BBJ - Massachusetts Business Climate Summit: Growing and Competing for Jobs in 2013

When: Fri February 15, 2013 7:30 am

Organization: Boston Business Journal

Location: Seaport Hotel, 1 Seaport Lane, Boston, MA 02210


Event Information

Is Massachusetts on the rise or leveling off as an economic center?

The Massachusetts Business Climate Summit, brought to you by the Boston Business Journal and the State House News Service, will explore steps to make Massachusetts a more competitive place to do business. The capacity of Massachusetts to attract, retain and incubate businesses is widely seen as more important than ever  — but rarely scrutinized in depth. The Massachusetts Business Climate will gather business and political leaders to pose the question: How do we make the Commonwealth a better, more inviting place to do business? For the first time, we will bring together the people who are actually growing the jobs and those who are in charge of paving the way for more business growth.

Panel 1: Fast-growth company CEOs weigh in on the business climate: Should they grow here or elsewhere?

Why Massachusetts? Growth-company CEOs from a variety of industries convene to discuss what they love and hate about the region as a place to do business. Is Massachusetts a true friend to business? What factors keep growth companies expanding here, and what kind of incentives could lure some of them away?  Moderated by Boston Business Journal Executive Editor George Donnelly.

Panel 2: Reregulating Massachusetts for business growth — how does the commonwealth become a better partner for business?

A panel of State House officials, along with business group leaders, discuss concrete steps to improve the business climate. What policies are stymieing job growth and how does the Commonwealth position itself to be a faster, easier and less expensive place to do business? Moderated by State House News Service General Manager Craig Sandler.

Plus: Introducing the Boston Business Journal Job-Grower Award program: Honoring three companies that have a strong track record of growing jobs in Massachusetts over the past three years.