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Executive Director's Message

Dear Members,

Congratulations to Charlie Baker and Karyn Polito on their inauguration earlier this month. Congratulations also to new Senate President Stanley Rosenberg and all the newly elected public officials serving the Commonwealth. As we get started in the 2015-16 legislative session, there are significant challenges ahead that impact the business climate in Massachusetts.

The Roundtable’s Board has adopted a Framework for Long-Term Economic Prosperity that will guide MBR’s advocacy on key issues such as energy and health care costs, education & workforce development, regulatory reform and competitiveness. We invite public officials to work with our business leader members to make Massachusetts a great place to live and do business.  


Roundtable to Form Energy Task Force
The Roundtable is establishing a new Energy Task Force bringing together CEOs and senior business leaders from its membership including those with expertise in purchasing, developing, distribution and generation of energy, as well as large consumers. The Task Force will inform MBR’s engagement during the 2015–16 legislative session to develop solutions that address the high cost of energy, expand energy capacity and lead to the modernization of the region’s aging electric grid and other infrastructure. 

Governor Baker Issues Temporary Ban on New Regulations
Roundtable members routinely cite the regulatory environment in Massachusetts as a competitive disadvantage compared with other states and countries. Members favor smart regulations that provide important protection for consumers, the environment and public safety, however, Massachusetts is often an outlier on regulations increasing costs and time delays for projects.

The Roundtable applauds the Baker-Polito Administration for implementing a temporary ban on new regulations to “modernize and simplify state regulations” as A&F Secretary Kristen Lepore explained to the State House New Service. MBR shared a list of regulations and laws with the Administration as it conducts its review. MBR will continue to advocate for smarter, updated regulatory regimes that account for the vastly changing business models and global competition facing businesses across industry sectors.   

READ Release

Roundtable Welcomes New Member Allen Fore, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners
The Roundtable is pleased to welcome its newest member company – Kinder Morgan Energy Partners. Allen Fore, Vice President for Kinder Morgan, Inc., joins the Roundtable’s Board of Directors at an important juncture as MBR works with its partners in government and industry to address the high cost of energy, as well as the need for additional energy capacity in the region. At Kinder Morgan, Mr. Fore manages corporate public affairs, government relations, and community relations activities for existing company assets and major expansion projects throughout the United States. He has more than 25 years of experience in law, government and public affairs at the local, state, and national

READ Allen Fore's bio

“Pulse Poll” of Roundtable Members Highlights Future Job Creation
At the most recent Roundtable Board meeting, business leaders filled out a quick “pulse poll” answering questions about the state’s competitiveness and providing input on key policy matters.

When asked what the state could do to make Massachusetts more competitive to spur their companies to invest, grow and hire more workers here, reducing regulatory burdens grabbed the top spot with improving transportation infrastructure and reducing energy costs finishing second and third respectively.

When asked if the state’s economy will improve in the next six months and if their company plans to add new jobs during that period, 69% of members responded that the economy is improving, and they plan to increase jobs; 31% responded that the economy is improving, but they do not plan to increase jobs in Massachusetts.

TwitterWhat's News on Twitter

The Boston Globe @BostonGlobe  
@CharlieBakerMA takes over as governor of Massachusetts  #magov

MBR TweetProud to partner w/@MBAENews, @AIMBusinessNews on Educating Future Workforce Forum at @MSNewEngland Retweeted by Microsoft, AIM & MBAE

MBR TweetViable transportation & affordable housing are keys to higher talent retention. Read MBR's report w/@UMB_ELP

MBR TweetCongrats to Congresswoman Katherine Clark @RepKClark on being appointed as Assistant Whip #mapoli 

MBR TweetRT @hillholliday: In case you haven't seen it, our bid for #Boston2024 


The Roundtable is pleased to welcome several new followers on Twitter. Please consider following them.

Congresswoman Katherine Clark @RepKClark 

Congressman Seth Moulton @sethmoulton 

State Senator Michael Rodrigues @SenRodrigues 

State Senator Ryan Fattman @RyanFattman

Massachusetts K-12 @MASchoolsK12 

MassDEP @MassDEP

Dominick Ianno @dominickianno

Paul McMorrow @paul_mcmorrow 

Alliance for Business Leadership @AllianceBL

Going Around the Table
News, links and information about members of the Roundtable

Roundtable Member Charlie Jacobs Named Chief Executtive Officer, Delaware North's Boston Holdings
Release: BUFFALO, N.Y. -- JANUARY 6, 2015 – Jeremy Jacobs, chairman of Delaware North, today announced that his sons, Louis Jacobs, Jeremy Jacobs Jr. and Charlie Jacobs, have been named as chief executive officers.

Louis Jacobs and Jeremy Jacobs Jr. have been named as co-chief executive officers for Delaware North, one of the largest privately held global hospitality and food service companies in the world. This post has been held by their father since 1968. Charlie Jacobs will become chief executive officer for Delaware North’s Boston Holdings. Delaware North’s Boston Holdings include TD Garden, New England Sports Network (NESN), the Boston Bruins and strategic real estate holdings.

Jeremy Jacobs will continue in the role of chairman of Delaware North and its holdings and as owner of the Boston Bruins. READ more.


Roundtable Members MASSTECH, UMass Team Up to Spur Industry Cluster Growth
Earlier this month, Governor Charlie Baker announced a $4 million dollar grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative to UMass Lowell to support the printed and flexible electronics industry cluster, an emerging field with the potential to become a $76 billion global market in the next decade. The newly created Printed Electronics Research Collaborative (PERC) at UMass Lowell will position Massachusetts employers of all sizes to capitalize on the printed and flexible electronics field through direct development of products or as part of the supply chain. The PERC will initially focus on supporting the state’s defense cluster in printed electronics, however, these technologies will have a broad range of applications in health care, telecommunications and clean energy.

“It is a privilege to announce today’s grant as another positive step forward for UMass Lowell, students and businesses across the Commonwealth. We have already seen great success stem from this partnership to fund research, support education and make new strides in innovation,” said Gov. Baker. “By connecting the incredible resources in our universities with the business community, the Commonwealth will continue to stimulate economic growth and create more good-paying jobs.” READ release.


Roundtable Member Google Announces Opportunity for Coding
Roundtable member Google is joining with other technology companies to support the excellent work of the national non-profit organization Girls Who Code to empower teenage girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century career opportunities. Girls Who Code is now accepting applications for the 2015 Summer Immersion Program. Current 10th and 11th grade girls with a passion for technology are encouraged to apply. The program is free for participants and no prior experience is necessary. A cohort of 20 young women each day for 7 weeks will learn everything from mobile app development to robotics to web design and ultimately get a chance to build the products they want to see in the world. They’ll hear from inspiring guest speakers from Google and the larger tech community and take field trips to gain exposure to the wide array of career possibilities in computer science. If interested, please encourage the young women in your life to apply today at


Boston Club Board Education Series
The Boston Club is pleased to share with you that our fourth Corporate Board Education Series will launch on March 4th. This is a series of four workshops designed for senior women seeking corporate board opportunities or women who have the profile to be a corporate board candidate. Women need to register with the Boston Club to be invited to attend by submitting their interest to It is $200 per session or $650 for all four sessions. Women are not required to be Boston Club members. Our mission is to impel the advancement of women to top leadership positions. Our core belief is that more women in significant and visible leadership roles will mean better business performance and strengthened economic health in our communities.

In this issue
Roundtable to Form Energy Task Force
Governor Baker Issues Temporary Ban on New Regulations
Roundtable Welcomes New Member Allen Fore, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners
“Pulse Poll” of Roundtable Members Highlights Future Job Creation
What's News on Twitter
Going Around the Table
Upcoming events

MARCH 19, 2015Board Meeting
Noon–1:30 p.m.
Location: TBD
For members only.

JUNE 11, 2015Annual Meeting
8:00–10:00 a.m.
Location: Boston
For members and representatives of member companies

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