Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel - 606 Congress Street, Boston, MA
Business leaders, public officials, and champions of Massachusetts will gather for the Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards Luncheon to recognize the 2018 winners. These awards honor companies from all regions of the state and multiple industries for their outstanding contributions to the Massachusetts economy. Click here to read the press release announcing the winning companies.
2018 Economic Impact Award Winners
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | General Registration and Networking
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | V.I.P. Reception [Invitation only]
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Luncheon
Governor Charlie Baker
Since taking office in 2015 as the 72nd Governor of Massachusetts, Governor Charlie Baker has been making Massachusetts a great place to live, work and raise a family while delivering a customer-service oriented state government that is as hard working as the people of the Commonwealth. Governor Baker worked to close budget gaps worth more than $2 billion without raising taxes, while bolstering local aid for our schools and communities, investing in a more reliable public transportation system and prioritizing funds to fight the opioid and heroin epidemic. Governor Baker has supported robust business sectors by reforming the Commonwealth’s regulatory environment, holding the line on taxes, and advancing efforts to rein in energy costs.
Master of Ceremonies
Lisa Hughes is a news anchor for WBZ-TV News weekdays at 5PM and 11PM with co-anchor David Wade. Hughes joined the station in June 2000 after working as a correspondent for CBS Newspath, the CBS-TV Station Group’s satellite news service. Lisa has covered just about every major news event in New England, and she has had the pleasure of interviewing many of the area’s newsmakers.
VIP Reception Featured Speaker
Karen Spilka, Massachusetts Senate President
Karen Spilka became the 95th Massachusetts Senate President in July 2018. Prior to her presidency, as Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, Spilka oversaw the passage of an economic development reform law that revolutionizes the way the state does business, increases access to capital for small businesses, and makes it easier for businesses to get the help they need from the state to start or grow here. This law streamlined state and quasi-public agencies and increased transparency by requiring regular performance management reviews of these organizations. This law also created the Mass Marketing Partnership, to better market Massachusetts to businesses within the U.S. and abroad. Additionally, this law created the MetroWest Tourism and Visitors Bureau to promote the cultural and natural attractions of the region. Senator Spilka also oversaw the passage of important legislation on clean energy and broadband access expansion. As a State Senator, Spilka represents several MetroWest communities. efore becoming a legislator, Spilka was in private practice as an arbitrator and mediator, specializing in labor and employment law and community and court mediation. Spilka has previously served as Chair of the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Ways & Means and Senate Majority Whip.
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