Late Night T Service, an Important Element in our Innovation Ecosystem

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MassTLC CEO Tom Hopcroft speaking at Late Night T Announcement with Governor Deval Patrick, Transportation Secretary Richard Davey, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Walley the Green Monster, and others.

On March 13, 2014, I had the honor to join Governor Deval Patrick, Transportation Secretary Richard Davey, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, and other leaders for the re-launch of late night T Service. My brief remarks were as follows:

Good morning. I am so pleased to be here this morning in Kendall Square to celebrate this important announcement for the Commonwealth’s innovation ecosystem.

There is no better place to celebrate today’s announcement that will promote further growth and opportunity in innovation and entrepreneurship than right here at the T’s Kendall Square Stop.

To the entrepreneurs from the Cambridge Innovation Center, or the aspiring scientists from MIT or Harvard, or the researchers from one of our many life science companies just a short distance from here, the Red Line represents the backbone of our ever growing knowledge corridor from Alewife to Harvard Square to Kendall Square to South Station to the Innovation District, and Beyond.

To the entrepreneurs and innovators in the Commonwealth’s innovation ecosystem, today’s announcement is about much more than extended hours on the T.

It represents an opportunity to extend their hours of discovery or research to change lives and invent the future, right here in Massachusetts.

It represents an opportunity to continue a meeting with potential funders of the next big idea, right here in Massachusetts. 

It represents an opportunity to extend a networking meeting to discuss a global partnership to market a technology to connect people and things, invented right here in the Commonwealth.

And, for the rest of the world to see, it underscores the Commonwealth’s commitment to our knowledge economy that is driving economic growth in the Commonwealth.

Governor, it shows that you are paying attention to our everyday challenges. But more than that, it demonstrates that you and your team are working to address our everyday needs.

Governor, Secretary Davey, Thank you for your leadership, and thank you for your commitment to growing our innovation ecosystem.

 

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