Mike Goodman testifies in support of Governor Patrick’s life science proposal
Michael D. Goodman, director of economic and public policy research at the UMass Donahue Institute was among those testifying in support of Governor Patrick’s $1 billion life sciences proposal during a legislative hearing in Worcester. Dr. Goodman said that a state appropriation for the proposed UMass Advanced Therapeutics Cluster, plus an additional investment of $359 million from the medical school, could lead to more than 5,800 construction jobs and an estimated 730 net new jobs when the center is fully operating. The estimates reflect the impact that the state has already felt from the Aaron Lazare Medical Research Building, which opened in 2001 on the medical school’s campus in Worcester.
“Just this one facility at UMass Worcester has quickly become a major economic engine in its own right,” Dr. Goodman, who has a doctorate, said in testimony yesterday to the legislature’s Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies. “These investments, if done effectively, are the gift that keeps on giving.”
February 01, 2008