WPI Introduces Data Tool to Evaluate Massachusetts’ Competitive Edge

Worcester Polytechnic Institute has announced the development of a new system to help evaluate Massachusetts’ competitive position among leading technology states. The program has been dubbed the Massachusetts’ Technology, Talents and Economic Reporting System (MATTERS).

MATTERS is an online system that consolidates a collection of independent national rankings along with a set of key cost, economic and talent metrics into a single source for use by all parties interested in building a successful future for Massachusetts’ technology-based businesses. The platform allows users to compare technology strengths between states. For example, they can examine and assess how Massachusetts and New York stack up on talent, cost and economy metrics, as well as national rankings on tax climate and technology indexes.

This data provides companies with critical information while also providing policymakers and advocates with dynamic, searchable data to substantiate public policies, leading to decisions that help attract and retain business to the state.

“This reporting dashboard makes important data accessible to those who need it. It also demonstrates the impact that our faculty and students can have on the state’s competitiveness, especially in the technology sector,” Stephen Flavin, vice president of academic and corporate development at WPI, and a member of the Massachusetts High Tech Council, said in a statement Wednesday.

The tool can be accessed online here.


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