April 24, 2017 – The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce announced today that the Greater Boston Chamber has joined the growing list of business groups who have become MBAE Affiliates.
“Our members share the interests and concerns of employers across the state in creating and cultivating a highly skilled workforce,” said James E. Rooney, president & CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber. “By affiliating with MBAE we are formalizing a partnership with a respected organization that will enable business to speak with one voice on the very important education priorities and goals we share.”
The Greater Boston Chamber joins the MBAE Affiliate network that also includes Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce, Springfield Business Leaders for Education, New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce, Concord Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Council of Western Mass., Newton Needham Regional Chamber, Mass Technology Leadership Council, Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce, Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce, and TechNet.
“An excellent education system is the bedrock of a world class workforce,” said MBAE Executive Director Linda Noonan. “We have work to do to ensure that every student has access to an excellent education. Business can be much more effective in achieving that goal if we work together and speak with one voice.”
A statewide employer survey conducted by MassINC Polling Group and commissioned by MBAE, AIM, and the Massachusetts Business Roundtable found that 75% of Massachusetts employers are having trouble hiring workers with the right skills for open positions. Employers also reported serious deficiencies in new hires. MBAE is working with its Affiliates to ensure that state policy and legislation addresses these issues and moves the state forward rather than backward.
About the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education
The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education was founded in 1988 by employers concerned about the educational attainment and skills of graduates entering the workforce. Driven by the business community’s commitment that all students graduate high school prepared for success in college, career and citizenship, our core work is influencing state education policy to improve the quality of all public schools in Massachusetts.
About the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce is the convener, voice and advocate of our region’s business community, committed to making Greater Boston the best place for businesses and people to thrive. We help our members and Greater Boston succeed by convening and connecting the business community; researching, developing and advocating for public policies that contribute to our region’s economic success; and providing comprehensive leadership development programs designed to grow strong business and civic leaders. Learn more at BostonChamber.com.