Economic Development Summit

A Southeastern Massachusetts Public Higher Education Partnership

CONNECT'S MISSION: Leveraging the quality, strength, resources and excellence of the five public higher education institutions of CONNECT, it is our mission to enhance educational effectiveness and efficiency while improving student success, increasing educational attainment, advancing economic health, and strengthening cultural life throughout the region.

economic development summit

The CONNECT Economic Development Summit was held Tuesday, November 9, 2010, at the Indian Pond Country Club in Kingston. More than 150 leaders from business and industry, education, and community gathered to discuss economic development in Southeastern Massachusetts and make recommendations about the role of higher education.

The following links will connect you with highlights from the event:

Read the follow-up document on sector requests and CONNECT resources here.

A summary of preliminary findings and recommendations from the summit is available here: CONNECT Southeastern Massachusetts Regional Economic Development Summit Summary of Recommendations.

The day's program featured a variety of speakers and break-out sessions.

Summit attendees were the first to receive the CONNECT Economic Impact Report 2010.

View Dr. Michael Goodman's discussion on economic trends and opportunities in Southeastern Massachusetts. Read Dr. Goodman's accompanying visual presentation entitled The Education Attainment Gap in Southeastern Massachusetts and its Economic Development Implications.

David Cedrone, Associate Commissioner for Economic & Workforce Development, MA DHE, discussed the role of higher education to workforce development.

A Town Hall Session, moderated by Lisa Strattan, Editor-in-Chief of the Herald News of Fall River and Taunton Daily Gazette, featured presentations by the CONNECT CEOs and outcomes from the concurrent break-out sessions.

Photographs from the Economic Development Summit are available here.

Access additional contact information for Southeastern Massachusetts Economic and Workforce Development Agencies.

Highlights of the CONNECT Economic Impact Report 2010 include: