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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2.3 Million in Manufacturing Innovation Funds

LOWELL – Yesterday, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a new $2.3 million grant to Lowell-based composites manufacturer Specialty Materials, Inc., an award from the Commonwealth’s Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2). The award will support the expansion of Specialty’s production of its boron-based composite materials, materials widely used in aerospace, sporting goods, and industrial applications to strengthen products. The M2I2 grant will support a project that will nearly triple the size of the Specialty Material’s manufacturing capability, adding an additional 75 employees and $6 million per year of spending in Massachusetts.

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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $700K for New UMass Dartmouth Biodegradable Plastics Lab

DARTMOUTH, MASS. – Yesterday, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and executives from UMass Dartmouth celebrated the announcement of a new $739,936 award from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to support the development of a new research and development laboratory in New Bedford to study biodegradable and ocean-safe plastics. The new Plastics Biodegradation Laboratory at UMass Dartmouth will enable efficient testing of plastic biodegradation, helping address the significant waste caused by traditional plastics used in textiles, packaging, and other products that accumulate in the ocean and other water resources.

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Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates Fifth Cybersecurity Forum

BOSTON – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration and the MassCyberCenter at the MassTech Collaborative celebrated the fifth Massachusetts Cybersecurity Forum, an annual event designed to bring together leaders from across the Commonwealth’s leading cybersecurity ecosystem with representatives from the business community, academia, and state and federal government in attendance. The Forum program, held virtually for the second consecutive year, was focused on the theme of ‘Building Momentum,’ spotlighting how the launch of the MassCyberCenter and the Forum in 2017 have directly led to the development of key programs that address cyber resiliency in the Commonwealth’s municipalities, increased collaboration among key stakeholders, and helped grow the cyber workforce across the state.

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Inaugural Mass. Municipal Cybersecurity Summit Featured Launch of New Training Modules for City & Town Leaders

BOSTON – At the first-ever Massachusetts Municipal Cybersecurity Summit, the MassCyberCenter at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative launched a suite of interactive, online modules designed to educate and train municipal officials on best practices around cybersecurity and how to create a ‘minimum baseline of cybersecurity’ to protect their digital assets and critical information.

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Baker-Polito Administration’s New Grants Boost Innovation in the Commonwealth’s ‘Blue Economy’

BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced the winners of the BlueTech Tech and Innovation Grant program, a program managed by the Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) that was launched with the support of the Commonwealth’s Seaport Economic Council, which partnered with MassTech on the new grant program. The two new grants, totaling $337,714, were awarded to the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance and Tufts University, and will advance innovation and drive economic growth in the Massachusetts “Blue Economy.”

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Massachusetts Cybersecurity Month 2021 Kicks Off

BOSTON, MASS. – October is Massachusetts Cybersecurity Month in the Commonwealth, as declared by an official proclamation signed by Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. To highlight the importance of the Month, Governor Baker has released a video to spotlight the critical importance of cybersecurity in every day life.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mass., ARCHANGELS, and the Mass Caregiving Initiative Team up to Launch "Any Care Counts" Campaign in Support of Unpaid Caregivers

BOSTON - Today, ARCHANGELS, a start-up dedicated to supporting unpaid caregivers, with support from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (Blue Cross) and the Mass Caregiving Initiative at the MassTech Collaborative, launched the Any Care Counts campaign, designed to increase recognition and support of unpaid caregivers in the Commonwealth.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 43 percent of adults nationwide serve as unpaid caregivers.  The collaboration will increase awareness for this vital and often invisible role, that disproportionately impacts the most at-risk populations and can result in serious mental health consequences.

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MeHI, Lever Announce Finalists for the first Massachusetts Digital Health COVID-19 Recovery Challenge

WESTBOROUGH, MA — The Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech (MeHI) and Lever are pleased to announce the eight finalists for the first Massachusetts Digital Health COVID-19 Recovery Challenge, a new program meant to identify and grow digital health tools that will help drive economic recovery from the pandemic.

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Applications Open for Fall Cybersecurity Mentorship Program

WESTBOROUGH, MASS. – The MassCyberCenter at the MassTech Collaborative has opened the fall 2021 application window for its Cybersecurity Mentorship Program, an effort that aims to increase diversity within the cybersecurity workforce in Massachusetts by pairing diverse college students with mentors from the state’s cybersecurity sector.

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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $700,000 to Grow Tech and Innovation Companies

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined executives from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative to announce $700,722 in grants from the ‘Pathways to Scale’ program, an effort from the Commonwealth to boost tech and innovation companies emerging from the startup phase and poised for growth.

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