The following is a brief overview of the Council and a summary of the Council’s many leadership and policy accomplishments—a record that distinguishes us from every other technology membership organization in Massachusetts. As economic, political and innovation cycles shift constantly, the future will be filled with new opportunities and challenges for our state economy and innovation technology employers and workforce.
With a historically small staff, we’ve amassed an outstanding record of accomplishment, and have been described recently as “the the region’s most venerable technology association with a 30+ year record of strengthening the competitiveness of member companies and the regional economy.”
Select past policy/leadership accomplishments include:
- Assembled and led a winning coalition that successfully defeated an anti-competitive state tax on custom software (Tech Tax) (2013)
- Appointed by Lt. Gov. Murray to co-direct state mission support strategy for Hanscom AFB and US Army Soldier Systems Center (2012)
- Created successful strategy leading to the passage of the state Achievement Gap Act creating new charter, turnaround, and Innovation schools (Race to the Top Coalition) (2010)
- Council President Chris Anderson appointed by Gov. Romney to serve as member/chairman of MA Board of Education (2006-08)
- At the request of Sen. Kennedy and Gov. Romney, established public private partnership and succeeded in keeping Hanscom AFB and US Army Soldier Systems Center (Natick) open during federal Base Realignment and Closure process (2005)
- Led: John Adams Innovation Fund providing state support to industry university collaborative research proposals (2003)
- Led: Final FAA approval of Logan Airport runway expansion (2002)
- Piloted: Revolutionary state electric utility restructuring (1998)
- Led MA interests in Federal securities litigation reform (1995)
- Led: Defeat of graduated income tax and capital gains tax increase (1994)
- Led: Long-Term Capital Gains Tax Phase-Out (1994) (Subsequently repealed in 2002 by Legislature)
- State education reform law creating charter schools and leading to MCAS exam (1993)
- Authored: First state research and development tax credit (1992)
- Led: Amending MA corporate tax disclosure requirements (1992)
- With Gov. Weld, led: Workers’ compensation reform (reduced employers’ costs by 50%) (1991)
- Led: State tax revenue limit (1986)
- Co-Led: Proposition 2 & 1/2 (1980)
The Defense Technology Initiative, born from our stewardship of the region’s successful 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) efforts, is currently working to implement a collaborative and sustainable New England-wide strategy that will strengthen the region’s defense technology cluster and position it to serve a greater share of increasingly technology-oriented federal mission requirements.
DTI’s leadership is creating a growing team of leaders in actively supporting our regional initiative to establish and sustain a data-driven strategy that will increase access to—and investment in—New England’s defense and security technology assets.
The following summarizes the main themes guiding our work:
- We believe a collaborative, cross-border, cross-political party strategy for New England will stabilize and strengthen our share of DoD/DHS federal investment;
- We believe that creating and sustaining a six-state set of dynamic (annually refreshed) technology asset mapping and economic impact data will support and sustain the delivery of an exceptional regional value-proposition for a number of critical audiences including New England governors and legislators, Congress, the Pentagon, and the media (New England Summary Data published June 2012)
- While BRAC 2005 may have served to focus attention in the region during the last decade, the “virtual BRAC” conditions that exist in Washington will likely last well into the future, demanding full-time strategic vigilance on behalf of New England’s defense and security related technology and research economies;
- There is currently no organization exclusively focused on this regional mission;
- DTI is a 501(c)6 established following the 2005 BRAC by the Massachusetts High Technology Council.