Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation 
His Excellency Governor Deval Patrick


Whereas  Inventors are essential for the vitality and competitiveness of the Commonwealth’s innovation economy; and

Whereas Inventors enhance the stature of Massachusetts by supporting science and engineering development in the Commonwealth; and

Whereas Massachusetts has the highest innovation density in the United States based on issued patents; and

Whereas Massachusetts has among the highest levels of diversity of industry and occupational clusters in science and engineering in the United States, which leads to enhanced employment and employee retention for citizens of the Commonwealth; and

Whereas Massachusetts has among the highest levels of investments funding privately held companies in science and engineering in the United States and among the highest levels of awarded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants in the United States; and

Whereas Massachusetts has the highest rate of students graduating with undergraduate and advanced degrees in science and engineering in the United States; and

Whereas On this day we ask all residents of the Commonwealth to recognize the continued contributions of inventors for having a positive impact on the economy and well-being of the Commonwealth,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim September 19, 2013, to be,

Massachusetts Inventors Day

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twelfth day of September, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

By His Excellency                  

Deval L. Patrick                       
Governor of the Commonwealth          

William Francis Galvin          
Secretary of the Commonwealth  

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts