For immediate release:
5/13/2019
  • Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito
  • Governor's Press Office
  • Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
  • Economic Development Planning Council
  • Economic Development Planning Process

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Launches Economic Development Planning Council

Brendan Moss, Press Secretary, Governor's Office

Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito with members of the Economic Development Planning Council.

BOSTONToday, Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito swore in members of the Economic Development Planning Council, which will provide input on and oversight of an economic development plan that will be presented to Governor Baker by the end of the year. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy will serve as co-chairs of the council.

The new council brings a diversity of experience and perspective, including representation from every region of the Commonwealth. The council includes appointees of the House, Senate, relevant Executive Secretariats, and municipal leaders, along with small business owners and entrepreneurs, leaders from key business sectors and higher education.

“Our administration values the unique insight the members of the Economic Development Planning Council will bring under Lt. Governor Polito and Secretary Kennealy’s leadership to continue propelling Massachusetts’ economy forward,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We remain committed to empowering local communities with the tools and funding needed to succeed and I look forward to reviewing the Council’s recommendations.”

“I am honored to co-chair this essential process, and work with the exceptional and talented individuals appointed to the Council,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, co-chair of the Economic Development Planning Council. “With Council members hailing from the Berkshires to the Cape, representing industries ranging from healthcare to financial services to manufacturing, from entrepreneurial ventures to large established companies, the composition of this Council will ensure Massachusetts benefits from a diversity of perspectives.”

“We are proud of the unprecedented strength of the Commonwealth’s economy, and are committed to ensuring all residents can share in continued economic growth,” said Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy, co-chair of the Economic Development Planning Council. “This Council will embark on a robust planning process, engaging stakeholders across the state for valuable input on ways we enhance our partnership with local communities, educational institutions and training organizations, and businesses. I look forward to collaborating with stakeholders across the state, and am pleased to co-chair this council with Lt. Governor Polito.”

The council and process are guided by Section 16G of Chapter 6A of the Massachusetts General Laws, which requires a new economic development plan formulated and signed by the governor within the first year of a new administration. Under the leadership of Lt. Governor Polito and Secretary Kennealy, the council will embark on regional engagement sessions across the state to obtain public input in the development of a new economic development plan, which the council will approve and present to Governor Baker to guide economic policy over the next four years.

The locations and dates of the regional engagement sessions are listed below:

Wednesday, May 15

North East

2:30pm

Salem State University

Thursday, May 16

Pioneer Valley

9:30am

Springfield Technical Community College

Tuesday, May 21

Merrimack Valley

10:00am

Middlesex Community College

Thursday, May 23

South East

1:00pm

UMass Dartmouth

Tuesday, May 28

Greater Boston

1:30pm

Roxbury Community College

Thursday, May 30

Central

11:00am

Clark University

Tuesday, June 4

Cape & Islands

12:00pm

Chatham Community Center

Thursday, June 13

Berkshires

10:00am

MASS MoCA

Additional details on the regional engagement sessions, including session registration, are available online.

At the onset of the Baker-Polito Administration’s first term in 2015, a similar process resulted in the plan entitled “Opportunities For All.” This plan formed the basis for the Administration’s economic development policy and led to the filing of economic development legislation in 2016 and 2018. Together with the Legislature, the resulting bills signed by Governor Baker collectively authorized more than $2 billion toward growing the economy and promoting regional equity within Massachusetts.

The Administration’s economic development programs include the MassWorks Infrastructure Program to fund public infrastructure projects the drive job and housing growth, the Site Readiness and Brownfields programs, to enable communities to leverage underutilized sites and prepare them to be shovel-ready for development, the Collaborative Workspace program to empower local entrepreneurship and innovation and the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2) to support cutting-edge research and development. The 2018 legislation authorized funding for the first ever standalone Dredging Program for our coastal communities, which supplements extensive funding for the Seaport Economic Council, which the Administration reconstituted in 2015.

Since 2015, the Administration has invested $1.5 billion in grants in over 300 communities, spurring the addition of thousands of jobs and housing across the Commonwealth.

 

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Economic Development Planning Council

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Council Co-chair

Secretary Mike Kennealy, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, Council Co-chair

Secretary Rosalin Acosta, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Pat Begrowicz, Owner and President, Onyx Specialty Papers

Stephen Boyd, CEO, Boyd Technologies

Cheri Butts, Associate Director, R&D, Biogen

David Crouch, Founder and Owner, Ten24

Carlos DaCunha, Senior VP & Chief Lending Officer, St. Anne’s Credit Union

Mayor Kim Driscoll, City of Salem

Pamela Everhart, Senior Vice President, Fidelity

Brian Fairbank, Chairman, The Fairbank Group

Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante, 5th Essex District

Leslie Gould, Executive Director, Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce

Leslie Greis, Owner and Director, Kinefac Corp.

Secretary Michael J. Heffernan, Executive Office of Administration and Finance

Judy Herrell, Owner and CEO, Herrell’s Ice Cream

Karl Hetzler, President, H&S Tool and Engineering

Wendy Hudson, Co-Founder, Cisco Brewing

Michael Lauf, President and CEO, Cape Cod Health Care

Senator Eric Lesser, 1st Hampden and Hampshire District

David Lucchino, Co-founder, President and CEO, Frequency Therapeutics

Sal Lupoli, CEO, Lupoli Companies

Marcos Marrero, Director of Planning and Economic Development, City of Holyoke

Dani Monroe, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Partners HealthCare

Derek Oliver, Director, Government and Industry Affairs, Wayfair

Luis Pedraja, President, Quinsigamond Community College

Secretary Stephanie Pollack, Executive Office of Transportation

Pam Randhawa, Founder and CEO, Empiriko

Dan Rea, Executive VP, Real Estate Development, Pawtucket Red Sox

Jody Rose, President, New England Venture Capital Association

Ruben Salinas, Founder, President and CEO, Parsagen Diagnostics

Dorothy Savarese, President, Cape Cod Five Bank

Secretary Katie Theoharides, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Todd Trapp, Chief Financial Officer, Abiomed

Jean VanderGheynst, Dean, UMass Dartmouth

Robin Ward, Secretary, Homebuilders and Remodelers Association, Mid-Cape Home Centers

 

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Launches Economic Development Planning Council

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Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development 

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Economic Development Planning Council 

The council will provide input on and oversight of an economic development plan to guide economic policy over the next four years.

Economic Development Planning Process 

In 2019, the Economic Development Planning Council, chaired by Lt. Governor Polito and Secretary Kennealy, will develop and implement a comprehensive economic development policy for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
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