Baker-Polito Administration Convenes Economic Development Planning Council
Council will assist Secretary Jay Ash in creation and execution of a comprehensive economic development plan
Boston – Tuesday, October 6, 2015 – Today the Baker-Polito Administration swore in members of its Economic Development Planning Council prior to its initial meeting with Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash to discuss the administration’s forthcoming economic development plan.
The plan, shaped by feedback that the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development gathered during listening sessions earlier this year, and guided by the Council, will be submitted to the Legislature for approval later this year.
“The Planning Council offers an opportunity for engagement with business, public, and non-profit sector leaders on a wide range of economic development priorities and programs,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Their invaluable experience will help guide our planning and implementation, and I look forward to continued partnerships as we work to develop Massachusetts’ economy, and ensure that communities across the Commonwealth share in our economic growth.”
The Planning Council is comprised of representatives from banking, innovation, manufacturing, and other industries; representatives of non-profits and membership organizations; and the Co-Chairs of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technology, Senator Eileen Donoghue, and Representative Joseph Wagner. Administration and Finance Secretary Kristen Lepore, Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ron Walker, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton, and Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack will also serve as members. Secretary Ash will chair the Council.
“Addressing some of the problems that stymie Massachusetts’ economic development and hurt our global competitiveness requires productive dialogue with engaged citizens and industry groups,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “The Council’s economic expertise is a wonderful resource to help us confront barriers to growth – including permitting, regulations, zoning, and workforce development – efficiently and effectively.”
The Council will convene again for the second and final time on December 9th to offer its final recommendations.
Massachusetts law requires the appointment of an economic development planning council, and the filing of an economic development plan, within the first year of each new gubernatorial administration.
Members of the Economic Development Planning Council:
Senator Eileen Donoghue, Senate Chair, Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies
Representative Joseph Wagner, House Chair, Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies
Ms. Kristen Lepore, Secretary, Executive Office of Administration and Finance
Mr. Ronald Walker, Secretary, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
Mr. Matthew Beaton, Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Ms. Stephanie Pollack, Secretary, MassDOT
Mr. Arthur Barrett, President, Barrett Distribution Centers
Mr. Delcie D. Bean IV, CEO, Paragus Strategic IT
Ms. Bonnie Biocchi, Director of Development, Habitat for Humanity Metro West/Greater Worcester
Ms. Christa Bleyleben, Managing Partner, Mass Global Partners
Ms. Cindy Brown, CEO, Boston Duck Tours
Mr. Jeff Bussgang, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners
Mr. Prabal Chakrabarti, Senior Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Mr. JD Chesloff, Executive Director, Mass Business Roundtable
Mr. Tom Chmura, Vice President for Economic Development, University of Massachusetts
Ms. Donna Cupelo, Regional President, Verizon New England
Mr. Tom Erickson, CEO, Acquia
Mr. Jack Healy, President and CEO, MassMEP
Ms. Susan Houston, Executive Director, MassEcon
Mr. Jon B. Hurst, President, Retailers Association of Massachusetts
Mr. Daniel C. Kenary, CEO and Co-Founder, Harpoon Brewery
Mr. Salvatore Lupoli, President and CEO, Lupoli Companies
Mr. Marcos Marrero, Director of Planning and Economic Development , City of Holyoke
Mr. Paul Matthews, Executive Director, 495/MetroWest Partnership
Mr. Travis McCready, President and CEO, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center
Mr. Timothy J. McGourthy, Executive Director, Worcester Regional Research Bureau
Mr. Chris Oddleifson, President and CEO, Rockland Trust
Mr. Michael Prisco, CEO, Bourne Field Properties
Mr. John T. Smolak, Esq., Partner, Smolak & Vaughan LLP
Mr. Peter Stasiowski, Director of Communications and Human Resources, Interprint Inc.
Mr. Michael Tamasi, President and CEO, AccuRounds
Mr. Benjamin Forman, Research Director, MassINC
Mr. Eric Hagopian, President and CEO, Massachusetts Center for Advanced
Design and Manufacturing
Ms. Susan Mailman, President, Coghlin Electrical Contractors, Inc.
Mr. Jonathan Butler, President and CEO, Berkshire Chamber of Commerce
Mr. David Begelfer, CEO, NAIOP Massachusetts, the Commercial Real Estate
Mr. Bob Luz, President and CEO, Massachusetts Restaurant Association
Dr. Emily L. Reichert, CEO, Greentown Labs
Mr. Robert F. Rivers, President and COO, Eastern Bank
Mr. Andrew P. Botti, Esq., Director, McLane Middleton Law Firm
Mr. Jeevan Ramapriya, Vice President, State Street Bank and Trust Co.
Mr. Tom Hopcroft, President and CEO, Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council
Mr. Christopher Sikes, CEO, Common Capital
Ms. Karen Kaplan, Chairman/CEO, Hill Holiday
Mr. Robert Pura, President, Greenfield Community College
Mr. Richard A. Packer, Chairman and CEO, ZOLL Medical
Mr. Tim Rowe, Founder and CEO, Cambridge Innovation Center
Mr. Vilas S. Dhar, Gleitsman Fellow on Social Change, Founder, Dhar Law, LLP and Next Mile Project
Mr. Robert Halpin, Town Manager, Town of Framingham
Mr. Sushil K. Tuli, President, Leader Bank
Mr. Ralph Smith, Chief Executive Officer, President and Director, Kayem Foods Inc.
Mr. Devin Cole, Director of Development, Workbar
Mr. James Fiorentini, Mayor, City of Haverill
Mr. Tim Brennan, Executive Director, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
Mr. Colin Angle, Chairman of the Board, CEO and Co-Founder, iRobot
Mr. Ira H. Rubenzahl, President, Springfield Technical Community College
Mr. Wayne Canty, CEO/ Owner, Heat Trace Products, LLC
Mr. Ralph Crowley Jr., President/ CEO, Polar Beverages
Mr. Tripp Jones, MassINC