Issues

Economic Development

Our world isn’t just changing year by year, but hour by hour. One of my priorities in the Massachusetts Senate will be creating economic opportunity in our communities, and that includes ensuring that every individual can gain the education and training they need to support themselves and their families. We need to work together to focus on developing a world-class workforce in Massachusetts, supporting businesses and job creation, and building and enhancing high-quality infrastructure—from bridges and roads to internet and utilities—essential for our local and state economy to grow.

We need to make sure that both children and adults are given the skills they will need not just to survive, but also thrive in a tech-focused economy. We need to embrace technology so that it leads to job creation, not elimination, funding vocational schools and resources such as the Massachusetts Workforce Development Board to support programs that will help us close the skills gap that threatens the future success of our economy.

We need to foster an environment to attract and expand business opportunities and create good quality jobs, understanding that there is no cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all solution. We must provide conditions and incentives to the large and small businesses that create jobs and drive our economy. We need to support programs such MassMade, which promotes Massachusetts-based businesses and connects them with consumers who want to buy locally.

As Director of the Merrimack Valley Small Business Center in Lowell, I worked every day to help entrepreneurs start or expand their small businesses. As your Senator, I will fight to preserve, protect, and create the jobs that are the backbone of our economy.