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Spilka tech forum to highlight importance of IT Industry, opportunities for dramatic job growth

April 2, 2010

April 1, 2010

Franklin – On April 5, 2010, government and industry executives will participate in a public forum that seeks to determine how the state’s Information Technology industry can be a catalyst for growing the economy and jobs in Massachusetts.  The event, hosted by Karen E. Spilka, Senate chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development & Emerging Technologies, seeks to highlight the importance of the IT industry to Massachusetts, now and in the future. 

A recent study by the UMass Donohue Institute shows that the IT industry is  the state’s second largest employer with more than 178,000 workers and the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (the state’s largest tech business association) just unveiled its “MassTLC 2020 Challenge,” a call for the state and the industry to work together to create 100,000 new IT jobs in Massachusetts by the end of the decade.  

MassTLC based its challenge on the promise of potentially explosive growth in several key technologies, including mobile communications, smart grid management, electronic commerce, cloud computing, data storage and analysis, robotics and social networking-related industries. 

The forum will include students in the Robotics program at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School in Franklin, who will be demonstrating their projects. 

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

EMC Corporation
50 Constitution Boulevard
Franklin, MA 02038

Sen. Karen E. Spilka, Senate Chair, Economic Development and Emerging Technologies
Rep. John Scibak, House Vice Chair, Economic Development and Emerging Technologies
Rep. Cory Atkins
Rep. Carolyn Dykema
Rep. Stephen Canessa
Paul Matthews, Executive Director, 495/Metrowest Partnership
Jay Ganson, Manager, Business Development and Environmental Affairs
Ambient Corporation
Steve Krom, VP and General Manager, AT&T
Mohamad Ali, Senior Vice President, Avaya
Mark Weinegger, , President, CE Communications, Franklin
Stuart Taylor, Director, North American Mobile Segment, Cisco Systems
Niraj Shah, CEO & Co-founder, CSN Stores
Chris Goode, Vice President, EMC
Sean Belka, SVP & Director, Fidelity Center for Applied Technology
Bill Sawyer, Vice President, IBM
Colin Angle, CEO, Chairman & Co-founder, IRobot
Pat Larkin, Director, John Adams Innovation Institute
Joyce Plotkin, President Emeritas, Mass Technology Leadership Council
Tom Hopcroft, CEO & President, Mass Technology Leadership Council
JD Chesloff, Vice President, Mass. Business Roundtable
Bonnie Biocchi, President, MetroWest Chamber
Kiki Mills, President, MITX
Bill Luster, President, North Shore Economic Alliance
Ted Morgan, CEO, Skyhook Wireless
Lynn Griesemer, Associate Vice President for Economic Development and Executive Director, UMass Donahue Institute
Donna Cupelo, Region President, Verizon
Roberta Schaefer, President & CEO, Worcester Research Bureau


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