- 1. Southeast Massachusetts RCC Briefing to the Governor & Cabinet December 12, 2003 s
2. SE Regional Competitiveness Council Agenda & Index
- Introductions & General(Pages 1-2 & 18-20 & 49-52)
- Competitiveness(Pages 3 & 21-22)
- SE Regions Strengths & Weaknesses
- Industry Clusters(Pages 4-9 & 23-41)
- Workforce Development & Education
- Infrastructure(Pages 14-16 & 44-46)
- Housing(Pages 17 & 47-48)
S 3. Southeast Region Competitiveness Summary
- Relatively low cost structure
- Low Educational Attainment
- Lack of Regional Identity
- Full-court press on educational attainment, skills training
- Smart Growth and Transportation Investment
S 4. Priority Traded Industry Clusters
- Key Targeted Regional Clusters
- Analytical Instruments, Medical Devices, & Pharmaceutical
- Processed Food & Agricultural Products
- Auto, Jewelry, Production Technology, Precious Metals.
- Business & Financial Services
S 5. SE RCC Cluster Growth Opportunities
- Grow through Acquisitions
- Grow existing businesses Maintain the current Clusters.
- Acquire new Clusters. Bring new industries to the region.
S 6. South-East Priority Traded Clusters
- Strong cluster in our region(Analytical Instruments & Medical Devices)
- Current Regional Strengths fit well for growingBio-TechCluster.
- - Focus on maintaining existing Analytical Instruments &
- Medical Device companies in the Region.
- 1. Develop State Strategy to prevent migration out of MA.
- 2. Provide Manufacturing Educational Support
- - For Bio-Tech; Include SE Region in State Bio-Tech Efforts.
- 1. Develop site list for Life Science Manufacturers
- 2. Support & leverage growing cluster in Bio-tech at UMD &ATMC.
- 3. Communicate: SE Region already has the attributes Bio- Tech firms are looking for in manufacturing locations.
S 7. South-East Priority Traded Clusters
- Marine Sciences & Technology
- Already strong in our region.Lets keep it going!
- -Brand Rt. 195 Nations Marine Science & Technology Corridor
- -Include this cluster in Governors Jobs First initiatives.
- -Create incubator environment for this cluster
- -Complete Financial Analysis and if positive, support Oceanarium development for its impact in education, research, tourism and marine cluster development.
- Processed Food & Agricultural Products
- Small stable cluster.Need to focus on value added products.
- -Provide manufacturing support including training & educationin automation, efficiency and lean manufacturing. Coordinatewith industry associations.
S 8. South-East Priority Traded Clusters
- Precision Manufacturing & Production Technology
- Large cluster in our region but under attack.
- - Provide manufacturing support including training & education inautomation, efficiency and lean manufacturing. Support brand &design development.Coordinate with industry associations.
- - Establish plan to maintain current cluster and provide incentives toattract new companies.
- Hospitality & Tourism-Small but important cluster.
- -Develop a coordinated marketing strategy for the SE Region
- -Develop a realistic resource strategy to ensure stability for
- -Reauthorize the Mass Tourism Fund.
- -Complete Financial Analysis on Oceanarium in New Bedford
S 9. South-East Priority Traded Clusters
- - Develop site lists for locations that fit specific Clusterneeds.
- - Improve ties with State, Industry and Local clustertrade groups.Communicate availability of supportprograms and educational opportunities.
- - Provide additional Brownfield Re-developmentincentives, especially in Traded Clusters.
S 10. Southeast Region Workforce Development & Education Summary
- Low Educational Attainment and Skills Deficits
- Population over 25 lacking a High School credential
- 15.2% MA; 28% S/E Region; 41% SouthCoast
- Population over 25 with a BA/BS or above
- 33% MA; 17% S/E Region; 13% SouthCoast
- Skills mismatch between existing workforce and 21 stcentury workforce
- MA ranked 47 thin the nation in labor force growth in the 90s(1.5% vs. 11% nationally)
11. Southeast Region Workforce Development & Education Summary
- Develop baseline education and skill levels for referrals from One-Stop Career Centers
- Develop educated and skilled workforce linked to Traded and Emerging clusters
- Continue support for K-12 Education Reform & access to Higher Education
12. Southeast Region Workforce Development & Education Summary
- Develop realistic resource strategies for K-12 Education, Higher Education, & Workforce Development
- Education & Occupational Skills Development
- Minimally, establish 1,000 new, additional ABE / ESOL slots
- Implement multi-tier strategies to move workers up the education, skill and career ladders
- Establish Governors Youth Employment Initiative
- Develop Worker Readiness Certification Program
- Incent School Districts to lower high school drop-out rates and increase college enrollment rates
13. Southeast Region Workforce Development & Education Summary
- Support new sectoral training initiatives in traded and emerging clusters
- Link workforce development & research initiatives with traded and emerging clusters
- Link workforce development with cluster-based business recruitment strategies
- Support / Facilitate technology transfer using incubators, commercializing intellectual property and patents
14. Infrastructure Priorities
- CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES
- Capital investments boost regions productivity and competitiveness
- Long term projects need planning and design in short term
- Leverage other investment
- Facilitate local job creation or connect to Boston area
- Improve state government responsiveness to regions needs (DEP, DCAM, MHD)