Industry Leaders & Public Officials Convene to Support Massachusetts' Growing Tech Sector

Friday, February 1, 2013

Industry Leaders & Public Officials Convene to Support Massachuetts’ Growing Tech Sector

Technology Council Heads Working Together to Advocate & Support Tech Sector; Tech Hub State House Day Slated for February 28th

Legislators, public officials, and industry leaders convened yesterday for a panel discussion on the strengths and opportunities within the technology sector in Massachusetts.  Driven by the leadership of Senator Karen Spilka and the Massachusetts Tech Hub Collaborative, presenters and attendees discussed the importance of the tech sector to the Massachusetts economy, and ways in which public-private collaboration can support growth in this critical sector.

Participants in the briefing, moderated by Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) CEO Pamela Goldberg included Senator Spilka, André Alguero Senior Vice President Digitas, Donna Cupelo Region President-Verizon New England, Tom Hopcroft, President and CEO Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC), Debi Kleiman President Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange (MITX), Angie O’Connor, Executive Director, TechNet, Brian Burke, Senior Director, Government Affairs Microsoft, and Patrick Larkin, Director of the Innovation Institute at MassTech.

“The Tech Sector is a leading driver of the Massachusetts economy,” said Pamela Goldberg, “Tech includes over ten thousand firms, 180,000 workers, and twenty percent of our state’s GDP. And, tech drives even more - for every 100 tech jobs, another 163 are created in the state. We’re delighted to support collaborations like this that work to strengthen the sector.”

The Tech Hub Collaborative, with support from Verizon New England, released a new video at yesterday’s event entitled Tech Everywhere. This short video, available on the MassTech YouTube Channel, shares key facts and statistics about the Massachusetts tech sector and interviews with tech sector leadership.

tech everywhere video screenshot

At the event, Senator Karen Spilka announced that the group would reconvene for a State House Day, titled Massachusetts’ Tech: Our Future Everywhere, on Thursday, February 28, 2013, at 11:00am.  That event will kick off the formation of a Legislative Tech Hub Caucus which will help identify opportunities to support and strengthen the tech sector and promote Massachusetts’ status as a global hub for innovation. 

“Yesterday’s briefing was a huge success and gave legislative leaders important insight into the tech sector, which is one of the most vibrant and critical industries driving the Massachusetts economy,” said Senator Karen Spilka. “I am thrilled that we are officially launching a Tech Hub Caucus, so that we can keep the lines of communication open between the key players of this important sector and the members of the Massachusetts legislature. I look forward to continued collaboration between the public and private sectors so that we can work to strengthen and promote this vital industry throughout the Commonwealth.”

Charged by Governor Deval Patrick to serve as stewards of the state’s overall technology sector, the Massachusetts Tech Hub Collaborative brings together a cross sector of leaders  to address mission critical issues for tech’s future growth in the state. The Tech Hub Collaborative is supported by the Innovation Institute at MassTech. www.masstechhub.org.

Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) is an innovative public agency working to support a vibrant economy. MassTech convenes and works with industry, academia, and government to improve the innovation landscape through cluster development, research collaborations, and key initiatives. Learn more at www.masstech.org.

 

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