The Baker administration on Tuesday outlined plans for six listening sessions in Massachusetts that they hope will lead to information that will help shape the state's economic development plan. The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development plans simultaneous sessions on June 25 at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, Quincy College's Presidents Place Conference Center, North Shore Community College in Lynn, Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable, the Federal Building at Kearney Square in Lowell, and the UMass Center at Tower Square in Springfield.
State law requires the housing and economic development secretariat to draft a comprehensive plan during the first year of a gubernatorial administration - Gov. Charlie Baker is nearly half way through his first year in office. Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash's office said the sessions will begin a six-month planning process and mark the first step in drafting the plan.
Thursday, June 25. 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Cape Cod Community College. 2240 Lyannough Rd, West Barnstable
Here is the entire release from the OHED:
Secretary Ash Announces Economic Development Plan Listening Sessions
State-wide Listen Sessions Will Inform Economic Development Plan
Boston – Tuesday, June 02, 2015 – Today Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash announced input and listening sessions in six cities across Massachusetts. The listening sessions will provide to provide businesses and constituents an opportunity to help shape the Commonwealth’s economic development plan.
“Economic development relies on businesses across Massachusetts hiring new workers and offering raises to experienced hands,” said Secretary Ash. “The best way to find out what they need is to ask them, and listen to their responses. Any economic development plan we write will be grounded in robust public engagement and debate in order to address the core needs of our businesses.”
Massachusetts law requires the secretary of Housing and Economic Development to draft a comprehensive economic development plan within the first year of a new gubernatorial administration. Secretary Ash has committed to grounding the Baker-Polito Administration’s economic development strategy in public dialogue, and in regional opportunities. These regional listening sessions begin a six-month economic development planning process, and serve as a first step in drafting the statutorily-required plan.
“Working to engage with the regions across Massachusetts offers Housing and Economic Development valuable insight into regional strengths, needs, and priorities,” said Deputy Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Carolyn Kirk. “Figuring out the best way to augment those strengths and build on existing potential will ensure that our plan helps entrepreneurs, small businesses, and job seekers.”
“The regional directors in the Massachusetts Office of Business Development provide an essential communications line between local businesses and state-wide economic development policy,” said Assistant Secretary of Business Development Nam Pham. “Bringing communities and state officials together during the planning process for our economic development plan will help us effectively target regions and sectors across the Commonwealth.”
The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development will hold listening sessions in Worcester, Quincy, Lynn, West Barnstable, Lowell, and Springfield. The executive office welcomes public participation in these sessions. For more information, visit the Economic Development Plan Listening Tour page.