Governor Baker Signs Commonwealth’s Economic Development Plan
Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito endorse and sign the Commonwealth’s economic development plan, with Deputy for Housing and Economic Development Secretary Carolyn Kirk.
On December 23, 2015, Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito endorsed and signed the Commonwealth’s economic development plan, Opportunities for All, a strategic policy document that will guide the administration’s economic development strategy. The plan sets a policy framework that will steer the work of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.
Key priorities of the plan include:
- Supporting workforce development strategies that close the skills gap, and connect citizens to economic opportunity.
- Promoting vibrant communities and regions.
- Advancing the development of key industry clusters, and harnessing cluster development to drive job growth in the Commonwealth’s regions.
- Sharpening the Commonwealth’s competitive position through regulatory reform, and efforts to lower key business costs, such as energy costs.
MassTLC Participates in Developing Commonwealth's Economic Development Plan
Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash speaking at an Economic Development Planning Council meeting hosted by Greentown Labs, a shared innovation space for clentech companies in Somerville.
MassTLC CEO Tom Hopcroft and Trustees Colin Angle and Tom Erickson were named to Governor Baker’s Economic Development Planning Council, a group charged with assisting Secretary of Housing and Economic Development in the creation and execution of a comprehensive economic development plan for the state.
Among economic opportunities cited at the Council were an increasing orientation of the national economy towards knowledge-intensive industries which plays to our strengths as well as the concentration of Massachusetts-based entities that are driving technological innovation in areas such as digital health, Internet of things, robotics, cyber security, big data, autonomous vehicles, and more.
MassTLC Advocates in Support of Innovative Business Models
Uber (blue), Lyft (pink) and taxis drivers (yellow) all congregated at a regulatory hearing about transportation.
MassTLC advocated in support of a sensible regulatory frameworks that will help support transportation network companies (TNCs) like MassTLC member companies Uber and Lyft. Through an op-ed in the Boston Business Journal, Embrace ride-sharing to build innovation, official testimony [LINK TO TESIMONY], and participation at a lively 10-hour hearing, MassTLC CEO Tom Hopcroft championed the need to balance traditional models with support for innovative new models and cited past advances driven by innovation including the telephone, internet, mutual fund, computational biology, genomics, telemedicine, online education and more.
MassTLC Advocates in Support of 21st Century Workforce
MassTLC Education Foundation Executive Director Shereen Tyrrell testifies in support of digital literacy and computer science standards before the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Board. Prior to hiring Tyrrell, MassTLC CEO Tom Hopcroft successfully advocated, with industry partners Mass Business Roundtable and Mass Competitive Partnership, in support of $1.5M for the Mass Computing Attainment Network and $38M in an IT Bond Bill to help bring high-speed internet access to schools in underserved parts of the state. A member of the state’s 13-person Board of Higher Education, Hopcroft is working to prepare students for 21st century careers and provide more skilled talent that is needed to attract and retain innovative knowledge driven industries.
Growing 100K Tech Jobs: Trends, Insights, and Opportunities within the 2020 Challenge
The state of technology in Massachusetts remains very strong, and is the key driver of vibrancy in the state’s economy. We stand poised as a region to lead in the emerging technologies that will define the future of humanity.
The stakes are high and the leadership position is ours to lose. With smart investments, the Commonwealth can continue to be an engine that drives innovation and that attracts the best and brightest from within our own communities, from the nation, and from the world.
History is littered with leaders who slid into mediocrity by resting on their laurels. While Massachusetts has not done that, we must always be vigilant to ensure the Commonwealth remains focused on the challenges ahead rather than the accomplishments of the past.
With an energetic partnership between our public and private sectors working to keep us all focused on moving forward, we're confident that Massachusetts will resolve both the short and long-term opportunities facing us, and that our future remains bright.
CEO & President, Tom Hopcroft, Talks with Now Governor, Charlie Baker, on Tech Sector Issues
CEO & President, Tom Hopcroft (left) conducts interview with Charlie Baker (right) to discuss top tech sector issues at the MassTLC Tech & Innovation Candidate Forum on September 29, 2014.
On September 29, 2014, MassTLC held a Tech & Innovation Candidate Forum with the four gubernatorial candidates to represent the tech voice and discuss top issues facing the tech sector. Later, Charlie Baker won the election and was officially sworn into office on January 8, 2015. MassTLC looks forward to working with Governor Baker in the years to come.