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Choosing to Collaborate: Regional & State Resources for Local Economic Development Encouraging Manufacturing in Central Massachusetts

September 27, 2012 – Devens Conference Center, Devens

WELCOME
George Ramirez – Executive Vice President, Devens Operations, MassDevelopment

A REPORT CARD ON MANUFACTURING IN MASSACHUSETTS
Barry Bluestone – Director, Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, Northeastern University

WHY MANUFACTURERS ARE MAKING IT IN MASSACHUSETTS
Moderator:
— Melissa Fetterhoff – President & CEO, Nashoba Valley Chamber
Panelists:
— Mike Prior – Director of Business Development, Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Dawn Creighton – Regional Director, Associated Industries of Massachusetts

CREATING THE NEW MANUFACTURING WORKFORCE
Moderator:
— Dave McKeehan – President & CEO, North Central Mass Chamber
Panelists:
— Dr. Robert Antonucci – President, Fitchburg State University
— Daniel Asquino, PhD – President, Mount Wachusett Community College
— Sheila Harrity – Principal, Worcester Vocational Technical High School
Kathy Rentsch – Dean of Business and Technology, Quinsigamond Community College

NEW TOOLS FOR REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT: MANAGING ENERGY COSTS FOR MANUFACTURERS
Alicia Barton McDevitt – Executive Director & CEO, Mass. Clean Energy Center
Bruce Dyas – Lead Outside Sales Representative, National Grid

NEW TOOLS FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Victoria Maguire – State Permit Ombudsman, EOHED
Rosemary Scrivens – Regional Director, Massachusetts Office of Business Development
Doug Kehlhem – Director of Corporate Site Location, MassEcon
Kerry Bowie – MassDEP, Brownfields Coordinator
— Kelly Arvidson – Vice President of Business Development, MassDevelopment
— Richard Henderson – Executive Vice President, Real Estate, MassDevelopment

CITY AND TOWN SELF-ASSESSMENT TOOLS
— Mayor Lisa Wong, City of Fitchburg

THE MANUFACTURING RENAISSANCE AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR DEVELOPMENT
Kevin Hively – President, Ninigret Partners

SESSION WRAP-UP
— Richard Henderson – Executive Vice President, Real Estate, MassDevelopment

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