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  OCTOBER 2019  
   
 

Dear Members,

MBR Board Meeting
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
8:30–10:00 a.m.
Location: TBD

Meeting Open to Roundtable Members Only

Last month, I joined 17 of my colleagues from around the country for the Annual Meeting of State Business Roundtable Executives in Phoenix, Arizona. This is an annual convening of a peer network to learn more about regional economies, share organizational best practices, and compare notes on our policy issues and strategies. Some interesting takeaways from this year’s meeting: While we each are addressing similar issues—education, transportation finance, tax and regulatory competitiveness—we each have remarkably different relationships with our respective public leaders. The political environments in red states versus blue states, for example, makes for very different strategies and outcomes. In addition, many more state Roundtables are working on issues directly in their communities, as well as through the legislative process, and our work on the #BusinessIsGood initiative is of great interest to other states as a positive strategy to engage their legislatures. There was also an interesting conversation about how younger members of Roundtables are pushing for more social activism and prioritizing diversity and inclusion, while maintaining a focus on traditional economic issues.

After leaving these meetings, I always feel reassured about MBR’s position both organizationally as well as our relationships with external stakeholders. Thank you to the Roundtable’s members for making it so.

Best,
JD

Roundtable Teams Up with Workforce Solutions Group for Tenth Annual Jobs & Workforce Summit
When we support workers, all of us across the Commonwealth benefit.”
-House Speaker Robert DeLeo speaking at the 2019 Jobs and Workforce Summit

The Roundtable partnered with the Workforce Solutions Group, which includes representatives from community-based organizations, labor, the workforce system and non-profits to hold the 10th annual statewide jobs & workforce summit at Devens. The Summit theme this year was “A Decade of Progress: Looking Back, Moving Forward.” It featured conversations with CEOs, Labor & Workforce Development Secretary Rosalin Acosta, as well as special awards for leadership over the past decade to Senate President Karen Spilka and House Speaker Robert DeLeo.

Roundtable members Mary Anne Heino of Lantheus Medical Imaging and Jaime Paris Boisvert of Siemens were featured on a business leaders panel and discussed business strategies they are employing to train and retain employees in a tight labor market. They also discussed the impact of technology on business practices and how it will make employees more efficient and effective but will require adaptability from both employees and employers.

Secretary of Labor & Workforce Development led a panel discussion with Lauren Jones of Apprenti and Junior Joseph, a recent participant on the importance of apprenticeship programs to open new career pathways for workers while also meeting the talent needs of employers. Roundtable members Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT), Consigli Construction, and National Grid spoke on a panel about how they partner to train, recruit and retain middle skill tech talent in today’s tight labor market. Recent BFIT graduate, Kelly Hassett, highlighted the importance of workforce training programs to focus on both technical and soft skills to best set students up for success.

The 10th Annual Summit honored Roundtable members Eastern Bank and Verizon Communications as Employers of the Decade, who have made strides in workforce development, both within their own organization and in their communities.

Congratulations to all on your important work in workforce development!

Roundtable Supports Consistent Federal Approach on Internet Privacy, Opposes State-by-State Bills
The Roundtable submitted a letter to the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure providing feedback on S.120, An Act Relative to Consumer Data Privacy. The Roundtable recognizes the importance of data privacy and strongly supports adopting a consistent, thoughtful and comprehensive approach at the federal level for safeguarding consumers’ privacy, expanding consumers’ rights and protecting personal information. MBR shared the national Business Roundtable’s Framework for Consumer Privacy Legislation that would strengthen protections for consumers throughout the country. MBR urged policy makers to resist the urge to adopt Massachusetts-only laws that are well-intentioned but may cause significant unintended consequences to our innovation ecosystem and economic competitiveness.

READ Letter

MBR Leaders Urge Action on Legislation to Strengthen Global Warming Solutions Act
Led by Roundtable Chair Bob Rivers, Chairman & CEO of Eastern Bank, Andrew Friendly, Industry Strategy & Relations at Autodesk and Jim Tierney, Managing Director of JLL New England, more than a dozen businesses sent a letter to every member of the State Legislature in support of legislation that would strengthen the Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) by “setting a target of net zero emissions by 2050, and aggressively implementing policies to reach that target.”

This call for increased state action comes in response to the 2018 IPCC report that warned of the need to keep global temperature rise to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. To learn more about ways your company can support this effort, please contact Roundtable Executive Director JD Chesloff.

READ Letter

Roundtable Teams with Member Bill Kennedy for Discussions with Key Policy Makers at Nutter, McClennen & Fish
Roundtable Board member Bill Kennedy teamed up with MBR to convene a series of timely discussions between business leaders and key policy makers. Roundtable members participated in conversations this fall featuring Senate Ways & Means Chairman Michael Rodrigues and Health & Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders. Previous luncheons have featured Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Secretary of Administration & Finance Michael Heffernan, and former CEO of The Partnership, Carol Fulp.

With significant activity at the State House on a $1.5 Billion education funding and reform bill, work to finalize the state’s deficiency budget, and sweeping new health care legislation filed by Governor Baker this month, Roundtable members had a timely opportunity to engage directly with public sector leaders. Special thanks to Bill Kennedy for continuing to partner with the Roundtable on these conversations with policy makers.


Roundtable Member UMass Dartmouth to Host Blue Economy Symposium November 1st
Accelerating the Southeastern Massachusetts Marine Science and Technology Corridor: An Industry, Academia, and Government Collaboration
Please join us for our second symposium: Accelerating the Marine Science and Technology Corridor: An Industry, Academia, and Government Collaboration. This follows our highly successful 2018 symposium: Catching the Next Wave: Building the Blue Economy through Innovation and Collaboration.
The symposium will feature the UMass Dartmouth Public Policy Center’s final report on the region’s marine science and technology industry cluster. Using the findings of this study, UMass Dartmouth and the SouthCoast Development Partnership will convene an industry alliance to position the region as an international blue-tech cluster driven by collaboration, innovation, and education. The Marine Science and Technology Corridor initiative is funded by a U.S. Economic Development Administration Economic Adjustment Assistance Program grant.

We will be joined by Congressman Bill Keating and Congressman Joe Kennedy for this discussion. We will also be hosting blue economy sessions with Vineyard Wind and other national and international leaders in the blue-tech industry. Additional details to follow. Please join us for our second symposium: Accelerating the Marine Science and Technology Corridor: An Industry, Academia, and Government Collaboration. This follows our highly successful 2018 symposium: Catching the Next Wave: Building the Blue Economy through Innovation and Collaboration.
The symposium will feature the UMass Dartmouth Public Policy Center’s final report on the region’s marine science and technology industry cluster. Using the findings of this study, UMass Dartmouth and the SouthCoast Development Partnership will convene an industry alliance to position the region as an international blue-tech cluster driven by collaboration, innovation, and education. The Marine Science and Technology Corridor initiative is funded by a U.S. Economic Development Administration Economic Adjustment Assistance Program grant.

We will be joined by Congressman Bill Keating and Congressman Joe Kennedy for this discussion. We will also be hosting blue economy sessions with Vineyard Wind and other national and international leaders in the blue-tech industry. RSVP to event.

 

Roundtable Partners at the Rennie Center Helping Prepare Future Workforce in Western Massachusetts
Preparing the future workforce of Western Massachusetts
Engaging in hands-on learning. Building real-world understanding. Supporting workplace-ready skills.
These are often cited as critical components of preparing students for success in their future careers. And while many educators integrate these approaches every day in their schools and classrooms, there’s no substitute for the real thing: giving students the opportunity to learn while on the job. At our recent forum on the Condition of Education in Western Massachusetts, we discussed the incredible work taking place across the region to get students out of the classroom and into the workplace. Our latest blog post digs deeper into a few examples of schools that are preparing the next generation of employees in Western Massachusetts, focusing on the Innovation Pathways Program at Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington. LEARN more.

 

Roundtable Member KPMG Forum on Data-Driven Organizations
On November 7th, join KPMG and your peers for a morning event where we will discuss creating a corporate data and analytics strategy, using analytics to inform business growth, and exploring the practicality of leveraging data to quantify a return.

The pace of business is continually accelerating and the appetite for business growth seems to continue unabated. To keep up, executives need to position themselves to make major decisions that have a direct impact their company’s growth more quickly and accurately. For these executives, making sense of how to efficiently identify, collect, filter, and leverage the right data to enable growth-oriented insights can be confusing and difficult.

Throughout this forum and alongside KPMG’s subject matter experts, you’ll hear from industry leaders and peers who have harnessed the power of their data and are actively making it work for them. REGISTER for event.

 


Roundtable Members Come Out to the Ball Park for iRobot STEM Career Fair

More than 250 students from area colleges and schools poured into Fenway Park to meet with a wide array of companies including a dozen Roundtable members at the third annual STEM Career Fair hosted by Roundtable member iRobot. STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) education has been a long-time priority for the Roundtable and its member companies. Students who attended the fair heard about STEM career opportunities from Roundtable member companies including iRobot, MITRE, WinterWyman, General Dynamics, Shawmut Design and Construction, Verizon, Beth Israel Lahey Health, Lantheus Medical Imaging, Northeastern University, Comcast, National Grid and AECOM. Thank you to Roundtable members for your participation!

Excited to be at @museumofscience for the kick-off of #STEMweek. And thanks to @MassGovernor and @MassLtGov @RepJoeKennedy and Dr. Jeff Leiden for your impactful leadership in #STEMeducation

We are partnering with @ApprentiCareers on an event "Enhancing and Diversifying Your Tech Talent" on Nov. 14 at 4pm! The event will feature @MassLWD Sec. Rosalin Acosta and a CIO/HR executive panel moderated by @MassCompetes CEO @JayAshMACP. REGISTER online.

#ICYMI #InTheNews Roundtable member @StateStreet looks back on a decade of working towards global #inclusion and #diversity and sets sights on the future #mabiz #BusinessIsGood READ more

#ICYMI #InTheNews Roundtable member @BFITinvolved is moving to Dudley Square! The new modern campus they are building will be closer to where many students live and where their non-profit and education partners are located. We can't wait to visit!

Amazing ideas being pitched by innovators and entrepreneurs #InTheBerkshires at  @LeverInc‘s 2019 Intrapraneur Challenge from @BBTinyHouses, @boydtech, @KripaluCenter LTI Smart Glass, and @LympheDIVAs. Congrats to all! #mabiz

Looking forward to joining Roundtable Board member Bill Kennedy @NutterLaw for a timely conversation on top policy priorities with Senate W&M Chairman Michael Rodrigues @SenRodrigues @MA_Senate #MABiz #businessisgood

 
     
 

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