WPI Venture Forum: Breakfast with Lieutenant Governor Jane Swift

Contact: Arlie Corday, WPI Media & Community Relations

Westborough, Mass. - How can state government foster an environment helpful to new and existing high-tech companies? Lieutenant Governor Jane Swift will discuss how high-tech companies can thrive in Central Massachusetts and across the state at the upcoming meeting of Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Venture Forum.

The breakfast meeting will be held Thursday, May 4, with registration at 7 a.m. followed by the program from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Wyndham Westborough Hotel, 5400 Computer Drive, Westborough, Mass. The cost is $29 for WPI Venture Forum members, $39 for non-members and $19 for students.

From biotechnology to telecommunications to e-commerce, Massachusetts is home to a diverse and flourishing high-tech industry that creates jobs and provides a huge boost to the economy. The challenge is to build on this success in the new information economy and global marketplace. According to Swift, Massachusetts can encourage innovation and be more competitive by cutting existing taxes, banning any taxes on the Internet, lowering business costs and developing stronger skills among the workforce to fill all the high-tech, high-wage jobs of the future.

Attendees to this event must make reservations by Monday, May 1, since seating is limited. For more information or reservations, call 508-831-5075, e-mail ventureforum@wpi.edu or log on to www.wpiventureforum.org.

WPI Venture Forum was created in 1990 to promote entrepreneurial spirit and to serve those who engage in technology-based enterprises by providing advice, support and education. It is part of the Collaborative for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in WPI's Department of Management.