Governor Deval L. Patrick
MIT Manufacturing Event
Boston Cambridge Marriott, Cambridge
Monday, November 28, 2011

Thank you very much.  Thank you, Susan Hockfield, for your friendship and for hosting us today.  Marty for organizing, I appreciate it and for your leadership in so many areas.

Thanks also to you and Dow Chemical Chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris for co-chairing the President’s Advanced Manufacturing Initiative.  I like calling it AMP.  It sounds very modern.  We’re going to “amp up” manufacturing in Massachusetts and across the country.

I want to welcome all the public officials and industry leaders who have come together today from across the region.

I want to acknowledge our Secretary for Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki who is here and has the answers to the questions you may ask me.

And I want to tell you, you’re in the right place at the right time.  Advanced manufacturing is an area of critical focus, one that can help us all revive our economy, put people to work, and win the future, if we work together.  If we work together.  That is central to our strategy and success here in Massachusetts, and I want to say just a little bit about that.

Here in Massachusetts, we invest in education to make sure our students are prepared for the jobs and the society of tomorrow.  We invest in innovation to grow new ideas and stay on the cutting edge of growth industries like biotech and life sciences, clean tech, IT and financial services.  And we invest in infrastructure, what I refer to as the unglamorous work of governing, roads, rails, and bridges, broadband access, to strengthen the foundation on which everything rests.  That is our strategy very simple.  And it’s working.

Massachusetts is growing jobs today faster than most other states.  Our economy is expanding more than twice as fast as the national growth rate.  The clean tech sector, one example, grew jobs at a rate of 6.7 percent last year and is expected at twice that rate by July of next year.  Of the top 20 cities in America for job growth, according to the Brookings Institution, three are here in Massachusetts:  Boston, Worcester, and Springfield.  Because we are streamlining permitting processes and working to reduce business costs, as well as investing in our future, we have come from the bottom third to the top six as best states to do business.  Sixth best is hard to say.  First is easier to say.  So that’s where we’re headed.

None of this is happening by accident.  We are seeing these results because we are investing in education, in innovation and in infrastructure – in other words, we are investing in our future.  And we are not sacrificing sound fiscal management to make these investments.  Not only have our budgets been consistently responsible, balanced and on time; but our strong bond rating has been upgraded, something no other state in America can boast in times like these.

We are making more of what we invest, precision manufacturing is also making a comeback here in the Commonwealth.  In the life sciences and bio-tech, it’s medical devices and pharmaceuticals.  In clean tech, it’s wind blades and solar panels, smart meters.   In IT it’s robotics.  Everything from the devices that vacuum your home to the devices that find and locate roadside bombs.  And video games and health care IT systems. 

Massachusetts has 250,000 workers in manufacturing and has added over 4,000 new manufacturing jobs in the past few months alone.  I’ve had the privilege of seeing the success.  Many Massachusetts small businesses are making great and exciting things, some of them quite tasty I should say.  Jessica’s Brick Oven bakery makes extraordinary bread and exports it all around the country.  I celebrated with General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems when they added 108 new employees in 100 days.  I tried out the robotic distribution systems at Kiva Systems in North Reading and I learned about the innovative process at Roxbury Technology to manufacture recycled printing cartridges.  I’m proud that the Commonwealth has played a part in helping each one of these businesses expand and create more opportunity.  

And we can do more.   Today, we announce the formation of the Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative to accelerate the growth of Massachusetts manufacturing in parallel with the President’s efforts.  The first meeting of the Collaborative will be tomorrow, and I thank Secretary Greg Bialecki, Senior Innovation Advisor Eric Nakajima and the co-chairs Mitch Tyson and Ed Leyden for their leadership.  I look forward to the Collaborative’s work amplifying AMP’s own.

Massachusetts has experienced a quiet renaissance in advanced manufacturing over the past decade.  Our companies have transformed from the traditional image of mass-manufacturing to a new industry built on advanced technology, custom design, and international competitiveness based on quality and on innovation, as President Hockfield said. 

Massachusetts is a great place for manufacturing.  Why?  Because our natural resource is a high concentration of brainpower, and that’s where the global economy is moving. 

In state government, we are committed to doing everything we can, but we cannot do it alone.  Industry cannot do it alone.  And the universities cannot do it alone.  But working together, we can.  

And it seems a quaint, old-fashioned notion, to think about working together when you look at what is happening at so much, and in so much, at the national level.  But here in Massachusetts because we turn to each other, rather than on each other, we are seeing results.  And it’s in that spirit that I warmly welcome you to today’s conversation and to the work we’ll do together to win the future.

Thank you.