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Cost Competitiveness (Fiscal Policy)

Under the leadership of Jim Green, CEO of Analogic Corp., and Mike Bonney, CEO of Cubist Pharmaceuticals, the Cost Competitiveness Team has revised and will sustain annual updates to the MHTC State Tax Competitiveness Study (first produced in 2008); analyze data and identify top policy priorities; identify and draft legislative proposals; and execute a policy strategy in accordance with the selected competitiveness priorities. Learn more..

2013 Mass. High Tech Council Business Climate Survey Results


  Talent Development (Education Policy)

Under the leadership of Chris Zannetos, CEO of Courion and Al Bunshaft, Managing Director of Dassault Systemes, the Talent Development Team has established goals that will ensure we have the needed quantity and quality of technology talent necessary to continue Massachusetts' reputation as a global technology-industry leader. Learn more..

Small Technology Business Initiative (STBI)

The Tech Tax had a very positive effect on the level of awareness and political involvement among scores of small tech companies that had been largely absent from the discussion of public policy matters.

To harness the tremendous energy unlocked by smaller technology businesses directly targeted by the Tech Tax, the Mass High Tech Council has launched the Small Technology Business Initiative (STBI), an effort that will be co-chaired by two leaders in the repeal movement – Andy Singleton of Assembla and David Reske of Nowspeed
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Defense Technology Initiative (DTI)

In collaboration with several state and quasi-state agencies, DTI will continue the Defense Sector Study project with incremental reports and continue collaboration with the Massachusetts Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force, whose goal is to protect and grow Massachusetts’ military installation missions. DTI will continue to organize regional leadership and stakeholders around key defense investment areas to create opportunities despite ongoing federal budget uncertainty. DTI will continue to identify and advocate for policies that lower the cost of doing business in Massachusetts and improve education and workforce development to support key programs that have a tremendous supply chain tail throughout Massachusetts and New England.  Learn more..

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On January 29, 2014, the Defense Technology Initiative was pleased to host UK Defense Attaché Maj. Gen Buster Howes for a roundtable discussion with our members. Joined by Boston UK Consul General Susie Kitchens, General Howes led an interactive discussion on potential areas of cooperation between the British government and U.S. defense technology companies. To learn more about how your defense technology firm may benefit from business opportunities in the United Kingdom, please contact DTI Membership Director Ron Trznadel at (781) 890-6482 or at ron@mhtc.org.
UK Defense Attaché Maj. Gen Buster Howes, HM Consul General, Boston, Susie Kitchens, and DTI President Chris Anderson

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On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, the High Tech Council was proud to have Constant Contact co-founder Alec Stern take part in our Small Technology Business Initiative’s Small Business CXO Speaker Series. Graciously hosted by High Tech Council member Constant Contact, the event afforded an excellent opportunity for tech company entrepreneurs to gain insights from a prominent tech leader while expanding their own networks. To learn more about how the High Tech Council’s Small Technology Business Initiative can help you, visit our STBI page or contact Ron Trznadel, the Council’s Director of Membership Development.

 Constant Contact's Alec Stern, Founding Team Member

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On January 7, 2014, U.S. Representative Joe Kennedy visited the High Tech Council to take part in a roundtable discussion with members. The interactive discussion touched on a variety of themes from patent trolls to cost competitiveness to talent development. The Congressman spoke about his Washington agenda and the challenges of promoting economic growth in his district, which spans a wide range of different types of employers from high technology firms to service providers to manufacturing companies.

 UMass President Robert Caret, U.S. Congressman Joe Kennedy, and CIO Magazine Publisher Emeritus Gary Beach during Congressman Kennedy's visit to the High Tech Council on January 7, 2014.

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  The High Tech Council hosted each of the leading candidates for governor for roundtable discussions with our members during 2013.

 Charlie Baker
 Treasurer Steve Grossman
 Attorney General Martha Coakley

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Roundtable with
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren
July 29, 2013

UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Mass High Tech President Chris Anderson, and Wentworth Institute of Technology President Zorica Pantić.

On July 29th, Council members gathered for a lunchtime discussion with U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. Senator Warren spoke broadly about her beliefs and priorities in the Senate and dedicated the majority of her time to an interactive discussion with Council members. In response to questions from members who packed the High Tech Council's boardroom, Senator Warren spoke in detail about the effects of sequestration, the high cost of education, and why holding financial institutions accountable is good for investment and the economy. The Council was very pleased to host Senator Warren and looks forward to welcoming her back to meet with members in the future.

Roundtable with Politico
White House Chief Correspondent
Mike Allen
June 26, 2013

Boston Foundation Mary Jo Meisner, Council President Chris Anderson, Mike Allen, Dassault Systemes Al Bunshaft

On June 26, Council members joined POLITICO Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen at Dassault Systèmes for a fascinating discussion of the factors, trends, and personalities that drive political decision-making in federal and state government. Allen talked extensively about the central role that technology plays in modern political campaigns. Speaking about the special U.S. Senate election to fill the remainder of Secretary of State Kerry's term, Allen said the results were not unexpected given the lack of a unique national political environment that is but one factor needed to propel a Republican candidate to victory here.

Roundtable with Mass. House Speaker
Robert DeLeo
February 20, 2013

MHTC hosted a CEO Roundtable with House Speaker DeLeo and Council members on February 20. In the highly interactive discussion, Speaker DeLeo received input from—and provided perspective to—members regarding the twin challenges of resolving the state budget deficit and calls for massive “investment” in transportation infrastructure and early childhood education—all while doing no harm to the state’s climate for job creation.

Annual Meeting
February 26, 2013

2013 Annual Meeting, February 26.  MHTC Chairman Pete Nicholas (Boston Scientific Corporation) acknowledged the outstanding accomplishments of the Council to date and presented a strategic vision for the future outlining goals and objectives for 2013 and beyond.  Members also elected Ellen Lord (Textron), Jim Boyer (KPMG), and Michael Kendall (Goodwin Procter) officers of the Council.


March 14, 2014 - Hanscom wins important defense contract (Boston Globe)

March 12, 2014 - Council Memo on Unemployment Insurance Reform

February 13, 2014 - The High Tech Agenda (MHTC Newsletter)

February 6, 2014 - Employers Give Senate's Unemployment Insurance Bill Mixed Reviews (State House News)

February 6, 2014 - MHTC Statement on S.2001 (an act relative to Unemployment Insurance Reforms)

January 23, 2014 - Senate Approves $177 Million Military Bond Bill (State House News)

January 14, 2014 - DeLeo Resists Call to Divorce Minimum Wage from Insurance System Changes (State House News)

January 2014 - Gov. Deval Patrick Uses Last State of the State Speech to Push for New Minimum Wage (BBJ)

November 27, 2013 - Nonstop Flights connect Boston, China (Boston Herald)

November 26, 2013 - Biz: Tie Wage Hike to Jobless Pay (Boston Herald)

November 25, 2013 - Biz Group may be Open to Mass. Minimum Wage Hike (Associated Press)

November 25, 2013 - High Tech Official Pitches UI Reforms to DeLeo (State House News)

November 25, 2013 - Tech Industry Opposes Minimum Wage Increase without UI Reforms (Boston Business Journal)

November 25, 2013 - Minimum Wage, UI Reform (Council Memo to Legislature)

November 22, 2013 - The Wages of Compromise on Beacon Hill (Boston Globe)

November 19, 2013 - "An Act to Restore Minimum Wage" (Council Statement)

November 8, 2013 - Gov. Patrick Hosts AF Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh and Hanscom AFB Leadership at the State House (Gov. Press Release)

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