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Beacon Hill Transition and MHTC Engagement

Senator Rosenberg

Senator Rosenberg

With a new legislature and governor set to be sworn in on January 7 and 8 respectively, the transition toward new leadership on Beacon Hill is continuing full steam ahead. Governor-elect Baker recently announced several key cabinet and staff appointments including Jay Ash as Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, Kristen Lepore as Secretary of Administration and Finance, Matt Beaton as Secretary of Energy and the Environment, Steven Kadish as Chief of Staff and Lon Povich as Chief Legal Counsel. Council staff have been in close contact with Baker administration leaders and are actively discussing our pro-growth policy agenda and the key issues that face the tech sector today.

The Council congratulates several of our members and partners selected to serve on the Baker administration’s transition team. Participants include Council Board members Bill Achtmeyer (The Parthenon Group) and Tim Healey (EnerNOC) serving on the Jobs Committee, and Marty Meehan (UMASS Lowell) co-chairing the Education Committee. Representatives from 19 Council member organizations are serving on transition teams. A complete list of transition team members can be found HERE.

The Council has also engaged with key House and Senate leaders in recent private meetings as well as at our December 1 CEO Roundtable with incoming Senate President Stan Rosenberg. Senator Rosenberg met with Council members and shared his vision of a transparent and open Senate that will provide greater opportunity for Senators and external stakeholders to craft policy and drive the legislative agenda. Roundtable attendees shared their policy priorities and business concerns in a wide-ranging and productive dialogue with Rosenberg. With the reshuffling of Senate leadership and a new Governor succeeding an 8-year incumbent, the Council has a rare and powerful opportunity to shape the Commonwealth’s policy agenda and we look forward to working with our members to capitalize on the opportunity.

Building the Council’s Policy Agenda

The Council is continuing to develop and implement a robust policy agenda for 2015. As always, our agenda is member-driven and will reflect our Fall 2014 Public Policy Survey, the work of our Cost Competitiveness and Talent Development Policy Teams, a 2015 Competitiveness Survey to be conducted in January, and the ongoing input of our Board and senior leaders. The Council’s preliminary policy agenda can be found here.

Recently the Council weighed in on two important policy issues. The Council issued a statement expressing its disappointment and concern regarding President Obama’s November executive order on immigration. The President’s order represents another instance where federal policymakers failed to address the acute shortage of technology workers by adopting significant reforms to the H-1B visa program (click here to view the Council’s full statement). The Council also advocated in support of long- called for reforms to the state’s independent contractor law that will eliminate overly-restrictive limits on the classification of employees, an effort in which a number of business leaders have joined (see the Council letter).

Council Policy Teams at Work

The Council’s Talent Development and Cost Competitiveness Policy Teams have been meeting regularly this fall and have a robust calendar and work plan ahead. The teams will play a critical role shaping the Council’s proactive policy agenda for 2015 and formulating Council reactions to policy proposals as needed. A group of individuals from member organizations have already shared their insight and expertise by participating in these teams and we invite and encourage other member organizations to add their senior leaders to these teams’ critical efforts. To learn more about how to get involved click here.

New England Tech Vets Employer Advisory Committee Formed

The Council launched a new team in November to support the mission of New England Tech Vets. The New England Tech Vets Partner Advisory Committee consists of a growing number of HR professionals and program partners from member employers that participate in New England Tech Vets Initiatives. The team is working to gather and assess TechVets performance metrics, share and discuss best practices in veteran recruiting and retention in today’s civilian workforce, evaluate federal and state veteran hiring incentives, and participate in establishing a veteran internship program with regional colleges and universities. To participate, please contact Ron Trznadel.

New England Tech Vets is a collaboration of Monster Government Services, the Massachusetts High Technology Council, the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program. New England Tech Vets is designed to connect Post 9/11 Veterans across the country with technology employers and jobs throughout New England and to support efforts to heal the “invisible wounds” of war as veterans re-enter the civilian workforce. We hope the unique approach of New England Tech Vets will be seen as a national model and replicated in other regions of the United States.

Second Annual Small Business Hanscom AFB & Federal Government Networking Event

On December 18, the Council once again partnered with the Massachusetts Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force and the Small Business Association of New England to host a small business networking event for companies interested in partnering with Hanscom Air Force Base. Hanscom AFB’s Program Executive Officer for Battle Management, Mr. Steven Wert, and Program Executive Officer for Command Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks at Hanscom Air Force Base, Major General Craig Olson, presented specific business opportunities and timeframes covering their large portfolio of programs. The event is one in a series of Council initiatives supporting our Defense Technology Initiative and strengthening the bonds between the small business community and our local military installations.

2015 Annual Meeting Set

The Council’s Annual Meeting, the region’s premier annual forum for leaders from business, government and academia to convene, discuss, and advance initiatives that will drive the collective success of our technology sector, will be held February 25, 2015.

Our program will include a keynote address from Governor Charlie Baker (invited) and remarks from current Council Chairman, Pete Nicholas, Co-founder and Chairman of Boston Scientific, and from incoming Council Chairman Bill Achtmeyer, Chairman and Managing Partner of the Parthenon Group. The Council will also unveil our new Massachusetts’ Technology, Talent and Economic Reporting System or “MATTERS”.

We hope you will reinforce your commitment to the Council’s mission and your organization’s leadership role in the technology sector and beyond by participating as a sponsor of the annual meeting. Please contact Ron Trznadel for more information.  To register to attend, click here .

Software and IT Services Show Strong Demand

The Federal Reserve District’s Report of Current Economic Conditions for November reported that its software and IT service contacts have generally reported strong demand and revenue increases in recent months. The so-called Beige Book also reported that local firms are adding headcount, experiencing upward wage pressure and maintaining steady capital and technology expenditures.


Upcoming Council Events

January 7

8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Talent Development Policy Team Meeting

Location: Council offices

The Talent Development Policy Team determines the Council’s education and workforce development priorities and initiatives.

January 14

9:00a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

CEO Roundtable with Gloria Larson, President of Bentley University

Location: Council offices

Gloria will focus on Bentley’s CWB and its launch of The Corporate Challenge—Getting to More. The Corporate Challenge encourages and invites companies to formally commit to supporting and advancing women leaders. Challenge companies will participate in sharing best-practices, workshops, and networking opportunities provided by CWB and its strategic partners.

Please click here to register at your earliest convenience.

January 14

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Cost Competitiveness Policy Team Meeting

Location: Council offices

The Council’s Cost Competitiveness Policy Team leads the Council’s efforts to assess and improve the quality of the Massachusetts business climate in relation to its chief competitor states, performs high-level analysis of corporate tax rates and other business cost data and identifies top policy priorities.

January 27

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

New England Tech Vets – Online WebEx Training Session

Location:  Online session

The Council and its program partner, Monster Worldwide, Inc. will be hosting periodic WebEx training sessions like this for interested members and their recruiting staff to provide an overview of the features and functionality of NewEnglandTechvets.org. To register and receive WebEx instructions for the January 27 WebEx, please click here.

Please contact Ron Trznadel for more information about the New England Tech Vets Program and how to become a New England Tech Vets ‘Charter Employer’.

February 24

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

New England Tech Vets – Online WebEx Training Session

Location:  Online session

The Council and its program partner, Monster Worldwide, Inc. will be hosting periodic WebEx training sessions like this for interested members and their recruiting staff to provide an overview of the features and functionality of NewEnglandTechvets.org. To register and receive WebEx instructions for the February 24 WebEx, please click here.

Please contact Ron Trznadel for more information about the New England Tech Vets Program and how to become a New England Tech Vets ‘Charter Employer’.

February 25

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

2015 MHTC Annual Meeting

Location: Newton Marriott – 2345 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA 02466

Please join us on for the Massachusetts High Technology Council’s 2015 Annual Meeting, the region’s premier annual forum for leaders from business, government and academia to convene, discuss, and advance initiatives that will drive the collective success of our technology sector. Please contact Ron Trznadel for information regarding sponsorship opportunities. Click here to register.

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