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Newly Released Index of the Mass. Innovation Economy Finds R&D, Talent Critical Components to Commonwealth’s Success

BOSTON – The 20th anniversary edition of The Index of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy shows that the Commonwealth’s innovation-focused sectors are powered by similar drivers today as they were over two decades ago – strength in talent & workforce, as well as investments in research & development that are competitive with the largest U.S. states. The newly released Index shows that innovation job sectors have held steady with overall job gains in Massachusetts, posting 2.3 percent job growth between Q1-2015 and Q1-2016, and that venture capital investment in Commonwealth companies grew by 25 percent in 2015, faster than in California.

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Massachusetts & Israeli Organizations Sign Cybersecurity Agreement

TEL AVIV – During a stop on Governor Charlie Baker’s Economic Development Mission to Israel, economic development leaders took part in the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and Israel’s CyberSpark, a non-profit private organization focused on the promotion of the unique cybersecurity ecosystem in and around Be’er-Sheva, Israel, which includes a combination of academic, industry, and government resources. The MOU was signed during a lunchtime meeting in Tel Aviv which was attended by CyberSpark’s leadership team and executives from many of the leading cybersecurity firms in the country.

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MBI Approves $1.9 Million in Last Mile Grants to Support Broadband Expansion in Alford, Otis, Warwick

WESTBOROUGH – Today the Baker-Polito Administration announced a total of $1.9 million in grant funds for the Towns of Alford, Otis, and Warwick, to finance the construction of high-speed internet networks in the three unserved Last Mile towns. The grant funding, approved today by the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute at MassTech (MBI), is part of the administration’s continued commitment to ensuring broadband access to over 40 Last Mile towns in Massachusetts unserved by broadband internet access.

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MBI Launches RFP to Identify Private Sector Options to Close ‘Last Mile’ Broadband Gaps

WESTBOROUGH – November 21, 2016 - Today the Baker-Polito Administration announced the launch of a competitive solicitation for private sector proposals to close Last Mile broadband gaps in western and central Massachusetts towns. The request for proposals, issued by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute at MassTech (MBI), will identify qualified private firms willing to design, build, own, operate, manage, and maintain high-speed broadband internet networks in the 40 Massachusetts towns currently unserved by broadband.

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Study: Mass. Robotics Companies Employed 4,700 Workers, Generated $1.6 Billion in Revenue in 2015

BOSTON – New research released today by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative cites 122 companies that now comprise the Commonwealth’s robotics cluster and that these firms employed over 4,700 workers and generated over $1.6 billion in revenue in 2015 alone. The report also identified 33 new robotics startups that were created in Massachusetts over the past five years, an increase of 31 percent. In addition to an assessment of the current state of the industry, “The Massachusetts Robotics Cluster” report also outlines the key robotics sub-sectors where the Commonwealth is taking a global leadership role, including marine robotics, eCommerce logistics technologies, and collaborative robotics.

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MBI: Rollout of Pole Surveys in Several ‘Last Mile’ Municipalities to Begin

WESTBOROUGH – The Massachusetts Broadband Institute at MassTech (MBI) has selected a vendor to begin pole surveys in unserved Western Mass towns, a critical first step in the pre-construction phase which ensures that utility poles and other infrastructure can support the build out of broadband infrastructure in the region.

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Baker-Polito Administration Welcomes Tim Connelly as Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Executive Director

Boston – Today the Baker-Polito Administration announced the appointment of Timothy J. Connelly as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. Connelly was most recently a General Partner at Brown Brothers Harriman, an international financial services firm. His appointment is effective immediately.

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Boston Globe: With Watson Health, IBM bets big on health care

Massachusetts eHealth Institute director Laurance Stuntz quoted in a Boston Globe article on the move of IBM's Watson Health to Cambridge.

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Agreement Reached To Extend Broadband Coverage In Nine 'Partially Served' Western Massachusetts Towns

WESTBOROUGH – The Massachusetts Broadband Institute at MassTech (MBI) and Comcast have reached an agreement that will extend broadband access in nine municipalities in Western and North Central Massachusetts, a project which is estimated to deliver broadband connectivity to 1,089 new residences and businesses, and will bring the overall coverage level in each town to 96% or above. The grant will provide up to $4 million in state funds to reimburse partial project costs for Comcast, which has existing networks in each of the towns, to construct broadband internet extensions to additional homes and businesses.

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State House News Service: UMass cybersecurity efforts get a boost

In August 2016, Governor Baker joined executives from MassTech, the University of Massachusetts system, MassMutual, and other Western Mass institutions in Springfield for the announcement of a $5 million grant to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst to establish the UMass Amherst Data Science/Cybersecurity Research and Education Collaborative.

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Daily Hampshire Gazette: "Nine partially served towns to get broadband boost"

Pioneer Valley publication The Daily Hampshire Gazette covered the recent grant from the Massachusetts Broadband Institute at MassTech to Comcast which will extend broadband access in nine municipalities in Western and North Central Massachusetts.

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Commonwealth Awards $5 Million to UMass Amherst to Support New Data Science Collaborative

SPRINGFIELD – Today the Baker-Polito Administration announced a $5 million grant to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst to establish the UMass Amherst Data Science/Cybersecurity Research and Education Collaborative, a public-private partnership designed to accelerate data science innovation in the Pioneer Valley region of Western Massachusetts. The Commonwealth’s investment will help drive the commercialization of new products and ideas, train a leading data science workforce and support collaborative regional economic development activities.

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