Friday, October 29, 2010

Jim Klocke is 'On the Record' discussing what the business community is looking for in Tuesday's election

Last night, Chamber EVP Jim Klocke went 'On the Record' with NECN's RD Sahl to discuss what the business community is looking for in the upcoming election, the Chamber's position on Question 2 (the repeal of 40B), the Novartis announcement to double the size of its planned Cambridge expansion, Filene's news, and the latest MA jobs numbers.

Click here to watch this inerview.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Video clip from the Senator Kerry forum

Senator Kerry addresses the Chamber

This morning, United States Senator John Kerry addressed the Chamber's Government Affairs Forum at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. With more than 200 members of the Boston business community in attendance, Senator Kerry discussed the government's efforts to help guide this country out of challenging economic times, the importance of investing in infrastructure, foreign policy relations, and predicted major filibuster changes.

Click here to view photos of today's event.  Check out State House News, the Boston Herald, and the Boston Globe for coverage of Senator Kerry remarks.

Tune into WBUR 90.9 at 8pm on Sunday, October 31 for a complete broadcast of this forum.

Don't miss the next Government Affairs Forum with United States Senator Scott Brown on November 15 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. For more information or to register, click here.

The Chamber would like to thank Bank of America for sponsoring this series.

Chamber releases October Jobs & Policy Update

The Chamber recently released its October Massachusetts Jobs & Policy Update. Highlights from the update include:
  • State shed 20,900 jobs last month; 2nd consecutive month of job loss and largest monthly job loss since Jan. 1991. State posted 0.7% job growth last 12 months, slightly higher than U.S. rate of 0.3%.
  • State unemployment rate fell to 8.4% (lowest since May 09), steepest rate decline since tracking began in 1976. Mass. rate remains well below the U.S. rate of 9.6%.
  • Only two of 12 regions added jobs last month; five of 12 regions added jobs year-over-year with strongest growth in South Coast and Metro West regions.
  • Financial Activities (+1,300), Information (+500), and Professional & Business Services (+400) posted largest monthly job gains.
Click here to read the full update.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Akamai CEO Paul Sagan addreses the Chamber

This morning, the Chamber hosted an Innovation Forum with Akamai Technologies CEO Paul Sagan.  Akamai is a leader in web application acceleration and performance, and has grown from a $50,000 MIT startup to an international leader in Internet content delivery, handling billions of web interactions each day. The program was held at the InterContinental Boston and attracted 150 attendees.  Moderated by NECN business reporter Peter Howe, the event focused on Akamai's growth, the future of the internet, and Sagan's passion for education reform.

Click here to view photos from this event and check out the Boston Herald for highlights of Sagan's address.

The Chamber would like to thank Weber Shandwick for sponsoring this series.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker joins 'This Week in Business'

Yesterday on This Week in Business, Charlie Baker, Republican candidate for governor of Massachusetts, joined hosts Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas to discuss his bid for the governorship. He discussed the latest Massachusetts jobs data and his ideas for job creation and economic development. Baker also weighs in on Cape Wind, Question 3, campaign ads, education, and health care.

Click here to watch Part 1 and Part 2 of this interview.

On the Business Beat, NECN business reporter Peter Howe joins to discuss some of the top business stories of the week, including an interested Boston Globe buyer, a merger between Northeast Utilities and NSTAR, and renovations at Fenway Park.

Click here to watch Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of this segment.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Vote NO on Question 2

Housing Law Repeal Would Impact Economy & Quality of Life

This November’s statewide election will feature a ballot question on repealing Chapter 40B, the state's primary affordable housing production law. The Chamber is working with the Campaign to Protect the Affordable Housing Law to defeat this ballot question due to its potential impact on the state’s economic vitality and quality of life.

Despite the real estate market correction of recent years, Massachusetts continues to experience an affordability gap. Viable housing options will continue to elude many of our residents, including recent graduates and young families, unless state-level planning and production policies are maintained.

Massachusetts' economic growth will be promoted by a supply of housing that is affordable to workers of all income ranges and is accessible to their jobs. Chapter 40B remains one of the most valuable tools this state has to encourage more communities to expand affordable, workforce housing.

Since its enactment, Chapter 40B has been responsible for the development of tens of thousands of housing units and remains an essential ingredient for promoting the development of workforce housing sufficient to sustain and grow our economy. Currently, there are more than 20,000 homes in the pipeline which will spur much-needed development and construction jobs.

While the Chamber has supported efforts to improve and streamline Chapter 40B in recent years, it has strongly opposed efforts to repeal or otherwise undermine the fundamental intent of the law.

The Chamber will continue its efforts to preserve Chapter 40B and other housing production tools which help to strengthen our economic competitiveness, enhance our ability to attract and retain talented workers, and improve the quality of life of those who live and work here.

For more information on the impact of the affordable housing law, click here.

Remember to vote on November 2! For more information on where to vote, click here.

Vote NO on Question 1

Repealing the state tax on alcoholic beverages and alcohol would cost the state approximately $46 million in FY11. The Chamber is working with other groups to defeat this ballot question.

A coalition dubbed "Committee Against Repeal of Alcohol Tax" has launched a website that is a good resource on this particular ballot question.

Remember to vote on November 2! For more information on where to vote, click here.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Governor Patrick joins 'This Week in Business'

Yesterday on 'This Week in Business,' Governor Deval Patrick joined hosts Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas to discuss the most important issues facing the Commonwealth and his plans for a second term, if elected.  He talks about job creation, the housing market, health care, pension reform, and his relationship with President Obama.

Click here for Part 1 and Part 2 of this interview.

On the Business Beat, NECN business reporter Peter Howe joins to discuss the rescue of 33 brave Chilean miners and MIT's new Nobel Prize winner.

Click here for Part 1 and Part 2 of this segment.

Video of Gubernatorial Candidates Forum

Watch video of the entire Gubernatorial Candidates Forum below. Held on October 13 and moderated by WBUR's Bob Oakes, the candidates include Charlie Baker (R), Treasurer Tim Cahill (I), Governor Deval Patrick (D), and Jill Stein (G-R). The Government Affairs Forum is sponsored by Bank of America.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Chamber hosts Small Business of the Year Awards

Yesterday, the Chamber hosted the 2010 Small Business of the Year Awards Luncheon at the Colonnade Hotel.  Ed Walsh, co-anchor of WBZ's Morning Edition, was the Master of Ceremonies, and Scott Griffith, chairman & CEO of Zipcar, was the keynote speaker. The event honored one impressive entrepreneur and two outstanding companies:
Click here to view photos from the event and the Boston Globe article featuring the honorees.

The Chamber would like to thank Sovereign Bank and the Boston Globe for sponsoring this event.

News from Harvard & MIT 'On the Record'

Last night, Chamber president & CEO Paul Guzzi went 'On the Record' with NECN's RD Sahl to discuss Harvard Business School's $50 million gift from Tata Group and planned expansion, MIT economist Peter Diamond's Nobel Prize for Economics, a UMass Donahue Institute study indicating that Massachusetts economy is vulnerable, and a recap of the Chamber's 2010 Small Business of the Year Awards.

Click here to watch this interview.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Initial press coverage from today's gubernatorial forum


Governor candidates debate Cahill lawsuit, transportation
State House News

Governor, Cape Wind developer tout local manufacturing jobs
Boston Herald

What they said: Gubernatorial candidates talk Western Mass. job creation
Mass Live

Audio: Gov. candidates battle on accusations, economy
WBUR

Governor candidates seek to move beyond controversy
Boston Globe

Cahill: No e-mails about Lottery ad blitz
Boston Herald

Mass. gov. candidates face searing queries on suit
AP

Gov. candidates laud buiness heroes
Boston Herald

Business group hosts gov. forum on jobs
FOX

Chamber hosts gubernatorial forum

This morning, the Chamber hosted a special Government Affairs Forum with the candidates for governor of the Commonwealth -- Charlie Baker (Republican), Tim Cahill (Independent), Governor Deval Patrick (Democrat), and Jill Stein (Green-Rainbow).  The forum was moderated by WBUR's Bob Oakes and focused on job creation and economic develpment. It was held at the Fairmont Copley Plaza and more than 500 Chamber members were in attendance!

Click here to view photos from this event.

Don't miss the next Government Affairs Forum with Senator John Kerry on Monday, October 25 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. Click here for more information or to register.

The Chamber would like to thank Bank of America for sponsoring this series.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Gubernatorial candidate Tim Cahill joins 'This Week in Business'

Sunday on 'This Week in Business,' Tim Cahill, Independent candidate for governor of Massachusetts, joined hosts Paul Guzzi and Mike Nikitas to discuss the most important issues facing the Commonwealth and his ideas for change. Cahill discusses his plans for job creation, for creating a more competitive business environment, health care, Cape Wind, casino gambling in Massachusetts, and recent changes in his campaign.

Click here to watch Part 1 and Part 2 of this interview.

On the Business Beat, NECN business reporter Peter Howe talks about changes in Boston's real estate market, and news at Genzyme and Caritas.

Click here to view this segment.

Last chance to register for tomorrow's gubernatorial forum!

Tomorrow morning the Chamber will host a special Government Affairs Forum with the candidates for governor of Massachusetts -- Charlie Baker (Republican), Tim Cahill (Independent), Governor Deval Patrick (Democrat), and Jill Stein (Green-Rainbow). The event will be held at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel and registration will begin promptly at 7:30am.

Click here to register for tomorrow's event.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Jonathan Kraft of the New England Patriots joins "This Week in Business: Game Time"

Sunday on 'This Week in Business: Game Time,' Jonathan Kraft, president of the New England Patriots, joined host Paul Guzzi and NECN business reporter Peter Howe to discuss the business of sports.  He shared details of the Patriots business model, discussed their team and brand value, and talked about changes being made to Gillette Stadium to increase the "game day" experience for fans.  Jonathan also talked about the future of the NFL and the Patriots' role in the community.

Click here for Part 1 and Part 2 of this interview.

On the Business Beat, Paul and Peter discuss changes at the Boston Globe, the Air Tran / Southwest merger, and a new 84-minute high speed rail from Boston to NYC.

Click here to view Part 1 and Part 2 of this interview.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Photos from recent Chamber events now online

On September 23, the Chamber hosted a Women's Network Panel Discussion on "Executive Leadership in the Public Sector" and on September 30, the Chamber hosted an Executive Forum with Dunkin' Brands CEO Nigel Travis. Click here to view photos from the Women's Network Breakfast and the Executive Forum.

Eric Rosengren's ideas for job growth & big changes at the Boston Globe 'On the Record'

Last Thursday, Chamber president & CEO Paul Guzzi went 'On the Record' with NECN's RD Sahl to discuss Boston Fed chief Eric Rosengren's call for the Federal Reserve to take "unconventional steps" to jumpstart job grwoth, the Boston Globe's announcement to start charging for some online content, and Dunkin' CEO Nigel Travis' comments at a recent Chamber event.

Click here to watch this interview.