Rotary Club of Woburn
​Chartered 1924, District 7930, Massachusetts, USA

Secretary Jay Ash Reports on State Economic Development Initiatives

 
Jay Ash, Secretary for Housing and Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, joined our Club on October 4 to discuss the Baker Administration's economic development initiatives. He provided an upbeat assessment of the state's economic prospects and shed some insight into the workings of the Baker Administration. Secretary Ash noted that there is a strong team environment amongst the Cabinet members, and he fit right in despite his affiliation with the Democratic Party.
 
A number of guests, including Mayor Scott Galvin and City Council President Richard Haggerty, joined club members to hear Secretary Ash speak. Mayor Galvin thanked the Secretary for the very constructive working relationship Woburn has enjoyed with him and his colleagues in the Baker Administration.
 
Secretary Ash is responsible for directing and executing Governor Charlie Baker’s agenda on housing and community development, job creation, business development, consumer affairs, and business regulation. He previously served as the city manager in his native Chelsea, a position he held from 2000 to 2014. In Chelsea, Secretary Ash’s leadership produced both economic expansion and fiscal stability. Secretary Ash has led statewide initiatives on health insurance, youth violence, transportation infrastructure and expanded gaming in Massachusetts. He previously served as co-founder and vice-chair of the Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, as past president of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, as a board member of the public policy think tank MassINC, the staff director to the Massachusetts House Majority Leader, and as an elected trustee of his alma mater, Clark University.
 
 
 
 
 
Jay Ash, Secretary for Housing and Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, joined our Club on October 4 to discuss the Baker Administration's economic development initiatives. He provided an upbeat assessment of the state's economic prospects and shed some insight into the workings of the Baker Administration. Secretary Ash noted that there is a strong team environment amongst the Cabinet members, and he fit right in despite his affiliation with the Democratic Party.
 
A number of guests, including Mayor Scott Galvin and City Council President Richard Haggerty, joined club members to hear Secretary Ash speak. Mayor Galvin thanked the Secretary for the very constructive working relationship Woburn has enjoyed with him and his colleagues in the Baker Administration.
 
Secretary Ash is responsible for directing and executing Governor Charlie Baker’s agenda on housing and community development, job creation, business development, consumer affairs, and business regulation. He previously served as the city manager in his native Chelsea, a position he held from 2000 to 2014. In Chelsea, Secretary Ash’s leadership produced both economic expansion and fiscal stability. Secretary Ash has led statewide initiatives on health insurance, youth violence, transportation infrastructure and expanded gaming in Massachusetts. He previously served as co-founder and vice-chair of the Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, as past president of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, as a board member of the public policy think tank MassINC, the staff director to the Massachusetts House Majority Leader, and as an elected trustee of his alma mater, Clark University.
 

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