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New Red Line Cars Are a Welcome Boost, but State Must Invest More

The Boston Globe, Letters, 12/15/16 COULD GREATER Boston get a better holiday gift than news of 134 new Red Line cars (“T gets OK for another 134 cars,” Page A1, Dec. 13)? Imagine the yuletide cheer that would spread if we had a whole system of top-notch transit, and not just some much-needed new cars […]

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My New Year’s Resolution

Jamaica Plain News, 12/12/16 This past Thursday Mayor Walsh released a new report with the latest predictions on how we can expect climate change to impact our city. The picture isn’t pretty. Though Jamaica Plain will escape the brunt of the impacts connected to rising sea levels, the consequences for our neighborhood will still be […]

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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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State Can Lead the Way With Innovation for a Warming World

Boston Globe, Opinion, 10/1/16 A CAREER in the private sector, both as a corporate executive and as an entrepreneur, has taught me a few things. Jeffrey D. Sachs’s Sept. 26 op-ed “Play the long game on infrastructure” reminded me of two key lessons. First, spend money to make money. As Sachs points out, throughout American […]

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Why We Need To Be Like NYC

Blue Mass Group, 9/15/16 I’m a Massachusetts native. I’ve lived here my whole life. So it pains me to say that New York is getting something right, and we’re fumbling the ball. Last week The New York Times featured a piece about the ambitious plan that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled earlier […]

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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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This MBTA Decision Could Have Harsh Consequences for Boston Startups

BostInno, Streetwise, 7/5/16 Buried in the complex web of the FY17 state budget was a glimmer of good news for the innovation economy in Massachusetts: new, clear limits on how frequently and by how much MBTA fares can be raised. Allow me to explain Take a stroll around some of the hotbeds of innovation in […]

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​Keep Massachusetts an Energy Innovation Leader

Boston Business Journal, ViewPoint, 6/28/16 As one of the world’s most vibrant innovation hubs, it is incumbent upon Massachusetts to invest in clean energy to address climate change and grow our economy. Although gas prices are relatively low right now, we need to focus on expansive, long-term thinking as the state crafts a strategic, clean […]

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Millionaires’ tax passes second test

Bay State Banner, News, 5/25/16 A proposed millionaires’ tax amendment garnered a strong show of support at the State House last week, after amassing more than 157,000 petition signatures last fall to get it considered. The so-called Fair Share Amendment needed to secure 50 “yes” votes at Wednesday’s constitutional convention to advance; it received 135, […]

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Time for vision at the MBTA

Commonwealth Magazine, Transit, 5/23/16 GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER said, “Where there is no vision, there is no hope.” If ever there was an entity in need of some hope, it is the MBTA. Fortunately, this Tuesday evening the MBTA launches an extensive visioning process – Focus40 – to craft a 25-year strategic investment plan to carry […]

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Alliance Program Director Reacts to Impending MBTA Fare Hikes

Boston Neighborhood Network, 3/7/16

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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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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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The Global Entrepreneur In Residence Program: An Engine for Economic Growth in Massachusetts

By Jeff Bussgang, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners I am passionate about the issue of immigration reform.  In my role as an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and business school professor, I have watched our dysfunctional immigration system turn away the best and brightest from creating jobs and wealth in America. Two years ago, I had the […]

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Shereen Shermak and Launch Angels Open Up the Venture Capital World

A new kind of venture capital approach is opening doors for entrepreneurs who might stand little chance of being funded under the old system, says Alliance leader Shereen Shermak, CEO of Launch Angels Inc. “Regulatory changes now allow smaller venture capital firms to market products more generally and broadly,” Shermak explains. “Now different folks are […]

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