Sunday, October 20, 2019

In the News: Economic Development Workshop Tuesday; State providing aid for cyber-security

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"The Town of Franklin and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council will hold an economic development visioning workshop for residents from 6-8:30 p.m. next Tuesday in the third-floor training room of the Franklin Municipal Building, 355 East Central St.

The public comment session will feature a presentation by an MAPC representative on goals of the town and MAPC’s development project and the current state of economic activity in Franklin.

The town and the MAPC are undertaking a business development strategy to support business growth in Franklin’s three strategic growth locations: the downtown Franklin Commercial District; the Crossing (near Union and Cottage streets); and the Mixed Business Innovation District (near Fisher and Hayward streets).

The main goal of that project is to increase the economic activity within those older commercial areas and the town as a whole. The resulting market analysis will guide the development of a business recruitment and retention strategy including the future creation of business recruitment materials to capitalize on the market potential of these districts."
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Economic Development Workshop Tuesday
Economic Development Workshop Tuesday

"As more and more aspects of daily life and business become connected through the internet, and as cities and towns increasingly find themselves the targets of cyberattacks, the Baker administration has announced a new effort to help each of the state’s 351 cities and towns bolster their cybersecurity readiness.

The effort will be backed by $300,000 in funding managed by the MassCyberCenter at the MassTech Collaborative, which plans to host a series of statewide workshops at which communities can get assistance developing or reviewing their cyber incident response plans and can collaborate with neighboring communities.

Speaking at the Massachusetts Cybersecurity Forum, Gov. Charlie Baker said it is critical that the state, local governments and the private sector make cybersecurity part of everything they do in an increasingly technological world.

“Most people, when they think about cybersecurity, think it’s primarily or exclusively about your phone and your laptop and your iPad and all the rest. But as we digitize more and more of our other building infrastructure - our heating systems, our cooling systems, our ventilation systems - those become, for all intents and purposes, targets,” he said. “And one of the things that we in state and local government need to do as well as our colleagues in the private sector need to do is make sure that as we digitize and electrify a lot of these processes that have typically been mechanical that we’re doing the work we need to do to ensure that they’re secure because they can be attacked.”

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MassCyberCenter at the MassTech Collaborative
MassCyberCenter at the MassTech Collaborative

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