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Voice of the Tech Sector in Massachusetts

CEO Tom Hopcroft extolls virtues of the Massachusetts tech ecosystem while traveling with Governor Patrick on a
trade mission visit to London; Hopcroft participates in the rollout of late night T service; Hopcroft speaking on NECN
about the importance of linking Massachusetts with regional innovation centers around the globe.

Representing over 550 technology companies, MassTLC has emerged as the premier voice for the entire tech sector in Massachusetts. MassTLC CEO Tom Hopcroft is a tireless champion for the tech sector and its potential for job growth and opportunity. He has traveled with Governor Patrick on trade missions promoting the Massachusetts tech innovation sector. He is a champion for Massachusetts domestically and meets regularly with his organizational peers around the United States in his role as Vice Chair of the Technology Councils of North America. He engages with policy makers on Beacon Hill and Capitol Hill ensuring that the tech sector is considered when policies that might impact it are being developed. 

Tech Sector Impact and Talent Agenda

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MassTLC’s report, 2014 State of Technology: Benchmarking the Tech Sector’s Impact on the Massachusetts Economy, is an important resource for lawmakers. The report examines the size, growth and impact of the tech sector as significant economic driver and gateway for innovation and opportunity. It serves as the basis for MassTLC’s advocacy work, noting that “attracting, developing, and growing talent is perhaps the most critical issue threatening our ability to compete, lead, and grow as a world tech leader in the global economy.” MassTLC supports a three-pronged talent agenda: 
  • We support initiatives for developing talent through K-12 computer science education, leveraging the ability of community colleges to develop and align talent tailored to the needs of the innovation ecosystem, and other talent pipeline initiatives.

  • We support initiatives for retaining existing innovation-ready talent aimed at retaining qualified international students upon graduation, connecting innovation-ready students & graduates of Massachusetts colleges and universities to the Commonwealth’s innovation economy, and other talent retention initiatives

  • We support initiatives for attracting talent by championing a bold vision for Massachusetts leadership, and promoting participation by innovation-ready talent, including women & underrepresented minorities, in our innovation ecosystem. Further engaging innovation-ready talent by developing and marketing a global competitiveness agenda for the Commonwealth. And, connecting innovation-ready workers to innovation clusters across the Commonwealth.
MassTLC is engaged with policy makers on the importance of investing in the tech sector and advocating for policies that support the talent needs of our knowledge economy. MassTLC has specifically advocated for talent initiatives to support computer science education and needed technology infrastructure at the state level and for immigration reform at the federal level.

Governor Patrick Signs Economic Development Bill

Governor Patrick signs Economic Development     
legislation into law on Wednesday, August 13, 2014
In the closing days of its formal sessions, the Massachusetts Legislature passed an economic development bill that includes many items that the Mass Technology Leadership Council and other technology and business groups strongly advocated for with lawmakers.

These items address some of the key issues that technology company leaders have raised with policy makers over the past year, as they relate to the overall climate for tech companies, support for start-ups and early state companies and shortages of skilled workers. Other provisions create a positive regulatory structure for wireless technologies, focus on growth areas like Big Data and provide matching dollars for programs to develop computer science skills in elementary and high school.

Where consensus was not reached on other issues like non-compete agreements, representatives of both sides of this issue began a very important dialogue around how agreements like these affect the state’s ability to start and grow companies that need to protect intellectual property while at the same time retaining highly skilled workers.

We look forward to working with the Legislature and the new Governor on more ways to leverage the strengths of our technology sector and grow the innovation economy across the state. We thank the Governor and the Legislature for their focus on the innovation economy and their support across the tech sector.  Read the blog post »

Looking Ahead: Briefing our Next Governor

Left to Right: Leading Democratic Candidate Martha Coakley listens as Hopcroft details tech sector issues; Hopcroft and leading Independent Candidate Jeff McCormick tour Vecna Technologies with CTO Daniel Theobald; InterSystems VP Paul Grabscheid and leading Republican Candidate Charlie Baker listen as Hopcroft discusses talent imperative.

MassTLC CEO Tom Hopcroft sat down with each of the leading gubernatorial candidates in August to brief them on the scale and growth of the tech sector and its impact on the overall economy. Each candidate engaged in lively discussion on issues critical to the tech community and regional economic growth and sustainability, including: developing, retaining and attracting innovation-ready talent; improving transportation and housing availability; and asserting a bold vision for the leadership role Massachusetts will have in this next technological era.

Representing a wide cross section of the tech sector, MassTLC member executives supporting the briefings included: Aron Ain, CEO, Kronos; Mohamad Ali, Chief Strategy Officer, Hewlett Packard; Colin Angle, Chairman, CEO & Co-Founder, iRobot; Donna Cupelo, President, Verizon New England; Jim Daniell, COO, Oxfam America; Laurence Disenhof, Group Director, Export Compliance & Government Relations, Cadence Design Systems; Tom Erickson, CEO, Acquia; Meredith Flynn-Ripley, CEO, HeyWire; Paul Grabscheid, VP of Strategic Planning, InterSystems; Tim Healy, CEO, Chairman & Co-Founder, EnerNOC; Leo Hermacinski, CEO, dSide Technologies; John Kawola, CEO, Harvest Automation; Michael Kolowich, President & Founder, KnowledgeVision; Annmarie Levins, Associate General Counsel, Microsoft; Bruce Reading, President & CEO, VoltDB; Lou Shipley, President & CEO, Black Duck Software; John Sutich, VP, Government Affairs, Comcast; Daniel Theobald, Co-Founder & CTO, Vecna Technologies; Corey Thomas, President & CEO, Rapid7; Tasos Tsolakis, CIO, Iron Mountain; Steve Vinter, Engineering Director, Google; Chris Wey, VP, Strategy and Technology, Avaya; Cathy Wissink, Director, Technology & Civic Engagement, Microsoft; Ron Zalkind, CTO & Co-Founder, CloudLock

A Commitment to Education 

Senator Karen Spilka, Education Foundation 
Director Heather Carey, Microsoft Associate General    
 Counsel Annmarie Levins, and Housing and    
Economic  Development Secretary Greg Bialecki     
 celebrate strategic investment in the     
Ed Foundation by Microsoft.     

MassTLC’s CEO sits on the Board of Higher Education and is focused on opportunities for greater alignment of our higher education system with the workforce needs of our growing knowledge based economy.

MassTLC supports an affiliated charitable 501(c)(3) Education Foundation focused on increasing the number of students pursuing computing education and careers. The Foundation’s vision is for all students in Massachusetts to have access to meaningful computing education, understand the principles of computer science and how it applies in the world. The organization doesn’t believe that every students should become computer a programmer, but rather believes that every student deserve access to the knowledge needed to build technology and not just consume it. The Foundation is specifically focused on: increasing awareness of computing and the skills needed for the 21st century workforce; building connections between industry, educators and nonprofits focused on computing; and innovative solutions that inspire and grow the “thirsty learners” interested in computing. Visit for more info.

MassTLC supports other aligned initiatives and programs such as the Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN) which seeks to make computing education available in every high school.

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