Governor Deval Patrick has nominated North Shore Community College President Wayne Burton to his new Economic Development Planning Council, which will be charged with building on the administration's first-term job-creation policies through the development and implementation of an economic development strategy for the next four years.
The council will be chaired by Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki and will include four cabinet secretaries, two legislators, and 32 statewide leaders of industry, academia and government. The council will convene for the first time Wednesday, April 13 from 2-4 pm at the State House.
"I am very pleased to have been selected to serve on the council, but even more I applaud the recognition of the critical role community colleges play, not only in access to advanced degrees through transfer, but through credit bearing workforce programs filling specific employer needs. That Governor Patrick chose a community college president to represent the Massachusetts Higher Education System speaks to his belief that community colleges hold the key to success for Massachusetts employers and the people who work for them," President Burton said.
Under the Economic Development Reorganization Act of 2010, the Governor is required to appoint an Economic Development Planning Council within the first year of each gubernatorial term to advise the administration on the development of an economic development policy and a strategy to implement the plan.