Governor Patrick Underscores Importance of Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing Sectors to the Massachusetts Economy
MONTREAL – Friday, October 11, 2013 –Governor Deval Patrick this afternoon addressed leaders in the Canadian innovation economy and advanced manufacturing sector about the work being done in the Commonwealth to expand these vital industries.
“Advanced manufacturing is an area of critical focus, one that can help us put people to work now and prepare our workers for the jobs of the 21st century global economy,” said Governor Patrick. “Working with our Canadian counterparts offers tremendous opportunities to build off our mutual strengths in this sector and create jobs and opportunity for generations to come.”
The Patrick Administration is committed to supporting the growth of advanced manufacturing in Massachusetts, an industry that is expected to fill 100,000 jobs in the next decade and offers careers in a sector with an average annual salary of $75,000. Most recently, in recognition of National Manufacturing Day, Governor Patrick announced the MIT-Community College Pilot Project, where the state’s community colleges and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are partnering to develop and implement state-of-the-art online learning and training resources to allow the Commonwealth’s community colleges to reach more students and expand lab space for hands-on teaching, an essential component of manufacturing training. By connecting MIT’s strength in online learning, simulation and gaming technology with the hands-on classroom instruction at community colleges, the Project will transform how manufacturing education is delivered and enhance and expand the state’s ability to train students from high school through college for advanced manufacturing careers. In addition, Governor Patrick announced the second round of funding under the AMP it Up! program, which works to increase awareness among young adults and their families on the opportunities for good jobs and careers in manufacturing.
These newest announcements build on the record investments in workforce training and education made by the Administration in recent years, including the creation of the Advanced Manufacturing Regional Partnership Academy, a first-in-the-nation program designed to meet the manufacturing industry’s future workforce needs. The Academy will provide hands-on learning opportunities, and tool and peer-education to regional leaders, helping eliminate one of the industry’s chief concerns of finding well-trained employees to fill available jobs in manufacturing. In addition, the Economic Development Incentive Program, the Commonwealth’s investment tax credit program for businesses, has approved 160 projects, leading to the creation of 11,449 new jobs, the retention of 37,207 jobs, and the leveraging of $4.5 billion in private investment since 2009. During this time, 92 manufacturers received assistance through the program to help expand their business in Massachusetts.
“Massachusetts is a leader within the United States in growing a 21st century advanced manufacturing sector,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki. “We are eager to learn what other regions and countries are doing to support this key industry.”
The forum was hosted by the Ecole de Technologie Superieure, which provides university-level instruction and conducts research in the fields of applied engineering and technology to help ensure the technological and economic development of Quebec. In keeping with this mission, and working in conjunction with the industry, the school specifically orients its activities toward cooperative education, applied research and technology transfer.
Following the Governor’s remarks representatives from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) participated in a panel discussion on the role of advanced manufacturing in the innovation economy and the ways in which Massachusetts can partner with Canadian businesses and leaders to further promote this vital sector.
“We are witnessing unprecedented opportunities to grow the manufacturing sector,” said Pamela Goldberg, CEO of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. “In Massachusetts, the Patrick Administration’s leadership in creation of the Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative has helped cultivate regional and statewide policies, programs and investments with broad participation from Massachusetts manufacturers. Partnerships like these we are forming today can support growth across North America in this key industry sector, and we are delighted to be a part of those collaborations.”
“Innovation economies thrive through partnership and collaboration,” said MassCEC Alicia Barton. “Together the clean energy economies of Massachusetts and Canada can drive the future of technologies that reduce emissions, cut energy use and tap into abundant renewable energy sources while creating jobs.”
“Medical device and biomanufacturing sectors are strong and continuing to grow in Massachusetts,” said Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister, President & CEO of the MLSC, the agency charged with implementing Governor Patrick’s 10-year, $1 billion Life Sciences Initiative. “Massachusetts is one of only four states where job growth in biomanufacturing is trending positively. The number of biomanufacturing jobs in the state increased over the last 10 years by eight percent. Additionally, over 400 medical device companies have a presence in Massachusetts, and the state employs the third-highest number of medical technology workers in the U.S.”
From October 8-11, Governor Patrick is leading a delegation of the Commonwealth’s government leaders on the Massachusetts-Canada Innovation Partnership Mission to strengthen the state’s partnership with Canada and expand opportunities between the two for economic development and job creation in the clean-tech, innovation, digital health, financial services, digital gaming, life sciences and academic sectors. Canada is the Commonwealth’s largest export partner. Last year, Massachusetts exported approximately $3.5 billion in goods and services to Canada, and the two-way exchange was $11.1 billion in 2012.