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Category Archives: Changing the Way Government Does Business

Commonwealth Citizens Connect: Using Technology to Create Dialogue Between Residents and Government Posted on Apr 23

Commonwealth Citizens Connect:  Using Technology to Create Dialogue Between Residents and Government

“Tree limb snapped, hanging on phone wires,” “Pedestrian street signs are down,” and “Pothole on Smith St” are common concerns reported each day to local governments across the United States.  But instead of a requiring a phone call, a letter, or an in-person trip, these   …Continue Reading Commonwealth Citizens Connect: Using Technology to Create Dialogue Between Residents and Government

DOR’s “WebFile for Income” Tax Mobile App Available for Refund Program Posted on Mar 28

DOR’s “WebFile for Income” Tax Mobile App Available for Refund Program

First came “WebFile for Income”, the Commonwealth’s online system which thousands of taxpayers will use to file their state returns this year. Now comes WebFile for your smartphone. The Department of Revenue developed the free WebFile mobile app for iPhone and Android smartphone users to   …Continue Reading DOR’s “WebFile for Income” Tax Mobile App Available for Refund Program

Welcome to Mass Innovation Posted on Jan 23

Welcome to Mass Innovation

Welcome to the Mass Innovation blog! In my role as Government Innovation Officer (GIO), I have been charged with looking at how the various operations of the Commonwealth state government can be streamlined by leveraging innovations. To begin, I went on a “listening tour” —   …Continue Reading Welcome to Mass Innovation

Regulatory Reform Initiative: Overview Posted on May 11

Nearly half of all employed people in Massachusetts are working in small businesses, and these small businesses represent the best opportunities for economic growth and prosperity in the Commonwealth. To ensure that state government is creating the conditions for small businesses to thrive, the Patrick-Murray   …Continue Reading Regulatory Reform Initiative: Overview

The Massachusetts Creative Economy Posted on Oct 5

On September 22, 2011, Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki announced the appointment of Helena Fruscio to the position of Creative Economy Industry Director for the Commonwealth. This is great news for the many people who urged the Patrick-Murray Administration to continue its   …Continue Reading The Massachusetts Creative Economy

A message from Governor Deval Patrick to Massachusetts College Students Posted on Oct 4

Students of Massachusetts, My path to Massachusetts may be similar to your own. I'm originally from elsewhere, the South Side of Chicago. I came here as a teenager when a program called “A Better Chance” offered me just that – a chance to attend school.   …Continue Reading A message from Governor Deval Patrick to Massachusetts College Students

Innovation Month Proclamation from Governor Deval Patrick Posted on Jun 1

The following is the full text of a proclamation by Governor Deval L. Patrick   Whereas Innovative ideas start here. For almost four hundred years, Massachusetts’ social, cultural, technological, scientific, manufacturing, and design innovators have advanced the Commonwealth’s economic prosperity and quality of life. Whereas   …Continue Reading Innovation Month Proclamation from Governor Deval Patrick

Massachusetts a magnet for federal funding Posted on May 28

Massachusetts a magnet for federal funding

Posted by: Secretary Gregory Bialecki, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development The Patrick-Murray Administration partnered with The Boston Foundation on Thursday, May 29th to kick off the Foundation’s FY2011 John LaWare Leadership Forum series, which will focus on job growth and long term economic   …Continue Reading Massachusetts a magnet for federal funding

A Further Outline of the Patrick Administration’s Innovation Agenda Posted on Dec 14

A Further Outline of the Patrick Administration’s Innovation Agenda

Posted by: Secretary Gregory Bialecki, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development A few months ago I described the basic principles of the Patrick Administration’s “innovation agenda”.  We have done a lot of work since then, and I thought it would be helpful to describe   …Continue Reading A Further Outline of the Patrick Administration’s Innovation Agenda

Making Our Own Opportunities Posted on Oct 13

Making Our Own Opportunities

Posted by: Secretary Gregory Bialecki, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development I took a moment last week to describe the Patrick Administration’s economic development strategy, which has an innovation agenda at its core. While there is no easy solution to the challenges that face   …Continue Reading Making Our Own Opportunities