SENATE PRESIDENT ROSENBERG
GREATER BOSTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SPEECH:
WILL WE STRENGTHEN THE COMMONWEALTH?
TOGETHER WE CAN.
April 5, 2017
As we gather here today, we have much to celebrate as a business community, as a city, as a Commonwealth.
U.S. News and World Report ranks us as the best overall state. CNBC ranks us first in education, second in state support for technology and innovation, and third in quality workforce.
The United Health Foundation’s annual report ranks us second in health care outcomes, the byproduct of our collective efforts to lead the nation in making sure everyone has health insurance.
We share the top spot with California in energy efficiency, rank second overall in solar energy job creation and seventh in solar capacity.
Our tech industry is rejuvenated, with a strong chance to dominate some of the fastest growing new sectors including cybersecurity, big data, and ehealth – among others.
Our elementary and secondary education systems rank number one and our higher education sector is the envy of the world. We set out less than a decade ago to excel in life sciences and today we are now number one.
Our quality of life is second to none, offering some of the world’s preeminent hospitals, cultural institutions, and sports teams. No city in the world has enjoyed the run of championships we’ve witnessed over the past decade.
These rankings do more than provide numbers; they paint a picture, of what kind of state we are. A state that is prosperous, innovative and focused. But also compassionate, caring, and decent.