From December 4th – 9th 2011, Governor Deval Patrick led a coalition of the Commonwealth's leading business executives and state economic development officials on an innovation economy development mission to Brazil. Making stops in Brasilia, Sao Paulo, and Rio de Janiero, the delegation visited Brazilian companies, universities and government leaders -- highlighting all that Massachusetts has to offer to Brazil. The mission solidified the already strong Massachusetts-Brazil connection by exploring new economic development and clean energy partnerships.
Prior to arriving in Brazil, Governor Patrick and a smaller delegation traveled to Santiago, Chile from December 1st – 2nd at the request of President Sebastian Piñera to advance partnership opportunities in the innovation economy.
“We are committed to competing for every job in every corner of the Commonwealth, and the world,” said Governor Patrick. “To continue our recovery, we need to position Massachusetts for success in growing markets like Brazil, to drive job growth and catalyze international investment.”
Read a joint op-ed by Governor Deval Patrick and Governor Geraldo Alkmin about the growing partnership between the states of Massachusetts and Sao Paulo.
- Governor Patrick and Santander CEO Announce Massachusetts-Brazil University Exchange Program
São Paulo, Brazil - Wednesday, December 7, 2011- Governor Deval Patrick today joined President and CEO of Santander Brazil Marcial Portela to announce the TOP USA-Massachusetts Program, an initiative that will promote an academic exchange of faculty and students between several Brazilian and North American Universities, including the University of Massachusetts (UMass) system.
- Met São Paulo Mayor Gilberto Kassab
São Paulo, Brazil- Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - Governor Patrick met with São Paulo City Mayor Gilberto Kassab at São Paulo City Hall.
- Video from the Government of Chile featuring Governor Patrick
- Governor Patrick Connects MassChallenge Start-Ups With Brazilian Entrepreneurs
São Paulo, Brazil – Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - Governor Deval Patrick today joined two MassChallenge finalists and Endeavor Brazil to co-host Supporting Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Massachusetts and Brazil. The forum served as an opportunity for start-ups from the two countries to discuss collaboration and job creation in the innovation economy.Through Governor Patrick’s Innovation Economy Mission, BioArray Therapeutics and PK Clean, both silver winners of the 2011 MassChallenge start-up competition, were given the opportunity collaborate with Endeavor Brazil - the Brazilian equivalent of MassChallenge.
- Governor Patrick Meets With Leaders in São Paulo’s Innovation Economy
São Paulo, Brazil - December 6, 2011- Governor Deval Patrick today joined members of the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) to discuss job creation in the science and technology sectors and initiatives to cultivate industry partnerships and research collaborations between Massachusetts and Brazil in the innovation economy.
- Governor Patrick’s Massachusetts Brazil Innovation Economy Mission Delivers Agreement Between UMass Amherst and Leading Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation
Brasilia, Brazil – Monday, December 5, 2011 – As part of Governor Deval Patrick's Massachusetts-Brazil Innovation Economy Mission 2011, the Commonwealth today launched a new era of collaboration in the area of agricultural research and development with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa). The agreement will strengthen UMass’ existing work on Brazilian crops, leading to economic development and job creation opportunities in agribusiness - a sector that boasts over 7,700 farms in Massachusetts for an economic impact of over $3 billion.
Brasilia, Brazil -- Monday, December 5, 2011 -- Governor Deval Patrick today kicked off the Massachusetts Brazil Innovation Economy Partnership Mission 2011, meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Thomas Shannon and senior government leaders in Brasilia to discuss job creation opportunities.
- Governor Patrick Signs Agreement With Chilean President Sebastiàn Piñera to Grow Innovation Economy Partnerships
Santiago, Chile -- Thursday, December 1, 2011 -- Governor Deval Patrick today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Chilean President Sebastián Piñera to expand collaboration between Massachusetts and Chile in the innovation economy, with a focus on growing jobs and opportunities in the areas of clean energy, biotechnology and education.
Thursday, December 1, 2011 -- Boston Globe article about the current trade mission with a look at previous visits to China, Israel and the United Kingdom.