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Foreclosure Crisis Worsens in Massachusetts, Spurring Cries of State Inaction

MassLive, 8/24/16 The effects of the Great Recession may be receding, but many Massachusetts homeowners remain underwater. The number of foreclosures is rising, and that trend is expected to continue. The reason, experts say, is a backlog of old foreclosures that were stalled due to a state law that are only now proceeding. But advocates for homeowners […]

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Leader Lab Seeks Some Answers

Boston Globe, Business, 3/17/16 It may not seem possible to solve all of Boston’s biggest problems in one day. But Jesse Mermell is going to give it a try. As president of the left-leaning Alliance for Business Leadership, Mermell is hosting a daylong workshop called the Leader Lab at the Seaport World Trade Center on […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Housing & Economic Development Working Group Meeting

Host & Speakers TBD Protecting the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Law (40B): The Business Case for Investing in a Market-Driven Affordable Housing Model Register |  Add to calendar At this quarterly meeting, PBLN’s Housing & Economic Development Working Group will address job growth, economic development and housing. Speakers and specific topic of discussion is TBD. The Housing & Economic […]

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PBLN in the Massachusetts Statehouse: For the Economy & for Our Values, Protect the Affordable Housing Law

Click here to join leaders across the business community in protecting the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Law Today PBLN President Tom Dretler (President/CEO of Eduventures, Inc,) testified in a hearing of the Joint Committee on Housing of the Massachusetts Legislature. The Hearing was about a ballot question being put before the voters of the state in […]

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PBLN Members Support Market-Driven Model to Build Affordable Housing

PBLN has adopted a position in support of the Massachusetts Affordable Housing law known as “Chapter 40B” which is currently under attack. A well funded grassroots campaign has succeeded in placing a referendum to repeal 40B on the November ballot. What is at stake is its total repeal and the collapse of the entire market driven […]

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