Monday, August 18, 2014

MassTLC & InterSystems Host Gubernatorial Candidate Charlie Baker

Policy Update

MassTLC hosted gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker for an afternoon discussion Wednesday, August 13, at InterSystem’s Cambridge headquarters, the most recent in a series of meetings with Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates.

MassTLC President & CEO Tom Hopcroft and Paul Grabscheid, Vice President of Strategic Planning at InterSystems, welcomed Mr. Baker and leaders from a dozen MassTLC member companies, including: Acquia, Cadence Design Systems, CloudLock, dSide Technologies, Google, KnowledgeVision, MassTLC Ed Foundation, NetProspex, Oxfam America, Rapid7, and Vecna.

The discussion centered on issues critical to the tech community and regional economic growth and sustainability: the challenge of developing, retaining and attracting innovation-ready talent; increasing computer science (CS) education in K-12 to educate future technology leaders; and expanding  transportation outside the hubs.

Mr. Baker is experienced in the tech and healthcare sectors through his recent post as Entrepreneur in Residence at the venture capital firm General Catalyst Partners, and his tenure as CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.  He stressed his commitment to a strong education system and support for local aid. He also recognized the importance of developing “a real strategy around the cost of housing” as an important step in keeping young people in Massachusetts.  Mr. Baker cited examples of how strong public private partnerships (like those with our college and universities) are helping to create jobs and revitalize communities and offered that state government should do more to engage the tech community in finding solutions to enhance government productivity and efficiencies. 

MassTLC accelerates innovation and economic growth in the Massachusetts technology sector by educating public officials and advocating for policies that support tech sector growth, helping local tech leaders engage in state and federal programs and initiatives, and fostering collaboration between the tech sector, academia, and public officials. 

Read about our recent meeting with Democratic Candidate for Governor Martha Coakley, and check back soon for an update on our forthcoming meeting with Independent Candidate Jeff McCormick.

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