MATTERS Analytics Tool, developed by WPI Faculty and Students, catches Governor's eye.

October 26, 2015

MASS. HIGH TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL AND GREATER BOSTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP TO BENCHMARK STATE'S TALENT AND COST COMPETITIVENESS

Leading state business organizations partner to use new data dashboard to develop common policy agendas for regional business community.

Today, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and Mass. High Technology Council announce a partnership in support of the Massachusetts Technology, Talent and Economic Reporting System; MATTERS.

This partnership will foster an unprecedented level of partnership between the two organizations and catalyze MATTERS-based collaborations among executives and senior leaders at the Chamber and Council to help unify business leaders around a common and data-driven technology policy agenda.

"We developed MATTERS earlier this year as a critical, but previously missing, tool to inform the efforts of the Council and like-minded organizations and individuals," said Council President Chris Anderson. "Governor Baker and his administration have joined a select group of business and civic leaders deeply involved in working with MATTERS to help frame an actionable economic development and job-growth strategy."

MATTERS is a 50-state competitiveness dashboard developed in its initial form by the Massachusetts High Technology Council in partnership with the Graduate Data Science Program at WPI. It is a unique web-enabled policy tool that dynamically consolidates a collection of key cost, economic, and talent metrics for all 50 states into a single source for use by all parties interested in building a successful future for Massachusetts business. These metrics include data around degree holders, student performance, corporate tax rates, research and development, energy costs, personal taxes, gross state product, and much more. MATTERS is designed to help measure and evaluate Massachusetts' current competitive position, particularly among leading technology states, while providing policy makers with the information critical to developing public policy that attracts, retains, and grows business.