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Senator Spilka To Hold Franklin Forum on the IT Sector in the Commonwealth

March 25, 2010

Massachusetts is the home to 10,300 IT firms, making IT a critical sector of the Massachusetts economy.  In fact, the IT industry employs more than 178,000 workers, with another 50,000 workers employed in technical occupations outside of the core IT sectors – totaling 5.5% of all Massachusetts workers.  With average wages of $87,784, those employed in the IT sector earn almost double the average statewide average salary.

Senator Karen Spilka, along with the Senate Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, is holding a forum to highlight the importance of the IT sector in Massachusetts on Monday, April 5, 2010 at EMC Corporation in Franklin.  The forum will also explore educational initiatives designed to preserve our leadership in this area.

The event will feature a discussion of the sector with industry experts. 

Topics will include updates on the recent John Adams Innovation Institute and UMASS Donohue Institute reports on the industry, the status of hi-tech growth and manufacturing in Massachusetts, a regional look at the IT sector, and STEM Education programs designed to train the next generation of IT workers.

Participants include Verizon, the UMASS Donohue Institute, the John Adams Innovation Institute. Mass Innovation & Technology Exchange (MITX) , IBM, Worcester Research Bureau, 495/MetroWest Corridor Partnership, Mass Technology Leadership Council and the Mass Business Roundtable, with others to be confirmed.

This forum is open to the public.  Download the flyer to learn more.

Details:
Forum on the IT Sector in the Commonwealth
EMC Corporation Franklin
50 Constitution Boulevard
Franklin, MA  02038

Monday, April 5, 2010
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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