During his 2014 campaign for Lieutenant Governor, Cambridge City Councilor Leland Cheung had a lot of interesting things to say about what Massachusetts can do to thrive in the innovation economy of the 21st century.
While Cheung was unsuccessful in the political arena, he hasn’t stopped talking and thinking about innovation. A recent email explained what he’s been doing since the September primary election:
After the election last year, while chatting with some entrepreneurs and innovators, I realized I don’t actually need to be in office to help affect regional cooperation and the growth of the innovation economy that I talked about during the campaign. So I’ve gotten together with a coalition of entrepreneurs, thought-leaders, and job-creators who are committed to growing the innovation economy across ALL of Massachusetts. We’re also committed to strengthening the ties within it.
The newly-formed Innovate MA Coalition is collaboratively developing a grassroots, non-partisan, ‘innovation agenda’ to promote policies that support job creation, workforce readiness, and economic competitiveness for the Commonwealth.
To better understand what is already working and to hear what innovative-minded people are thinking, Cheung and his colleagues from the Innovate Massachusetts Alliance are embarking on a listening tour around the Commonwealth. They will be in Lowell on Wednesday, January 28 at 6 pm at Entrepreneurship for All (formerly Merrimack Valley Sandbox) at 175 Cabot St #100 in Lowell (which is the Wannalancit Mills complex).
I plan to attend the event and I hope many of our readers will too. It should be a very interesting evening. If you’d like to attend, just go to the Facebook event page and click “join.” See you on the 28th.