BOSTON -- Pamela Goldberg, CEO of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech), offered keynote remarks at the MassEcon Holiday lunch today. Goldberg’s remarks come on the heels of Massachusetts being named the #1 New Economy state based capacity by The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (http://www.itif.org/publications/2012-state-new-economy-index) on ranking factors that include the digital economy and innovation capacity. Both MassTech and MassEcon collaborate with stakeholders on economic growth within the Commonwealth.
“MassTech and MassEcon have a shared goal of keeping Massachusetts competitive and one of the best ways to do that is by building public-private partnerships that support that goal,” said Goldberg. “The work that MassTech does to promote innovation in Big Data, Health IT, and Broadband is a collaborative effort, and very much in line with how MassEcon interacts with industry.”
MassTech recently partnered with industry associations, executives, and researchers to host a series of roundtable conversations with Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki to help identify emerging growth sectors within the Massachusetts innovation economy. These discussions have helped MassTech and the state identify areas of growth and ways to support key sectors in the months ahead, including Big Data, Robotics, Mobile Communications, Digital Marketing and e-Commerce, and Health IT.
“Success is built on collaboration,” said Susan Houston, Executive Director of MassEcon. “Our members are always looking for new and innovative ways to promote Massachusetts as the place to do business, and MassTech is a key component to that. Listening to Pamela talk about the many initiatives her team is working on is exhilarating and is a great indication of the direction Massachusetts is heading.”
Massachusetts Technology Collaborative 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. Through three major divisions, the Innovation Institute, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, and the Massachusetts eHealth Institute, MassTech is helping foster innovation across the Commonwealth. www.masstech.org.
MassEcon, founded in 1993, is a non-profit partnership of the private and public sectors dedicated to marketing Massachusetts as a competitive location for business. Its services include the state’s only Site Finder Service, which helps expanding and relocating companies find appropriate sites throughout the Commonwealth; the Research & Information Service, which provides companies with the information they need to evaluate the Commonwealth as a location to grow; and the Massachusetts Ambassadors, a network of civic and corporate leaders who help market Massachusetts as a place to do business. Through these channels, and in conjunction with state, regional, and local partners, MassEcon has helped facilitate the location of over 250 companies including Bristol-Myers Squibb, Straumann USA, Merck, and American Superconductor. www.massecon.com