DECEMBER 2017
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Executive Director's Message

Dear Members,

It was great to see so many of you for our year-end Board meeting at Fidelity. Special thanks to Governor Baker for joining us to discuss key issues facing the business community. As 2017 draws to a close, I want to thank MBR’s leadership and all of our members for your continued guidance, engagement and support throughout the year. We look forward to working with you in 2018 on our member-driven policy priorities.

Happy Holidays!


Governor Charlie Baker Talks Workforce, Infrastructure, Housing & Transportation with Roundtable Members at Fidelity Investments
Addressing major Roundtable policy priorities, Governor Charlie Baker engaged in a wide-ranging discussion with MBR members at the December Board meeting hosted by Fidelity Investments in Boston. Roundtable business leaders from a variety industry sectors discussed the changing nature of the workforce, transportation as a service, clean energy development, broadband deployment, the need to expand computer science education, health care and federal tax reform. He also emphasized the steps the Administration is taking to tackle the opioid crisis that is devastating families and communities throughout the Commonwealth.

In addition to providing a deep dive on several specific policy issues, Governor Baker highlighted the importance of collaboration with the Legislature, cities and towns, as well as the business community to improve the state’s competitiveness in the global economy. He discussed the need for more affordable and workforce housing and previewed an announcement made this month to encourage more housing starts.

From education policy to expanding renewable energy to improving infrastructure across the state, the Roundtable will continue to work with the Administration to build stronger communities and a stronger economy for the entire Commonwealth.

Clean Energy Competition Heats Up—MBR Joins AIM, MHTC for Webinar Highlighting New Projects
Roundtable members Avangrid, Deepwater Wind, Eversource and National Grid were among six proponents presenting their plans to build up to 1,200 megawatts of new renewable energy projects from wind, hydroelectric and solar to help the state meet its goal of 80% renewable energy by 2050.

MBR teamed up with AIM and MHTC to make the information available to our members about the clean energy competition developed through legislation signed into law by Governor Baker, “An Act Relative to Energy Diversity,” which requires Massachusetts to hold a competitive solicitation leading to long-term contracts for clean energy.

MBR’s Energy Task Force developed a series of principles included in the legislation that emphasized competition, cost and regional collaboration as part of a balanced approach to provide reliable and sustainable energy resources to meet the Global Warming Solutions Act. Under the recent competitive solicitation, the state received nearly 50 bids for renewable energy projects. The state plans to select the winning projects in January 2018.

Companies from a variety of industry sectors joined the webinar to learn about the benefits and costs associated with these clean energy projects. Special thanks to AIM for coordinating the webinar, which was recorded and is available online.

MBR Welcomes Diverse New Members to the Roundtable

The Massachusetts Business Roundtable is a statewide non-profit, non-partisan public policy organization comprised of major employers across a variety of industry sectors that collectively employ more than 250,000 in the Commonwealth. MBR’s mission is to strengthen the state’s long-term economic vitality with the goal to make this a better place to do business in the global economy. MBR’s public policy agenda and advocacy are developed and driven by the members, who all serv on the Roundtable’s Board of Directors.

This year, MBR is enormously grateful for the input, ideas and expertise shared by business leaders from all across the state. The organization, which was founded in 1979, was made even stronger this year with the addition of new members UBS Financial, Iron Mountain, Dunkin’ Brands, Cigna Health, Autodesk, Brandeis, Southcoast Health, Avangrid and Dell Technologies. Financial services, health care, high technology, education and energy are all major economic sectors for Massachusetts. The Roundtable appreciates the commitment of these leaders and all our members to working collaboratively with policy makers to strengthen the Massachusetts economy. MBR looks forward to adding new voices to the Roundtable in the months ahead and to an impactful year ahead in 2018.

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News, links and information about members of the Roundtable

Roundtable Member Verizon Innovative Learning Program Launched in Boston Public Schools
Roundtable member Verizon teamed up with Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Boston Public Schools Superintendent (BPS) Tommy Chang, as well as students and families of the James P. Timilty Middle School to launch the Verizon Innovative Learning Program. This creative partnership is equipping 1,100 students and teachers at three BPS middle schools with iPads as part of a program aimed at integrating technology-based learning into classrooms.

In addition to the devices, Verizon is also providing students at the Timility, Edwards and McCormack middle schools two years of Verizon Wireless 4G LTE data plans for 24/7 internet access in the classroom and beyond. Each school is also receiving, for two years, a full-time technology coach from nonprofit Digital Promise to ensure students learn how to use these tools responsibly and to provide teachers ongoing, instructional support.

“Our goal, as a city, is to build 21st century classrooms in all of our schools. BuildBPS is guiding our work to ensure that all of our schools have the resources and opportunities necessary for our students to succeed, and this includes access to technology,” said Mayor Walsh in a press release. “We are grateful for Verizon’s partnership in providing our students tablet computers that will help innovate their learning and knock down barriers to the digital world.” READ more

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.

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Our goal is to involve Massachusetts businesses in policy discussions that they care most about. Thanks to Perry Sternberg and everyone at Shire for the note—it’s been a joy to collaborate with you!

#IntheNews: One year later, CEO Michael Dell says merger of Roundtable member @DellEMC has gone ‘very well.’

#IntheNews: Roundtable member @SantanderBankUS announces entrepreneurs admitted to small business pilot program.

#IntheNews: Roundtable member @BerkshireBank launches ‘Seasons of Giving’ across US.

Thank you @MassGovernor Charlie Baker for a great conversation with Roundtable members hosted by @Fidelity on the future of work, transportation, opioid addiction and clean energy. We look forward to continuing our work with you on all these issues in 2018!

Roundtable member Bentley University hosts event geared to preparing students for future of work.

#IntheNews: Roundtable member @EasternBank to relaunch technology lab.

In this issue
Governor Charlie Baker Talks Workforce, Infrastructure, Housing & Transportation with Roundtable Members at Fidelity Investments
Clean Energy Competition Heats Up—MBR Joins AIM, MHTC for Webinar Highlighting New Projects
MBR Welcomes Diverse New Members to the Roundtable
Going Around the Table
What's News on Twitter
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