I am continually searching for sound means to develop and strengthen the economy. Representing the second Hampshire District, I am also dedicated to bolster the economy of the Pioneer Valley in order to keep our communities strong and competitive.
* In order for Massachusetts to remain a leader in emerging technologies and scientific innovation, I have supported the efforts to create incentives for the life sciences industry to expand its presence in the Commonwealth. These efforts have resulted in $187 million of state funds, leveraging another $704 million in matching investments and the potential for over 6,400 jobs. In addition to strengthening our economy by attracting new businesses, increasing revenue and investment, and increasing trade to international markets, the advancements in medicine through these investments can lead to the creation of new cures and effective treatments of disabling, chronic diseases. To this end, I sponsored a regional forum for Western Massachusetts life sciences industry leaders to identify available funding resources and other supports for these companies.
* Western Massachusetts is also becoming a leader in the research and development of clean energy and alternative fuels. Whether it is efforts of Qteros in Chicopee which utilizes the "Q microbe" to turn plants and waste into fuel for cars, FloTurbine in Wilbraham which has developed a pioneering, compact wind turbine shaped like a jet engine, or International Paper Products in Westfield which produces a clean alternative energy fuel product that is greenhouse gas friendly, some of the most promising technologies and innovations in energy are happening in the Pioneer Valley, and I am supportive of these efforts.
* Recognizing the importance of a well-trained workforce, I have worked with a number of manufacturers, health care providers, and education leaders to ensure that we have the resources needed to prepare our young people to meet the needs of this ever-changing workforce. Working with the Regional Employment Board, career centers, vocational schools and higher education institutions, we can meet the needs of our employers by offering students the skills they need to succeed in 21st century jobs.
* I am also currently sponsoring legislation to ensure all job openings with the Commonwealth will be publicly posted so that all Massachusetts residents can readily learn about these opportunities and more easily apply for one of these job openings.