MAY 2017
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Executive Director's Message

Dear Members,

We recently convened a meeting in Washington, DC with more than a dozen state Roundtable executives and the new leaders of the national Business Roundtable. This continues to be an incredibly valuable network and resource.

Much like MBR, state Roundtables around the country are hearing more and more from their members about federal issues, such as federal tax reform, infrastructure, health care, immigration, and energy. We recently testified before a Massachusetts House of Representatives working group of legislators reviewing these issues (see below), and have organized briefings for our members with leadership of the national business Roundtable. Although not historically a priority for us, we will continue to work closely with our peers and the national Roundtable to monitor developments on these issues and develop strategies to address them when necessary.


MBR Hosts Second Working Session with Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development

Roundtable Members Shire and J. Derenzo Companies Highlight Employer Needs
The Roundtable hosted a discussion with top leaders from the Baker Administration and Legislature on workforce development at the MBR office in Boston. The discussion included the newly appointed Co-Chairmen of the Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development State Senator Jason M. Lewis and State Representative Paul Brodeur, as well as Representatives Joseph D. McKenna, Keiko M. Orrall, Christine P. Barber and key staff members. Labor & Workforce Development Secretary Ronald Walker and his top aides also participated.

Roundtable member companies Shire and J. Derenzo highlighted the skills and competencies that are in high demand for employers across different industry sectors. Secretary Walker briefed members on the Governor’s $4 million “Learn to Earn” proposal that aims to provide unemployed and underemployed individuals with the supports and skills needed to get and keep good jobs.

Special thanks to Roundtable members as well as the members of the Workforce Solutions Group led by Kathie Mainzer of The Strategy Group for providing detailed information on the state’s talent needs and resources.

Roundtable Supports STEM Through Reauthorization of Perkins Act
MBR again joined dozens of businesses and organizations across the country signing a letter urging Congress to support the reauthorization of the Perkins Act, which was co-sponsored by Massachusetts Congresswoman Katherine Clark. This legislation strengthens career and technical education programs that are designed to meet employers’ needs and provide the skills needed to succeed in the 21st century economy.

The letter notes that the legislation enhances aspects of the Perkins CTE Act, which will help to better serve both workers and employers including:

  • Aligning CTE programs to the needs of the regional, state, and local labor market;
  • Supporting effective and meaningful collaboration between secondary and postsecondary institutions and employers;
  • Increasing student participation in work-based learning opportunities; and,
  • Promoting the use of industry recognized credentials and other recognized post-secondary credentials.
These are consistent with principles developed by MBR’s Education and Workforce Development Task Force, which continues to highlight talent development as a key priority on behalf of the Roundtable.

MBR Testifies before House “Trump Committee”
MBR Executive Director JD Chesloff joined Jim Rooney, President & CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, for a discussion with a working group created by House Speaker Robert DeLeo to guide responses to the variety of actions being taken by the Trump administration.  The group, sometimes referred to as the “Trump Committee,” is charged with focusing on the impact of federal actions on the state, and making legislative recommendations as necessary. 

The Roundtable and Chamber were invited to provide insight on federal issues of concern to business leaders, potential impacts on the state, and strategies for how to prepare for action at the federal level. The conversation focused on issues that members are prioritizing, such as health care, transportation infrastructure, and tax reform, with MBR providing the Committee with data gathered both from the national Business Roundtable and colleagues around the country. The conversation also included discussions of renewable energy and NIH funding.

In addition to the co-chairs, other members of the Committee in attendance were: Assistant Majority Leader Byron Rushing, of Boston; House Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets Chair Antonio Cabral, of New Bedford; House Steering, Policy and Scheduling Chair James Murphy, of Weymouth; Public Health Chair Kate Hogan, of Stow; Cambridge Rep. Marjorie Decker, vice chair of Rules; and Westford Rep. James Arciero, vice chair of Export Development.

The Roundtable pledged to continue to work with the Committee to provide information, advice and input from the business community as it continues its deliberations in the weeks ahead.

Revenue Department Reports Progress on Regulatory Reforms
Roundtable members cite burdensome and duplicative regulations as a major barrier to economic competitiveness in Massachusetts. Member companies fully support smart regulations that provide a level playing field for businesses, while also protecting consumer safety.

Governor Baker signed Executive Order 562 establishing a regulatory review process for agencies throughout state government. The Roundtable has contributed suggestions and ideas for consideration by a variety of agencies. During a recent meeting of the DOR Advisory Council, the Department reported on its progress to amend or rescind dozens of regulations. DOR has amended or rescinded more than 30 regulations with an additional 11 regulations currently in process. As the Governor’s order directs, agencies are encouraged to remove obsolete or outdated regulations, reduce complexity and align regulatory requirements with existing federal standards—all principles advocated by the Roundtable.

Please feel free to share the attached tax regulatory changes with the tax experts in your company. If there are regulations you would like MBR to highlight for review by the Administration, please send those to Chris Kealey.

READ DOR Regulatory Reforms

Roundtable Welcomes New Member Jim Lynch from Autodesk
The Roundtable is pleased to welcome its newest member, Jim Lynch, Vice President at Autodesk, a highly innovative company that is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software.

As Vice President of Autodesk’s BIM Product Group, Jim’s organization is responsible for establishing product vision and strategy, and for designing and developing the family of products and services that address the needs of the worldwide Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry.

Under Jim’s leadership, the BIM Product Group, through its innovative, market leading technology, has helped to change the way buildings and infrastructure are designed, built and operated. Jim’s work with customers and the industry at large has contributed greatly in establishing Autodesk as the world leader in Building Information Modeling (BIM).

Prior to his BIM Product Group role, Jim was the Vice President of Industry Marketing for Autodesk’s AEC Division, where he and his team were responsible for developing and driving the business strategy and go-to-market plans for the company’s AEC products and services. Jim joined Autodesk in 1997 and led the design and implementation of their next generation Mechanical CAD solution, Autodesk Inventor.

Jim is a 30 year veteran of the CAD industry, who has served in a variety of senior management roles in the AEC, manufacturing, and electronic design automation industries. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Fitchburg State College. Visit

Powering Greater Boston’s Economy: Why the Latino Community is Critical to Our Shared Future

Roundtable Vice Chair Bob Rivers, Chairman & CEO of Eastern Bank, will be among the speakers at a special event presented by The Boston Foundation: Powering Greater Boston’s Economy: Why the Latino Community is Critical to Our Shared Future. 

You are invited to join this special gathering of business and civic leaders to discuss the Latino community's essential role in the future success of our region. The event will feature new research on Latinos and Boston's economy, followed by a series of interactive panels with leaders who are helping to prepare and engage our region's increasingly diverse talent for workforce success.  

The Boston Foundation's Paul S. Grogan will open and the Boston Globe's Marcela Garcia will facilitate our conversation to encourage new ideas and action that will advance the Latino community and our region's economic prosperity.

Wednesday, June 7
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, MA 02210

For additional information or to register by phone or email, please contact Michelle Hinkle at 617‑338‑4268

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

Roundtable Member State Street Highlights Creating Employment Opportunities for At-Risk Youth
Roundtable Member State Street Highlights Creating Employment Opportunities for At-Risk Youth in the May-June Harvard Business Review, State Street CEO Jay Hooley highlights the importance of creating employment opportunities for at-risk youth by developing a system that supports students as they transition from school into the workforce. State Street launched the Boston WINs (Workforce Investment Network) in 2015 with “five high-performing non-profits” with the company committing to invest up to $20 million and hire 1,000 Boston youth over four years. The program offers several pathways to success supporting youth moving through high school and higher education toward a career.  READ Harvard Business Review Story


Roundtable Member MassTech Launches Summer Intern Program
Are you interested in applying for funds for a summer internship for your tech company? Do you know an eligible tech company that might be interested?

We are pleased to announce the launch of the MassTech Intern Partnership (MTIP) program, a state program that provides stipends that support internships for Massachusetts college students and recent graduates at digital technology companies that are starting and scaling-up across Massachusetts. 

We appreciate your help in supporting our mission to drive innovation, strengthen the talent pipeline, and grow the digital tech economy here in the Commonwealth. LEARN more at

Does your company have news about industry trends, key milestones or other materials you are sharing with the public? We want to include news from our members in this space, so please send any story ideas or links to MBR Deputy Director Chris Kealey.

TwitterWhat's News on Twitter

@SpeakerDeLeo's Early Education Business Advisory Group agrees: the system is in crisis and must be stabilized and strengthened

Congrats to @MA_Senate, @SenStan, @SalDiDomenico on release of #KidsFirst blueprint for prioritizing young children and their families.

Member @MITREcorp to discuss #robotics at Mass Innovation Night on 5/12 #MAtech

Investing in #Education: member @PeoplesUnited gives $10K to the Northshore Education Consortium for #technology

Happy to join Roundtable member @DONGEnergyUS for the opening of its US headquarters in Boston!

Congrats to member @Verizon for their widespread access to technology in @BizRoundtable #Sustainability Report!

CEO of member @VertexPharma invited to #biotech summit at the #WhiteHouse in May #MAtech

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In this issue
MBR Hosts Second Working Session with Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development
Roundtable Supports STEM Through Reauthorization of Perkins Act
MBR Testifies before House “Trump Committee”
Revenue Department Reports Progress on Regulatory Reforms
Roundtable Welcomes New Member Jim Lynch from Autodesk
Powering Greater Boston’s Economy: Why the Latino Community is Critical to Our Shared Future
Going Around the Table
What's News on Twitter
Member Spotlight
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