BOSTON, MA (WBZ-AM)-- Technology accounts for 34-percent of Massachusetts workforce and 44-percent of the state's payroll.
That's the driving force behind the 4th Annual Innovation Day of the State House.
State Senator Karen E. Spillka is co-chair of the Mass Tech Hub Council "Massachusetts has consistently been number one but all the other states particularly New York, California and others are nipping at our heels," she said.
Fellow co-chair representative and Ann-Margaret Ferrante says providing education and job training is critically important.
"That we as a commonwealth are preparing folks to go into these tech jobs both that the blue collar level and the white coilar-level is critically important," she said.
Andrew Ory, CEO of 128 Technology a Burlington Software company, raised $21-Million dollars to build the next generation of networking infrastructure.
He says Massachusetts is a leader in providing favorable conditions for high tech startups but more can be done
"The state could help young companies that are innovative by opening up its apparatus and its networks to these companies products and finding a way to have a public private-partnership where these young fledgling private companies have an initial big customer that would be wonderful," he said.
Ory says it's the innovative startups that are paving the way to Massachusetts high tech future at the State House.
WBZ NewsRadio1030's Mike Macklin Reports