1. Articles in category: Information Technology

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    1. Gov. Deval Patrick signs bill to repeal dreaded tax on software services

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 3 2013)

      Gov. Deval Patrick signs bill to repeal dreaded tax on software services

      Gov. Deval Patrick on Friday signed a bill to repeal the new sales tax on computer services, officially killing a levy that had caused an uproar among business and technology leaders.  The speedy bill signing was first announced on Twitter, which was used by people to generate opposition to the tax shortly before it took effect on July 31. Patrick signed the bill the morning after it arrived on his desk.  The state House of Representatives voted 156-1 on Wednesday and the Senate, 38-0, on Thursday to repeal the tax, which imposed the 6.25 percent sales tax on certain ...

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick

    2. EDC and REB Host Health IT Roundtable

      Explore From the EDC (Sep 26 2013)

      EDC and REB Host Health IT Roundtable

      Data and anecdotal evidence support the fact that Health
      IT is a growing sector in the region. Many firms are adding employees and we
      have some exciting new initiatives, highlighted by the recently funded Baystate
      Health IT Center of Excellence.

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      Mentions:   Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc.   Baystate Health   Springfield

    3. Massachusetts House votes 156-1 to repeal new tax on computer services | masslive

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      Massachusetts House votes 156-1 to repeal new tax on computer services | masslive

      'Because jobs and economic growth are central to the House’s agenda, I promised to listen to business leaders and House members on what the tax’s impact would be when this measure was initially passed,' DeLeo said in a statement. 'After listening, we learned of the burden of this tax. Our strong commitment to business and the innovation economy led to its repeal.'

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Robert DeLeo

    4. Bay Path to Host Cybersecurity Summit October 11, 2013

      Explore From the EDC (Sep 19 2013)

      Bay Path to Host Cybersecurity Summit October 11, 2013

      Bay Path College, which is launching a new Master of Science in Cybersecurity Management in October, the first of its kind in New England, will be hosting a Cybersecurity Summit: The Human Side of Cybersecurity Management on Friday, October 11, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Blake Student Commons on the College’s Longmeadow Campus. Robert Milton, retired commander of the London Metropolitan Police Service, New Scotland Yard; Managing Director, Milton Tezelin Ltd. that provides international antiterrorism security training, will offer the keynote address at the conference.

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      Mentions:   Allan W. Blair   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts   Bay Path College

    5. Gov. Deval Patrick's tax policy shift protects Bay State innovation | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (Sep 13 2013)

      Gov. Deval Patrick's tax policy shift protects Bay State innovation | masslive.com

      Gov. Deval L. Patrick has wisely changed his thinking about the wisdom of a new tax on the software-services industry, calling it a “serious blot” on the state’s reputation as a hub for innovation.  Patrick, who now backs repeal of the tax, had originally proposed the computer software levy back in January as a means to raise some $161 million to help pay for desperately needed improvements to the commonwealth’s crumbling transportation infrastructure.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick

    6. Two European Trade Missions to Massachusetts

      Explore From the EDC (Sep 6 2013)

      Two European Trade Missions to Massachusetts

      The first is the
      visit of “Systematic”, the Parisian IT cluster composed of several hundred
      companies, one of the premier clusters in France. Systematic organizes a
      mission to Massachusetts every year. This year’s visit is focused on Big Data,
      but the cluster encompasses many areas of IT, including Health IT where we have
      already established connections to the Springfield Health IT sector.

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Springfield   Michael Graney

    7. Proposed lawsuit intended to stop Massachusetts' new technology tax gathering steam, Springfield lawyer Scott Foster says

      Explore masslive.com (Aug 29 2013)

      Proposed lawsuit intended to stop Massachusetts' new technology tax gathering steam, Springfield lawyer Scott Foster says

      "I grew and added jobs through the bad economy," said Edward Watson, CEO of Mobius Works, an IT and and computer technology company in Westfield. "And now my reward for doing that is a new tax that makes my business harder. I feel like I've been slapped in the face. You have a growing industry here. It needs to be nurtured, not penalized."

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Holyoke

    8. New Massachusetts tech tax hurts job creation, Pioneer Valley software companies consider court fight

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      New Massachusetts tech tax hurts job creation, Pioneer Valley software companies consider court fight

      Paragus Strategic IT of Hadley hires a new employee making at least $30,000 a year every six months and had been thinking of opening a branch office in Springfield to handle its growing workload.  But that branch office and the jobs associated with it are now more likely to go to Nashua, N.H., or Hartford because Massachusetts has imposed a sales tax on computer software services, said Delcie Bean, the 27-year-old CEO of Paragus who founded the company when he was still a high-school student in Amherst.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Amherst   Northampton

    9. Taxing our Bay State innovation | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (Aug 16 2013)

      Taxing our Bay State innovation | masslive.com

      One somnolent corner of the Boston-business ecosystem woke up last week to an unpleasant reality about operating here in the Bay State. If you’re not paying attention, Beacon Hill is going to screw you.  The state’s IT consulting industry, which is ubiquitous but not well organized, now must charge a 6.25 percent sales tax on its services. They are confused — and hopping mad. Any work under the general category of “the planning, consulting or designing of computer systems that integrate computer hardware, software, or communications technologies and are provided by a vendor or third party” gets taxed.

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    10. Confusion reigns as IT industry struggles to decipher sales tax - Boston Business Journal

      Explore The Business Journals (Aug 2 2013)

      Confusion reigns as IT industry struggles to decipher sales tax - Boston Business Journal

      To some extent, this imbroglio reflects the tech industry’s reduced clout on Beacon Hill. A decade ago, a group like the Massachusetts Software Council would have been busy at the State House protesting this tax. But that group has long since been subsumed into the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, more of a networking group than a lobbying one. Fitzgerald points out that that two of the three former groups that now make up the MTLC had lobbyists on staff. Today, there are none.

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    11. Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Awards $100 Million in Grants to Western Mass

      Explore From the EDC (Jul 31 2013)

      Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Awards $100 Million in Grants to Western Mass

      On June 6, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced two
      grants made by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center to the University of
      Massachusetts (“UMass”) and Baystate Health that total over $100 million.

      The UMass grant will fit out a new science building with
      three research centers:

      • Personalized Health Monitoring, focused on
        developing nanotechnology and large dataset management to improve health care
        through low-cost, wearable, wireless sensors that analyze patient data
        continuously in real time. Biomanufacturing firms, medical device makers, big
        data analysts and other health care industry partners will produce prototypes,
        test them and assess manufacturing feasibility.
      • Bioactive Delivery, focused on ...
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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Massachusetts Life Sciences Center

    12. Update on Shared Service Center Initiative

      Explore From the EDC (Jul 31 2013)

      Update on Shared Service Center Initiative

      The EDC hosted a roundtable discussion in June featuring
      Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki. We
      invited several New York site selectors as well as other state and regional economic
      development officials to join us for an engaging conversation about shared
      service center opportunities in our region for companies in the financial and
      professional services and IT sectors. We had hosted a similar roundtable in Boston
      in March. Secretary Bialecki has set an ambitious goal to speak to 50 companies
      who might be interested in opening a facility about the advantages of western
      Massachusetts during 2013. Based ...

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      Mentions:   Michael Graney   Gregory P. Bialecki   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    13. Issue of work visas for high-tech jobs hits home in Massachusetts | masslive

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      Issue of work visas for high-tech jobs hits home in Massachusetts | masslive

      “Changing the H-1B visa program will impact Boston and Massachusetts to a greater extent than they will many other parts of the United States,” Kerr said. “We’re a place that has always relied a lot on immigration in science and other technology. Our schools have lot of immigrants who graduate from them and want to stay in the United States.”

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    14. State considers offering computing center to businesses

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      State considers offering computing center to businesses

      Massachusetts is considering allowing small manufacturers to use computers at the Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke to help make parts for larger manufacturers, state officials said yesterday. The plan, which is still in the conceptual stage, is part of a broader effort to help train workers and give them access to the hardware and software they need to make parts that large manufacturers increasingly are designing with computers, said Greg Bialecki, secretary of housing and economic development.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Holyoke

    15. Big-data crunching hits the fast lane in Holyoke - Boston Globe

      Explore The Boston Globe (Jun 17 2013)

      Cloud computing is available through commercial vendors such as Google Inc. and Amazon.com Inc, but using them can be both costly and too slow. Just getting Big Data to computing clusters powerful enough to analyze it can be an elaborate ordeal that can take days. The size of such files can easily overwhelm the computer networks and Internet connections of most small companies, and there are bottlenecks and traffic jams along the way that further slow down delivery.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke

    16. Strategic Choices | BusinessWest

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      Strategic Choices | BusinessWest

      In 1998, when Jason Mark was teaching a class on Internet strategy, he told students that, before they used any type of technology to create a website, they needed to identify their goals and what they were trying to accomplish.
      “Even though there is so much different technology that developers can use today, the exact same process still needs to take place,” said the co-founder of Gravity Switch in Northampton. “People need to know what their goals are, and businesses should not assume that technology will fix all their problems. If it were that easy, their competitors would have already ...

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    17. State awards $1.1 million in Vocational School Equipment grants

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      State awards $1.1 million in Vocational School Equipment grants

      The 64 vocational technical programs in Massachusetts represent more than 44,000 students. These schools offer hands-on learning in a number of innovative educational programs to support a range of career fields, especially growing work force sectors, such as advanced manufacturing, clean energy and information technology.

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      Mentions:   Timothy P Murray

    18. Holyoke to get $80,000 annually as voluntary payment and scholarship fund from tax-exempt computing center

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      Holyoke to get $80,000 annually as voluntary payment and scholarship fund from tax-exempt computing center

      The tax-exempt high performance computing center downtown would pay the city $80,000 a year in lieu of taxes under a new agreement. The payment in lieu of taxes, or “pilot,” is much less than the $500,000-a-year Mayor Alex B. Morse sought in a January letter to the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, as the entity is formally known. Yearly payments under that plan were to escalate to more than $1.5 million by 2022.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Holyoke

    19. Report on FDI Forum

      Explore From the EDC (Apr 19 2013)

      Report on FDI Forum

      Over 75% of inbound FDI into the US comes from
      eight countries -- six in Western Europe, Canada and Japan. The EDC maintains relationships
      with our peers and government officials in all of them, and particularly strong
      relationships in all of them except Japan. They are a growing source of leads
      for our Prospect Management system.

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      Mentions:   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    20. Massachusetts get your Business Online - with Google

      Explore From the EDC (Apr 17 2013)

      Massachusetts get your Business Online - with Google

      Small  businesses took advantage expert advice from Google at a training at the Springfield Marriott. 

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    21. Holyoke CareerPoint job search and interview forum draws 90 young people; Springfield online workshop held for small businesses

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      Holyoke CareerPoint job search and interview forum draws 90 young people; Springfield online workshop held for small businesses

      In Springfield, workplace help of another sort came in a Google-sponsored conference that showed small business owners how to improve their online presence.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Congressman Richard E. Neal

    22. Google offers search engine optimization training for Springfield-area business | masslive

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      Google offers search engine optimization training for Springfield-area business | masslive

      Google is coming to Springfield.  The Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts is working with the search-engine Google to offer free training to small businesses from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 15, at the Springfield Marriott, 2 Boland Way, Springfield.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    23. Massachusetts Broadband Institute opens fiber-optic link from Springfield to Otis and Sandisfield

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      Massachusetts Broadband Institute opens fiber-optic link from Springfield to Otis and Sandisfield

      Gov. Deval L. Patrick and U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, were in attendance.  "I have fought hard to bring broadband technology to western and central Massachusetts for many years," Neal said in a prepared statement. "There is simply no reason why every resident, businesss and school in the region should not have reliable high speed internet access. More than one million people will benefit from this important broadband expansion project."

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    24. State lights first section of statewide broadband connection

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      State lights first section of statewide broadband connection

      Today, and in support of this mission, MBI, a division of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, proudly lit the first segment of the new 1,200 mile MassBroadband 123 network to 51 out of 120 community institutions from Springfield to Sandisfield, Mass.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Massachusetts Technology Collaborative   Springfield

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