Mitt Romney’s Economic Development Binders

4 years ago

Much has said about the binders of resumes that Mitt Romney received after he was elected Governor of Massachusetts in 2002. But nothing has been said about the Binders of Accomplishments that the women who served in his cabinet presented to him four years later.

From the Economic Development team, there were four thick binders: Business & Technology, Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation, Labor, and Workforce Development. Each of these reporting departments was managed by a woman.

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When Governor Romney took office, Massachusetts was in a recession. What did Mitt do?

 He mobilized a bipartisan team to drive an aggressive, effective job creation effort, and streamline government programs to put taxpayers’ money to work as effectively as possible.

  • Working Together -- Governor Romney unified four cabinet departments, 22 state agencies and 2300 employees under one umbrella to implement his “Jobs First” agenda soon after he took office.

  • Making It Easier for Businesses -- Governor Romney created the "Business Resource Team", a SWAT-team of 28 disparate state and regional offices and non-profits to offer a one-stop for business assistance. The team worked with more than 400 companies, retained over 36,500 jobs and created over 20,500 jobs.

  • Getting Rid of Obstacles to Job Creation - One of the biggest impediments to business and job growth was the slow and uncertain timeframe to obtain permits. Governor Romney created a process to reduce this time from 2-5 years to 6 months.

  • Importing Jobs from Overseas - Governor Romney developed an aggressive international trade and outreach program that resulted in increased foreign direct investment in Massachusetts.

  • Tying Education to Jobs - Governor Romney integrated our community colleges into public-private sector initiatives to attract new companies to Massachusetts.

  • Helping Women and Minority-Owned Businesses - Under Governor Romney, we reduced the application processing time from 4 months to 26 days and received the Government Advocacy Award from the Association of Minority Business Enterprises.

And we did all of this while working with a legislature that was 85%+ Democratic!


Deb Shufrin, former Secretary of Business and Technology

Renee Fry, former Secretary of Business and Technology

Beth Lindstrom, former Secretary of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation

Jane Edmonds, former Secretary of Workforce Development

Gayl Mileszko, former Secretary of Labor

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