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Economic Development Incentive Awards to Six Companies Create and Retain over 8,000 jobs in Massachusetts
Wayfair Boston Office The Baker-Polito Administration and the Economic Assistance Coordinating Council (EACC) approved six projects for participation in the Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP). These projects are expected to create 3,703 net new jobs, retain 4,313 jobs throughout Massachusetts and leverage more than $82 million in private investment. Governor Charlie Baker said, “Our administration continues to work across agencies to support opportunities for residents, from our Workforce Skills Cabinet in preparing residents for job opportunities in high-growth industries, to the Economic Development Incentive Program, which enables employers to relocate or expand in Massachusetts. We are committed to leveraging all of our assets to help businesses grow here and create new jobs for residents in every region of the Commonwealth.” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said today’s announcement “will directly generate more than 3,500 new jobs, in digital health, manufacturing and e-commerce, and lead to new commercial development, all with outsized benefits for their home communities. The EDIP program continues to be an important tool for our administration to further our shared goals of job creation and economic activity.” Additionally, the EACC approved tax credits for a Human’s previously certified expansion project, which will create 225 new jobs, retain nine jobs, and make a private investment of $10,000,000. Today, the board approved $225,000 tax credits. Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash said, “The jobs created and retained by companies awarded today represent a wide range of options in professional function and industry, and reinforce our efforts to spur additional economic growth in key fields.” Assistant Secretary of Business Development Nam Pham said, “These companies are investing in Massachusetts, by adding jobs and expanding operations across a diverse spectrum of industries. We welcome their expansion, as Massachusetts workers, families, businesses and communities all benefit from this economic growth.” The EACC has approved 210 economic development projects since the beginning of the Baker-Polito Administration in January 2015. These projects will lead to the creation of 16,949 jobs, retention of 34,324 existing jobs, and will leverage over $5.8 billion in private investment. Additionally, the EACC has assisted 93 manufacturing companies and 94 companies in Gateway Cities during this period. ### Certified Projects: Aetna Inc. / Aetna Resources LLC, Wellesley Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies and offers a broad range of voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services. The company is locating its Innovation Hub and Consumer Health & Services (CH&S) Division in Wellesley, undertaking an 80,000-square-foot expansion. The company plans to retain 65 full-time jobs, create 250 new jobs and make an investment of $15.8 million. The EACC Board has approved EDIP investment tax credits in the amount of $1.25 million. Millstone Medical Outsourcing LLC, Fall River Millstone Medical Outsourcing, LLC has been in business since 2004 and provides the medical device industry with post-manufacturing services including: validation and engineering services, advanced mechanical inspection, ultrasonic cleaning and passivation, clean room packaging, non-sterile packaging and comprehensive warehousing. The company intends to build a 60,000-square-foot inspection facility on land adjacent to its existing location. The company plans to create 100 new jobs, retain 271 existing jobs and make a private investment of $10,720,000. The City of Fall River has approved a 12-year Tax Financing Agreement with a value of approximately $1.945 million. The EACC Board has approved EDIP investment tax credits in the amount of $750,000. TOG Manufacturing Co., Inc. / Stanley Black & Decker, Inc., North Adams TOG Manufacturing Company is a world-class manufacturer of precision specialty metal components and was acquired by Stanley Black & Decker in 2018. The company is consolidating current operations in North Adams with operations currently located in South Carolina. An additional 20,000-square-foot expansion is under consideration for the existing 24,900-square-foot facility in North Adams. The company plans to hire 28 new employees, retain 29 employees, and make a private investment of $5,485,000. The Town of North Adams has approved a five-year Tax Financing Agreement with a value of approximately $297,646. The EACC Board has approved EDIP investment tax credits in the amount of $285,000. Wayfair LLC / SK Retain, Inc., Boston & Pittsfield Wayfair is an e-commerce retailer headquartered in Boston. After consideration of several states in which to open a new call center, as well as having the need to invest in expanding their physical office space, the company decided to open a new call center in Pittsfield and expand its footprint in Boston. The company plans to hire 3,300 new employees in Massachusetts, retain 3,809 employees, and make a private investment of $33.9 million. The EACC Board has approved EDIP investment tax credits in the amount of $31,350,000. Local Incentive Only Projects: Crootof & Sawyer Ventures, LLC, Northbridge Crootof & Sawyer was formed in 2016 to purchase, renovate and manage a property known as 18 & 28 Granite Street, the former Whitinsville Medical Center of Milford Regional Hospital. They own an existing business, Pawsteps, and plan to relocate to this new location and expand the business by offering doggie day care, pet boarding, and grooming. The company plans to hire 25 new employees, retain 13 employees, and make a private investment of $2.3 million. The Town of Northbridge approved a five-year Special Tax Assessment valued at approximately $65,780. United Lens Corporation, Southbridge United Lens Company is a vertically-integrated, custom manufacturer of optical thin film coatings, ground and polished flat optics, and precision machined and molded optical blanks. The company plans to expand their manufacturing floor, improve electric consumption efficiency, and upgrade several lines on their current manufacturing floor to remain competitive in the global marketplace. The company plans to retain 126 full-time employees and make an investment of $14.1 million. The Town of Southbridge has approved a 15-year Tax Financing Agreement with a value of approximately $382,651. ###
Export Leaders Discuss U.S. Trade Policy at Annual Export Expo in Boston
U.S. Economic Sanctions Panel: Peter Liston, Barb Secor, Alexandra Lopez-Casero and moderator Gwendolyn Jaramillo. Over 300 export leaders and companies from throughout the state and region attended the annual Export Expo held on December 8 at the Massachusetts Transportation Building in Park Square, Boston. Organized by the Massachusetts Export Center, which is part of the Small Business Development Center Network, this year’s expo focused on the rapidly-changing global trade environment, including recent and anticipated shifts in U.S. trade policy. Hot-button issues such as China and tariff policy, tightening foreign investment policy, USMCA and free trade policy, export controls, sanctions and enforcement were addressed, with a focus on helping companies navigate a dynamic and increasingly complex global trade environment. “We are pleased to organize the Export Expo for the state’s global trade community each year,” said Mass Export Center Director Paula Murphy. “This year, there have been a number of critical trade policy developments involving tariffs, foreign investment, export controls, sanctions and more. We are delighted and honored to host a number of influential speakers at this year’s Expo to provide up-to-the-minute updates on these issues for Massachusetts businesses.” Among the keynote speakers were U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration Richard Ashooh; Managing Director of Rock Creek Global Advisors Clay Lowery; and Senior VIP of U.S. China Business Council Erin Ennis. Murphy presented Brian Amero, director of Global Compliance and Ethics at Teradyne, with the Center’s first-ever Export Champion Award for serving as the Center’s Compliance Alliance Advisory Board chair and for his continuous efforts in supporting Made-in-Massachusetts exporters. New at the Export Expo this year was US-UK Trade Agreement Listening Tour, formed as the U.S. prepares for a trade agreement with the UK. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has commissioned an investigation to be conducted by the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) on barriers for U.S. SMEs exporting to the UK, including challenges associated with the upcoming Brexit implementation. Participants were invited to provide input on what is expected to be a landmark trade agreement with one of Massachusetts’ most important trading partners. Sponsors of the Export Expo included The Provident Bank, Foley & Hoag, Trade Consulting Services, Descartes, TMF Group, KPMG, Associated Industries of Massachusetts, U.S. Commercial Service and the US-China Business Council. In addition to the sponsors, a number of government agencies exhibited at the Expo, including Mass Office of International Trade & Development (MOITI), Mass Department of Agricultural Resources, MassDeveloment, Small Business Association and Massport. “The Massachusetts Export Center’s annual expo is always a highlight for the international business community,” said Executive Director Mark F. Sullivan of Massachusetts Office of International Trade & Investment (MOITI). “Whether you’re an export veteran or new-to-exporting, there are always topics of interest and industry experts to hear from. For MOITI, it is a great opportunity to meet with small businesses and present the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP).”
MassEcon Presents 15th Annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards
Nearly 400 people attended MassEcon’s 15th Annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards, which honored 15 enterprising companies from across the Commonwealth for their outstanding contributions of investment, job growth, facility expansion, and community involvement. MassEcon is the state’s private sector partner in promoting business growth in Massachusetts. The luncheon was held during Thanksgiving week at the Renaissance Boston Hotel in the Seaport District. Citizens Bank was presenting sponsor and WBZ-TV anchor Lisa Hughes was emcee. Among the attendees were Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker congratulated the winners in a video presentation at the awards luncheon. “At a point in time when there in tremendous consternation and a lot of divisiveness in public dialogue across this country, and by the way around the world, we do take a great deal of pride and satisfaction in the fact that here in Massachusetts people have figured out how to agree and disagree agreeably,” said Governor Baker. “And it’s made a big difference in our ability to collaborate and move this great state forward. We look forward to continuing to work with MassEcon and all of your partners even into the future.” Baker also congratulated MassEcon Executive Director Susan Houston on her 25 years of leadership at the organization. Houston is leaving the position at the end of 2018. She will be succeeded by Peter Abair in January. “This is always a very great event to host, particularly this year,” said Houston. “It’s an honor and privilege to have originated these awards and to have hosted them for 15 years. I know that Pete will carry on the great tradition of honoring Massachusetts companies.” “This is an important event not only for MassEcon but also for the Commonwealth,” said Stephen Flavin, Vice President for Academic and Corporate Engagement at WPI and Chairman of MassEcon. Flavin noted that the companies represent life sciences, e-commerce, information technology, robotics, manufacturing, distribution, and food and entertainment. “Since Jan. 1, 2017, these companies have added nearly 5,400 jobs, invested more than $440 million in capital investment, and expanded in over 3.5 million square feet in their facilities,” Flavin said. The winning companies (listed below) were selected after site visits and a reception with their competitors and judges at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP. The Gold Award prizes were accepted by Alex Dixon, General Manager of MGM Springfield; Harry Kokkinis, President of Table Talk Pies Inc.; Steve Harbin, Chief Sustainability Officer of Moderna; Paul Asmar, Vice President for Real Estate and Properties of MilliporeSigma; and Niraj Shah, Co-Founder and CEO of Wayfair. FIFTEENTH ANNUAL TEAM MASSACHUSETTS ECONOMIC IMPACT AWARD WINNERS Region Gold Silver Bronze Central Table Talk Pies Worcester Imperial Distributors Worcester Little Leaf Farms Devens Greater Boston Wayfair Boston CloudHealth Technologies Boston America’s Test Kitchen Boston Northeast MilliporeSigma Burlington Krohne Beverly Endeavor Robotics Chelmsford Southeast Moderna Norwood Design Communications Avon Cox Engineering Randolph West MGM Springfield Springfield CRRC MA Springfield Decker Machine Works Greenfield
Economic Development Incentives Support Creation of 890 New Jobs in Massachusetts
Jason Ouhrabka, owner of Korber Hats in Fall River The Baker-Polito Administration approved nine economic development projects for state or local incentives under the Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP). The Economic Assistance Coordinating Council (EACC) certified five projects that will be eligible to receive state tax credits and as well as local incentives from their host communities. An additional four companies were approved to enter local property-tax agreements with municipalities. Combined, these projects are expected to create 890 new jobs, retain 2,121 jobs, and leverage $136 million in private investment. Governor Charlie Baker said, “Our administration has worked hard to extend and expand resources for cities and towns to encourage job growth and attract private investment, for the benefit of residents across the Commonwealth. The Economic Development Incentive Program is an important part of the suite of tools we have to foster growing businesses, create new, well-paying jobs and help municipalities create the conditions for long-term economic growth in their communities.” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said, “As Massachusetts local officials work diligently to build walkable, vibrant downtowns, support small businesses and meet the needs of their residents, our goal is to bolster locally-driven efforts to drive economic development.” Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash said, “Through our economic development bills in 2016 and 2018, we have enhanced the Economic Development Incentive Program, and we are pleased to continue partnering with businesses and municipalities to create new opportunities for workers across the Commonwealth.” Assistant Secretary of Business Development and International Trade Nam Pham said, “These tax credit awards help small businesses grow and contribute more to their local economies by creating new jobs and enhancing the local tax base.” Since 2015, the EACC has approved 204 economic development projects. These projects will lead to the creation of 13,246 jobs, retention of 30,011 existing jobs, and leverage over $5.7 billion in private investment. Additionally, the EACC has assisted 91 manufacturing companies and 92 companies in Gateway Cities during this period. Certified Projects: Spencer Technologies, Inc., Medway Founded in 1972, Spencer Technologies is a privately-held global company focused on providing retailers total life cycle management of their store technology. The company plans to consolidate its business units in MA, NH, TN, OH and Canada. Spencer Technologies intends to create 200 new jobs, retain 128 existing jobs, and make a private investment of $12,300,000. The EACC Board has approved EDIP investment tax credits in the amount of $245,000. Plastic Distributors & Fabricators, Inc., Haverhill Plastic Distributors & Fabricators is a family owned business that began in 1974. The company manufactures plastic products used in the aerospace, energy, medical and defense industries and distributes plastic raw materials in the form of rod, sheet, tube and film. They are at capacity in their current facility and are considering purchasing a larger facility in Haverhill, which needs extensive site work and improvements. The company plans to hire 15 new employees, retain 42 employees, and make a private investment of $6,231,700. The EACC Board has approved EDIP investment tax credits in the amount of $225,000. Hardline Heat Treating, Inc., Southbridge Hardline is a commercial heat treating facility that thermally heats materials to improve wear, toughness and aesthetics based on customer-provided specifications. They began business in 2004 in a 7,500-square-foot facility with 3 employees; they now operate out of three buildings in Southbridge with 38 employees and opened a plant in Florida. Their Massachusetts facilities are not adequate to support future growth and plan to purchase their currently leased facilities and invest in expansion on site. The company plans to retain 36 full-time jobs, create 10 new jobs, and make an investment of $3.2 million. The Town of Southbridge has approved a ten-year Tax Financing Agreement with a value of approximately $100,330. The EACC Board has approved EDIP investment tax credits in the amount of $125,000. Fall River Hat Company dba Korber Hats, Fall River Korber Hats was established in 1919, and is one of two remaining hat manufacturers in the U.S. Korber is proposing an expansion into “cut and sew” hats and recently acquired new machinery that will increase capacity and create jobs. They are looking to relocate to a 30,000-square-foot manufacturing space. The company plans to hire 6 new employees, retain 15 employees, and make a private investment of $211,000. The EACC Board has approved EDIP investment tax credits in the amount of $30,000. Humana Insurance Company, Boston Founded in 1961, Humana is a leading managed health company. The company is creating new digital health division, which will be headquartered in Massachusetts and is building out a 40,000-square-foot facility in the City of Boston, near South Station. Humana plans to hire 225 new employees, retain 9 positions, and make a private investment of $10 million. The EACC Board may consider a specific EDIP award at a future meeting. Local Incentive Only Projects: IPG Photonics Corporation, Oxford IPG Photonics is a manufacturer of fiber lasers and fiber amplifiers headquartered in Oxford. IPG has outgrown its existing space in Oxford is planning on constructing a 170,000-square-foot, four-story office, manufacturing and research facility, and a 460,000-square-foot parking garage. The company plans to retain 1,550 full-time employees, hire 400 new employees, and make an investment of $67.9 million. The Town of Oxford has approved a 15-year Tax Financing Agreement with a value of approximately $1.5 million. Primetals Technologies USA, Inc., Sutton Headquartered in Worcester, Primetals is a leading global manufacturer of equipment and machines for the steel industry. Currently, they operate out of two leased locations in Worcester which houses the U.S. corporate headquarters, R&D and manufacturing. The company plans to relocate its operations to one modern, state-of-the art facility in Sutton. They plan to relocate and move their current 275 employees and make an investment of $28 million. The Town of Sutton has approved a 15-year Tax Financing Agreement with a value of approximately $1.4 million. Freudenberg Medical, LLC, Beverly Freudenberg Medical is a medical device manufacturer. The company plans to construct a 36,000-square-foot state-of-the-art manufacturing and clean room facility in Beverly. The new facility will be the new home of the Freudenberg Medical global headquarters. The company plans to hire 26 new employees, retain 48 employees, and make a private investment of $7 million. The City of Beverly approved a 10-year TIF valued at approximately $112,000. Camia, LLC/Myers Information Systems, Inc., Westfield Camia, LLC was founded with the intent to purchase 110 Elm Street property and lease it to a related company, Myers Information Systems, Inc. They plan to convert a vacant restaurant into modern, professional office space. The company plans to hire 8 new employees, retain 18 employees, and make a private investment of $800,000. The City of Westfield approved a 6-year Special Tax Assessment valued at approximately $52,469. ###
Boston Area Church League Awards Honor Tourism, Sports & Business Leaders
Last week, business, government and sports leaders from greater Boston gathered for the 16th Annual Boston Area Church League (BACL) Awards Luncheon at the Hilton Boston Back Bay. Honorees included Boston Red Sox President & CEO Sam Kennedy, who received the Ted Williams Home Run for Humanity Award and Boston Police Department Commissioner William G. Gross, who received the Jim Rice Hall of Fame Award. Formed in 2002, BACL provides life enrichment services to youth at risk, utilizing key community partnerships and providing alternative out of school time programs that promote positive youth development, according to program founder Frank Jordan. BACL is a partnership between the Boston Red Sox, the Red Sox Foundation, the Boston Police Department, Boston Parks & Recreation, the City of Boston, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, YMCA, and the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB). Other honorees at the Awards Luncheon included President & Vice Chairman of Eastern Bank, Quincy Miller; GBCVB Senior VP of Sales Beth Stehley; Red Sox VP of Community, Alumni and Player Relations Pam Kenn; volunteer director Jerome Frazier; Boston Parks Commissioner Chris Cook; Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism Executive Director Francois-Laurent Nivaud; and GBCVB President & CEO Pat Moscaritolo. Francois-Laurent Nivaud (left) receives award from Tom Kershaw Moscaritolo, BACL chairman, said, “The lessons of hard work and teamwork brought to life by the game of baseball is cultivating tomorrow’s leaders and over the past 16 years has made a significant difference in our community. More than 300 kids each year benefit from BACL programs, with over 100 coaches and volunteers playing critical roles.” For year round sporting events in the Commonwealth, visit the Mass Sports Marketing Office. Find out about visiting Massachusetts at MassVacation.com.
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 Announces 2018 Navigational Dredging Pilot Program Awards
The Baker-Polito Administration announced $3.6 million in grants through the 2018 Navigational Dredging Pilot Program. The awards support ten projects in eleven communities for the upcoming dredging season. The projects are expected to remove nearly 188,000 cubic yards of harbor sediment. Governor Charlie Baker called the new program “the direct result of outreach by municipal leaders in our coastal communities, and the collaborative, responsive efforts of EOHED Secretary Jay Ash and his team. Through the economic development package we signed earlier this month, our Administration will create a dedicated dredging program to continue to support the economic and environmental needs of our maritime communities.” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, who made the announcement in Hyannis on August 29, 2018, said, “Through the Seaport Economic Council, our Administration has worked closely with the 78 Massachusetts coastal communities, gaining a deeper understanding of the unique necessities of the maritime economy and environmental challenges. I am thrilled to announce these high-impact awards, which will enhance the capacity of our waterways, improve access in our harbors, and address environmental concerns up and down our coastline.” Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash said the dredging awards “support growth for our maritime economy, benefiting commercial and recreational fishing, ferry services, and more.” Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton praised the Administration’s “commitment to work closely with coastal communities to improve commercial and recreational harbor access while effectively minimizing environmental impacts and maximizing beneficial reuse of dredged materials.” Modeled after the MassWorks Infrastructure Program, one of the state’s most effective tools in supporting local and regional economic development, the 2018 pilot program awards funding to communities for dredging projects based on a competitive basis, with an emphasis on shovel-ready projects which have secured all required federal, state, and local permits, and require a 50 percent match commitment from the municipality. Earlier this month, Governor Baker signed economic development legislation that authorizes $50 million for saltwater dredging projects, creating the first-ever program with focused funding for dredging that will build on the dredging pilot program the Administration launched in July. Dredging grants will be administrated through the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, with coordination from the Executive Office of Administration and Finance, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and the Office of Coastal Zone Management. Read full press release for the ten projects awarded grants.
MGM Springfield Resort & Casino Opens in Massachusetts
MGM Springfield, New England’s first integrated luxury resort, officially opened its doors on Friday, August 24, 2018. Prior to the opening, thousands of visitors lined Main Street to enjoy a celebratory procession featuring hundreds of MGM Springfield employees, Cirque du Soleil performers, The Minutemen UMASS Marching Band, Indian Motorcycles, community partners and the Budweiser Clydesdales. On Thursday, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, U.S. Congressman Richard Neal, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby and other local officials joined MGM Resorts Chairman and CEO Jim Murren and MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis to commemorate the occasion and celebrate the 3,000 jobs created with the resort’s opening. Governor Charlie Baker said, “Our Administration is excited to officially welcome MGM to Springfield and we look forward to the new economic and job opportunities this project will help bring throughout the region. This project is a major investment in the workforce and economy of Western Massachusetts and also will provide support to several important partnerships between education centers and community organizations.” According to MGM, the resort combines the excitement and energy of Las Vegas with the rich historical context of Springfield, a city steeped in innovation and the arts. “With a 375-year legacy as a major crossroads of New England, Springfield is poised to join the likes of such hidden gems with the development of MGM Springfield leading a fresh wave of rediscovery in The City of Firsts,” said Murren. Covering three city blocks in downtown Springfield, the resort pays tribute to notable locals Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) and Emily Dickinson and offers restaurants by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Mina and Adam Sobel, and Hell’s Kitchen Season 14 winner Meghan Gill. It also features innovative lounges; a seven-screen luxury Regal Cinemas; 10-lane bowling alley within TAP Sports Bar; a Topgolf® Swing Suite; a serene spa; an expansive public art collection; A-list entertainment; and an open-air plaza activated daily with live music, pop-up-art galleries, food trucks and events. Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby said, “I applaud MGC staff for their steadfast commitment to the successful implementation of our strong gaming law and the persistent and collaborative focus on maximum job creation and economic development while also taking a proactive approach to the minimization of unintended consequences.” Mayor Domenic Sarno said, “I am proud and thankful of MGM’s nearly $1 billion belief, investment and partnership with our city. Here’s to continued success!” Executive Director Francois Nivaud, Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT), called MGM Springfield “a welcome addition to the vibrant tourism and hospitality amenities that make Western Massachusetts such an attractive destination to visitors from around the world. MGM has created unique partnerships with our local tourism industry and with small businesses so that the whole region can benefit. We look forward to welcoming new audiences from around the world to experience Massachusetts.” In an op-ed column on MassLive, Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau President Mary Kay Wydra said the new MGM facility “will tremendously strengthen the appeal of Western Mass as a visitor destination. We already offer our guests outstanding value, access and one-of-a-kind attractions, and MGM Springfield will expand those offerings and recognition in a dramatic fashion.” Find up-to-date information at MGM Springfield. For year tourist information, visit WesternMass and MassVacation.
Worcester Woos Red Sox Minor League Baseball Team to Central Massachusetts
The City of Worcester is the new home for the Boston Red Sox AAA affiliate, thanks to a commitment from the Baker-Polito Administration and municipal leaders to redevelop Worcester’s Canal District through public infrastructure, market rate housing and roadway improvements. The announcement was made on Friday, August 17, as Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito joined the City of Worcester, private developers and the Red Sox to announce the state’s commitment for a redevelopment project in Worcester’s Canal District. The state has committed $35 million over the next two to three years, which will support new market rate housing through the Housing Development Incentive Program and support public infrastructure including the construction of a new parking garage funded through the MassWorks Infrastructure Program. The 250-500 space city-owned garage will be located adjacent to the proposed ballpark, the construction of which will be funded by the City of Worcester. The new garage will also serve existing and planned commercial and residential development in the Canal District. Additionally, the state is engaging with the City to address public safety and traffic concerns in the Kelley Square area and is in the process of designing transportation improvements. Governor Charlie Baker said his Administration “is committed to working with our partners at the local level to support economic development opportunities across the Commonwealth to create jobs and strengthen communities. We are pleased to continue to invest in the City of Worcester and look forward to working together to welcome a premier professional ball team to the state.” Lieutenant Governor Polito called the project “an exceptional opportunity for growth and development for Worcester and for the Commonwealth with the announcement of this ball club planning to relocate to Central Massachusetts. Governor Baker and I are proud to support the revitalization of Worcester through various economic development tools and in partnership with the City, we continue to be focused on the Canal District and Kelley Square.” Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash called Worcester “a prime example of a community that uses all the available tools in the state’s economic development toolbox to realize its vision. As the city embarks on this large-scale redevelopment, we are fully behind the efforts to solidify the Canal District’s place as a ‘live, work, play’ destination.” The state has made a series of investments in Worcester’s Canal District to improve and accelerate the growth of this emerging commercial and residential area, including the new Fidelity Ice Rink, the Harding Green public market, The Edge at Union Station, student housing, and a variety of road reconstruction and streetscape projects. The Baker-Polito Administration’s support has extended beyond Canal District to other important projects throughout the city, including supporting business incubator space at 44 Portland Street and the redevelopment of Hanover Theater. Additionally, the state has provided over $43 million in MassWorks infrastructure grants to support projects throughout Worcester to improve the Main Street Central Business District, relocate Stearns Tavern, upgrades to the Front and Center section of City Square, and the long-term redevelopment of the Nurses’ Wing at the Worcester Senior Center. In August 2016, Governor Baker signed An Act Relative to Job Creation and Workforce Development (H.4569), which included a $500 million reauthorization of the MassWorks program to fund investment in critical infrastructure, a significant commitment by the Commonwealth. Last week, the Governor signed economic development legislation that includes an additional $250 million in new MassWorks authorization.
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.
Massachusetts Awards $3.8 Million to Eight Communities and Cape Cod Region to Support Coastal Resiliency & the Maritime Economy
Marshfield Maritime Center and Harbormaster facility Today the Baker-Polito Administration announced over $3.8 million in Seaport Economic Council Grants to support projects in eight communities and the Cape Cod region. The grants help coastal cities and towns strengthen their economy, support job growth and build resilience to climate change. The grants were approved at a Seaport Economic Council meeting, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, following the ribbon cutting celebration for a new Maritime Center and Harbormaster facility at Marshfield’s Green Harbor Town Pier in Brant Rock. Governor Charlie Baker “Massachusetts maritime economy supports the Commonwealth’s coastal communities through tourism, commercial fishing, marine research, and shipping. Our Administration remains committed to strengthening these cities and towns through the funding, expertise, and leadership of the Seaport Economic Council and will continue to do so through new authorization from the economic development package signed last week.” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, co-chair of the Seaport Economic Council, said the Administration is proud of “the phenomenal progress our coastal communities have made on vital projects, by leveraging state and local funding sources and forging local partnerships. Marshfield offers a tangible example, as it undertook an ambitious effort to create a modern, multi-use maritime center that will better support their thriving maritime economy and tourism-focused economy.” Housing and Economic Development Deputy Secretary Carolyn Kirk, vice chair for the Seaport Economic Council, said today’s awards “provide long-term economic benefits in coastal communities through environmental planning efforts on Cape Cod, construction and rehabilitation of harbor facilities in Salem, Hingham, Plymouth, Nantucket, and design and permitting efforts for planned projects.” In 2015, Marshfield received a $1 Million grant from the Seaport Economic Council to construct a modern Maritime Center and Harbormaster facility at the Town Pier in Green Harbor. The new 3,800 square foot building will improve services for local commercial fisherman and support the working waterfront. The building will also focus on increasing tourism, recreational boating, and fishing, and will link other waterfront infrastructure investments in the town, including the Harborwalk linking Harbor Park and the Esplanade of the Brant Rock business district. Since 2015, the Seaport Economic Council has invested over $33 million in 70 grants across 38 communities. Last week, the Governor signed economic development legislation that includes an additional $50 million in authorization for the Seaport Economic Council and $50 million for saltwater dredging projects, creating an individual program for focused funding that will build upon the $4 million 2018 Navigational Dredging Pilot Program the Administration launched in July. 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. Investments in the coastal communities are crucial the Massachusetts’ economy, safety, and environment. The Baker-Polito Administration will continue to provide resources and programs, like the Seaport Economic Council Grants and dredging-focused programs – both the 2018 Navigational Dredging Pilot Program and the standalone dredging grant program to be funding through the economic development legislation signed by Governor Baker last week – to ensure that coastal communities can improve, strengthen, and protect the Commonwealth’s coastal assets. Awards: Cape Cod Cooperative Extension – $317,020 The Cape Cod Cooperative Extension will enable the protection of coastal businesses, homes, property and infrastructure by precisely identifying and mapping “storm tide pathways,” the lowest elevation where water will begin to flow inland during a flood event. This project will provide field-verified data on where, when, and how storm surge and floodwaters approach and then inundate coastal communities. City of Gloucester – $110,000 Gloucester will use this award to support the Gloucester Fresh, a local seafood brand to: support all seafood industry small businesses along the supply chain through free marketing and promotional opportunities; increase sales and prices of Gloucester landed fish and lobster; and expand upon efforts to brand the Massachusetts Lobster and increase awareness of Gloucester as the #1 landing port for lobster. City of Salem – $741,200 Salem will fund the construction of two new public docking facilities and renovation of a severely deteriorated existing facility. This project will increase safety on the docks, create a space for short-term tie-ups and will improve expand public access to the water for both residents and visitors. Town of Chatham - $150,000 Chatham will fund the design and permitting phases for reconstruction of the Trap Dock Pier located on Stage Harbor. The project will design a replacement commercial fish offloading pier facility to improve and expand offloading capabilities in Stage Harbor. Town of Eastham – $80,000 Eastham will use this award for facilitating, planning and developing a Municipal Harbor and Waterways Management Plan to understand the greatest uses and needs of the town’s mooring area, as well as understanding future coastal changes to these areas due to storm surge. Town of Hingham – $370,000 Hingham will fund the replacement of the Maritime Center’s Main Docking System and the Sailing Floats. This re-construction of the aging dock system, will be able to sustain the community boating programs that use this space and also ensure that this resource continues to be available for future generations. Town of Marshfield – $95,000 Marshfield will use this award for a feasibility study on its aging commercial piers, wharfs and supportive concrete revetment walls. This study will seek ways to better conduct maritime business and repair the again infrastructure. Town of Nantucket – $1,000,000 The town of Nantucket will use this award to support improvements to the Town Pier, Harbormaster’s office, which supports 13,500 transient vessels each season and 45 ferry transits each day in season. The facility is comprised of 75 recreational slips and 20 slips assigned to commercial businesses such as; mooring providers, fishing charters, environmental habitat charters, boat rentals and a vessel towing company. Nantucket will fund replacement of the Harbormaster’s office, boater- public bathroom and shower facilities. Town of Plymouth – $1,000,000 Plymouth will use the award to create the Maritime Facility. The existing Harbormaster Facility is in poor condition with no bathroom facilities for the staff of the public, limited work space, and a variety of safety hazards. The harbor itself has approximately 1000 moorings and slips for both recreational and commercial boating for catching lobster, charter fishing, whale watching and aquaculture. The award will fund the new facility which will include transient boater facilities, public restrooms, and Harbormaster staff. The Maritime Facility will provide increased accessibility and support to all the commercial and recreational activities of Plymouth Harbor. Read the entire press release here.
LT. GOVERNOR POLITO CELEBRATES $8.4 MILLION IN MASSWORKS INVESTMENTS IN CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS
Today, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito celebrated $8.4 million in MassWorks Infrastructure Program investments in five projects, directly impacting six communities and benefitting Central Massachusetts. Ribbon cuttings in Leominster, Phillipston, Gardner, Shirley and Groton marked the completion of public infrastructure projects that will strengthen communities and benefit local economies. These investments have supported the development of 50,000 square feet of commercial space, more than 100 new housing units and have attracted tens of million in private investment dollars. Governor Charlie Baker called MassWorks “one of our administration’s most effective tools to spur economic development by allowing both large cities and small towns in Massachusetts to tackle local projects through a flexible resource. These infrastructure projects create new growth opportunities and strengthen existing regional assets, supporting housing production, job growth and commercial development across the Commonwealth.” Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito said, “I am thrilled to spend the day here in Central Massachusetts celebrating these projects that are pivotal to local economic development. These investments enable communities to take real action against their local growth plans, attracting private investment and driving regional economic prosperity.” In August 2016, Governor Baker signed An Act Relative to Job Creation and Workforce Development (H.4569), which included a $500 million reauthorization of the MassWorks program to fund investment in critical infrastructure, a significant commitment by the Commonwealth. Last week, the Governor signed economic development legislation that includes an additional $250 million in new MassWorks authorization. Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash said, “We are pleased to fund shovel-ready projects that make an outsized impact in the community, including the five Central Massachusetts projects we celebrate today, and many more to come thanks to the signing of the new economic development package.” The MassWorks Infrastructure Program provides a one-stop shop for municipalities and other eligible public entities seeking public infrastructure funding to support housing production, economic development, and job creation. Since 2015 the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded over $274 million to 134 projects in 106 communities throughout the Commonwealth, spurring the development of over 2 million square feet of commercial and retail space, over 7,000 immediate housing units, at least 7,000 square feet of new public space, 1,200 new hotel rooms, and commercial/retail space. Read the full press release of today’s announcement here.
Massachusetts Sales Tax Holiday is August 10-11, 2018
Today, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law the 2018 Sales Tax Holiday on August 10-11 throughout Massachusetts. The 6.25% sales tax is being waived for purchases under $2,500.00. Here are FAQs from Mass Department of Revenue, and a link to the Sales Tax Holiday legislation. Governor Baker tweeted, “This weekend, there will be a Sales Tax Holiday in Massachusetts. I am pleased to sign, as part of the Economic Development bill, this provision into law to support our small businesses and give our residents a break.”
Massport & Korean Air Announce Direct Service Between Seoul and Boston in 2019
Massport and Korean Air announced a new nonstop service, set to launch in spring 2019 between Seoul, South Korea and Boston, Massachusetts. It marks the 5th nonstop destination to Asia from Boston Logan International Airport. Other Asian destinations include Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai. Korean Air will operate five days a week on a Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner, carrying nearly 270 passengers, including six First Class sleeper suites, 18 Prestige business class sleeper suites, and 245 seats in economy class. Service is expected to begin between Logan (BOS) and Seoul Incheon International Airport (ICN) next spring. Seoul Incheon has been named one of the best airports in the world numerous times since 2000, most recently ranked 2nd by Skytrax. As the capital of South Korea, Seoul is one of the most populated cities in the world with more than 10 million residents. More than 24,000 individuals of Korean descent live in Massachusetts, including nearly 5,000 in Boston. Governor Charlie Baker said that his Administration “is committed to supporting access to economic development and growth across the Commonwealth. This new nonstop flight to Seoul will continue to strengthen Massachusetts’ international community and promote additional opportunities for residents, employers and visitors.” South Korea’s economy is ranked the 11th largest in the world and 4th largest in Asia. The country is also home to the headquarters of 15 Fortune 500 companies such as Samsung, LG Electronics, Hyundai and Kia, representing two of South Korea’s important exports: technology and automobiles. Korean Air’s Managing Vice President John Jackson said that Boston, “with its numerous universities and colleges, is a growing New England hub attracting companies in fast-growing industries like IT, bio-technology, healthcare, finance and pharmaceuticals.” In 2016, 66,500 South Koreans came to Massachusetts, spending $115 and generating $7 in state and local taxes, according to the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism. Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn said, “Connecting New England with the global economy is a key part of Massport’s mission. Offering nonstop service to South Korea, one of the world’s largest economies, has been a priority and we are happy that it has come to fruition. We welcome Korean Air to Logan and look forward to connecting not only our economies, but students, families and tourists as well.” Other business and tourism industry leaders welcomed the news. Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau President and CEO Pat Moscaritolo called the announcement “terrific news for Boston’s visitor industry. South Korea is a top ten overseas source market for Boston, sending nearly 70,000 annual visitors to our city, and Korean Air directly services dozens of cities across China and Japan, which means Seoul is poised to become a major feeder city for Boston.” Boston’s Chief of Economic Development John F. Barros said, “As the City of Boston becomes an increasingly large presence in the global economy, international connections and partners are vital to our success. Commitments like these continue to bolster Boston’s tourism and business communities.” Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce President and CEO James Rooney said, “Connecting Boston with more international destinations increases opportunities for our talented workforce and helps make the Commonwealth more attractive for a variety of industries. Mass Competitive Partnership President and CEO Dan O’Connell said, “Nonstop air service is key to making Massachusetts competitive in the world marketplace. Connecting the Commonwealth with major international economies has great benefits.” Sustaining Massachusetts’ competitive edge in international travel is critical to the state’s highly travel-dependent and diversified economy; spread across sectors such as biotechnology, healthcare, education, and medical scientific research. Massport has worked to increase the number of options for international nonstop flights that help make Boston more attractive to foreign companies looking at U.S. facilities in the Commonwealth. International passengers fly through Logan’s newly renovated Terminal E. The Terminal E Renovation and Enhancements project, completed in 2016, improved the customer experience throughout the terminal. The project added 95,000 square feet of space and renovated three existing gates to accommodate larger aircraft. The project was designed to make Terminal E a true international gateway to Massachusetts and New England.
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.
BAKER-POLITO ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES 2018 NAVIGATIONAL DREDGING PILOT PROGRAM
Photo of Manchester-by-the-Sea courtesy of CLE Engineering This week the Baker-Polito Administration announced a new pilot Navigational Dredging Pilot Program that will fund up to $4 million in grants to municipalities with shovel-ready projects for salt water dredging of public waterways that benefit local economies. The program is being administered by the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito announced the new program at the ribbon cutting for the Manchester Harbor Dredging Project, which received $500,000 in state funding through MassWorks last year. Manchester was the first dredging project to receive funding through the MassWorks Infrastructure Grant Program, the state’s signature infrastructure program. Governor Charlie Baker said Massachusetts “has one of the most vibrant maritime economies in the country, and we are committed to supporting the economic vitality, recreation, public safety and environmental resources of our coastal communities. This new pilot program is a critical next step and complements the over $30 million in funding to seaports in the Commonwealth, and our broader efforts to establish regular funding for dredging through the economic development bill, currently working its way through the Legislature.” Lt. Governor Polito, chair of the Seaport Economic Council, said, “I have a deep appreciation for the coastal assets that distinguish our state. We are proud to partner with communities like Manchester-by-the-Sea to ensure the important work of dredging is supported, and to create a framework going forward so that more of these efforts get the funding needed to enhance our waterways and ensure they are accessible to all.” Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash said, “After making the inaugural dredging grant to Manchester-by-the-Sea, we engaged extensively with over 250 stakeholders from our 78 coastal communities through local listening sessions to understand how the state can better support their dredging needs. It became clear a stand-alone dredging program was necessary to help them to make the improvements and preparations necessary for long-term growth, and fuller participation in the blue economy; and it is an essential component of the economic development legislation filed by Governor Baker in March.” Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton said, “The completion of the Manchester Harbor dredging project has broad and far-reaching impact by supporting our commercial and recreational fishing industries, creating long-lasting jobs, and increasing the public access to the North Shore’s beautiful natural resources. The new Navigational Dredging Pilot Program reflects the Baker-Polito Administration’s commitment to coastal communities and the sustainable use of the Commonwealth’s waters.” A number of legislative, local and maritime leaders celebrated the Manchester Harbor project, including Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, Representative Bradford Hill, Representative Sarah Peake, Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, Manchester Board of Selectmen Chair Susan Beckmann, Manchester Harbormaster Bion Pike and Coast Guard Captain Eric Doucette, Commander, Coast Guard Sector Boston. In August 2016, Governor Baker signed An Act Relative to Job Creation and Workforce Development (H.4569) to reauthorize MassWorks and support $500 million of future investment in critical infrastructure, a significant commitment by the Commonwealth. The Baker-Polito Administration has increased MassWorks funding by $35 million over the past two fiscal years. Since 2015, the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded over $274 million to 134 projects in 106 communities throughout the Commonwealth. The 2018 Navigational Dredging Pilot Program enables coastal communities to pursue projects in the immediate dredging season, beginning in September. Projects will be evaluated based on readiness, direct economic impact, and local match. Projects being supported will advance economic development opportunities in designated port areas and developed harbors; support commercial, tourism and recreational opportunities; increase public access and safety on waterways and harbors; demonstrate environmental benefits; and are consistent with the Commonwealth’s Sustainable Development Principles. Program guidelines and applications for the 2018 Navigational Dredging Pilot Program are available online. Completed applications are due to the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development by August 3.
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.
New “Work of Leisure” Report Studies Massachusetts Hospitality & Tourism Industry
A new study entitled The Work of Leisure: Behind the Scenes of Massachusetts’ Leisure, Hospitality and Tourism Industry was presented to state and city tourism leaders on June 19. Prepared by UMass/Boston Donahue Institute for The Boston Foundation and Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, the report finds that the leisure, hospitality and tourism industry “employs 376,000 workers and generates more than $28 billion in economic output on its own – and its spending and economic activity spins off another 232,000 jobs and $41 billion in additional output.” Read the full report here.
Massachusetts Awards $10.9 Million in Skills Capital Grants
Governor Baker announced the Skills Capital Grants during a visit to Salem High School on June 21, 2018. Photo Courtesy of Jay Ash. 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. See list of the current Skills Capital Grants awardees here.
Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates Groundbreaking for GLX Project
On Monday, June 25, Federal, state and city officials joined community partners at the official groundbreaking of the Green Line Extension (GLX) Project. Held at the future site of Union Square Station in Somerville, the event was attended by Governor Charlie Baker, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Massachusetts Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, and MBTA General Manager Luis Manuel Ramírez, Congressmen Mike Capuano, Congresswoman Katherine Clark and other officials. Secretary Chao announced the release of $225 million in federal funding for GLX, representing the second installment of federal support for the project. She said the Green Line Extension project “will improve mobility, access to jobs, schools and the quality of life for tens of thousands of passengers in the Boston area.” Governor Baker said the Green Line Extension “will improve access to education, housing and job opportunities across the entire MTBA system. Our administration is grateful for the collaboration and support we have received from Secretary Chao and all partners at the federal, state and local level to reach this milestone and begin a project that will have a transformational impact on this region of the Commonwealth by accommodating riders and spurring economic growth.” “Lt. Governor Polito said that “residents across the region will benefit greatly from having expanded service in Somerville, Cambridge and Medford. The Green Line Extension is a key project in our administration’s work to increase transit options for travelers across the Commonwealth.” Congressman Mike Capuano called it “a terrific day for Somerville and Cambridge. The Green Line Extension is moving forward and I look forward to the ribbon cutting. I appreciate the effort and commitment of all our Green Line partners, especially the residents who have fought so hard to keep this project alive.” Congresswoman Katherine Clark said the project “will bring long-awaited environmental justice, public health benefits, and economic development to our community. I’m thrilled to celebrate this milestone and remain committed to expanding access to public transportation throughout the Commonwealth.” Transportation Secretary Pollack called the groundbreaking “another milestone in the concerted efforts it took in making GLX a reality. I want to thank the Baker-Polito Administration for its leadership, thank Somerville and Cambridge for financial contributions, and express appreciation to John Dalton and the GLX project team for their continued hard work in propelling GLX forward.” MBTA General Manager Luis Manuel Ramírez said, “thanks to our federal, state, and municipal partners and a lot of hard work by a determined MBTA staff, we’ve made this project a reality.” In November 2017, the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board voted unanimously to award the design and construction contract to GLX Constructors,which is comprised of Flour Enterprises, Middlesex Corp., Herzog Contracting Corp., and Balfour Beatty Infrastructure. The total project cost is approximately $2.3 billion, which includes other project components such as real estate, professional services, contingency, and procurement of 24 new trolleys to augment the existing Green Line fleet, the first of which is anticipated to enter service in fall 2018 with all cars anticipated to be complete by early 2019. Design and pre-construction work, such as vegetation clearing and utility location along the right of way, is currently underway. Heavy construction is expected to start this fall with the project scheduled to enter the testing phase in late 2020 and the extension operational in late 2021. In addition the Green Line Extension offers these benefits: A one-seat ride from the project corridor to downtown Boston, (eliminating the need for bus and rail transfers at Lechmere Station and at Orange and Red Line stations) improving travel times within the project corridor. A projected reduction in regional daily Vehicle Miles Traveled by 25,728 miles, improving air quality and reducing automobile congestion. Daily ridership (boardings and alightings) at the seven Green Line Extension stations of approximately 45,000 by 2030. The majority of those trips will be made beginning in the first year of service on the Green Line Extension. A commitment to universal access, with new stations that will meet or exceed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. Operation in existing railroad rights-of-way, reducing the need to purchase local property and minimizing construction impacts. Mitigation measures that will reduce existing noise and vibration impacts from area railroads. For more information, please visit the GLX MassDOT project webpage and the GLX MBTA project webpage. Connect with the T on Twitter @MBTA.
Baker-Polito Administration Announces Economic Incentives to Support Almost 2,500 New Jobs in Massachusetts
Photo courtesy of Chase Corporation (Oxford), a leading manufacturer of protective materials. Today, the Commonwealth’s Economic Assistance Coordinating Council (EACC) approved 15 projects for participation in the Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP). These projects are expected to create 2,468 new jobs and retain 6,267 jobs throughout Massachusetts, while leveraging approximately $812 million in private investment. MassMutual, a national mutual life insurance company, was awarded tax credits to pursue a significant expansion project in Springfield and Boston. This expansion, which the company announced in February, will bring 2,000 new jobs to Springfield and Boston, and leverage a $291 million investment in both cities. “The Economic Development Incentive Program leverages private investments to create jobs and to contribute to regional economies across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our administration is pleased to support this slate of projects, including MassMutual’s expansion, and we welcome these companies’ commitment to expanding and investing in Massachusetts.” “Our administration encourages communities to work with our many resources and tools to spur economic development at the local level through the EACC and the Economic Development Incentive Program,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “These awards will contribute to economic development opportunities, create new jobs and develop paths towards long-term, stable growth.” “EDIP is an important tool to support local and regional job growth. MassMutual’s expansion in Springfield and Boston is a win for the entire Commonwealth,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “The company’s substantial investment in Springfield will feed the current momentum in the city and the region, attracting new private investment, jobs, and residents.” “Growing jobs across all regions of Massachusetts is our imperative and we can accomplish this when state and local incentives work in conjunctions with private investment,” said Assistant Secretary of Business Development & International Trade Nam Pham. “We are pleased that companies, large and small, continue expanding their operations and adding jobs to propel economic growth in Massachusetts.” The EACC has approved 194 economic development projects since the beginning of the Baker-Polito Administration in January 2015. These projects are leading to the creation of 12,343 jobs, retention of 27,768 existing jobs, and are leveraging over $4.3 billion in private investment. Additionally, the EACC has assisted 86 manufacturing companies and 87 companies in Gateway Cities during this period. Certified Projects: Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, Springfield and Boston MassMutual is a mutual life insurance company headquartered in Springfield. The company does business in all 50 states and provides a wide range of life insurance, annuity and disability products, pension and pension-related products and services, and investment-related products and services. MassMutual will renovate and expand their corporate headquarters in Springfield and construct a Boston campus. The company plans to hire 2,000 new employees, retain 3,649 employees, and make a private investment of $291 million. The EACC Board has approved EDIP investment tax credits in the amount of $46 million. Chase Corporation, Oxford Founded in 1946, Chase Corporation is a leading manufacturer of industrial coatings and tapes for high reliability applications with a global customer base. Headquartered in MA, they have wire & cable manufacturing facilities in MA, NC and RI. They plan to consolidate assets and hire 13 new employees, retain 57 employees, and make a private investment of $318,438. The EACC Board has approved EDIP investment tax credits in the amount of $162,500. Local Incentive Only Projects: Global Property Developers Corporation, Amesbury Global Property Developers is a private real estate development and construction management firm in Bridgewater, MA. They plan to build and operate the Atlantic Sports Center, a state-of-the art mixed-use complex which will include three buildings with commercial space featuring a multi-sheet ice arena capable of hosting hockey tournaments and large entertainment functions. The facility plans to employ 50 full time employees and make a private investment of $48 million. The City of Amesbury approved a 10-year Tax Increment Financing (TIF) valued at approximately $3.9 million. HD Systems, Inc., Beverly HD Systems manufactures high precision, customized gear components, gear units and electronically driven servo actuators. Currently located in Peabody, they have been growing rapidly and are outgrowing their current facility. They plan to purchase 5-acres from Cummings Properties in Beverly and construct a 90,000 square foot, high tech, multi-story manufacturing facility to include manufacturing and assembly, R&D, engineering, sales, marketing and administration with the ability to expand in the future. The company plans to retain 112 full-time jobs, create 80 new jobs, and make an investment of more than $70 million. The City of Beverly has approved a 10-year Tax Financing Agreement with a value of approximately $272,325. ClearMotion, Inc., Billerica Founded in 2008, ClearMotion has designed the world’s first proactive digital motion controlled suspension system for automobiles to replace traditional shock absorbers with a software controlled digital chassis. The company has outgrown its current headquarters in Woburn and identified a facility in Billerica. They plan to relocate and move their current 195 employees, create 105 new jobs, and make an investment of $9.4 million. The Town of Billerica has approved a seven-year Tax Financing Agreement with a value of approximately $625,000. A. Crane Construction, LLC, Chicopee A. Crane Construction has been serving Western Massachusetts’ construction needs since 1988, building custom homes, additions, and renovations for homeowners, and commercial spaces for businesses. The company has outgrown their existing 1,500 square foot facility and plan to build a new 3,000 square foot headquarters with an additional 4,000 square feet of warehouse space. The company plans to hire six new employees, retain seven employees, and make a private investment of $1.44 million. The City of Chicopee approved a five-year TIF valued at approximately $103,950. RiverMills Assisted Living, LLC, Chicopee RiverMills is a start-up venture which purchased a parcel in Chicopee to develop a 78,000 square-foot affordable, assisted living facility with dementia care. The project is being built on a former brownfields site. The facility plans to employ 65 full time employees and make a private investment of $24.2 million. The City of Chicopee approved a 10-year TIF valued at approximately $1,010,712. OSJ of Fall River, LLC, Fall River Ocean State Job Lot has 131 Stores throughout New England, New York and New Jersey with 50 stores in MA. OSJ of Fall River, LLC, an affiliated entity of Ocean State Job Lot, plans to purchase and remodel the former Shaw’s Plaza to relocate a Fall River Ocean State Job Lot store that will be almost 60% larger than their current store. They also plan to improve the appearance of the shopping center and facilitate the redevelopment of the site into a vibrant and active retail attraction. The company plans to hire nine new employees, retain 16 employees, and make a private investment of $9.4 million. The City of Fall River has approved a five-year Tax Financing Agreement with a value of approximately $165,000. Rolf C. Hagan USA Corp., Mansfield Founded in 1955, Hagen Group is the world’s largest, privately-owned pet products manufacturer and distributor. They plan to renovate their existing 302,000 square foot distribution space representing an estimated $500,000 in renovations and property value. The company plans to retain 100 full-time jobs and create 30 new, permanent full-time jobs over a 5-year period. The Town of Mansfield has approved a 10-year Tax Financing Agreement with a value of approximately $337,000. Ace Molding, Inc., Monson Ace Molding was founded in the 1960′s and moved to Monson in 1964, and manufactures bird feeders, knife handles and various industrial and healthcare components. The company plans to increase production which will result in five new jobs and the retention of three existing jobs and an investment $230,000. The Town of Monson has approved a 5-year Special Tax Assessment (STA) with a value of approximately $17,563. Seaman Paper Company of Massachusetts Inc., Orange Seaman Paper is a privately-owned manufacturer of decorative tissue papers and lightweight industrial papers, including wrapping paper, crepe streamers, art tissues, food wrappers and industrial interleaving grades. They are seeking to tear down an existing building in Orange and construct a new 165,000 square-foot warehouse/distribution building to house materials and finished goods to increase current manufacturing capacity. This project is expected to create 10 new jobs, retain 123 existing jobs and result in an investment of $5.58 million. The Town of Orange has approved a six-year Tax Financing Agreement with a value of approximately $362,010. Horner Millwork Corp/North Atlantic Corp., Somerset Horner is a distributor and manufacturer of windows, doors, kitchens, stairs, millwork and commercial building products. They service builders and contractors, architects, lumberyards, specialty millwork dealers, remodelers and homeowners. They plan to expand their Somerset, MA corporate office and manufacturing facility, adding an 85,000 square-foot, three floor manufacturing and warehouse building. The company plans to hire 20 new employees, retain 311 employees, and make a private investment of $6 million. The Town of Somerset has approved a 12-year Tax Financing Agreement with a value of approximately $885,000. Emond Plumbing & Heating, Inc., Taunton Emond Plumbing and Heating, Inc. is a 30 year-old plumbing and heating company with approximately 170 employees doing business in MA, RI, CT and NH. The company has outgrown its current location and intends to renovate an abandoned building in Taunton and expand their in-house construction and manufacturing operations. The company plans to hire 10 new employees, retain 45 employees, and make a private investment of $2.1 million. The City of Taunton has approved a 20-year Tax Financing Agreement with a value of approximately $224,884. Waters Corporation, Taunton Since 1958, Waters Corporation has creating innovative analytical instruments. Waters serves over 40,000 customers worldwide and its products are used in diverse markets, including pharmaceuticals, materials, food and environment, research, and clinical. They will expand their current silica manufacturing facility with a 135,000 square-foot addition. The company plans to hire 15 new employees, retain 94 employees, and make a private investment of $200 million. The City of Taunton has approved a 20-year Tax Financing Agreement with a value of approximately $3.7 million. Analog Devices, Inc., Wilmington Founded in 1965 and headquartered in Norwood, MA, ADI is a leading global manufacturer of a broad portfolio of products leveraging analog, mixed signal and digital signal processing technology. They are consolidating some of their MA-based operations into one campus. The will construct a 440,000 square-foot building for office space, lab space, a community hub and a parking. The company plans to hire 50 new employees, retain 1,555 employees, and make a private investment of $142.9 million. The Town of Wilmington has approved an eight-year Tax Financing Agreement with a value of approximately $4.3 million.
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.
Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2 Million in Community Compact Grants
Today, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded $2 million in Community Compact Cabinet (CCC) grants to assist 92 communities and 8 School Districts across the Commonwealth. The Community Compact Cabinet’s Efficiency & Regionalization grant program provides financial support for governmental entities interested regionalization and other efficiency initiatives that allow for long-term sustainability. The grants provides funds for one-time or transition costs for municipalities, regional school districts, school districts considering forming a regional school district or regionalizing services, regional planning agencies and councils of governments interested in such projects. The Efficiency and Regionalization Grant Program was started by the administration in 2016 to assist municipalities and school districts interested in providing services to their constituents in a more efficient and cost-effective way. In Fiscal Year 2017, the administration awarded $2 million to over 110 municipalities and 18 school districts. Governor Charlie Baker said the Community Compact Cabinet was created “to enhance state government’s role as a reliable partner for municipalities. We are proud to announce this year’s round of grants to help cities, towns, and school districts from across the Commonwealth work together to share services that will better serve their constituents in a more cost-effective manner.” Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Chair of Cabinet said the Administration is “committed to using these grants to work with cities, towns, and school districts to better serve their residents and make Massachusetts a great place to live, work, and raise a family.” Administration and Finance Secretary Michael J. Heffernan said the CCC grant program “provides local leaders with the flexibility and support to pursue projects that best fit their communities.” Read more about the Community Compact Cabinet here. Grant Recipients: Regionalization / Shared Services • Mosquito Control District (Deerfield, Bernardston, Conway, East Longmeadow, Hadley, Montague, Northampton, Palmer, Shelburne, Southampton, South Hadley) – $150,000 • Pioneer Valley Planning Commission Regional IT (Blandford, Chester, Cummington, Huntington, Montgomery, and the Gateway RSD) – $150,000 • Shared Fire/EMS (Halifax, Plympton) – $132,300 • Regional IT (Danvers, Essex, Hamilton, Wenham) – $100,000 • Regional Animal Control (Palmer, Monson, Ware, Warren) – $67,000 • Regional Public Health Nurse (Avon, Holbrook, Randolph) – $46,000 • Metropolitan Area Planning Council Regional Opioid Programming (Chelsea, Medford, Winthrop) – $36,500 • Regional Treasury/Collections (Berkley, Cheshire, Chester, Conway, Egremont, Hawley, Heath, Middlefield, Oakham, Royalston, Tyringham, Washington, Windsor) – $22,109 Regional Economic Development • Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission Regional Economic Development Director (Barre, Hardwick, Hubbardston, New Braintree, Oakham) – $95,000 • Regional Economic Development (Dedham, Norwood, Westwood) – $50,000 • Merrimack Valley Planning Commission Regional Economic Development (Amesbury, Andover, Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Lawrence, Merrimac, Methuen, Newbury, Newburyport, North Andover, Rowley, Salisbury, West Newbury) – $50,000 • Rural Economic Development Planning (Chester, Blandford, Huntington, Middlefield, Montgomery, and Russell) – $42,339 Regional Wastewater • Cohasset, Hull, Scituate – $200,000 • Barnstable, Dennis, Harwich, Yarmouth – $150,000 • Bourne, Falmouth, Mashpee, Sandwich (with Joint Base Cape Cod) – $140,000 Regional Transportation • Metropolitan Area Planning Council (Beverly, Danvers, Marblehead, Peabody, Salem, Swampscott) – $125,300 • Martha’s Vineyard Commission Regional Transportation Planner (Aquinnah, Chilmark, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury, West Tisbury) – $100,000 • Bedford, Burlington, Lexington – $85,000 Schools • Regional School District Consolidation / Collaboration (Gill-Montague RSD, Franklin Co. Tech, Pioneer Valley RSD) – $109,998 • Add Member to Old Colony Regional VocTech (Freetown schools) – $30,000 • Exploration of Regionalization (Amherst and Pelham schools) – $21,500 Efficiencies • Gardner Combined Dispatch – $82,952 • Williamsburg Police Records/Reporting – $10,350
Specialty Crop Block Grants Support Massachusetts Agricultural Organizations
Image Courtesy of Third Sector New England This month, fifteen organizations across Massachusetts were awarded nearly $350,000 in Specialty Crop Block grants to develop and promote various products, including fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops. The Baker-Polito Administration announced the awards, which are funded through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR). Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton said the Massachusetts agricultural industry “remains a vital component to local, regional, and state economies, and contained within its core is the harvesting and producing of specialty crops that are bought and sold around the world…Farmers, non-profit organizations, and other entities will be assisted in their pursuit to develop or build upon existing programs as they further promote specialty crops harvested within the Commonwealth.” Specialty crops and products represent an important segment of the state’s agricultural industry, since they include cranberries, honey, maple, and herbs. This year’s grants, authorized by the United States Farm Bill, range from $10,000 to $64,000. MDAR Commissioner John Lebeaux said, “We are so thankful for this partnership with the USDA to provide these grants to our Massachusetts farmers and commodity associations to continue to promote locally grown food. I am so pleased that 15 applicants were awarded funds to continue to ensure the long-term viability of agriculture in Massachusetts.” Find details on the 15 companies and their awards here. Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association – Carver Ground Work Lawrence – Lawrence Lettuce Be Local – Sterling Mass Agriculture in the Classroom – Marlborough Mass Farm to School Project – Amherst Massachusetts Farm Wineries and Growers’ Association – Ludlow Massachusetts Flower Growers Association – Bedford Northeast Organic Farming Association – Barre Nuestra Raices, Inc. – Holyoke Regional Environmental Council – Worcester Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts – Cambridge Third Sector New England/New Entry Sustainable Farming – Lowell University of Massachusetts, Amherst – Amherst MDAR Technical Resource – Boston MDAR GAP/GHP– Boston Learn more about agritourism in the Commonwealth. For information on vacationing here, visit the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism.
SEAPORT ECONOMIC COUNCIL DISCUSSES EXPANDED FERRY SERVICE ALONG MASSACHUSETTS COASTLINE
Photo Courtesy of Boston Harbor Association Earlier this month, members of the Seaport Economic Council were briefed on a dozen sites which have been identified by stakeholders as having the best potential for new or expanded ferry service by the Boston Harbor Water Transportation Study. Routes between these sites are being analyzed to select the three routes most likely to have financially sustainable service. Business plans for these proposed routes will then be completed next spring. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said the Baker-Polito Administration “believes that by partnering with cities and towns, we can help deliver more sustainable and efficient services to meet the needs of the communities we serve. We appreciate the continued collaboration between all non-profit organizations, businesses and municipalities involved in the Boston Harbor Water Transportation Study.” Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack said, “We see water transportation as an important travel option in the future and are pleased to now have possible sites for new or expanded service.” Secretary Pollack chairs the Water Transportation Advisory Council which she has charged with assisting MassDOT in creating a practical and actionable plan for a sustainable Water Transportation network. Deputy Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Carolyn Kirk, Vice-Chair of the Seaport Economic Council, said, “We look forward to continuing to explore increased and new ferry service in the Boston Harbor. Investing and enhancing maritime transport aligns with the Seaport Economic Council’s strategic objectives to leverage the assets of our coastal communities, create new opportunities for residents, and support the blue economy.” Thirty dock sites around Boston Harbor were studied in order to compare multi-modal access, existing infrastructure conditions, travel time savings, and demand from the surrounding market area. Twelve of the thirty locations with the greatest capacity for supporting new or expanded service have been identified for further study. Using the data collected from a stated preference survey conducted in August and September, a transportation demand model will now be run for each location in order to further evaluate possible new routes. In the next phase of the process, several North Shore, South Shore, and Inner Harbor routes will be studied. Expanding existing services from Hingham and Hull will be evaluated in conjunction with the evaluation of new routes from Squantum Point/Marina Bay in Quincy and Fallon Pier on Columbia Point in Dorchester. An Inner Harbor circulator route will be considered among and between combinations of the following sites: Logan Airport and Lewis Mall in East Boston, Navy Yard Pier 4 in Charlestown, Lovejoy Wharf next to North Station, Long Wharf and Rowes Wharf in Downtown Boston, and Fan Pier and World Trade Center East in the Seaport. Continued North Shore services from Salem and Winthrop will be incorporated into the model while Lynn will receive support for implementing a business plan for new ferry service from their Blossom Street Pier. The Seaport Economic Council of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Affairs, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, the Barr Foundation, the Cabot Family Charitable Trust, and the developers of both the Envoy Hotel and Clippership Wharf are also supporting the study. The National Park Service is funding a connected study that is looking at improved ferry services to the Boston Harbor Islands. Boston Harbor Now President and CEO Kathy Abbott said, “It’s been important from day one that we hear from people around the Harbor and evaluate all of the possible options for the next generation of ferry service. Public engagement and communication has been at the forefront of our work, and we’ve gotten great insights from current and potential ferry users.” The Feedback from the Stakeholder Workshops and Existing Conditions reports which were shared at the Open House can be found online at bostonharbornow.org/water-transportation-study.
Education First Promotes Global Learning
Architectural Rendering of Education First’s New Building in Cambridge The term Global Citizen describes a person increasingly comfortable building a strong identification with the world as a whole. As national borders open to an increasingly globalized society, ease in travel, global trade and advances in technology have allowed for the expansion of cultural, value-based and linguistic exchanges. A company on the frontier of these exchanges is EF Education First, the world’s largest educational organization. Located in Northpoint, Cambridge, EF’s North American headquarters is a 300,000 square foot architectural masterpiece with panoramic views of the Boston skyline. It recently broke ground for a third building at Northpoint that will create 300 new jobs and add public parks to the area. Education First was founded more than 50 years ago by Swedish scholar, Bertil Hult, who spent time in England with a mission to learn the English language. From his British experience, Hult deemed experiential learning as the most effective method for learning a language. Over the half century, the vision for experiential learning continued to grow as EF developed its mission to promote language, education, travel and cultural exchange on a global scale. Today the company operates in 116 countries, has 539 office and schools and employs 46,500 employees across all continents. EF opens up the world to a greater number of people from multiple backgrounds through its strong repertoire of products. Each product offers adventurers the ability to explore diverse cultures, embark on unforgettable journeys and study at one of EF’s academies or at the award-winning Hult International Business School. On October 2, 2017, Governor Charlie Baker attended the groundbreaking of EF’s third new building, praising the company for its commitment to learning. “There is unity in what you do. You bring cultures together. You bring people who don’t know each other together. You bring people from different walks of life together. You do exactly in this day and age which we need most of all – which is people who know how to find common ground and help people build on it,” Governor Baker said. “Today’s groundbreaking is an important moment for EF that also highlights how public-private partnerships can lead to economic development, jobs and the creation of beautiful public spaces that benefit our staff and students as well as the residents of Cambridge and Boston,” said EF’s North American CEO Dr. Edward Hult. Why Massachusetts The inclusive and experiential nature of the company found its home in Cambridge, a neighborhood blooming with diversity, creativity and world-class education. Within the company’s open and communal office space, EF employees display a commitment to innovation and civic engagement that mirrors the City of Cambridge ethos. Recently, the company opened a public wellness space close to its property in East Cambridge. Vice President of EF Properties, Shawna Marino, tells Boston Magazine, “Living a healthy lifestyle is one of our strong focuses here at EF. We are just so thrilled to share this part of our culture with the community.” According to EF, the new 300,000-square-foot, 12-story building will be designed to a LEED Gold standard and is scheduled to open in late spring 2019. The ground floor will be completely dedicated to public space with a mix of uses throughout the upper floors, including new student housing for the independent, nonprofit Hult International Business School, general office and administrative space, and above-grade parking. The ground floor will include a public fitness center with a rock climbing wall, a small café, public restrooms, and hundreds of new public bike parking spaces. EF’s communal company culture also resonates beyond its office block. EF is an active agent in the Greater Boston community as employees regularly donate their time in community service projects. Such projects include Charles River clean-up on Earth Day and the EF Cares volunteering club that works with EF’s on-site chef to cook meals for local families. EF’s Annual Holiday drive collects donations for Greater Boston Food Bank, Big Brother Big Sister Association of Greater Boston and Cultural Care Kids First Foundation. Education First fosters a commitment to global experiential education and service that is unparalleled. In its quest for knowledge, education, innovation and excellence, EF emulates the true spirit of Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Export Center Hosts Annual Export Expo
Featured speakers Richard Ashooh and Christina Sevilla at Export Expo. Photo Courtesy of Mass Export Center. Trade experts, government officials and business leaders gathered in Boston last week for the Massachusetts Export Center’s annual Export Expo to discuss the uncertainty in the current global trade landscape and possible shifts in U.S trade policy. Keynote speakers included Richard Ashooh, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration, Christina Sevilla, Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and Peter Cazamias, Associate Administrator for International Trade at U.S. Small Business Administration. The all-day forum, held at the State Transportation Building, drew over 300 participants. Massachusetts Export Center Director Paula L. Murphy said, “2017 has been an important year for U.S. trade policy, and we were fortunate to host high level regulatory policy officials and leading private sector global trade practitioners to address current and critical issues, such as the NAFTA renegotiation, export controls policy, sanctions developments and more.” Assistant Secretary of Business Development + International Trade Nam Pham, who led a panel on Free Trade Partners, said, “As the Commonwealth continues to expand its international market for products made in Massachusetts, the Export Expo is an important forum for our smaller companies to learn the latest trends in trade policies, technology and regulations affecting their business.” A number of local officials and business leaders participated in a series of panels throughout the day, including Consul General of Canada in Boston David Alward; New England Council President & CEO James Brett; State Senator and Chair of the Joint Committee on Export Development Eileen Donoghue; Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) Executive Director Kristen Rupert and Mark Sullivan Executive Director of Massachusetts Office of International Trade & Investment. In addition to the panels, participants got to meet with 34 exhibitors whose companies ranged from banks and law firms to government agencies and service providers. The Massachusetts Export Center is a one-stop online resource for accessing a wide range of instructional and practical information on exporting to help your business grow and take advantage of international opportunities. Massachusetts Export Center, is part of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network (MSBDC), which fosters the start, growth and sustainability of small business by providing high-quality, in-depth advising, training and capital access.
BAKER-POLITO ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVES FOR 9 PROJECTS
Photo: Stone Path Malt in Wareham imports and manufactures specialty malt for the craft brewery industry. The Commonwealth’s Economic Assistance Coordinating Council (EACC) approved 9 projects to participate in the Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP) at its quarterly meeting in Worcester on December 13, 2017. These projects are expected to create 449 net new jobs and retain 187 jobs throughout Massachusetts, while leveraging approximately $180 million in private investment. EDIP provides businesses with resources to expand or relocate in Massachusetts and create new job opportunities for Massachusetts residents. Download list of companies here:. EDIP_9 Companies_December 13, 2017 Governor Charlie Baker said the Baker-Polito Administration is “committed to growing our nation-leading economy, building our workforce and equipping our residents with the skills they need to connect with career pathways. The projects supported by the Economic Development Incentive Program and companies associated with them create the conditions for strong, regional economic growth.” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito described EDIP as “one element of our robust set of tools for businesses, cities and towns to leverage existing assets, foster economic development opportunities and create the conditions for long-term success. I want to congratulate the nine companies that will receive state or local incentives to build their business, grow jobs and expand their presence here in Massachusetts.” Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash said, “Coordinated and targeted investments in infrastructure, workforce development and innovation that leverage private investment ensure that the Commonwealth will continue to attract new companies and high-skill workers.” Assistant Secretary of Business Development & International Trade Nam Pham said, “Helping local companies succeed pays dividends to Massachusetts’ economic well-being. By expanding operations and adding jobs, these nine companies fuel economic growth and create regional opportunities across the Commonwealth.” The EACC has approved 173 economic development projects since the beginning of the Baker-Polito Administration in January 2015. These projects will lead to the creation of 9,452 jobs, retention of 31,308 existing jobs, and will leverage almost $3.5 billion in private investment. Additionally, the EACC has assisted 76 manufacturing companies and 78 companies in Gateway Cities during this period. Apply to EDIP here.
Massachusetts Names Manufacturing Grant Awardees at State House
Photo: Grant awardees joined elected and state officials at the Massachusetts State House on December 12, 2017 This week the Baker-Polito Administration, in coordination with the Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE), awarded $216,067 to 32 small and medium-sized manufacturers based in Massachusetts that will support more than 1,400 jobs across the Commonwealth. The awards provide Massachusetts manufacturers with resources to support their long-term success and job retention and creation. It matches the companies with private consulting expertise to assist with finance, marketing, accounting, government procurement and other tasks to improve business operations or help companies make important transitions. This competitive, one-time matching grant program is overseen by the Massachusetts Office of Business Development. Governor Charlie Baker called the awards “another piece of our comprehensive strategy to support the future of manufacturing in Massachusetts, along with substantial investments in research and development, innovation, workforce training and state-of-the-art equipment for our students and adult learners.” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said the grants “support companies making advances in aerospace, defense, textiles and clothing, communications technology, and food production…these grants will help generate more jobs and economic activity across Massachusetts.” Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash said the awards “will help businesses tackle challenges across sales, marketing, information and communication technology, quality management, LEAN manufacturing implementation, and more, creating stronger, more resilient companies.” Assistant Secretary of Business Development & International Trade Nam Pham said, “Nurturing small and medium-sized businesses to grow in Massachusetts is a top priority of the Baker-Polito Administration. This program helps local companies to get the expertise they need to bring their manufacturing operations to the next level.” SBANE President Karim Hill said, “This program truly sets SBANE apart. This year alone we are supporting over 1,400 jobs in the Commonwealth as these companies make necessary improvements to their business operations. SBANE has a history of pursuing these discretionary funds at the legislative level and will continue to do so to support Massachusetts manufacturing.” These awards are part of the Baker-Polito Administration’s commitment to the future of manufacturing in Massachusetts. The administration has committed more than $100 million through the M2I2 program to support innovation in advanced manufacturing, in partnership with the federal Manufacturing USA program. In October, the administration awarded $1.3 million to eight workforce training organizations to provide advanced manufacturing training to unemployed and underemployed individuals through the Advanced Manufacturing Training Program and announced $9.5 million to 32 educational institutions through to the Workforce Skills Capital grant program, to support the workforce needs of the Commonwealth’s advanced and globally competitive manufacturing sector.
MassEcon Impact Awards Recognizes 15 Companies for Spurring Economic Development in Massachusetts
MassEcon recognized 15 companies in Massachusetts at the 14th Annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards luncheon attended by nearly 400 guests recently at the Renaissance Boston Hotel in the Seaport District. WBZ-TV News Anchor Lisa Hughes was Master of Ceremonies. The winning companies come from across the state, range in size, and were drawn from diverse industries, including life sciences, medical devices, information technology, food, footwear, advanced materials, and the automotive industry. Read full press release here. See more photos of the Impact Awards luncheon. Keynote speaker Governor Charlie Baker congratulated the recipients, noting that their companies represented “part of the incredible embedded intellectual capital of the Commonwealth from one end to the other.” Prior to the luncheon, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash met with the winning companies at a reception. Together this year’s winners have added almost 1,000 jobs to the Commonwealth, invested over $381 million, and expanded their facilities by more than 2 million square feet since January 2016, according to MassEcon Executive Director Susan Houston. All of the winners were commended for job growth, investment, facility expansion and community involvement. See full list of winners below. The winners “represent the backbone of the economy – both local and for export – that Massachusetts has become,” said Brian Cohen, chair of the MassEcon Board of Directors. Citizens Bank Massachusetts, lead sponsor of the event, was represented by President Girard Sargent, who introduced Governor Baker, praising the Commonwealth’s regional approach. “We have leadership in New England that is functioning,” Sargent said. “We thank him for investing in the workforce here in the Commonwealth.” MassEcon champions Massachusetts as the best place to start, grow, or locate a business. Bringing the public and private sectors together, we work to create a supportive culture for business, enhance job growth, promote investment in communities, and spread prosperity throughout the state. For more information, please go to massecon.com.
Massachusetts Celebrates Small Business Weekend, November 25-26, 2017
Moonlight Magic in Shelburne Falls. Photo courtesy of MassVacation.com. The Baker-Polito Administration is celebrating Small Business Weekend in Massachusetts with an official proclamation that highlights the important role our small businesses play in the Commonwealth while urging residents and visitors to support their local economy this holiday season. Read the proclamation here. Governor Charlie Baker said, “Our local retailers and small businesses are critical to Massachusetts small towns and major cities. Shopping local helps build our local economies and support the businesses who employ 1.4 million Massachusetts residents.” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said, “We encourage families across Massachusetts to support their local retailers as the holiday season begins. Our small businesses drive regional growth and bring unique, local offerings to our Commonwealth. We’re proud to highlight this integral part of our economy.” For every dollar spent locally $0.68 stays local, compared to just $0.43 spent at national retailers. The Retail Association of Massachusetts (RAM) has initiated a #BuyInMA social media campaign to remind residents to shop local. Massachusetts Small Business Weekend also runs alongside Small Business Saturday, an annual campaign by American Express and the U.S. Small Business Association. Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash said, “Main Streets and small shopping districts in our cities and towns are of the heart of the Massachusetts economy. When our small businesses prosper, they create more jobs, build economic success and offer new opportunities to burgeoning and long-standing industries here in Massachusetts.” According to RAM, consumer spending represents 70% of the economy. The holiday sales season historically represents on average 20% of annual retail sales, with some stores seeing 25-30% of their sales during the period. Assistant Secretary of Business Development and International Trade Nam Pham said, “By shopping in Massachusetts this holiday season, we support local businesses and their employees, while also generating tax revenue in communities across the Commonwealth.” Small businesses in Massachusetts employ more than 1.4 million residents, representing 46.4% of all Massachusetts employees. The more than 620,000 small firms in Massachusetts include 136,000 firms that employ at least one person, and an additional 484,000 non-employer firms. The majority of our small employers employ less than 20 individuals. In May of 2017, the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development undertook ten listening sessions across the Commonwealth to better understand the needs of small businesses and obstacles to success. More than 600 residents, representing 250 small businesses, which included brewers, manufacturers, health care providers, developers, and retailers attended these listening sessions.
Massachusetts Proclaims Small Business Weekend, November 25-26, 2017
A Proclamation Small Business Weekend Whereas Since the founding of the Republic, the genius of the American economy has been its potential to inspire men and women, regardless of their station or title, with the ambition made possible by free enterprise; and Whereas There is no doubt that Americans in small business, numbering in the millions, are making possible advances, cures, inventions and services that will move the United States forward, resulting in happier, healthier, wealthier and greater citizens; and Whereas All of those small businesses in their varying capacities combine to produce half of the nation’s wealth and more than half of the jobs by which tens of millions of Americans support themselves, shelter themselves, raise their families and secure their own futures; and Whereas The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is home to hundreds of thousands of those small businesses, and for that its people are richer, more fortunate and better able to care for each other; and Whereas Nowhere is the value of small business higher than in the cities and towns where every civic organization, every charity, every religious organization and every recreational activity for children is proudly and unreservedly sponsored by the men and women in local business; and Whereas At no time has it been more important for the people of the Commonwealth to recognize the vital contributions of small businesses to their communities and show their reciprocal support by shopping locally, Now, Therefore, I, Charles D. Baker, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim the weekend of November 26th to the 27th, 2017, to be, Small Business Weekend And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance. Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this First Day of November, in the year two thousand and seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and forty-first. By His Excellency Charles D. Baker Governor of the Commonwealth Karyn E. Polito Lt. Governor of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin Secretary of the Commonwealth ###
MGCC AWARDS $750,000 IN SMALL BUSINESS TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS IN MASSACHUSETTS
Today, Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) announced $750,000 in small business grants to support 30 non-profit organizations across the state. Attending the announcement at the Southeast Asian Coalition of Central MA offices in Worcester were MGCC President Larry Andrews, Assistant Secretary of Business Development & International Trade Nam Pham, State Senator Michael O. Moore of the Second Worcester District and Southeast Asian Coalition Executive Director Anh Vu Sawyer, along with small business owners, non-profit organizations and business development leaders. MGCC President Larry Andrews said, “These local investments have a real impact on job creation and economic activity across the Commonwealth. This year’s grants will provide funding for non-profits to support and strengthen inclusive small businesses by increasing business management skills.” MGCC conducts a competitive process each year to award grants through the Small Business Technical Assistance Grant Program to expand economic and entrepreneurial opportunity throughout the Commonwealth. The grants range from $10,000 – $50,000 and will enable local organizations to provide individualized business management assistance, financial training, microloans and loan packaging services to small businesses, with a focus on underserved communities and Gateway Cities in Massachusetts. Assistant Secretary of Business Development & International Trade Nam Pham noted the need to spur economic activity among underserved populations and across all parts of the Commonwealth. “Small businesses drive our state’s job growth,” Pham said. “We need to make more progress in Gateway Cities and among our state’s diverse communities. These assistance grants support business development and job creation, helping to bring economic opportunity to every region of the state.” State Senator Michael Moore said, “86% of the economy is driven by small businesses. If we are going to continue driving the economy, it’s going to be done through the great work of the recipients here today.” Learn more about Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation.
MASSDOT, MASSPORT, MBTA READY FOR THANKSGIVING TRAVEL
“Plan ahead, be prepared and ease frustration while traveling this holiday season” is the message delivered today by the state’s leading transportation agencies leading up to Thanksgiving. Today, officials from the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) gathered at Boston’s South Station to offer travel tips and to remind travelers that the roads and skies will be crowded in the days leading up to and after Thanksgiving, which falls on Thursday, November 23. Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack advised travelers “to plan their trips in advance to find the most appropriate mode, route, and time to travel and help decrease congestion and reach their destination in an efficient manner.” Secretary Pollack urged travelers to utilize real-time technology such as 511 or MassDOT’s GoTime app to view live traffic conditions to help determine the best route and timing of travel. She also encouraged the public to take public transportation to Logan Airport and check mbta.com for updated transit schedules. A record 28.5 million people will fly on U.S. airlines between Friday, November 17 and Tuesday, November 28, according to Airlines for America. The busiest travel day will likely be Sunday, November 26. Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn vowed to “do everything we can to ease the travel experience for everyone flying this holiday season. This week kicks off the busiest time of year at Logan and though we will have extra staff on hand to help out, we encourage everyone to plan ahead to help make their time travelling as smooth as possible.” Massport encourages travelers to check with their airlines before heading to the airport for the most updated flight status and travel information. Parking is expected to be around capacity during the Thanksgiving travel period and travelers are urged to use public transportation to get to the airport and other destinations. Logan Express serves five locations including Peabody, Framingham, Woburn, Braintree and Back Bay. In addition, the MBTA Silver Line 1 is adding additional service through Monday, November 27. As always, outbound service from Logan Airport to the South Boston Seaport District and South Station is free. MBTA General Manager Luis Ramírez said “passengers are encouraged to stay connected by checking schedules available online, following us on Twitter @MBTA and @MBTA_CR, and using the Transit app. We wish a safe and happy holiday for all passengers travelling within our system and beyond.” General Manager and CEO of Keolis Commuter Services David Scorey said the commuter rail “will be increasing the capacity on some of our key rush hour commuter trains next Wednesday. The commuter rail will operate on a Sunday schedule Thanksgiving Day and we would like to remind passengers that posted times are trains’ departure times.” Here is a summary of travel tips: • Download MassDOT’s Go Time travel app at www.MassDOTgotime.com. • Visit www.Mass511.com to view live cameras, route conditions, and traffic information. • Call 511 to learn about travel conditions before heading out onto the roadways. • Check mbta.com for more information on train schedules. Thanksgiving Day will operate on a Sunday schedule. • Airline apps can provide helpful real-time alerts and tips for air travelers. • Allow extra time to check in and get through security and always check their airline flight status before leaving for the airport; • Subscribe to get automated parking updates at www.massport.com/logan-airport/parking-information/; • If you have any questions about what is prohibited in your luggage, go to www.tsa.gov Be sure to follow any of partner agencies on Twitter @BostonLogan, @MassDOT, @MBTA, @MBTA_CR, @MassRMV and @visitma. For information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
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.
Global Cruise Industry Contributes $486 Million to Massachusetts Economy
A new study from Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) indicates that the global cruise industry contributed $486 million to Massachusetts’ economy in 2016, up nearly 10 percent since 2014. CLIA is the largest cruise industry trade association and the leading authority of the global cruise community. CLIA’s 2016 Economic Impact Analysis was commissioned by CLIA and conducted by Business Research and Economic Advisors (BREA). It reveals that the cruise industry’s direct expenditures in Massachusetts generated total economic impacts of 7,329 jobs and $483 million in wages and salaries. CLIA President and CEO Cindy D’Aoust said, “The cruise industry is a critical contributor to the U.S. economy and we see evidence of the industry’s positive effect spreading into every state, including Massachusetts.” A reason for the growth, D’Aoust said, was “the continuous improvements Boston has invested in its CruisePort…cruise ships sailing from Boston carried significantly more passengers in 2016. Massachusetts continues to be an important market for the cruise industry.” In June 2017, Massport officially named the its facility Flynn Cruiseport Boston, in honor of former Boston Mayor and Vatican Ambassador Raymond L. Flynn, who jump-started the city’s waterfront in 1986 during his first term as mayor. According to the report, Boston generated 431,000 passenger and crew visits, producing $34.8 million in passenger and crew onshore spending, or approximately $81 per visit. In addition, CLIA’s study reports that tourism-related businesses received approximately $213 million, or 44 percent of the cruise industry’s direct spending in Massachusetts. Another $187 million, or 38 percent of the industry’s direct spending in Massachusetts was spent with businesses in five business segments: food processors, petroleum companies, advertising agencies, insurance agencies and management consulting firms. The remaining 18 percent of direct expenditures in Massachusetts impacted other industries including law firms and business service companies such as computer services, software consulting and marketing, manufacturers of textile and apparel products, and educational and training institutions. Here is the 2017 cruise schedule at Flynn Cruiseport Boston, which ends November 13, 2017. For information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
Baker-Polito Administration Awards $8.5 Million in First Round of 2017 MassWorks Grants
Photo: Announcement of MassWorks Awards at State House on October 10 This week, Massachusetts elected officials joined community leaders to announce over $8.5 million in MassWorks Program Infrastructure awards to 10 rural towns in Massachusetts. These projects are the first of the MassWorks Infrastructure Grant Program’s 2017 awards, spurring regional and local roadway improvements in Boxborough, Chester, Colrain, Monroe, Mount Washington, Oakham, Rowe, Southampton, Stockbridge and Warren. The MassWorks Infrastructure Program provides a one-stop shop for municipalities and other eligible public entities seeking public infrastructure funding to support housing production, economic development, and job creation. Governor Charlie Baker called the MassWorks Infrastructure Program “an important resource for cities and towns pursuing projects that drive local job growth and economic development in the Commonwealth’s communities. From safer streets and bridges to vital access to housing and our downtowns, these projects will further connect the residents of Massachusetts’ rural communities to schools, job opportunities and their neighbors.” The MassWorks Infrastructure Program makes grants to municipalities for public infrastructure projects that generate additional private sector investment. Each year, the MassWorks program allocates 10% of awarded funds to assist municipalities with populations of 7,000 or less in completing roadway safety and transportation improvement projects. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said, “These projects will enhance public safety and community access for first responders, school buses, residents and tourists in our rural cities and towns. Governor Baker and I have been proud to increase funding for and support the reauthorization of MassWorks as a vital and flexible program for upgrading infrastructure across the Commonwealth.” Since 2015, and including this year’s awards, the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded over $274 million to 134 projects in 106 communities throughout the Commonwealth, spurring the development of over 2 million square feet of commercial and retail space, over 7,000 immediate housing units, at least 7,000 square feet of new public space and 1,200 new hotel rooms and commercial/retail space. Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash said the MassWorks awards “are highly sought after funds that make targeted investments in shovel-ready projects. Communities receiving these awards have made significant efforts to attract private development and undertake impactful infrastructure projects to create new economic opportunities for residents and small businesses in their region.” Administration and Finance Secretary Michael J. Heffernan called the MassWorks program “one of the most useful tools we have for supporting economic growth in our cities and towns. The awards announced today will go a long way to improving critical transportation infrastructure in these communities.” Secretary of Transportation and MassDOT CEO Stephanie Pollack said, “MassDOT is proud to work with the Department of Housing and Economic Development on the MassWorks Infrastructure Program. These grants will renew critical local infrastructure which connects our residents and visitors in rural communities to the education resources, hospitals, and the good and vital services they need.” Senate President Stan Rosenberg said, “These grants will address longstanding issues in communities across the Commonwealth. I am grateful that these needs have been recognized and that we are starting to address them.” In August 2016, Governor Baker signed to reauthorize MassWorks and support $500 million of future investment in critical infrastructure, a significant commitment by the Commonwealth. The Baker-Polito Administration has increased MassWorks funding by $35 million over the past two fiscal years.
Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico/Massachusetts Unido por Puerto Rico
Governor Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Representative Jeffrey Sánchez joined The Boston Foundation in announcing the Massachusetts Puerto Rico Fund in the wake of the devastating Hurricane Maria and Irma. The fund has been formed in partnership with the Latino Legacy fund and in cooperation with the Alliance for Puerto Rico. Funds raised will be distributed for reconstruction and relief in Puerto Rico and to support self-evacuees arriving in Massachusetts from Puerto Rico for temporary or permanent residence. Governor Charlie Baker said, “Our hearts break for the people of Puerto Rico and their Massachusetts-based families and friends, whose lives were turned upside down by the devastation of these merciless hurricanes. We stand ready to extend heartfelt welcomes to disaster survivors who seek temporary or permanent residence in Massachusetts and will provide any and all personnel and equipment requested throughout the recovery process.” Mayor Martin J. Walsh said, “Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the Puerto Rican people, those who live here and those who are on the island, as they recover from the devastating impacts of Hurricane Maria. We have been in close communication with officials from Puerto Rico and, with such a strong Puerto Rican community here in Boston, they know we are here to help, for as long as they need.” Vanessa Calderon-Rosado is Chairwoman of the Advisory Committee of 10-12 experts from the Massachusetts Puerto Rican diaspora community, while Representative Jeffrey Sánchez serves as the honorary Vice Chairman. Governor Baker and Mayor Walsh serve as honorary co-chairs to encourage all in Massachusetts to support this effort and Aixa Beauchamp and Juan Carlos Morales will serve on the executive committee. Representative Jeffrey Sánchez said, “The Puerto Rican community of Massachusetts is rallying together to make an impact with those organizations and individuals that are making a difference on the ground in helping the people of Puerto Rico. Together, we can make a lasting impact in the lives of Puerto Rican families from our Commonwealth to our sister Commonwealth in the Caribbean.” Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico Fund will collect donations from foundations, corporations and individual donors, and quickly direct funds to effective resettlement, recovery and relief organizations supporting the people of Puerto Rico impacted by these devastating hurricanes. Initial gifts will be used as challenge grants to the community for a wide-ranging fundraising appeal and up to one third of funds raised will be immediately distributed. The remainder of the fund will be deployed through 2018, for reconstruction and economic recovery projects on the island of Puerto Rico and to support resettlement efforts in Massachusetts. Additionally, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the formation of a task force that will ensure that the state is prepared to support the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico for individuals who chose to self-evacuate the island and seek temporary or permanent residence in Massachusetts. State officials remain in communication with the Government of Puerto Rico and federal authorities and are ready and willing to offer emergency assistance, such as personnel and equipment, at the request of Puerto Rico. Sixty-nine police officers from Massachusetts, some of whom of are bilingual in Spanish, will be deploying in waves to Puerto Rico to help with the island’s recovery efforts following the devastation from Hurricane Maria. For more information or to donate, visit Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico at the Boston Foundation.
Baker-Polito Administration Announces Economic Development Incentives for 14 Projects
(Photo: J&E Precision Tool Inc.) On September 20, 2017, the Commonwealth’s Economic Assistance Coordinating Council (EACC) approved 14 projects for participation in the Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP). These projects are expected to create 722 net new jobs and retain 1,050 jobs throughout Massachusetts, while leveraging approximately $124 million in private investment. Of the applicants this quarter, 11 are manufacturing companies and six are located in Gateway Cities. Governor Charlie Baker said, “Massachusetts offers companies committed to expanding and creating jobs in the Commonwealth an unparalleled workforce and robust educational resources. Our administration works closely with municipalities and companies to spur regional economic growth through programs like EDIP, the Site-Readiness Fund, MassWorks and other targeted investments that leverage Massachusetts’ many assets to attract new opportunities for long-term growth.” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said today’s announcement brings “new, private investment to thirteen communities, from Cape Cod to Pittsfield. We will continue to partner with communities across the Commonwealth to pursue strategies for long-term economic growth to connect more residents to new job opportunities.” Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash said, “Programs like EDIP, MassWorks, the Site-Readiness Fund and more aid municipalities in removing roadblocks to development, attracting private investment and pursuing a vision for long-term, sustainable economic growth.” Assistant Secretary of Business Development Nam Pham said, “I congratulate the fourteen companies represented by today’s announcement. Not only will these companies create new jobs in manufacturing, the blue economy, real-estate development and food services, but will invest in regional economies and commercial infrastructure.” The EACC has approved 164 economic development projects since the beginning of the Baker-Polito Administration in January 2015. These projects will lead to the creation of 9,003 jobs, retention of 21,121 existing jobs, and will leverage almost $3.3 billion in private investment. Additionally, the EACC has assisted 75 manufacturing companies and 78 companies in Gateway Cities during this period. See a list of the companies here.
Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito visit transportation investments across Massachusetts
Photo: Governor Baker & Secretary of Transportation Pollack Visit a Construction Site In July, Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito visited Mass Department of Transportation Highway Districts to highlight the positive regional impacts of over $2.8 billion spent since 2015 on highway construction projects and bridges, pavement, intersection and sidewalk improvements, and bike lanes, while authorizing over $700 million in Chapter 90 local transportation funding for cities and towns. In addition, $30 million has been invested through Complete Streets and Municipal Small Bridge programming to support local transportation planning and community bridges not eligible for federal aid. Statewide, those investments have paved approximately 2,000 lane miles, enough to cross Massachusetts and back at least 5 times; installed 160 miles of sidewalk, almost encircling the Quabbin Reservoir; and rehabilitated or replaced approximately 80 bridges. Projects include installing new safety equipment, optimizing traffic configuration, lane and intersection widening and promoting reduced congestion. Governor Baker said, “By improving our highway infrastructure through investments in our roads and bridges, we can enable people throughout our cities and towns to travel to the places, jobs, and opportunities that strengthen our Commonwealth and its communities.” For more details on the visits to various transportation construction projects, see Making Massachusetts Great blog from the Governor’s Office.
UMass Dining Repeats as Nation’s #1 Campus Food
(Photo Courtesy of UMass Amherst) By Matthew Stromski, MOTT Intern Students at UMass-Amherst are reaping the fruits of a great education, and they are also eating extremely well, according to the Princeton Review’s The Best 382 Colleges: 2018 Edition, which ranked UMass Dining the #1 Campus Food in the nation for the second consecutive year. After cracking the Princeton Review’s top ten in 2012, the dining program jumped to #3 in 2013 and 2014, reached the #2 ranking in 2015 and 2016 and eventually took the top spot in 2017 and 2018. News about the schools #1 ranking has traveled far beyond the Western Massachusetts campus. After the announcement, UMass chefs Robert Bankert and Anthony Jung appeared on NBC’s “Today Show,” which averaged 3.61 million viewers and had the highest morning show viewership among the 25-54 demographic in the month of July. UMass Amherst honored for Best Campus Food by The Princeton Re…In case you missed it, UMass Dining chefs Bob Bankert and Tony Jung presented their award-winning food on the Today Show yesterday as UMass Amherst was honored for Best Campus Food from The Princeton Review – College and Beyond for the second straight year. Go UMass and Go UMass Dining! Posted by UMass Amherst on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 No one is more overjoyed with the honor than the passionate, dedicated and hardworking UMass Dining crew of 782 full-time employees across campus, who are complimented by a staff of about 2,000 students. “We are so proud and honored,” said Ken Toong, Director of Auxiliary Enterprises at UMass, “We have built a strong student food culture of serving healthy, sustainable and delicious food, one meal at a time.” UMass Dining holds itself to the highest standards throughout the entire academic year, as opposed to some schools that roll out the dining hall red carpet only for special events. As Toong notes, “we do not want the food to be better on parent’s weekend.” Every year, UMass Dining takes pride in creating new recipes, asking parents of students for their own recipes to use in the dining commons. The school uses anywhere from 200-250 parent submitted recipes every year, and creates cook books of the best recipes that parents give them. Overall, UMass Dining goes through 3,000-4,000 different recipes every year. “The whole goal is to offer a variety of food that tastes good and is good for you,” Toong says. The success of UMass Dining is also a bonus for the local economy in Western Massachusetts, since the program uses locally sourced food to serve students. In the past year, UMass has used 45 vendors across Massachusetts to purchase $2.4 million in locally sourced food. The dining program looks to keep increasing that number, and hopes to become the national model for sourcing local food, purchasing chicken, lean protein turkey and fresh fish among other products. Czajkowski Farm in Hadley has been doing business with UMass Dining for the past 16 years. During the academic year, Czajkowski Farm makes five deliveries per week to campus, bringing food to all four dining halls. UMass chooses from 27-30 different items that the Farm can grow, while occasionally UMass makes special requests that the Farm grows specifically for the program. The partnership helps with jobs on the farm and keeps the money in the community, and saves on transportation costs by not having to ship the food in from other parts of the country. “I’m impressed,” Joe Czajkowski, an owner of Czajkowski Farm expressed, “They run an incredibly well run food service, probably the best we deal with, (and) they make the best food.” UMass Dining is a $69 million enterprise that serves between 45,000-55,000 meals per week, and anywhere from $5.5-6.0 million meals per year. In the 2016-17 academic year, the undergraduate population at UMass was 21,734 students, with over 88% on a UMass Dining meal plan. Of the 2,000 student employees, 72 are student supervisors/interns/managers who use their experience with UMass Dining towards a potential career in hospitality or retail dining. The students in the Hospitality & Tourism Management program at UMass, which is ranked #13 in the nation by The Best Schools, greatly benefits from working with the dining management at UMass. “We are coaching them”, Toong says proudly, “What students learn from us is some of the practical day-to-day management skills.” Is there a connection between the school’s dining accolades and student enrollment? In a survey conducted in fall 2016, UMass Dining found that 70% of students said that food was an important factor in their choice to attend UMass-Amherst. The dining commons on campus are open daily from 7:00 a.m. until Midnight, and some retail dining, such as food trucks, are open as late as 3:00 a.m. According to Toong, students on the unlimited meal plan eat 4.5 meals per day from UMass Dining Services. When Toong and Garett Distefano (Director of Residential Dining Services) speak with parents of new students, they often hear the parents express that the food at UMass-Amherst is what put the icing on the cake for their child to attend the University. Matthew Stromski is a student at UMass/Amherst and a summer intern at Mass Office of Travel & Tourism & the Mass Sports Marketing Office.
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.
Baker-Polito Administration Award Economic Development Incentives for 16 Projects
Photo: Publick House Historic Inn, Strubridge, Massachusetts On June 21, 2017, the Commonwealth’s Economic Assistance Coordinating Council (EACC) approved tax incentives through the Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP) that will support the expansion of 16 companies. These projects are expected to create 644 new jobs and retain 2,196 existing jobs across Massachusetts, leveraging $359 million in private investment. Governor Charlie Baker called the EDIP “an important tool for leveraging private investment and creating new job opportunities across the Commonwealth. We welcome these firms’ commitment to expanding and investing in their local communities and providing careers for those looking for work.” Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito said the awards will “support job and economic growth at family owned companies, manufacturers, hospitality providers and more across fifteen communities in Massachusetts.” Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash said the program “supports companies from Braintree to Sturbridge, and from Lenox to Lawrence, catalyzing further growth and development across diverse sectors.” Assistant Secretary of Business Development Nam Pham said the incentives “help companies big and small pursue expansion projects, relocate and hire more workers to increase productivity. We are eager to partner with our local partners and entrepreneurs to create jobs and build strong businesses.” Among the 16 projects brought before the EACC, four companies receiving local or state tax incentives this quarter are manufacturers, and four companies are located in Gateway Cities. In total, the EACC has approved 150 economic development projects since January 2015, including 64 manufacturers and 72 companies in Gateway Cities. These projects will lead to the creation and retention of more than 27,800 jobs, and will leverage more nearly $3.2 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 at Massachusetts Office of Business Development. Approved Projects: Channel Fish Processing Co., Inc. (Braintree) – A family-owned and operated processor of North Atlantic fish plans to purchase a 60,000 square foot cold storage facility and renovate the structure for their processing needs. They will create 32 new jobs, retain 98 existing jobs and make a private investment of $15.3 million. The EACC Board awarded the project $240,000 in state tax credits. J. Polep Distribution Services (Chicopee) – The company is a full service convenience store distributor operating in all of New England, NY, NJ and PA. They plan a 32,000 square foot expansion that will include a new cold service dock and a new freezer/cooler and will create 77 new jobs, retain 486 jobs and make a private investment of $9 million. The City of Chicopee awarded the project a five-year Tax Increment Financing (TIF) valued at approximately $73,103 and the EACC Board awarded $477,850 in state tax credits. Valentine and Kebartas, LLC (Lawrence) Valentine and Kebartas provides third-party collection services to public and private sector clients. They plan to make a private investment of $385,250 to lease and fit-out additional space and will create 50 new jobs and retain 143 current employees. The EACC Board awarded the project $250,000 in state tax credits. Litecontrol Corporation (Plympton) – For 80 years the company has produced commercial lighting in MA. They plan to expand in their current location by 25,000 square feet and convert it to manufacturing, as well as purchasing and installing new manufacturing equipment. The company will create 60 new jobs, retain 163 existing positions and making a $4.7 million private investment. The EACC Board has awarded $450,000 in state tax credits. Publick House Service Corp. (Sturbridge) – The Publick House is an historic inn opened in 1771 with 100 guestrooms. Owners will build a 21,226 square foot hotel complex on the grounds with a new lobby and parking. The project will create 10 new jobs, retain 87 current positions while making a $6.3 million private investment. The Town of Sturbridge approved a 10 year TIF valued at $188,000 and the EACC Board approved $50,000 in state tax credits. Local Incentives Only Projects: Insulet Corporation (Acton) – Insulet is a medical device manufacturer engaged in the development, manufacturing and sale of its proprietary, innovative, easy-to-use insulin infusion system. They plan to acquire and improve a facility in Acton to house their new manufacturing line, clean rooms and office space and will create 250 new jobs and retain 500 existing positions. The Town of Acton has approved a 20 year TIF valued at $2.8 million. Fresenius Kabi Compounding, LLC (Canton) – Fresenius Kabi is a global health care company that specializes in lifesaving medicines and technologies for infusion, transfusion, and clinical nutrition and selected Canton, MA as the location for a new, state-of-the-art, pharmaceutical compounding facility for their first location in the Commonwealth. Fresenius Kabi will create 65 new jobs and make an $8.6 million private investment. The Town of Canton has approved a five-year Special Tax Agreement (STA) valued at $265,605. Chicopee Hospitality, LLC (Chicopee) – Chicopee Hospitality will construct a 49,750 square foot TRU Hotel by Hilton which will have 108 rooms commercial or retail space. The new hotel will create 30 new jobs and retain an existing 3 jobs. They plan to make a $11.3 million private investment and the Town of Chicopee approved a five-year TIF valued to be $187,756. GlassTech Boat Service, LLC (Gloucester) – GlassTech Boat Service provides owners of watercraft, large or small, high-quality custom repair and detailing services as well as full engine services for all major brands of marine engines, diesel repair and maintenance. The company plans to expand and erect a 60′ x 120′ storage facility onsite and create 3 new jobs and retain the 3 existing jobs. The private investment is expected to be $550,000 and the City of Gloucester has approved a seven-year TIF valued at $22,749. CPI Radant Technologies Inc. (Hudson) – The Company is a leading supplier of advanced composite radomes, reflectors and antenna for military and commercial use. They plan to lease a new facility, make the alterations needed and purchase and install new equipment, creating 30 new jobs, retaining 70 jobs and making a private investment of $5.4 million. The Town of Hudson has approved a 20 year TIF valued at $671,650. Morrison’s Home Improvement Specialists, Inc. (Lenox) – Morrison’s Home Improvement is a family-owned and operated company established in 1992. They purchased and renovated an abandoned building and turned it into a renovation and remodeling center and will create five new employees and retain 15 while making a private investment of $666,000. The Town of Lenox approved a five-year TIF valued to be $19,734. NBCUniversal Media LLC (Needham) – NBCUniversal Media is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. They are considering the establishment of a world class broadcast and digital media center in Needham. The project would relocate 375 employees at current facilities in Burlington and Newton to Needham. The Town of Needham approved a 10 year TIF valued to be over $2 million. Cox Engineering Company (Randolph) – Founded in 1914 Cox Engineering is a third-generation, family-owned manufacturer of large air handling units, HVAC piping and sheet metal ductwork and will be purchasing and renovating an estimated 70,380 square foot vacant building in Randolph for use as a corporate headquarters and for manufacturing operations. The expansion will create 20 new jobs, retain 140 jobs and make a private investment of $9 million. The Town of Randolph has approved a six-year STA valued at $463,000. Arland Tool and Manufacturing, Inc. (Sturbridge) – Arland Tool and Manufacturing is a 65 year old contract manufacturer and engineering company, which has expanded into commercial real estate leasing. They plan to build a 43,000 square foot office building to attract new professional and medical services businesses to town. The company will be making a $4 million investment and the Town of Sturbridge has approved a five-year TIF estimated to be worth $67,000. Agri-Mark, Inc. (West Springfield) – Agri-Mark is a premier dairy co-operative in the Northeast in business since 1916 and marketing $3.2 billion gallons of fresh milk each year for 1,075 dairy families in New England and New York. Agri-Mark farmers own the award-winning Cabot brand of cheddar products. The company plans to develop a 15,600 square foot expansion to an existing plant. They will hire 16 new employees and retain 115 current positions while investing over $17 million. The Town of West Springfield approved a five-year TIF estimated to be worth over $240,000. Armory Business Center, LLC (Worcester) – Amory Business Center plans to construct a new 20,500 square foot. building consisting of 10 suites of between 1,880 and 2,300 square feet for high tech industrial, manufacturing and R&D companies. The City of Worcester has approved a 20 year TIF valued at over $770,000.
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.
Massport Christens South Boston cruise terminal as the Flynn Cruiseport
The Boston Seaport continues to flourish, with record numbers of cruise ships, cargo activities and development taking place along the harbor. State and city officials recently came together to honor the man who started the renaissance back in 1986, former Boston Mayor and U.S. Ambassador Ray Flynn. On May 4, Governor Charlie Baker joined Massport officials, local elected officials, tourism leaders and dockworkers to formally dedicate Flynn Cruiseport Boston at the Black Falcon Terminal in South Boston. Ambassador Flynn was joined by his wife Cathy, children and grandchildren. Governor Charlie Baker said, “We are honored to dedicate this facility in honor of Ambassador Flynn and his service to the people of Boston, our Commonwealth and nation. A proud son of South Boston who worked these docks as a young man and would later become Mayor, Ambassador Flynn saw before many others the opportunity to build the economically vibrant seaport district we stand in today.” Mayor of Boston from 1984 until 1993, Flynn opened the Cruiseport in 1986, and in the first year, 13 ships and a total of 11,723 passengers came to Boston. Fast forward to 2017, and the Cruiseport is welcoming a record 64 homeport calls and 89 port-of-calls. Cruise operations at Massport provide over 950 direct jobs; $25 million in annual local, state, and federal tax revenue and contribute nearly half a billion dollars to the regional economy. Mayor Martin J. Walsh said, “Today we honor a man whose vision and dedication to this city has led to transformative opportunities to Boston’s Seaport. Ambassador Flynn never forgot his family’s roots in the shipyards of South Boston and he spent his life working to make life better for the people of this city.” Congressman Stephen F. Lynch said that as mayor, Flynn “helped the City of Boston revive its industrial port, preserve blue collar jobs, and left an indelible mark on the history of our great city. It is fitting that his name is now tied to an area of the city which has such a rich history from welcoming immigrant families to the shores of Boston to serving as an Army and Naval base.” Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn said, “Ambassador Flynn has dedicated his life to the people and resources of South Boston and Massport is proud to play a role in ensuring his legacy is remembered for generations to come.” Other officials who spoke included House Speaker Robert DeLeo, State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, State Representative Nick Collins, and Boston City Councilors Bill Linehan and Michael Flaherty. Also participating was Bill McNamara, Vice President of the International Longshoremen’s Association. Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas was docked at the terminal for today’s celebration, which made its maiden call to Boston last year and is the largest ship ever to call Boston with 4,180 passengers. The ship is one of the newest in Royal Caribbean International’s fleet. Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland America Line and Seabourn will also offer a variety of Boston-based cruises departing Flynn Cruiseport Boston through November 2017. Flynn Cruiseport Boston is a favorite port-of-call with cruise passengers with a growing variety of itineraries to choose from. Many voyages sail north along the Canada/New England coastline – a fall favorite for New England’s spectacular foliage – or to the Caribbean, the pink sand beaches of Bermuda or across the Atlantic to Europe. Flynn Cruiseport Boston is a recipient of Cruise Insight Magazine’s “Best Turnaround Destination” and “Most Efficient Port Facilities” awards. Five ships are currently home-based in Boston, the oldest continuously operated port in the Western Hemisphere: Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Dawn, Holland America Line’s Maasdam, Holland America Line’s Rotterdam, Holland America Line’s Veendam and Royal Caribbean International’s Serenade of the Seas. Here is the 2017 schedule of cruiseships coming to Flynn Cruiseport Boston. Find out more about Flynn Cruiseport Boston on Facebook at facebook.com/portofboston and follow on Twitter at twitter.com/portofbos. For information about visiting Massachusetts throughout the year, go to MassVacation.com.
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.
National Travel and Tourism Week, May 7-13, 2017
Across the United States, tourism professionals are celebrating National Travel & Tourism Week, which runs from May 7-13 2017. First established in 1983, the annual tradition is organized by the U.S. Travel Association, and shines a spotlight on the tourism industry’s economic contributions in terms of direct spending, taxes, job creation and wages. The theme of this year’s Travel & Tourism Week is Faces of Travel, highlighting people who work in the industry. In Massachusetts, the tourism community celebrated Tourism Day on April 7 with an event at the State House. Governor Charlie Baker issued a Massachusetts Tourism Day proclamation extolling economic benefits tourism has on the state’s economy, including 135,000 jobs and $14.4 billion in paid wages. In 2015, 25 million domestic and 2.5 million international travelers came to Massachusetts, a total of 27.5 million visitors. They spent $20.2 billion on lodging, meals, cultural and recreational attractions, transportation and retail. This direct spending generated $1.3 billion in state and local taxes In addition to economic benefits, tourism strengthens the cohesiveness of communities, by showcasing important cultural treasures such as museums, performing arts, culinary programs, shopping and outdoor recreation. And it creates awareness about Massachusetts’ vibrant ethnic communities, college campuses, maritime industry and agricultural riches. The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) is the primary state agency and works with international and domestic partners to promote the state as a year round destination. It also partners with BrandUSA and Discover New England to reach foreign markets around the world. Massachusetts has 16 regional tourism councils (RTCs) across the Commonwealth that promote tourism year round to both leisure and business travelers. Other key partners in promoting tourism include the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA), which brings in hundreds of professional conventions and conferences each year; Massachusetts Cultural Council, the state agency that funds the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences; and Massport, operator of Logan International Airport, which has 54 direct international flights and 75 direct domestic flights. Enjoy Travel & Tourism Week!
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.”
State Officials Stocks Half a Million Trout in Bodies of Water Across Massachusetts
Governor Charlie Baker waded feet first into the Massachusetts fishing season this morning by visiting Jamaica Pond in Boston, helping to stock the pond with nearly 1,000 trout. He was joined by students from the Mary Curley Elementary and Middle School, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton, Department of Fish and Game Commissioner George Peterson, local legislators, City of Boston Parks & Recreation Commissioner Chris Cook and local fishermen and JP residents. This spring, the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is releasing 500,000 trout produced at state-operated hatcheries in Belchertown, Montague, Sandwich, Palmer, and Sunderland. The program helps to supplement existing fish populations and provide greater recreational opportunities while distributing brook, brown, rainbow, and tiger trout into more than 500 bodies of water throughout the Commonwealth each year. Here is a map of this year’s trout stocking. 2017 spring trout stocking stats: Most of the trout will be over 12 inches Nearly half of the trout will be over 14 inches More than 1,400 brown trout will be over 18 inches More than 600 brook trout will be over 15 inches More than 2000 tiger trout will be over 14 inches Follow Division of Fisheries & Wildlife on Facebook. Massachusetts offers beautiful freshwater lakes, reservoirs, ponds, streams, and rivers for people to fish and enjoy a great day on the water. Fishing is extremely popular in Massachusetts, with nearly 190,000 residents purchasing a freshwater fishing license every year, in addition to 18,000 non-residents who travel here to enjoy the great freshwater fishing opportunities. Those aged 15 or older need a license to fish in Massachusetts inland waters. For residents 15–17 years of age, and those over 70, there is no fee. Those under 15 may fish without a license. A fishing license is available online at MassFishHunt or in person at a license vendor around the state. To find out more about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
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.
Massachusetts Celebrates Tourism Day at the State House
Caption: Regional Tourism Councils shared their wares at Tourism Day. (Photograph by Shannon Healey) Tourism officials from across the Commonwealth gathered at the State House on Thursday, April 6 to celebrate Tourism Day in Massachusetts. The annual event is hosted by the 16 Regional Tourism Councils (RTCs) of Massachusetts, along with the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development, the Massachusetts Visitors Industry Council and Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT). Representing the Baker-Polito Administration were Assistant Secretary of Business Development & International Trade Nam Pham and MOTT Executive Director Francois-Laurent Nivaud. To kick off the event, Nivaud presented a Tourism Day Proclamation from the Baker-Polito Administration to Susan Nicholl, RTC representative and executive director of Metro West Visitors Bureau. The proclamation praised the tourism industry “for contributing to our year round economic growth, employment and cultural identity.” Other speakers at Tourism Day included Representative Cory Atkins and Senator Adam G. Hinds, co-chairs of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development. Ann Marie Casey, executive director of the North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, was emcee at the event. The officials presented Champion of Tourism awards to State Senator Karen E. Spilka and State Representative Mathew Muratore. The centerpiece of Tourism Day each year is the exhibition of tourism literature and culinary treats from the regional tourism councils. This is where legislators, state officials and the general public have a chance to meet representatives of each tourism region, pick up the latest brochures and maps, and sample the local food and beverage. Among the favorite products this year were clam chowder, cider donuts, Boston creme pies and cupcakes, and Cape Cod chips. In 2015, 25 million domestic and 2.5 million international travelers came to Massachusetts, a total of 27.5 million visitors. They spent $20.2 billion on lodging, meals, cultural and recreational attractions, transportation and retail. This direct spending generated $1.3 billion in state and local taxes, and supplied over 135,000 jobs in Massachusetts. MOTT’s mission is to promote Massachusetts as both a leisure and business travel destination to domestic and international markets and to contribute to the growth of the Commonwealth’s economy. For more information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
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.
Chef Daniel Bruce, Savoring Food and Wine at the Boston Wine Festival
Chef Daniel Bruce, celebrated chef at the Boston Harbor Hotel and its signature restaurant, Meritage, is founder of the Boston Wine Festival which celebrates its 28th season this year and runs from January 13 through March 31, 2017. As the nation’s longest running event of its kind, it’s worth noting the breadth and volume of creative cuisine that has gone from kitchen to palate. From the Festival’s inception, Chef Bruce has expertly crafted thousands of unique dishes, designed to complement the finest vino. Discerning palates rejoice, as this season’s lineup is sure to please. Chef, how do you keep patrons returning to the Boston Wine Festival over nearly three decades? The most important reason for the longevity of the Boston Wine Festival is the loyalty of our patrons, winemakers and of course, my staff. The warm and professional service and the strong relationships I have with the winemakers have made it possible for such a long run. Seasoned patrons join us to experience the Festival’s newest vineyards, along with their favorites that return year after year. We have word of mouth, as well, to thank for newcomers. The Festival keeps getting better and more exciting every winter. People seem more passionate than ever about food & wine. Why is that? I always felt there has been a passion for food and wine in this region, which is one of the main reasons I started the Festival nearly three decades ago! I do think that in recent years there has been an increase in the amount of opportunities available for people to experience food and wine in approachable settings, which has led to an increased interest in the pair. Are there any special new wines, guest chefs or pairings this year that you’re particularly proud of? As the Chef of the Boston Wine Festival, I am always looking to add new wineries to the lineup. I love to bring vineyards to Boston that I believe are rising stars in the world of wine, and introduce them to the market in Boston, and beyond. As for newcomers, this year I’m particularly excited about ROCO Winery (February 9) featuring the newest venture from Argyle Winery’s Rollin Sole. For the first time, The Boston Wine Festival will also host numerous winemakers from South Africa in March during a week of events dedicated to the region and inspired by my recent travels there. I am equally as excited about the well-recognized vineyards we have returning to the Festival. Whether the vintners have been with us just once, or for the past 27 years, they always bring special vintages from their cellars that are hard to find or not available for retail, which offers a truly unique experience for attendees. Thank you Chef Bruce! For more information, visit Boston Wine Festival This story originally appeared on the MassFinds Blog, published by Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism.
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 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
MASSECON HONORS MASSACHUSETTS COMPANIES FOR JOBS, FACILITY GROWTH, AND INVESTMENT
Photo (L-R): Assistant Secretary of Business Development & International Trade Nam Pham, State Representative Paul Brodeur, Governor Charlie Baker, Representative Paul J. Donato, Secretary of Housing & Economic Development Jay Ash and State Senate President Stanley Rosenberg. MassEcon held its 13th Annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards luncheon recently to recognize 14 companies making outstanding contributions to the Massachusetts economy in 2016. Over 400 people attended the ceremony, which was held at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel with Citizens Bank as the presenting sponsor. Governor Charlie Baker praised the companies for their “commitment to growing the Massachusetts economy and an ability to deliver on their investments. Thank you for choosing to grow your business in Massachusetts, the state looks forward to your continued success.” Susan Houston, Executive Director of MassEcon thanked the companies, “for staying and growing here, and for their confidence in the future of the Commonwealth.” Since January 2015, the winning companies added more than 1900 jobs to the Commonwealth, invested over $354 million, and expanded their facilities by more than 1 million square feet. The winners, drawn from across the state, ranged in size and industry, including manufacturing, biotechnology, medical devices, food, and technology. Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Business Development & International Trade, praised MassEcon for “representing business development throughout the entire state, from Boston to Westfield and from Lawrence to New Bedford. These awards validate the Baker-Polito Administration’s promise to grow the economy from one corner of the Commonwealth to the other.” This year’s 14 winning companies were selected after site visits and a reception with their competitors and judges in September. The reception enabled senior executives from the companies to present their attributes in the categories of job growth, facility expansion, investment, and community impact. Shire, a leading global biotechnology company based in Lexington, received a Gold Award. In accepting the award, Perry Sternberg, head of Shire’s US Commercial operations, announced that the company will occupy 343,000 additional square feet in Cambridge starting in 2019. Chris Doughty, owner of Capstan Atlantic of Wrentham, another Gold award winner, said his company is adding jobs in Massachusetts because of “the skilled and trained workforce. The state over time has become more and more business friendly.” Jeff Burbank, founder and CEO of NXStage of Lawrence, another Gold award winner, said the Team Economic Impact Awards evaluation process gave him a welcome new perspective on business. “This has given us a chance to meet other businesses and entrepreneurs from the Commonwealth,” he said. Jerry Sargent, President, Citizens Bank, Massachusetts, said, “Supporting the Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards is part of Citizens Bank’s commitment to strengthening communities where we live and work.” Find out more about MassEcon. THIRTEENTH ANNUAL TEAM MASSACHUSETTS ECONOMIC IMPACT AWARD WINNERS Region Gold Silver Bronze Central Bristol-Myers Squibb Devens Acacia Communications Maynard Woonsocket Glass Fabricators Whitinsville Greater Boston Shire Lexington Autodesk Boston IBM Watson Health Cambridge Northeast NxStage Medical Lawrence TraceLink North Reading Hoff’s Bakery Malden West Prolamina Westfield Jarvis Surgical Westfield PV Sullivan Supply Chicopee Southeast Capstan Atlantic Wrentham HTP New Bedford
Massachusetts Awards $85 million in MassWorks Grants to 33 Communities
Jackson Square Infrastructure Improvement Project in Jamaica Plain, Boston. (Photo courtesy of The Community Builders) This week the Baker-Polito Administration completed the 2016 MassWorks Infrastructure Program awards, making a total of 34 grants to projects in 33 communities across the Commonwealth. These grants fund a range of infrastructure improvements designed to unlock local economic development priorities, enabling the immediate development of more than 2,200 new multi-family housing units, and generating $1 billion in new private investment. Governor Charlie Baker called MassWorks, “a powerful, flexible tool that helps communities deliver on their economic development priorities. By forging strong partnerships between the state, local communities, and the private sector, these investments will grow the economy, unlock new job growth, and strengthen cities and towns across Massachusetts.” Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito said the grants “empower cities and towns to drive economic revitalization at the local level. Municipalities will use MassWorks funds to unlock smart growth housing, improve their downtowns, build walkable neighborhoods, support tourism, and attract large-scale commercial development.” Secretary Jay Ash of Housing and Economic Development, said, “From Gateway cities to rural communities, MassWorks infrastructure funds are stimulating new growth, attracting $1 billion in new private investment. This year’s MassWorks awards, in thirty-three communities, from North Adams, to Worcester, Salem, and New Bedford, showcase our commitment to promoting strong communities and strong regions, across the Commonwealth.” Secretary Kristen Lepore of Administration and Finance said, “Our capital plan reflects an approach grounded in maintaining and modernizing our existing assets and making targeted investments for the future. MassWorks provides an important infrastructure funding to support economic development and job creation.” The 2016 competitive grant round generated 114 applications, requesting $287 million in public infrastructure grant funding. Since its inception in 2011, the MassWorks Program has invested over $419 million through competitive grant rounds, in 215 projects, throughout the Commonwealth. In August 2016, Governor Baker signed An Act Relative to Job Creation and Workforce Development (H.4569) to reauthorize MassWorks and support $500 million of future investment in critical infrastructure, a significant commitment by the Commonwealth. The Baker-Polito Administration has increased MassWorks funding by $35 million over the past two fiscal years. Here is a breakdown of the 2016 MassWorks awards. Photo: (L to R) Frank Shea, executive director, Urban Edge; Elizabeth Malia, Massachusetts state representative; Bart Mitchell, president and CEO, The Community Builders; Sonya Chang-Diaz, Massachusetts state senator; Richard Thal, executive director, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC); Governor Charlie Baker; Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh; Chrystal Kornegay, undersecretary, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development; Matt O’Malley, Boston city councilor; Jay Ashe, secretary, Massachusetts Office of Housing and Economic Development; Jeffrey Sanchez, Massachusetts state representative; Sheila Dillon, chief and director, Department of Neighborhood Development; John Barros, chief of economic development, City of Boston; and Brian Golden, director, Boston Planning & Development Agency.
Massachusetts Supports Small Business Saturday
Cities and towns across Massachusetts are participating in the annual Small Business Saturday taking place on Saturday, November 26, 2016 First launched by American Express in 2010 and supported by the U.S. Small Business Association (USSBA), the annual celebration of small businesses across America occurs each year on the Saturday following Thanksgiving. Forbes Magazine estimated about 95 million shoppers across the country spent $16 billion dollars on the Saturday after Thanksgiving last year. In Massachusetts, there are thousands of shopping opportunities categorized by region, city and town, shopping district or type of merchandise. Check out regional chambers like North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce and the Yarmouth, Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce or cities like Salem, Boston, New Bedford and Pittsfield. For shopping districts in Boston’s neighborhoods, check out the SoWa Shop Saturday in Boston’s South End, or West Roxbury’s Main Street district. To find local supporters of Small Business Saturday in your locality, go to the American Express Shop Small page and plug in your zip code. You can also follow on twitter @smallshop. To find out more about starting a small business in Massachusetts, visit the Office of Business Development. For information on visiting Massachusetts for the holiday seasons, go to MassVacation.com.
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.
14 GROWING MASSACHUSETTS FIRMS NAMED WINNERS OF MASSECON “IMPACT” AWARDS
Congratulations to the fourteen companies being honored for their outstanding contributions to the state’s economy at the 13th annual Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards this fall. MassEcon, the state’s private sector partner in promoting business growth in Massachusetts, is presenting the awards at a luncheon on November 22, 2016 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. Citizens Bank is the presenting sponsor. The companies were selected on the basis of job growth, facility expansion, investment, and community involvement since January 1, 2015, according to MassEcon Executive Director Susan Houston. The winners were chosen by a panel of judges who made site visits to various companies and held a reception for all of the finalists at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP. Jay Ash, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, 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 is thrilled to celebrate these companies for their commitment to expanding in Massachusetts,” said Houston. “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 is committed to strengthening the communities we serve and are proud to help celebrate those who share in that commitment,” said Jerry Sargent, President, Citizens Bank, Massachusetts. “The Impact Awards recognize and congratulate diverse businesses that are thriving because they have invested in Massachusetts and created jobs for its citizens.” 13th Annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Award Winners Region Gold Silver Bronze Central Bristol-Myers Squibb Devens Acacia Communications Maynard Woonsocket Glass Fabricators Whitinsville Greater Boston Shire Lexington Autodesk Boston IBM Watson Health Cambridge Northeast NxStage Medical Lawrence TraceLink North Reading Hoff’s Bakery Malden Southeast Capstan Atlantic Wrentham HTP New Bedford West Prolamina Westfield Jarvis Surgical Westfield PV Sullivan Supply Chicopee See description of each winning company here.
Baker-Polito Administration Announces Economic Development Awards to help businesses create jobs
Caption: U.S. Bedding Inc. in Fall River This week the Commonwealth’s Economic Assistance Coordinating Council (EACC) approved 13 projects for participation in the Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP). These projects are expected to leverage $708 million in private investment, while creating 1,299 new jobs, and retaining 3,686 jobs throughout Massachusetts. Governor Charlie Baker said the EDIP “combines private investments with targeted public incentives to unlock business growth and support dynamic local economies throughout the Commonwealth.” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said, “Today’s investments will provide job opportunities for current and future residents, and will drive long-term growth for Massachusetts.” Carolyn Kirk, Deputy Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, and Chair of the Economic Assistance Coordinating Council, praised “life sciences, technology, and manufacturing companies that have built their businesses around the talent and opportunities the Commonwealth provides. EDIP allows us to invest in these companies, helping to keep jobs and private investment in Massachusetts where they support our residents and communities.” Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Business Development, said “EDIP allows Massachusetts to invest in our businesses in an effective and accountable way. Targeted business development tools allows us to realize the potential growth in businesses throughout the Commonwealth.” Five of the awarded projects this quarter are manufacturing companies, and five are located in Gateway Cities. APPROVED PROJECTS Manufacturing Retention Projects Golden Cannoli Shells, Inc. (Chelsea) US Bedding, Inc. (Fall River). Job Creation Project Akamai Technologies, Inc. (Cambridge Expansion Projects Broadway Hotel LLC (Chelsea VCA Inc. / Alloy LLC (Northampton Local Incentive-Only Projects Martin Development LLC (Amesbury) Pfizer, Inc. (Andover). Rosev Dairy Foods, Inc. (Chelsea) Stationery Factory LLC (Dalton) New Bedford Urban Renaissance II, LLC (New Bedford) William Green, Inc. (Shelburne) Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Inc. (Walpole) Curtis Industries, LLC (West Boylston) The EACC has approved 102 economic development projects since January 2015. These projects will lead to the creation of 5,830 jobs, the retention of 12,297 existing jobs, and will leverage more than $2 billion in private investment. Additionally, the EACC has assisted 44 manufacturing companies and 48 companies in Gateway Cities during this period. 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 at Massachusetts Office of Business Development.
Baker-Polito Administration Launches Drought Emergency Loan Fund
Due to the unprecedented drought conditions in Massachusetts this summer, Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito have announced a Massachusetts Drought Emergency Loan Fund to assist the state’s farms and agriculture-related small businesses affected by these conditions. Farms and small businesses impacted by the drought can apply for micro-loans of $5,000 to $10,000 from the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC), which will make up to $1 million in loan funds available, according to state officials. “This new loan fund will provide affordable working capital loans to small businesses, including family farms grappling with a downturn in business caused by this prolonged drought,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “Additionally, we are activating all of our business development channels, to remind consumers that Massachusetts farmers markets and farm stands still have top-quality produce for sale, and they have our full support.” MGCC is responsible for funding the loan, managing the loan portfolio, collecting payments and overseeing all decision-making regarding loan approval. “We are pleased to offer support to struggling family farms and related businesses hit hard by the drought,” said Larry Andrews, President of MGCC. “Our team will provide prompt review of each application and work to help local farmers in need.” “This financial support will help farm-related businesses regain financial stability and recover from lost revenue due to the drought,” said Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Business Development and International Investment. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, much of Massachusetts experienced ‘severe drought’ conditions this summer, while a few places reached ‘extreme drought’ status. In August, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton, issued this information about the drought conditions in portions of Massachusetts. Officials estimate the Massachusetts Drought Emergency Loan Fund will run through November 2016. For more information and an online application, visit MassGCC.com or call 617-337-2803.
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.
Massachusetts Expands Apprenticeship Opportunities
Photo courtesy of Greater Boston JACT Last week the Baker-Polito Administration’s Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced $200,000 in grant funding to expand and diversify apprenticeship opportunities and strengthen existing programs in Massachusetts. The funds came from the ApprenticeshipUSA State Accelerator Grant, issued by the United States Department of Labor (DOL). Governor Charlie Baker said the funding allows Massachusetts “to prepare a pipeline of skilled workers for future employment. Ensuring that our strong and skilled workforce continues to develop and succeed results in a prospering economic environment across the Commonwealth.” The grant enables the Massachusetts Apprenticeship Initiative to expand opportunities to other areas of the state, new industries, occupations and additional employers. The Initiative is a collaboration of 50 businesses, the state Department of Career Services, Division of Apprentice Standards, the Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office, the Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative, and six local workforce development boards. Under DOL requirements, all registered apprenticeship programs must include five components – on-the-job training, direct business involvement, related instruction, rewards for skill gains, and a national occupational credential. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said, “As our state’s economy continues to grow, apprenticeships will play an increasingly important role in training individuals for job openings now and into the future, and supporting job growth and economic development across Massachusetts.” The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, through the Department of Career Services and Division of Apprentice Standards, will build upon partnerships in an effort to expand the number of employers with apprenticeship programs. Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald L. Walker, II said. The funding allows the Commonwealth to “create more strategic partnerships in industries that already employ apprentices, while also reaching out to nontraditional industries for apprenticeship opportunities such as IT, healthcare, cyber-security, advanced manufacturing and others.” According to the US Department of Labor, “Apprenticeships are a proven path to high quality, secure middle-class jobs. In fact, 87 percent of apprentices are employed after completing their programs, with an average starting wage above $50,000 per year.”
Cheers to the New Dorchester Brewing Company
Photo: Official opening of the Dorchester Brewing Company on July 20, 2016 An old warehouse in Dorchester - one of Boston’s most diverse and culturally rich neighborhoods – is now the site of the sparkling new Dorchester Brewing Company, which opened this week. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh joined various state and city officials, including State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, City Councilor Michael Flaherty and Assistant Secretary of Business Development and International Investment Nam Pham, to formally open the new company. The 25,000 square-foot space at 1250 Massachusetts Avenue just outside of Edward Everett Square sports a brewery, which is designed to help local craft brewers expand their commercial operations, along with an adjoining taproom and patio. Described by the company as “Boston’s only dedicated contract and partner brewing facility,” Dorchester Brewing will offer “multiple packing options including bottling, kegging, canning, specialty and barrel aging.” The taproom and patio offers a retail space where patrons can sample a variety of local beers, including six house brews on tap this summer: Clapp’s Cream Ale, V1 Double IPA, Mass Ave IPA, Savin Summer Stout, Minivan Hefe and Nitro of the Day. The taproom is open Wednesday to Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Expect food trucks outside for weekend dinner and weekend lunches. Dorchester Brewing Company is just the latest in a notable rise in craft breweries in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Export Center reports that Massachusetts is the 14th largest exporting state, sending over $5.6 million in beer abroad each year, to countries ranging from Brazil and Belgium to Canada and China. The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) has a list of craft breweries throughout the Commonwealth. And there is even a Craft Brewers Trail issued by the Massachusetts Brewers Guild. The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism is also a handy resource for breweries, brew tours and special beer festivals taking place throughout the year.
Baker-Polito Administration Announces Economic Development Awards for 18 Projects
This week the Commonwealth’s Economic Assistance Coordinating Council (EACC) approved 18 projects for participation in the Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP). These projects are expected to create 855 new jobs and retain 2,958 jobs throughout Massachusetts, while leveraging approximately $199 million in private investment. Five manufacturing companies and seven projects located in Gateway Cities were among the EACC approved projects this quarter. Governor Charlie Baker said that Massachusetts has “a robust, pro-growth business environment, and our administration is committed to maintaining and improving the Commonwealth’s business ecosystem. Through targeted business development tools like the Economic Development Incentive Program, we will continue to support sustainable, long-term growth.” Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito said the EDIP “unlocks private capital investment and job creation across Massachusetts. Creating the optimal environment for job growth is crucial to stimulating new growth, and lifting up every community in Massachusetts.” Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash said the EDIP “allows us to make effective and accountable investments in the Massachusetts businesses. These investments have ripple effects beyond specific beneficiaries. The local job creation we support spurs regional business growth and an improved quality of life throughout the Commonwealth.” Assistant Secretary for Business Development Nam Pham said the projects approved in this quarter “demonstrate the diversity of the Massachusetts economy. By deploying targeted, cost-effective incentives, we are encouraging new growth in information technology, medical device manufacturing, and hospitality, and spurring job creation from Beverly to North Adams.” Here is a list of the 18 projects. Since January 2015, the EACC has approved 88 economic development projects, creating 4,557 jobs, retaining 8,607 existing jobs, and leveraging more than $1.4 billion in private investment. During the Baker-Polito Administration, the EACC has assisted 39 manufacturing companies and 44 companies in Gateway Cities. 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 at Massachusetts Office of Business Development.
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.
Baker-Polito Administration Opens New Round of MassWorks Infrastructure Awards
The sixth annual round of MassWorks Infrastructure Program is underway, with online applications available on June 3. The competitive grant program invests in projects in local communities that can leverage private funding and open up areas to further residential, commercial, or industrial development. It is a one-stop shop for municipalities and other eligible public entities seeking funding to support housing, economic development and job creation. In addition, the Program supports municipalities with a population of 7,000 or less that may seek grants for roadway improvements to enhance public safety. Governor Charlie Baker called MassWorks funding “a critical part of our support for cities and towns throughout Massachusetts. The legislature’s reauthorization of MassWorks through our economic development bill will allow us to continue its success in helping communities unlock potential opportunities for job creation and economic growth.” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said, “The Massworks infrastructure award program allows us to support local solutions, creating jobs and helping communities to prepare for success.” Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash called MassWorks investments “an important part of our work to grow businesses, create jobs, and build housing throughout the Commonwealth.” Public entities must submit their applications between August 22 and September 2. The 2016 grant round will support housing and commercial growth opportunities that contribute to the long-term strength and sustainability of Massachusetts, with a particular emphasis on projects that support the production of multi-family housing in appropriately located mixed-use districts and projects that support economic development in weak or distressed areas. The Baker-Polito Administration’s Economic Development Bill, An Act to Provide Opportunities for All (H. 3983) authorizes an additional $500 million in capital funding over the next five years for the MassWorks Infrastructure Program, allowing the Administration to award funds in the next round and in the future. The 2016 application, guidelines, FAQs and other relevant materials are available at MassWorks. Applicants will have access to previous MassWorks grant round submissions. All decisions will be rendered within approximately eight weeks after the September 2 application deadline. In total, the MassWorks Infrastructure Program has invested over $333 million to over 181 infrastructure improvement projects across the Commonwealth during the past five grant rounds. These public investments have leveraged millions of private dollars and created thousands of new housing units and jobs.
Cruiseport Boston Boosts Tourism and Marine Economy in Massachusetts
Tourists are pouring into Massachusetts by sea in record numbers, thanks to the burgeoning cruise industry and Boston’s rapid rise as a new destination for this lucrative audience. Earlier this month, Massport celebrated the 30th anniversary of Cruiseport Boston at the Black Falcon Pier in South Boston. It was a chance to look back at Boston’s illustrious maritime traditions and to preview some of the great things on the horizon for Cruiseport Boston. According to Massport, this operation provides over 950 direct jobs and generate nearly $80 million in economic impact, as well as $25 million in annual local, state and federal tax revenue. In 2016, Massport estimates that 320,000 passengers are expected to come through the port on 114 ship calls. CEO Thomas P. Glynn called the 30th anniversary “an exciting milestone for not only Massport, but for the cruising community and the entire region. “Cruiseport Boston has grown into a well-established launching point for quality cruises, whether you’re heading to Canada or Bermuda,” Glynn said. “In the meantime, the industry is recognizing Boston as a significant embarkation port, in part because of our engaged cruising community. This will help keep Massachusetts among the top 10 states benefitting from the cruise industry.” A highlight of the week-long celebration included inaugural visits by two mega cruise ships: on Wednesday, May 18, Disney Magic, a 984 feet long, eleven deck cruise ship that carries 2,400 passengers came to Boston; followed on Friday, May 20 by the Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas, which carries 4,180 passengers and is the largest cruise ship ever to land in Boston. Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary for Business Development and International Trade, said the bustling cruise traffic is compatible with the Baker-Polito Administration’s vision to strengthen the maritime industry in all 78 seacoast cities and towns in Massachusetts. “A thriving waterfront increases commerce, produces jobs, and supports tourism, which is the third largest industry in Massachusetts,” said Pham. The addition of the Disney Cruise Line and Anthem of the Seas will likely broaden the customer base of tourists who disembark in Boston, since many of them will be seeing Massachusetts for the first time. Twenty-nine cruises — to destinations including Bermuda, Canada and Europe — are set to start in Boston. Another highlight of the week occurred when officials unveiled a series of murals painted by the schoolchildren of South Boston. One of the murals honored Ray Flynn, the former US Ambassador to the Vatican and Mayor of Boston. In 1986, Mayor Flynn established the Marine Industrial Park along the waterfront, which was widely credited with reviving the industrial port and preserving blue-collar jobs. This year the park was renamed the Ray Flynn Marine Park. According to the Cruise Lines International Association, more than 24 million passengers are expected to sail in 2016. Here is the 2016 Schedule at Cruiseport Boston. Here is information on the Seaport Economic Council.
Park Serve Day in Massachusetts Brings out thousands of Volunteers
(Photos from the Boston Harbor Islands cleanup) Thousands of volunteers from state and municipal government, colleges and universities, and cities and towns across the Commonwealth came out for the 10th annual Park Serve Day. Organized by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the all-day cleanup took place at over 40 parks across the state, including state parks and beaches, coastline walkways, hiking trails, cemeteries, islands, reservoirs and ponds. Governor Charlie Baker said that Park Service Day “is an incredible opportunity for state government to partner with the public in an effort to benefit us all. By working together, generations of people will truly benefit from this worthwhile event.” See below the list of events taking place. Boston Region • Alewife Reservation, Cambridge • Charles River Reservation, Boston • Patten’s Cove, Dorchester Shores Reservation, Dorchester • Pleasure Bay, Farragut Park, South Boston • Dorchester Greenway, Pope John Paul Park, Dorchester • Mystic River Reservation, MacDonald Park, Medford • Neponset River Walk, Quincy • Southwest Corridor, South End, Boston Northern Region • Breakheart Reservation, Saugus • Cochituate State Park, Natick • Callahan Park, Framingham • Halibut Point State Park, Rockport • Harold Parker State Forest, N. Andover • Marshview Park, Lynn • Maudslay State Park • Middlesex Fells Reservation at Flynn Rink/Money Hill, Medford • Lynn/Nahant Beach at Lynn Shores Reservation, Nahant • Red Rock Park at Lynn Shores Reservation, Lynn • Revere Beach Reservation, Revere • Riverfront State Park, Lawrence • Salisbury Beach State Reservation, Salisbury (2- day event: April 30 and May 1) • Victorian Garden and Mack Plaza, Lowell Central Region • Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park, Uxbridge • Otter River State Forest, Baldwinville • Leominster State Forest, Westminster • Nashua River Rail Trail, Pepperell • Moore State Park, Paxton • Douglas State Forest, Douglas Southeastern Region • Blue Hills Reservation at Houghton’s Pond, Milton • Blue Hills Reservation, Broderick Stable, Milton • Brookwood Farm, Milton • F. Gilbert Hills State Forest, Foxboro • Georges Island, Leaves from Long Wharf • Gateway Park, Hingham • Massasoit State Park, Taunton • Myles Standish State Forest, South Carver • Nickerson State Park and Cape Cod Rail Trail, Brewster • Scusset Beach State Reservation, Bourne • Shea Park, Horsehoe Park, Quincy • Waquoit Bay Reserve, Waquoit • Webb Memorial State Park, Weymouth Western Region • Chicopee State Park, Chicopee • Great Falls Discovery Center, Montague • Norwottuck Rail Trail, Hadley • Savoy Mountain State Forest, Savoy • Pittsfield State Forest, Pittsfield\ The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), an agency of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, oversees 450,000 acres of parks and forests, beaches, bike trails, watersheds, dams, and parkways. Led by Commissioner Leo Roy, the agency’s mission is to protect, promote, and enhance our common wealth of natural, cultural, and recreational resources. To learn more about DCR, our facilities, and our programs, please visit www.mass.gov/dcr.
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.
Bountiful Massachusetts Celebrates Agriculture Day
(Assabet Valley culinary arts students with Governor Charlie Baker at Agriculture Day) Locally-grown food took center stage this week as Massachusetts celebrated Agriculture Day at the State House. The annual event is a collaborative effort between the Massachusetts Promotion Board, Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation and Federation of Massachusetts Farmers Markets. Governor Charlie Baker attended the event, and encouraged Massachusetts residents “to support our local farmers and food producers and purchase Massachusetts grown and produced products whenever possible.” The Baker-Polito Administration declared April 5, 2016 as Massachusetts Agriculture Day, and honorary citations were presented to the Eastern State Exposition (The Big E) in recognition of its centennial celebration this September, and Norfolk Country Agricultural High School in recognition of its 100 year anniversary. Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito said that by declaring Massachusetts Agriculture Day, “we hope to recognize and raise awareness of the importance of our many farmers and food producers.” Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton called Agriculture Day “a great opportunity to discuss issues specific to the agricultural industry, which is a vital part of the state’s economy and provides clean, healthy food to Massachusetts residents.” There are approximately 7,700 farms in Massachusetts maintaining almost 523,000 acres of open space. These farms employ some 28,000 workers and contribute about $492 million to the state economy. Massachusetts is ranked fifth in the United States for direct market agricultural sales, according to the Division of Agricultural Markets. Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) Commissioner John Lebeaux said, “Together with many of our agricultural partners, we gather to recognize accomplishments, identify challenges and prepare for a successful growing season.” Agricultural Day awards were presented to State Representatives Keiko Orrall (R-Lakeville), Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester) and Stephen Kulik (D-Worthington). Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation President Edward Davidian said, “We are looking forward to a productive year working with our growers and state representatives to strengthen and maintain our agricultural heritage.” For the concluding reception in the Great Hall, culinary students and instructors from the Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management Program prepared and presented a “Taste of Massachusetts” menu, using products donated from approximately 40 farms and food producers across the Commonwealth. The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism maintains a culinary calendar of food-related activities taking place in Massachusetts throughout the year.
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.
BAKER-POLITO ADMINISTRATION GRANTS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AWARDS FOR 12 PROJECTS
(Photo: Aegis Energy Service is increasing its workforce as it expands operations in Holyoke.) The Commonwealth’s Economic Assistance Coordinating Council (EACC) approved 12 projects for participation in the Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP). These economic development projects are expected to create 393 new jobs and retain 1,026 jobs throughout Massachusetts, while leveraging approximately $133 million in private investment. Here is information on the 12 projects. Governor Charlie Baker said his administration “is committed to fostering a pro-growth business environment in Massachusetts, and fostering job growth across the state. These job-creation incentives give our businesses another tool to reach their full potential in the Commonwealth, encouraging long-term, sustainable economic growth, and catalyzing significant investments that benefit our workforce.” Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito said the incentive program “benefits communities across the Commonwealth, by tying incentives to job growth and investment goals. These incentives spur sustainable growth that strengthen cities and towns, and encourage further investment from our businesses.” Jay Ash, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, called the incentives “another tool to connect residents across the Commonwealth to well-paying, long-term job opportunities.” Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary for Business Development called the EDIP credits “a cost-effective tool for encouraging community investment, across a variety of sectors. These incentives generate significant private investment job growth.” This quarter, the EACC approved economic development incentives for three manufacturing companies, and ten projects located in Gateway Cities. Since January 2015The EACC has approved 72 economic development projects. These projects will create 3,722 jobs, retain 5,733 existing jobs, and leverage more than $1.17 billion in private investment. Since 2015, the EACC has assisted 34 manufacturing companies and 37 companies in Gateway Cities. 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 at the Massachusetts Office of Business Development.
New England Food Show Highlights Culinary, Hospitality and Agricultural Riches
Food Demononstration at SnapChef at NE Food Show There was excitement in the air – not to mention the aroma of freshly-brewed coffee, oven baked bread, or local seafood sizzling on a pan with garlic and butter – at the recent New England Food Show, held at the spacious Boston Convention & Exhibition Center last week. The annual gathering was a reminder of the robust restaurant, food service and hospitality industry here in Massachusetts, and throughout the region. On the exhibit floor, over 280 companies shared innovative new food and beverage products, demonstrated the latest restaurant equipment technology, and talked with thousands of participants winding their way through the smorgasbord of culinary delights. Cooking demonstrations by well-known chefs and a culinary cook-off brought excitement and glee to the audience. Governor Charlie Baker was a key note speaker, and he praised the food industry for its commitment to growth and development, and for embracing technological advances. He said that successful communities in Massachusetts, particularly in small cities and towns, have strong restaurants and retail establishments that bring visitors and residents into the downtown main streets. In addition to the exhibit floor activities, hundreds of industry professionals attended workshops, ranging from marketing plans and new technology to workforce development and business expansion. The Show is organized each year by the Massachusetts Restaurant Association, which formed a new partnership with the National Restaurant Association for this year’s show. A sampling of Massachusetts companies exhibiting at the New England Food Show this year includes Rockport Specialty Seafood of North Reading, Snap Chef of Boston, Radiand USA Kitchen Equipment of Waltham, Murphy’s Knives of Ayer, Boston Gourmet Chefs of Framingham, Sid Wainer & Son of New Bedford, and Harpoon Breweries of Boston. The 2017 New England Food Show is scheduled for February 26-28, 2017. For more information, visit Massachusetts Restaurant Association.
Massachusetts Promotes its Small Business Purchasing Program (SBPP)
Small businesses have a new advantage in working with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, thanks to a recent enhancement to COMMBUYS, the state’s online procurement system. Beginning on February 29, 2016, all participants in the Small Business Purchasing Program (SBPP) will be more easily identified by agency buyers looking to use small businesses in Massachusetts. At the same time, small businesses now have the search capacity to identify agency bids that specifically seek small businesses. William McAvoy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Supplier Diversity Office at the Operational Services Division, says the enhancement “helps small businesses to more easily locate bidding opportunities. The new search feature makes good business sense, underscoring small procurement bids on behalf of buyers who have SBPP spending benchmarks, and highlighting these opportunities for the small business community.” The Small Business Purchasing Program was established to increase the Commonwealth’s spending with participating small businesses. SBPP participants are provided special consideration when agencies procure non-construction commodities and services with total values up to $150,000.* For the 2016 fiscal year, the SBPP spending benchmark is 3.3% of each department’s discretionary budget. Visit the OSD website for Program details. The goal of SBPP is to increase state spending with enrolled MA based small businesses and to provide simple and easy access to info and resources that assist the small bus community. Apply online for SBPP membership during COMMBUYS vendor registration by answering the prequalification questions. Use the COMMBUYS Vendor Registration job aid for guidance or, if you are already a COMMBUYS vendor, file for SBPP designation using the How to Complete or Renew SBPP Registration: Guidance for Seller Administrators job aid. Here’s the information you should have on hand to simplify the SBPP application process: • FEIN or SSN associated with the business; • Tax Form Type used when filing your latest Massachusetts taxes; • Number of full time equivalent (FTE) employees reported to the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA); • Year and Quarter of your latest DUA filing; • Gross annual revenue using three-year average of your most recent Department of Revenue tax filing. Non Profit and Not for Profit entities should use gross operating budget. Exclude commas and dollar sign when entering the information. Learn more about SBPP via our webcast, or contact the COMMBUYS Help Desk at 1-888-627-8283 or COMMBUYS@state.ma.us.
MASSACHUSETTS PARTICIPATES IN 2016 NATIONAL CONSUMER PROTECTION WEEK
As part of National Consumer Protection Week, which takes place March 6-12, 2016, the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation is proud to announce its efforts on behalf of the Commonwealth’s consumers over the last year. In 2015, the Office of Consumer Affairs and its five regulatory agencies received more than 44,000 inquiries and more than 6,100 formal complaints from consumers. Through complaint resolutions, arbitration awards, examination reimbursements, and litigation settlements, nearly $7 million was returned to Massachusetts consumers. John Chapman, Undersecretary of Consumer Affairs, said, “During this National Consumer Protection Week, we want consumers to understand their rights under the law, take time to educate themselves before making big decisions, and know that both our Office and our regulatory agencies are in their corner to ensure their rights and fair marketplaces.” The Office of Consumer Affairs Home Improvement Contractor program made significant strides in 2015, registering 3,600 new contractors and renewing nearly 9,000 contractor registrations. The Home Improvement Arbitration Program awarded more than $330,000 to consumers and the Home Improvement Contractor Guaranty Fund paid-out more than $215,000 to aggrieved consumers. “Our Office is engaged in a full-on effort to get all home improvement contractors registered in the Commonwealth,” said Chapman. “Ultimately, it’s a tremendous consumer protection, because consumers who hire unregistered contractors cannot qualify for the arbitration program or access the Guaranty Fund if they have problems with their contractors.” Other Notable Consumer Recoveries: • Banking – $1.2M • Insurance – $724,000 • Lemon Law – $253,000 • Telecommunications & Cable – $1.08M (includes $900,000 consumer refund for Charter Communications subscribers) • Weights & Measures – $765,000 In October, the Division of Banks and the Office of the Attorney General reached a settlement with Western Sky Financial, LLC and CashCall over predatory lending practices. The settlement provides for $2.4 million in direct consumer refunds and a $17 million write-down in the interest on loans made to Massachusetts consumers. As part of the Baker-Polito Administraion, the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation is committed to protecting consumers through consumer advocacy and education, and also works to ensure that the businesses its agencies regulate treat all Massachusetts consumers fairly. Follow the Office of Consumer Affairs through its blog, on Facebook, and on Twitter @mass_consumer.
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