SPRINGFIELD — Senator Eric P. Lesser praised the news that Springfield ranked in the top 10 best metro areas in the U.S. for STEM professionals, according to a list compiled by WalletHub, a personal finance website.
STEM professionals include those working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“This is great news for our city, our region, and the entire state — and a good reminder that investments in our workforce pay dividends for our workers and our economy. This is why vocational education programs are so important, and make such a difference in our communities,” said Sen. Lesser.
Investing in STEM education and workforce pipelines has been a priority for Sen. Lesser since taking office in 2015. As Senate Chair of the Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, he helped craft the 2018 Economic Development Bonding Bill, which funded an apprenticeship tax credit program for apprenticeships in computer occupations, healthcare technologists and technicians, and production occupations in the manufacturing industry.
This year, Sen. Lesser secured millions of dollars in the state budget, for the fourth consecutive year, for a precision manufacturing training program to create a fully coordinated manufacturing training system to meet the employment needs of manufacturers across the state.
News of Springfield’s ranking was first reported by The Republican. Springfield, which came in eighth, beat out major cities across the U.S., including Chicago, Atlanta and Denver. Springfield was also one of only two New England cities to make the top 10; the other was Boston, which came in second.