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Measuring Environmental Performance simply and accurately

When it comes to our environmental performance, we currently use adjectives (green, renewable) or make decisions with non-intuitive numbers such as tons of CO2 vs. Acre-feet of water. We need numbers that are both accurate and simple to understand. Something like a currency converter between resources to enable decisions. These numbers have to be based on accurate data such as local water scarcity, emissions and life ...more »

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Modern Software Student Education and Internship Center

iMedia is working with local government and private entities to build a state-of-the-art 4,000 sq/ft tech education center, in our building, for both students and local businesses. We will be providing classes, resources, internships, and seminars on modern technologies. Any available space time and resources will be devoted to business incubation programs and rented to general business conferences. iMedia is seeking ...more »

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Facilitate hiring youth

To create a strong ecosystem in Massachusetts, I would help people launching their careers establish their professional reputation. The biggest hurdle to getting that first job is showing that you are reliable, responsible, will show up on time and do what you said you would. HelpAroundTown is a free job board designed to help youth and anyone entering the job market establish their reliability. Our free job board generates ...more »

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Digital "Career & College" Exploration Tools from TeenLife Media

TeenLife Media is the largest online source of enrichment opportunities for college-bound students in grades 7-12, locally and nationwide. Parents, educators, and students turn to us to access a wide variety of listings and value-added content. We currently publish digital guides on a wide variety of topics and want to add a series that highlight careers in different industries and the colleges that offer degrees for ...more »

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Creating Today and Tomorrows STEM Workforce

We are directly solving a MA problem related to the high tech economy: workforce development. We are propelling students with the passion and skills for technology and innovation and family or college roots in MA. Most efforts fall short because of limited scale or a lack of sustainability. Others focus solely on the Math and Science without engaging connections to Engineering and Technology. The College of Engineering ...more »

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Minimize use of preprinted paper forms while saving money

As a state approved contractor working with several state agencies, we have discovered many state agencies use abundance paper forms like License applications, benefit forms etc. Copies are distributed for processing, and approved paper copies are filed and stored. Our solution allows applicants to fill a browser-enabled PDF file, electronically sign and submit with added documents- online. Agencies will have access to ...more »

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Free WiFi and charging stations

Provide free WiFi and public electrical charging stations with AC and USB outlets so people can be productive outside in Boston in locations like Post Office Square, Public Garden and Christopher Columbus Park.

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"Idea Czar"

We need to encourage people in the Commonwealth to share their ideas and create momentum around the very best ideas. I submit that we have a single point of contact, an "Idea Czar" This person will understand the Commonwealth's priorities and run new ideas through a filter to determine which ideas support growth. i.e. "Could a million $ investment in our Robotics industry create Robots that paint our bridges and save ...more »

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Become a magnet for talent and usher them in to impactful jobs

Highlighting the startup ecosystem in Boston will strengthen and elevate the Commonwealth as a whole. Creating a clear path to employment at a startup, Startup Institute provides an opportunity to attract amazing talent from everywhere. Currently, our program prepares and trains individuals to be highly effective employees at startups, and ushers each person in to a position within a startup. Please support the ...more »

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Treat our students like talented NCAA Division 1 recruits

Our greatest, most precious talent shows up every September and disappears every June. Our student population across our dozens of universities represent the future leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship. Yet, by and large, we do nothing to make them feel welcome. Other communities would kill to have this talent spending 2-4 years in our community. We need a more aggressive, systematic recruiting process to convince ...more »

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Economic Competiveness

Submit and push for legislation to make Massachusetts a right-to-work state. All the data shows that job growth in right-to-work states exceeds that in closed-shop states.

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Make mentoring a priority throughout the Commonwealth

Following the lead of the MIT VMS and Valley Venture Mentors in Springfield, support mentoring organizations that can be the catalyst for startup communities throughout the Commnwealth. These organizations are lean and leverage the support of seasoned entrepreneurs to propel new entrepreneurs to success. If done correctly, a mentoring organization becomes the "tip of the spear" that creates an entrepreneurial ecosystem ...more »

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