WMass business leaders, politicians connected at summit

BOSTON (WWLP) – Business leaders from western Massachusetts spent the day with lawmakers Wednesday.

For the 40th year, local businesspeople traveled to Boston for the annual Beacon Hill Summit. The event connects people from our region in the business field with state-level politics here in Boston.

More than sixty representatives from western Massachusetts businesses and institutions traveled to the State House for the event, which was hosted by Senator Gale Candaras.

“Folks can feel kind of disconnected from their government. One of the promises that we made many years ago when I first ran was that we would bring government to western Mass. and western Mass. to government,” the Wilbraham Democrat said.

The event is a way for business leaders to connect with some of the most influential state lawmakers about economic developments and business issues affecting western parts of the state.

Senate Majority Leader Stanley Rosenberg said, “they get to hear and share ideas with the people who are making decisions here. They also get to show they’re investing in state government and state government policy.”

Baystate Health, Western New England University and other big companies in western Massachusetts spoke with lawmakers about issues affecting health care, minimum wage and transportation issues. Lawmakers hope the Beacon Hill Summit will create a bigger western Massachusetts presence to state-level politics.

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