Massachusetts is not new to the idea of startups. Innovation hubs first developed in Kendall Square in Cambridge and The Seaport, in Boston and have quickly made their way to cities such as New Bedford, Quincy, Holyoke, Gloucester, and beyond. While startups in Massachusetts are flourishing under the supportive umbrella of organizations like Mass Challenge, the access of Massachusetts' cities and towns to these companies is cumbersome and expensive for both groups.
Enter the Innovative Communities Bill, proposed by State Senator Spilka and Representative Ferente after a competition held at the PayPal Start Tank in late 2014 where the winning proposal, the Innovative Communities Bill, was presented by Cole Boskey.
Innovative Communities will promote and support the Massachusetts startup economy while providing technology solutions that allow municipalities to better serve their residents. The Innovative Communities program will serve as a common place of access, education, and a central point of connection and facilitation for startups and municipalities seeking innovative technology solutions. The focus is on early stage technology companies seeking to pilot their products and services with participating Massachusetts municipalities.
Fast Track Program
How Can You Help?
Email your State Senator or Representative to support Senate Bill 234, The Innovative Communities Legislation as the bill makes it's way through Committee and to a full vote of the House and Senate.
Opening Massachusetts for business with the local startup community is a win for all parties involved.
Lets get this bill passed with the support of the entire Commonwealth!
Starting a dialogue on the future of urban living in Boston and beyond.