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National Business Visionaries Tout Early Childhood Policy to Strengthen Economy

Summit to highlight commitment to proven policy solutions in tough economic climate

BOSTON  The 2011 National Business Leader Summit on Early Childhood Investment will be held on July 21 - 22 at the Boston Harbor Hotel and Boston Federal Reserve Bank. The invitation-only event will convene more than 200 business and civic executives from across the country to discuss the critical role early childhood policies play in promoting states’ short- and long-term economic vitality, new research on the economic development benefits of early childhood investments, and continued advocacy efforts on the part of business leaders in the face of budget cuts in many states.  


United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley will serve as Summit host. The event is sponsored by the Partnership for America's Economic Success, a project of the Pew Center on the States; the Manufacturing Institute, an affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers; the Massachusetts Business Roundtable; Citizen’s Bank; and the Boston Business Journal.  


The Boston Summit builds on work started five years ago by the Partnership for America’s Economic Success to develop effective state and national business coalitions that advocate for proven early childhood policies. Summit participants include employers who want to see public resources committed to evidence-based programs that will set young children on the right course to become productive adults, strengthening our economy and workforce.


Speakers at this year's Summit include The Honorable Deval Patrick, Governor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Paul Reville, Secretary, Massachusetts Department of Education; Eric Rosengren, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; Michael Durkin, CEO of United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley; John Brennan, Chairman Emeritus, The Vanguard Group; Ken McNeely, President, AT&T California; Ann Cramer, Director, Americas, IBM Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs; Al Stroucken, CEO, Owens-Illinois; and Richard Stephens, Senior Vice President Human Resources, The Boeing Company. A summit agenda and full list of speakers are available at www.PartnershipForSuccess.org.   


About United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley

One of the region's largest nonprofits, United Way's work ensures that children enter school ready to learn, youth stay engaged in school so they graduate with options for the future, and parents attain financial stability. No other single organization has the scope, expertise, and influence to bring together hundreds of human services agencies, government, businesses, private foundations and dedicated volunteers around a common vision of creating maximum impact and achieving long-lasting results. www.supportunitedway.org


The Partnership for America's Economic Success, a project of the Pew Center on the States, amplifies the voice of business leaders in support of early childhood policies that strengthen our economy and workforce. The Partnership is managed by The Pew Charitable Trusts and is funded by the George Gund Foundation, Ohio Children's Foundation, Paul Tudor Jones, Robert Dugger, Society for Human Resource Management and the Pew Charitable Trusts. For more information, please visit www.PartnershipforSuccess.org.