; and Poonam Ahluwalia, executive director of Youth Trade and YES Campaign. Governor Patrick said that expanding opportunity for everyone across the state was a key to economic growth. By focusing on state investments in education, innovation and infrastructure, the Patrick Administration has a deliberate strategy to stimulate growth. “As I see it, growth is a choice…not something we leave to chance, not simply something we hope for, it’s something we work for and choose to bring about,” Patrick said. “Entrepreneurship isn’t just technology – it is creative problem solving in context,” said Deshpande, a theme that echoed throughout the summit as speakers and participants agreed that entrepreneurial opportunities were to be found in all sectors of society and industry. This year’s theme was “Entrepreneurship for All,” which Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki described as “a robust strategy for how we grow the Commonwealth’s economy. Programs like the Merrimack Valley Sandbox are bringing people together focused on choosing growth and innovation, enhancing the competitiveness of the state’s innovation industry for generations to come.” A highlight of the summit was the pitch contests, which featured the region’s top entrepreneurs squaring off against each other for a chance to win cash prizes to fuel their work. Participants said the summit was an ideal opportunity for like-minded individuals to gather and share information, ideas and encouragement in a room full of other focused, creative, problem-solving people. “Massachusetts prides itself on our collaborative approach to economic development, an effort led by the Patrick Administration and the Legislature,” said Patrick Larkin, Director of the Innovation Institute at MassTech Collaborative. “That spirit of cooperation and inclusion is fully on display here today.” “Entrepreneurship can be lonely,” David Parker, Sandbox’s executive director, told the Lowell Sun. “It’s important for people to come together, share ideas, meet each other and look for resources.” The Sandbox Summit was organized by the Merrimack Valley Sandbox, with sponsorship support from the Deshpande Foundation and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, through the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative.
Massachusetts & Israel Collaborate on Innovation Economy
This past week, Governor Deval Patrick led an Innovation Partnership Mission to expand opportunities between the Commonwealth and Israel for economic development and job creation in the innovation economy sectors. On Tuesday, May 27, Governor Patrick joined MassChallenge CEO John Harthorne to announce the 2014 MassChallenge Israel startup accelerator competition finalists. The ten finalists include two startups in high-tech, five in health care and the life sciences, two in food-tech and one in the general category. MassChallenge Israel launched in February 2014; it is the first official MassChallenge program based outside of Boston. “Massachusetts is home to an amazing array of startups and our entrepreneurial ecosystem is one of the strongest in the Nation,” said Governor Patrick. “Through programs like MassChallenge, Massachusetts is able to extend an open invitation for the world’s highest-impact, highest-potential startups to grow their ideas in our Commonwealth.” MassChallenge awards over $1 million in cash prizes to winning startups, with zero equity taken. Additional benefits for startups include world-class mentorship and training, free office space, access to funding, legal advice, media and over $15 million of in-kind support. The accelerator is the first of its kind to support high-impact, early-stage entrepreneurs with no strings attached. “Hundreds of Israeli-founded companies call Massachusetts home and that number is steadily increasing thanks to the robust, innovative and welcoming communities in Massachusetts and Israel,” said Harthorne. “At MassChallenge we have seen dozens of remarkable startups from Israel working in all sectors of technology. We are proud to be a close partner for Israel and we are proud of the great community in Massachusetts.” The MassChallenge Israel program and the anticipated MassChallenge UK program, set to launch in December 2014, furthers the Patrick Administration’s efforts to strengthen the Commonwealth’s global economic partnerships by enabling top-tier startups access to global markets by connecting them with the very best resources and organizations in Boston’s entrepreneurial network. Now in its fifth year, the MassChallenge competition based in Boston has supported 489 startups, created more than 4,000 new jobs and raised $550 million in outside funding and generated $350 million in revenue. In 2014, MassChallenge received over 1,600 applications from 50 countries and 41 states. In support of the accelerators, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center and the Massachusetts Clean Energy have provided funding totaling $1.2 million. Also during the trip, Governor Patrick and members of the Innovation Partnership Mission met with chief executive officers from Israeli life sciences companies to discuss opportunities to create and grow their business in Massachusetts. The panel discussed the impact of the 10-year, $1 billion Life Sciences Initiative that the Governor signed into law in 2008, and the role that the Initiative has played in making Massachusetts a global leader in the life sciences. Since 2008, the Center has invested or committed more than $530 million, leveraged over $1.5 billion in third party investment, and created thousands of jobs across the state. Last year, a report by the New England-Israel Business Council underscored the impact of Israeli-founded companies on the Massachusetts economy that has grown significantly in recent years, following the Governor’s 2011 mission to Israel. According to that study, Israeli-founded companies in Massachusetts booked $6.2 billion in revenue in the state in 2012 and employed nearly 6,700 people. The study also found that the growth rate of Israeli companies in Massachusetts is five times that of the Massachusetts economy as a whole. From Israel, the Innovation Partnership Mission is heading to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to explore economic opportunities there, in the wake of the new direct air service Emirates Airlines between Dubai and Boston, which opened in March 2014.
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