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Bay State Draws Tech Jobs and Investment

Gary Shapiro, President and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)

This week, state legislators from across the country will come to Boston for the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Summit. For Massachusetts policymakers, NCSL is an opportunity to better understand how innovation-friendly policies promote job growth, welcome disruptive business models and boost a state’s bottom line.

In many ways, Massachusetts is already leading the charge in innovation. With some of the fastest internet speeds in the country and an impressive number of college undergraduates earning degrees in science and engineering, the state is consistently ranked as a top supporter of tech and innovation. In fact, the Bay State is one of only five U.S. states to have earned the title of Innovation Champion – the top designation of CTA’s Innovation Scorecard – for three years in a row.

Massachusetts also ranks among the top 15 states nationwide for large tech workforces – earning an “A+” grade on CTA’s Scorecard – with 370,000 workers employed largely as software developers, computer user support specialists, and management and market research analysts.

Read more about Massachusetts’ framework for innovation and find out how your state stacks up in CTA’s 2017 Innovation Scorecard.