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Assessing State Competitiveness: A Discussion with CNBC's Scott Cohn on Massachusetts' Business & Economic Climate
The Massachusetts High Technology Council invites you to join us at noon on Wednesday, September 28 for a virtual Policy Series discussion with CNBC Special Correspondent Scott Cohn, focused on Massachusetts’ current competitive position. MKS Instruments President and CEO, John T.C. Lee, Ph.D., and Managing Principal of Ernst & Young's Boston Office, Jane Steinmetz will join Cohn for the discussion.

Cohn, the creator of CNBC’s America's Top States for Business, the widely cited competitiveness rankings that score all 50 states on over 85 measures of competitiveness, will provide insight into how Massachusetts fared in the 2022 rankings and examine key factors influencing the direction in which the Commonwealth is trending relative to other states.

The program will also feature key state competitiveness and workforce findings in the Council’s dynamic data platform, Massachusetts Technology, Talent and Economic Reporting System (MATTERS™) Originally launched in 2015 in partnership with the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the Council developed MATTERS™ to advance our mission to make Massachusetts the world’s most attractive place to live and work, and in which to create and grow businesses within the innovation ecosystem. The reconfigured version of MATTERS™ expands the platform with an updated design for sleek visualization and new features for accessibility.

Data highlights from MATTERS™ will inform the discussion to profile Massachusetts' economic competitiveness, talent, and business environment in the national context. The hour-long online event will close with a Q&A.

Register today to hear important perspectives on where Massachusetts is leading in its economic and business climate, and where there is room for improvement, compared to other states.

Sep 28, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Scott Cohn
Special Correspondent @CNBC
Scott Cohn develops in-depth features and special reports for CNBC and CNBC.com, including the influential annual series “America’s Top States for Business,” which he created in 2007. He also covers breaking news for CNBC and NBC News, and he is a contributor to the popular public radio program Marketplace. A sought-after public speaker and the owner of a Northern California-based production company, Cohn serves as a consultant to national media organizations, and is a producer and special correspondent for the true financial crime series “American Greed.”
Chris Anderson
President @Massachusetts High Technology Council
Chris joined the Council in 1984 and since 2001 has served as president, responsible to the Board of Directors for the successful development and implementation of public policy programs and initiatives in Massachusetts and in Washington, D.C. that help make Massachusetts the world’s most attractive place to create, operate, and expand technology businesses. Chris is directly involved in resolving conflicts and advocating positions on a broad range of state and federal public policy, legislative and regulatory issues. Possessing a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, and a J.D. from Suffolk University, School of Law, Chris is a member of the Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations.
Jane Steinmetz
Office Managing Principal @Ernst & Young LLP
Jane is a business leader within EY who brings 25+ years of experience serving Fortune 100 clients, leading high-performing teams & advocating for change. As Office Managing Principal of EY's Boston office, she's responsible for overall client service, market growth & internal management of the Boston office. Throughout her career, she has been a tax professional who has consulted w/ a diverse array of taxpayers on state tax matters. She works closely w/ the business community, Dept. of Revenue, Legislature & Gov.'s Admin on tax policy. Her consultation has involved high profile controversy matters, nexus considerations, large scale compliance functions, apportionment nuances & driving legislative state tax changes of critical importance for some of the firm’s largest clients worldwide. Jane is skilled in bringing the full power of the EY multidisciplinary practice to assist clients across many areas, including transaction support, supply chain, tax, legal, finance, talent, & DEO.
John T.C. Lee, Ph.D.
President & Chief Executive Officer @MKS Instruments
Dr. Lee has served as President & CEO of MKS Instruments since Jan. 2020. Prior to that, he was their President & COO from May 2018-Dec. 2019, & their SVP & COO from Nov.2016-May 2018. Upon joining MKS in 2007 through Oct.2016, he served in leadership roles managing various business units, culminating to SVP of Business Units. Prior to joining MKS, Dr. Lee served as the MD of Factory Tech & Projects within the Solar Business Group at Applied Materials, Inc. Before that, he served as GM of the Cleans Product Group & the Maydan Tech Center for Applied Materials & as Research Dir. of the Silicon Fabrication Research Dept. at Lucent Technologies. He currently serves on the MKS BoDs & as Vice Chair & a member of the Executive Committee of the BoD of MHTC. He was appointed a Director of Cognex, a leader in machine vision systems, software & sensors on 5.4.2022 & serves on the Audit & Compensation Committees. He holds a BS from Princeton & a MSCEP & PhD from MIT, all in Chemical Engineering