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January 2, 2013

Changing with the times

Mass. High Tech Council focuses on teacher training, lower taxes for small businesses

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The council continues its work in advocating for New England’s military bases in the face of expected base closings. It is working with Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray’s Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force, a collection of state agencies, as well as public and private sector partners who are working to protect the state’s six military bases, especially the sprawling Hanscom Air Force Base that is parts of Bedford, Concord, Lexington and Lincoln.

The council and task forces are working to improve utility costs, cybersecurity and information technology at Hanscom, the only active-duty base in New England. The base provides information technology-based systems that offer battlefield and “situational” awareness for United States war fighters.

Murray said Hanscom and the other limited-duty bases provide an economic boost to the state in employment and research.

“The Massachusetts High Tech Council’s Defense Technology Initiative has been an invaluable partner, delivering critical resources and information about the region’s defense industry and its role with our military bases,” Murray said.

In the next year, the council has set goals to hire more than 3,000 elementary math and science teachers, lower taxes for business owners and investors, and secure the commonwealth’s regular military and National Guard operations.

“The council remains the only technology organization dedicated to action on a public policy agenda of priority to technology employers,” Anderson said.

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