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Legislative Leadership Series: Improving Economic Development Competitiveness in the Commonwealth

December 9, 2022 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Meet the Speakers

Massachusetts State Representative of the 21st Middlesex District. Representative Ken Gordon has served the people of Bedford, Burlington and Wilmington since 2013. During his first term as State Representative, Gordon helped to reduce the impact of family homelessness in the district and secured permanent education funding for the children of military families stationed at Hanscom Air Force Base. He championed the Uniform Wage Compliance and the Parental Leave Acts which were both signed into law last summer.
He worked with the Middlesex 3 Coalition to establish a Regional Transportation Management Association that organizes ride sharing arrangements that help which reduced the traffic burden in the region. He led efforts to establish equitable reform to the unemployment insurance system. As well, Rep Gordon carried behavioral health reform through the budget on behalf of Lahey Hospital. Read More Here

As President & CEO of Massachusetts Business Roundtable, JD is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic framework and direction for MBR in partnership with the Chair, Executive Committee and Board of Directors. He works with MBR Task Forces and MBR leadership to develop its agenda on public policy matters and convey those ideas to opinion leaders and policy makers to help inform their deliberations. JD has worked in and around Beacon Hill for more than 25 years. In the Legislature, he was the Chief of Staff to the House Committee on Commerce and Labor, and was the education issues analyst and Deputy Budget Director for the House Committee on Ways and Means. Read More Here

Ashley Stolba serves as The Undersecretary of The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, led by Secretary Mike Kennealy,  prioritizes economic opportunity for residents, collaborative leadership in communities, and an environment that supports job creation and business growth. EOHED also supports new housing for residents through targeted investments.   Read More Here

Ben Josephson is a senior vice president in the government relations practice at O’Neill and Associates. In this capacity, he advises clients on federal, state and local legislative and regulatory processes. Ben also consults with candidates for elective office on fundraising strategy and implementation. Read More Here.

April Anderson is President of Anderson Strategic Advisors, a Boston area economic development and government relations firm that specializes in forging productive relationships between business and government. Anderson assists private and public sector clients with real estate entitlements and infrastructure financing, government incentives, and economic development policy and planning. April has expertise in shaping public policy and putting government programs to work in real world scenarios, and she has been a leading voice in economic development in Massachusetts for two decades. Read More Here. 

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December 9, 2022
9:30 am - 11:00 am
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