“A Conversation with Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash”

Representative Jay Kaufman’s award winning public policy forum, “OPEN HOUSE,” begins its 21st year of exploring thought provoking topics with Massachusetts Secretary of Housing & Economic Development Jay Ash in, “A Conversation with Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash”. The forum will be held on Monday September 28th, from 7:00PM-8:00PM, at the historic Depot in Lexington Center (13 Depot Square in Lexington Center).

Jay Ash, as the Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, 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 long time Chelsea City Manager, a position he held from 2000 to 2014. He is credited with providing both economic expansion and fiscal stability to a city formerly under state receivership. Mr. Ash grew the city’s housing stock and also expanded its commercial base with two dozen major projects, and led all Gateway Cities in new employment growth. He has led statewide initiatives on health insurance, youth violence, transportation infrastructure and expanded gaming in Massachusetts. Mr. Ash also served as staff director to Massachusetts House Majority Leader Richard Voke. He is a graduate of Clark University.

What’s the state of the Commonwealth’s business economy? How do we rank with other states in attracting quality companies to locate here? What business sectors are we targeting for expansion? Do businesses think we are still Taxachusetts? What’s the current housing market in Massachusetts? How do we grow housing and keep it affordable at the same time? Find out the answers to these questions, or bring your own. Don’t miss this forum September 28th, from 7PM-8PM. As always, the forum will take its shape largely from questions from the audience. Questions can also be submitted in advance at www.jaykaufman.com, or tweet your questions to @repjaykaufman 

In 1997, OPEN HOUSE was awarded the prestigious Beacon Award, cable television’s equivalent of an Emmy. The series was also named the best television series by Massachusetts Cable Television Commission. The OPEN HOUSE series is produced through a partnership between Representative Kaufman and LexMedia which records the forums for broadcast in Lexington and Woburn.