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Millionaire tax will put Massachusetts back on track

Boston Globe, June 6, 2017 WE ALL WANT a future for our Commonwealth in which our economy continues to grow, the great quality of life enjoyed by some of us is enjoyed by all of us, and our young people in every community have the opportunity to reach their potential. Building that future requires that […]

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​Corporate America’s challenge: Economic imperative of hiring diversity

Boston Business Journal, April 27, 2017   Because people of color are growing faster than the American population as a whole and an entire generation of baby boomers are reaching retirement age, white America is going to depend increasingly on the talents and abilities of nonwhites to compete in today’s global marketplace. By 2024, Massachusetts […]

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The Alliance Urges Gov. Baker to Fight President’s Immigration Policy

The Boston Herald, 2/23/17 The Alliance for Business Leadership and the ACLU of Massachusetts has sent Gov. Charlie Baker a letter urging him to protect the state’s residents from “discriminatory” federal immigration policies. “Business leaders like to focus on the bottom line, and the bottom line here is that immigrants are vital to Massachusetts’ economic […]

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Holding Back The Tide

The Boston Herald, Letters, 12/19/16 The Herald’s story on the impending consequences of climate change for Boston read like a splash of cold water in the face (“Sea levels could sink Hub,” Dec. 9). As frightening as many of those projections are — a major flood affecting 90,000 Bostonians and 12,000 buildings with damages of […]

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Creating Diversity in the Innovation Economy

Boston Globe, Opinion,  11/18/16 ENTREPRENEURS AND venture capitalists are accustomed to responding to adversity by taking action. Thus, while many in the country — of all political persuasions — are still stunned over the presidential election results, leaders in our innovation sector are already making plans to answer the poignant question on everyone’s mind: “Where […]

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T’s Mess Bad for Business

Boston Herald, Letters to the Editor, 11/8/16 Welcome to Boston, GE! The news about the MBTA’s recent Orange Line fiasco (Smoldering Orange Line car comes amid T’s slow spending 10/27/16), brought to mind General Electric’s recent high-profile move to Boston. Images of terrified passengers climbing out of train windows were featured in newscasts across the […]

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Tech for Two

Boston Magazine, Business, 9/29/16 How does Boston stack up against Silicon Valley? What are local tech’s triumphs, challenges, and reasons for hope? Two members of the BT30—venture capitalist Jeff Bussgang and entrepreneur Jennifer Lum—sat down to dish about the scene. Boston magazine: If I asked you to describe, in a word or two, the Boston […]

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Drought is Bad for Business

Jamaica Plain Gazette, Opinion, 9/9/16 All of the patches of brown grass around Jamaica Plain have got me worried. Worried about our businesses. Yes, our businesses. This summer we have seen record rainfall lows and temperature highs. Thanks to climate change, our entire region is in a serious drought. As detrimental as that has been to […]

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Climate Change Threatens the Economy, Too

Boston Globe, Letters, 8/22/16 IT WAS impossible to read about record-breaking heat (“Scientists call last month warmest on record, sound a warning,” A1, Aug. 17) and the deadly Louisiana floods (“As floodwaters recede, disbelief mixes with determination,” Nation, Aug. 18) without asking if we’re doing enough here in Massachusetts to address a pressing business issue: […]

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Building economic justice in America’s cities

Boston Globe, 8/9/16 Rampant unemployment. Diabetes virtually out of control. Fresh fruits and vegetables hard to find or afford. With one-third of our nation’s minority poverty concentrated in our inner cities, and signs of economic insecurity and income inequality everywhere, it’s easy to understand the sense of hopelessness and abandonment that tens of millions feel […]

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Change, but no revolution, at the Chamber of Commerce

Boston Globe, Opinion, 4/5/16 BACKING A BILL to prevent transgender discrimination? That’s easy. Backing new taxes? That’s hard. If James Rooney, CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, really wants his organization to be more cutting edge — as he told the Globe’s Jon Chesto — he should cut against the grain of classic, […]

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Late-night MBTA Service Crucial to Economic Growth and Justice

Commonwealth Magazine, Opinion, 4/4/16 By Micheal Curry and Jesse Mermell INVESTING IN TRANSPORTATION in order to create economic growth is a popular refrain. You’d be hard-pressed to find the business group, community organization, or transit agency that doesn’t talk that talk. But judging by the speed with which the MBTA shut down late-night service, it […]

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What Apple’s Fight With the FBI Means for Massachusetts

Boston Globe, Opinion, 3/16/16 By Colin Angle and Paul Sagan THE FUTURE of America’s high-tech industry is at stake in the FBI’s effort to force Apple to break open the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone. If the FBI succeeds in forcing Apple to write, cryptographically sign, and deliver new software to undermine Apple’s own security features, […]

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MBTA Fare Hike Proposal Unfair

Boston Globe, Letters, 3/8/16 DANTE RAMOS takes a narrow view of the MBTA fare issue by supporting the Governor’s proposal to raise fares by 7 percent (“MBTA fare hikes stink, but they’re needed,” Opinion, March 1). In 2013, legislators reversed decades of underinvestment in our state’s transportation needs. Recall that the legislature increased T funding […]

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Alliance Program Director Reacts to Impending MBTA Fare Hikes

Boston Neighborhood Network, 3/7/16

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Time to Accelerate Pace of Progress on Pay Equity

The Boston Globe, Letters to the Editor, 2/4/16 SHIRLEY LEUNG hit the nail on the head when she said that “if we are to make meaningful progress in closing the gender pay gap, we have to try something new” (“No unity on bill to grant women equality in pay,” Page A1, Jan. 29). It has […]

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Creating Continued Growth in Massachusetts Requires Investment

Phil Edmundson, Chair of The Alliance for Business Leadership, 1/27/16 When I sat down to write this blog post I chuckled at the idea of putting pen to paper – or these days, fingers to keys – on a subject that seems clear to me: the subject of how to create growth in Massachusetts. As […]

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The Boston Globe Features Alliance Over Lack of Social Progress in Cooperate World

The Boston Globe, Opinion, 1/15/16 IT HAS BEEN A thrilling week for Boston’s business image. The city won General Electric’s heart by packaging itself as a New Age city of agile startups (although promising tax credits and infrastructure plums worth $145 million didn’t hurt either). Then again, we also learned that reinvention goes only so […]

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Who decides what is Good?

Alliance Leader Nathan Rothstein, Founder & CEO of Project Repat, provided the following remarks at the Roosevelt Institute Boston event “Re-writing the Rules” event on November 10, 2015: A few days ago, I was explaining to a group of people what is unique about our business. I told them- “At Project Repat- customers send us […]

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Alliance Leaders Support Carbon Pricing Bill

Alliance Leaders J.J. Bartlett, President of Fishing Partnership Support Services; Roger Freeman, Founder and President of Solventerra; and Tedd Saunders, CEO of EcoLogical Solutions Inc. and CSO of The Saunders Hotel Group testified this afternoon at the State House hearing of S.1747, “An Act Combatting Climate Change,” sponsored by Senator Mike Barrett. Their full testimonies are below. “Putting a price on carbon pollution will […]

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Alliance Leaders Support Pay Equity Bill

Alliance board members Kip Hollister, Founder & CEO of Hollister Staffing and Trish Karter, Founder of LightEffect Farms, represented The Alliance at the July 21st State House hearing about two bills we’ve been active on: Equal Pay and Women on Boards. Kip and Trish, along with Alliance Executive Director Jesse Mermell, testified their support of the bills, […]

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Top Massachusetts officials back gender pay equity bill

Alliance leader and board member Kip Hollister, Founder & CEO of Hollister Staffing, was featured in an article on MassLive.com July 21st for her support of the pay equity bill  S.983 and H.1733. Read more below, or see the original article by Shira Schoenberg  here. Several of Massachusetts’ top elected officials – and more than 100 […]

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More talk than action on giving women a say on corporate boards

Alliance leader and board member Trish Karter, Founder of LightEffect Farms, was featured in the Boston Globe July 20th, 2015 for her work on gender parity for corporate boards in Massachusetts. Read more below, or see the original article by Jon Chesto here. July is not the best of time of the year to get busy business […]

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Northeast energy program lifting economies and lowering emissions

Mariella Puerto, Senior Program Officer – Climate at the Barr Foundation released the following article July 20th regarding a new report which shows that states participating in the most recent phase of regional carbon cap-and-trade are experiencing significant economic benefits while dramatically reducing emissions. Read more below, or view the original article – with access to the […]

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Earned sick time is good for workers – and businesses: New law should be implemented fully and without delay

The Alliance was featured in Commonwealth Magazine on May 20, 2015 in an op-ed written by Board Members Philip Edmundson, Jeffrey Bussgang, Beverly Armstrong, David Belluck, David Gasson and Joshua Boger. Read on below, or view the original article here. Massachusetts voters passed the earned sick time ballot question by an overwhelming margin last November and the Commonwealth’s […]

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Embracing the Future: The Economic Success of British Columbia’s Carbon Pricing Policy

The Alliance was pleased to host Mike Bernier, Parliamentary Secretary for Energy Literacy & the Environment and Dr. Susanna Laaksonen-Craig, Head, Climate Action Secretariat from British Columbia’s Ministry of Environment along with leading Massachusetts and British Columbia business executives for breakfast April 13th to discuss one of the hottest topics of conversation in the Massachusetts State House: […]

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The Route to Growth: Capacity Investments Critical for Region’s Future

The Alliance for Business Leadership is pleased to join A Better City, Boston Society of Architects, MAPC, MASCO, Transportation for Massachusetts, and the Urban Land Institute in signing a white paper entitled The Route to Growth: Capacity Investments Critical for Region’s Future. The report discusses the implications the recent MBTA crisis has had on not only the […]

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Alliance Launches First Think Tank Lunch

The Alliance for Business Leadership was pleased to host the first of a new Think Tank Brown Bag Lunch series of lunchtime working sessions with leading policymakers to dig deep on current public policy issues in Massachusetts. The first ABL Think Tank Brown Bag Lunch was held Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 12:00-1:00pm ET at […]

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A Revenue-Neutral Approach to Pricing Carbon in Massachusetts

A Revenue-Neutral Approach to Pricing Carbon in Massachusetts Leading innovation CEOs, investors and entrepreneurs participated in the Alliance for Business Leadership’s 8th annual CEO Summit on Sustainable Business in Boston on October 22nd.  Pricing carbon at a state level, similar to a policy implemented in British Columbia with the support of the business community there, […]

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Alliance Chair in Boston Globe: A New Way To Measure Our Progress

The Boston Globe, Op-Ed, November 11, 2014: “Having no other mines to work, Massachusetts has mined into the human intellect; and, from its limitless resources, she has won more sustaining and enduring prosperity and happiness than if she had been founded on a stratification of silver and gold, reaching deeper down than geology has yet […]

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CEO Summit on Sustainable Business Launches Collaborations

Innovation-focused CEOs and investors across the professional services, technology, life sciences and advanced energy sectors came together through The Alliance For Business Leadership’s CEO Summit on Sustainable Business; Growing Margins, Growing Markets at the Harvard Club in Boston October 22nd. Guided by global thought leaders, engaged by top national policy-makers, and inspired by top innovation CEOs […]

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Alliance Leadership on Winning an Increased Minimum Wage

Alliance Chair Phil Edmundson, CEO of William Gallagher Associates, addressed the crowd of activists, labor leaders, and legislators who assembled for the signing of Massachusetts’ new minimum wage law by Governor Deval Patrick on Jude 26. If no other state steps forward to do the right thing, by 2017 Massachusetts will have the highest state […]

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Massachusetts to Set Highest State Minimum Wage in the Nation

With the passage of the bill raising the minimum wage in Massachusetts to $11.00 per hour over the next few years, Massachusetts will set the highest state minimum wage in the nation, and also set the stage for more rapid economic growth based on shared prosperity.  Governor Patrick plans to sign the bill this week, […]

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Growth Economy Leaders for Higher Standards: New Allies, Sharpened Focus & Enhanced Ability to Assist

by Jim Boyle, President, Alliance for Business Leadership, and CEO, Sustainability Roundtable Two weeks ago a select group of about three dozen Alliance Leaders made the trip to Washington DC with the message that “Growth Economy Leaders” (those regularly adding terrific jobs with a future in the U.S.) are committed to supporting higher standards in workforce development, a cleaner economy, and improving health […]

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American Business Leaders Must Lead Publicly on Climate Change

As the EPA prepares, after years of delay, to issue regulations on carbon pollution required by the Supreme Court to enforce the Clean Air Act, the need for business leadership in advocating for effective action on climate change has never been greater. The hour is late, and the challenge daunting. The Alliance has been educating business leaders, […]

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Growth Economy Leaders for Higher Standards

In the first quarter of 2014, Alliance Leaders appeared in public forums and in Op-eds throughout Massachusetts and met repeatedly with top state and national policy-makers. Those policy-makers and experts are agreed: little can better help the cause of greater shared responsibility than business leaders publicly explaining the associated business benefit.   Select Alliance Leaders including David […]

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Senator Shaheen Briefs Alliance Leaders

A select group of Alliance leaders exchanged views last week with Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) concerning a wide variety of issues, including sexual assault in the military, women’s pay equity, patent trolling, and above all, the state of the U.S. Congress and how she gets things done in spite of it. In a gathering at the Cambridge […]

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Alliance Leaders Join Mass. Governor Patrick on Trip to Asia

Joshua Boger and Alliance Chair Phil Edmundson were pleased to join Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s economic development trip to Asia in December, bringing word of Massachusetts’ innovation economy to potential public and private partners overseas. Josh attended the Japanese sessions in Kyoto and Tokyo while Phil caught up to the group in Hong Kong and […]

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Senator Markey Urges Alliance Leaders to Continue Public Involvement

Massachusetts has been the land of innovation and business growth since early days, Senator Ed Markey told the assembled business leaders and investors at the Alliance’s Fall CEO Summit.  From the whaling industry to biotech, the commonwealth has led the nation in technological advances which grow local businesses while improving the standard of living for […]

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The Zipcar Story: A Game-Changing Business Model

Scott Griffith, long-time Zipcar CEO and alternative transportation visionary, faced many nay-sayers as he led the startup to a successful IPO and ultimately a buyout.  The business community couldn’t believe Americans would ever trade in their personal cars in favor of renting by the hour. At the Alliance’s Annual CEO Summit, Scott told a tale […]

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Vertex Founder Will Share Company's Strategy Map and Balanced Scorecard Prioritizing "Health: Transforming Lives" at Fall CEO Summit

Dr. Joshua Boger left his job as a scientist at Merck in 1989 with the dream of founding a new kind of drug company, and the resulting development of Vertex Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: VRTX) inspired the New York Times best-seller The Billion-Dollar Molecule and launched one of Boston’s and the nation’s fastest growing public companies. What […]

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Panera Bread CEO on Food Stamps

Would you be willing to take the SNAP challenge? Founder and CEO of Panera Bread Ron Shaich decided to eat for a week on $4.50 a day, the challenge faced every single day by families in the food stamp program. Shaich, a Member of the Alliance for Business Leadership’s Board of Directors, realized that Americans suffering […]

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Governor Seeks Help from Alliance Leaders on Tech Tax Alternative

As Massachusetts legislators prepare to bow to industry pressure to repeal the new tax on software, Governor Patrick called Alliance leaders to Beacon Hill last week to discuss alternatives.   The “tech tax” was intended to partially fund a sorely-needed transportation overhaul.  Meeting with the Governor, the Speaker of the House, the Senate President, the Chairman […]

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An Educated Workforce is the Key to a Prosperous Economy

The business leaders and investors of the Alliance agree that social justice and economic development are mutually reinforcing – it’s a key component of  the Alliance’s Leadership Commitment.  A new report provides dramatic proof that investing in improved access to education is not only just, it‘s necessary to compete successfully in today’s economy.  Alliance Leader […]

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Bussgang Calls for Immigration Reform, Entrepeneur Visas on WBUR

In today’s WBUR piece on US immigration policy – “Why Boston Startups Want Visas for Entrepreneurs” – Alliance leader Jeff Bussgang is quoted for his recent calls for reform. From the article: Losing Patience With U.S. Immigration In May, the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on immigrant entrepreneurs. One of the panelists was Boston […]

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Why The Decline in Corporate Statesmanship?

Why has the elite business lobby in the U.S. abdicated its former role in proposing bi-partisan solutions and regularly calling on big business to sacrifice near term gain for America’s strategic advantage?  Where are leadership groups like the post WWII Committee on Economic Development (CED) that was led by top CEOs who championed full employment, increased […]

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What is the Greatest Unmet Need in U.S. Public Affairs?

If asked for a one word explanation of what is most needed in U.S. public affairs today, I believe a substantial majority of business leaders would say, “Leadership.”   What most science-respecting, innovative business leaders and investors would not likely initially think is that the leadership we most need in public affairs must come from them. […]

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Innovation, Cooperation, Key to Meeting Challenges Outlined in 2013 SOTU

In last night’s State of the Union, President Obama laid out an ambitious agenda for his final term. Though not explicitly stated, it was clear to us that the common thread running throughout his speech, the very force necessary to drive the initiatives he championed, was innovation.    Time for New Ideas, Greater CooperationThe fiscal […]

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Message to Congress: Come Together and Fix the Debt

The internet has been abuzz with talk of the recent “Come Together” initiative, which is using newspaper ads, websites, and even coffee cups to urge Congress to find a productive resolution to the fiscal cliff crisis. Presented by Starbucks, Patch.com, and the Committee for a Responsible Budget, this non-partisan appeal has successfully garnered both support and (occasionally snarky) attention. Fix […]

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Business Leaders to Congress: Strike a Deal on Fiscal Cliff

We urge the Obama Administration and Congress to strike a balanced deal to avert the fiscal cliff and reduce the deficit. The fate of the economy hangs in the balance of deliberations that are inching ever closer, but have not yet been solidified. As part of the CEO Council for the Committee for Responsible Federal […]

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After the Summit – Next Steps on Tax Reform

On November 8, 70+ Alliance leaders and guests gathered at “Post-Election Forecast: What’s Next for Business Leaders“, to discuss the 2012 election results and set strategy for our three key initiatives – Responsible Government, Health Promotion, and Economic Development. Over the next 3 posts, we will share highlights and next steps from these discussions, and […]

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Post Election: What’s Next for Business Leadership?

    After the election, join us for a Post-Election Forecast at the 6th Annual CEO Summit in Boston, November 8.  Imagine if you were asked to run a business where half your employees are at retirement age, your shareholders and customers have no respect for how you do business, your board of directors turns […]

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Do Business Tax Breaks Grow our Economy?

According to a report released in August by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, in FY 2012 the Commonwealth will forgo collection of $2.44 billion in tax revenue in order to provide business with 58 tax breaks. Additionally, the report shows that over the last fifteen years, the cost of these special business tax breaks […]

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Airline CEO and the Alliance in Congress, Making Business Case for Affordable Care Act

It’s another big day for healthcare reform – including the business leaders who make up the Alliance – as Congress continues to debate, examine, and investigate the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act. As we speak, Alliance leader Dan Wolf, CEO of Cape Air, is on Capitol Hill testifying before the House Committee on […]

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A Good Day for the Country and for Business: Supreme Court Upholds Healthcare Law

Today, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act and preserved the individual mandate requiring Americans to purchase health insurance. The Alliance for Business Leadership applauds the Court for its decision as it marks a huge step forward in advancing the health of our nation, its people and the economy. Paying More […]

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The Role of Leadership: An Update from CEO Summit on Capitol Hill

A quick update on the CEO Summit in progress in Washington, DC, by Audra Tafoya, Alliance Resource Development Manager. The air was buzzing with excitement last night as the Alliance for Business Leadership gathered at the opening dinner of the 5th Annual CEO Summit on Capitol Hill. As members filed in, old friends re-connected and new friends […]

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Introducing the Alliance: A New Name – A New Commitment

This week the Alliance for Business Leadership (“the Alliance”) launches a new platform for business leadership to address some of the most pressing challenges our society faces: A crisis of confidence in the role of government; Insufficient investment in education, infrastructure and research; Demographic hurdles from an aging population, declines in real wages and social […]

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Joining the Crowd

In 2000, English band Marillion funded an entire album by using small donations from 300,000 fans, who then received a five percent return on future record sales for their “investment”. This allowed the band to achieve success without courting mammoth record companies.  What Marillion accomplished in 2000 has since been called the first example of […]

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Hearing Rumors About Us? They Might Be True…

In case you have heard the rumor that we are changing our name…it is true. We have become the Alliance for Business Leadership (“The Alliance”) and will be launching the change along with our 2012 agenda on our website very shortly. For the moment, all of our emails, phone numbers, address and URL remain the […]

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Cambridge Innovation Center's Tim Rowe Tells U.S. Senate: Start-Ups Can Drive Growth, Create Jobs

Today, PBLN member Tim Rowe testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship  at a hearing on Developing and Strengthening High- Growth Entrepreneurship. As you read his brief testimony below, the question for readers here is – did Tim represent what you think is best for the entrepreneurial economy? Weigh in below […]

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Workforce Development a No-Brainer: Empowering Community Colleges is Job One

Massachusetts currently has 240,000 unemployed citizens, and 120,000 job openings.  These numbers should confuse you.  In today’s economic environment, it is clear we can’t afford such an employment mismatch which experts say is tied to a complex “skills gap” between supply and demand of workers. In his recent State of the Commonwealth speech, Massachusetts Governor […]

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The Global Innovation Economy: Team Massachusetts Heads to Brazil

PBLN will be joining the Massachusetts Innovation Economy Mission to Brazil next week led by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. As described in today’s Boston Globe, the 50 business and government leaders will include several cabinet secretaries and agency heads in key sectors, and top brass from universities and research institutes; as well as executives from EMC, […]

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November Issues Update

PBLN came out strong in support of the Massachusetts landmark energy legislation called the Green Communities Act in the face of significant criticism by some of the state’s most influential business organizations. We also deepened our engagement on the critical issue of workforce development through education and the crisis in of public nutrition policy and […]

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Jobs for Veterans – Is it your Business?

Today, President Obama signed a bill into law that helps unemployed veterans, numbering more than 850,000, to find jobs. The new legislation creates tax incentives for businesses to hire veterans, offering credits of up to $9,600 per hire, depending on the worker’s salary and how long he/she has been unemployed. Several top executives who are […]

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PBLN Pre-Summit Spotlight: Recombinant Data CEO Peter Emerson

As PBLN nears its Annual Boston CEO Summit, we have asked some of our participants to share some of their incoming thoughts as they prepare for the conference. Peter Emerson, CEO of Recombinant Data,  shared his enlightening thoughts and insight regarding  his company, Recombinant Data, and healthcare – a topic that will certainly be popular during […]

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Weigh in: Can entrepreneurs create jobs on the scale the US requires?

This is an open thread for comments as we prepare for PBLN’s 5th annual CEO Summit. Our focus is on how visionary entrepreneurship and public policy can align to spur economic growth and job creation. At our Summit Thursday we will ask top execs from Organogenesis, HouseWorks, Vertex, Panera Bread Company, XTalic, Digital Lumens, First […]

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PBLN Pre-Summit Spotlight: Merida Meridian CEO Catherine Connolly

As PBLN nears its Annual Boston CEO Summit, we have asked some of our participants to share some of their incoming thoughts as they prepare for the conference. One of them, Catherine Forster Connolly, CEO of Merida Meridian, graciously shared her thoughts and insight regarding some of the topics that will be brought up during the […]

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Click here for November 10th CEO Summit Agenda

Thanks for your interest in PBLN’s November 10th CEO Summit at UMass Boston. The Agenda is here. We are more proud than ever to feature the ideas of entrepreneurs from a wide range of industries and sectors, and from some of the leading thinkers in the public policy arena as well.

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Calling all Companies and Community Colleges: Forum at the Boston Fed will ask, "What are Your Plans for the Jobs of the Future Now?

Enrollment and expectations are up. Funding is down. Many are unemployed and many great jobs are vacant due to a lack of the right skills mix in the workforce. Tough to be running a Community College in 2011? Yes it is. And tough to be an employer unable to find the right hires. And tough […]

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Part 2: More CEOs React to "Occupy Wall Street" Protests

We have had great responses to our blog post “Occupy Everything: What do CEOs Think?” and you should check out the points of view expressed there by Organogenesis CEO Geoff Mackay, Vertex founder and former CEO Joshua Boger, BiddingforGood CEO Jon Carson and others. The protests and what may be the beginning of a serious […]

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Nearing the Summit: CEOs, Government Leaders To Gather November 10th for "Stepping Up: Business Leadership in America's Next Economy"

“We can no longer afford a distinction between what is good for business and what is good for society” – Communispace CEO Diane Hessan “If I am not on the field, someone else is playing my position” – North Bridge Venture Partners, General Partner, Carmichael Roberts There are a few dates to bank on in […]

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Occupy Everything: What Do CEOs Think?

So CEO’s: what do you think of the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon? Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit has weighed in about the Occupy protests, saying “Their sentiments are completely understandable. Trust has been broken between financial institutions and the citizens of the U.S., and that is Wall Street’s job, to reach out to Main Street and rebuild […]

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"I Want to Put a Ding in the Universe": In Memory of Steve Jobs

The PBLN community mourns the loss of Steve Jobs, a visionary leader. Much will be said by those who knew him well. PBLN did not get the chance to work with him, to our great regret. Fast company captures some of Jobs’ quotable words on the subject of making the world a better place that are worth […]

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Palestinian Technology Entrepreneurs Mean Business in Visit to US Innovation Economy

UPDATE: The visit was a huge success on both sides. The symmetry was evident in comments to the Boston Globe, which published a nice piece about the visit written by Hiawatha Bray.  Visiting CEO Murad Tahboub (Asal) said, “[t]here is usually a shortage of software developers in the US, and they are looking for destinations outside […]

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Pick up the Gauntlet: A Response to President Obama's Jobs Speech

President Obama just finished his jobs speech to a joint session of the US Congress. It is hard to remember a Presidential address in the last 20 years that more focused on the role of business in the potential for prosperity in America. The President seemed to want to bridge two conventional images: business as a […]

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What's Bigger? The Debt Crisis or the Investment Crisis? Is this Even the Question?

What’s bigger? The debt crisis or the investment crisis? Admittedly, both are a problem. And neither was resolved by the debt ceiling drama. We can all agree that avoiding default is a good thing. Beyond that, has anything been resolved? Are we any closer to investing in a sustainable economy that will unleash a new […]

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July Issues Update: Health Care Cost, the Business of Clean Energy, and a Human Capital Crisis

Are Education Problems Supply Chain Problem? In many ways, business sees the education reform agenda as a supply chain problem. There are gaps in the chain along the way from pre-K to career in a variety of places with little explanation. Is the K-12 education really what is needed to succeed in job training or college? […]

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Call to Action: Every CEO Needs to be a Part of Big Changes to Cost and Quality in Health Care

The facts around health care costs are staggering. In Massachusetts, residents spend more than $10,000 per capita and public and private spending on health care exceeds $63 billion, according to data from a national health policy institute. As these costs reach new heights, health care spending depletes investments in education and infrastructure, costing our economy jobs. […]

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PBLN Responds to New Hampshire Senator John Sununu: CEOs Need to Be Leaders and Keep Their Day Jobs Too

Management visionary Peter Drucker famously said that “[e]very single social and global issue of our day is a business opportunity in disguise.” He could be referring to climate change, foreign and fossil fuel energy dependence, overwhelming healthcare costs, schools and community colleges that fail to put young people on paths to high wage jobs…. In a […]

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Seeking Public-Private Partnership for Clean Energy Economy: PBLN at the Massachusetts Statehouse

According to a recent report from the Brookings Institute, in terms of overall size, the clean economy in the Boston metropolitan area ranks 8th among the largest metro areas in the US.  The report, “Sizing the Clean Economy: A National and Regional Green Jobs Assessment” estimates that Boston currently boasts 41,825 clean economy jobs (with 4,300 […]

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June Policy Update

What is on our plate at PBLN? Deep engagement with the biggest challenges facing our society and our economy. Here is a review of several opportunities to get involved today: Education We believe in government – and we see clearly that there are many instances where ineffective regulation can kill innovation. The U.S. Department of […]

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How Much Would You Pay for a Heart Attack?

How much would you pay for a heart attack? That depends, of course on where you go for treatment. According to the Boston Globe, a new report says, “[w]hen a heart attack patient was admitted to South Shore Hospital in Weymouth [Massachusetts] in 2009, insurers paid $9,684 on average for the hospital stay. But for […]

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May Policy Update

Immigration Reform and Start Up Visa Legislation President Obama has just launched a comprehensive immigration reform agenda. There are many elements to immigration reform and PBLN doesn’t yet have a position on specific proposals outside of supporting Start Up Visa legislation. However, it is evident that a larger immigration reform agenda is of fundamental importance […]

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PBLN to Lawmakers: Healthcare Cost is both a Job-Killer and Innovation-Killer

A legislative committee in Massachusetts is looking at Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s proposal for a second stage of healthcare reform. As many in the nation are hearing for the first time now because of national politics, Massachusetts adopted a model to reach near universal coverage that was supported broadly by business. The first-in-the-nation reforms were achieved by […]

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Wendell Knox and Norm Gorin Bring Buddha to Grove Hall

PBLN member/Boston Rising Board member Wendell Knox and PBLN Board member Norm Gorin are bringing the Buddha to the Grove Hall section of Boston. Impossible? Come join them later this month and be enlightened by the newest thing in middle school education. It comes from California, of course. Hollywood, no less. But, ten years and […]

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People Favor Ending Tax Breaks for Candy and Soda: It's the Healthy Economy, Stupid!

Our friends and partners at NEHI have released poll results showing public support for ending a very strange facet of the Massachusetts sales tax. At present, the sales tax does not apply to soda and candy. There is of course a mountain of data about sweets, health and the cost to all of us that […]

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Reports of Life in the U.S. Capitol: DC Summit Report, Part One

We are just back from PBLN’s 4th Annual CEO Forum in the US Capitol. 115 CEOs, executives, entrepreneurs and investors landed on what many in business describe as “another planet.” Already reports are coming in from participants about the possibility of innovation in a place where you would not expect anything to grow. Venture Capitalist, […]

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What Kind of Community Does Innovation Require? You Tell Us!

We are thrilled that Ashley McCown, President of Solomon McCown is part of our 100 biz leader delegation to Washington DC this week. Ashley and colleagues have allowed us to be a co-sponsor for a program focused on a topic we view as essential to the growth of the innovation economy: community. Here is how […]

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A Vision for America's Next Economy

  What would you say to Washington (that you could say in polite company) if you had the chance? 100 PBLN leaders are heading to Capitol Hill to meet with leaders in Congress and the Obama Administration about the state of the American economy and to discuss how to plan for inventing the next one. […]

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PBLN's April Call to Action

Join with PBLN to Save Americorps and National Service Thanks to the urging of Rosabeth Moss Kanter who sits not only on our Board but also on the Board of City Year, PBLN has joined the coalition to Save Service – a diverse collection of business, labor, civic leadership, education and other sectors standing up […]

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Ron Shaich, Joshua Boger & Diane Hessan to talk "Business Leadership and Values" at DC Summit

One of our best models of a CEO who “gets it” about the role business plays in society is a regular at PBLN events is Panera Bread Company founder and Chairman Ron Shaich. Ron is going to participate in a session at our Washington Summit May 4th. He’ll be paired with Vertex founder and former […]

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Why Healthcare Reform is Good for Small Business

Our friends at the Small Business Majority are doing it again – getting data together to shed light on the actual views and interests of small business America – lo and behold long term, sustainable changes – including the Affordable Care Act (national healthcare reform) are viewed as critical to success. For a week at […]

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…So goes the Nation? What's next for healthcare reform in Massachusetts?

It could be said that as goes the first state to adopt near-universal healthcare, so goes the nation. The Massachusetts model will be scrutinized in the Presidential election. A diverse array of relevant leaders believe the Massachusetts reform is a success story. At the same time, the cost of healthcare in general is crushing the […]

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Does President Obama Mean Business?

President Barack Obama addressed the U.S. Chamber of Commerce yesterday in a closely watched visit designed to build a better bridge between the Administration and business interests. It came as no surprise of course that he got mixed reviews in the business press. Fortune editor-at-large Nina Easton riffed off of President’s attempt at levity (“if […]

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The Year in Review: Progress and Leadership

PBLN finished 2010 as a high-energy network of more than 150 top business leaders. We convened more than 500 business, government and non-profit leaders to wrestle with big challenges and big ideas for progress. We effectively entered the public discourse on healthcare, energy, housing and other issues via PBLN’s own voice and diverse voices of […]

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A Call to Action: Sign Today to Save EPA's Clean Air Act Authority

Dear Members and Friends, PBLN has adopted a policy statement developed by the Energy and Environment Working Group that supports the right of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate carbon emissions, an existing power that is particularly critical in the face of Congress’ collective failure to address climate change through legislation. EPA’s authority to regulate carbon under […]

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PBLN Video from October 8 CEO Summit at Bentley University: Rosabeth Moss Kanter (Harvard Business School) and Gary Hirshberg (CEO, Stonyfield Farm)

At PBLN’s October 8th CEO Summit at Bentley University, we were privileged to have Rosabeth Moss Kanter (Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School) and Gary Hirshberg (CEO, Stonyfield Farm) speak to us about how innovative businesses and business leaders can create profit and social/environmental good. See the video here

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Can Innovation Companies Drive Job Growth in New England?

There is no more important issue than sustainable job growth. In one of the most well-attended sessions at the PBLN CEO Summit October 8th at Bentley University, Boston Globe columnist Scott Kirsner moderated a session on the question of whether the so-called “innovation economy” (title of his column) can drive job growth at a scale […]

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CNBC Says Massachusetts is 5th Best State for Business; Texas Nabs 1st

A  CNBC Special Report ranks the 50 states seeking to answer the question, “what states are the best places to do business?” Texas came in first, and Massachusetts, which is of particular interest to many readers of this blog, came in 5th. For the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, this high ranking runs contrary to lots of […]

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Calling all Business Leaders: Make it Your Business to Call Washington to Protect your State's Budget from Drastic Cuts

In Massachusetts and 29 other states, the fiscal year ends on June 30th. A year of harsh budget cuts is coming to an end and an equally challenging if more hopeful one is about to begin. Enter a new budget crisis. Many states were counting on a six month extension of a certain temporarily increased […]

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