Pat Bench, President of BIBA, speaks on International Trade Issues at Harvard Kennedy School

LOCAL ECONOMIES: Harvard University hosted a forum called “An International Platter for Local Economies,” at which local business and government officials discuss state and local government efforts to promote business development and job creation. Speakers include Patrick Bench, vice president of public affairs at Rasky Baerlein and former Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment official; Michael Graney, senior vice president of business development at the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts; and Samantha Hammar, innovation district strategist at the Boston Redevelopment Authority. (Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., Starr Auditorium, JFK School of Government, Cambridge)

BIBA Board Member, AJ Gerritson, awarded Boston Business Journal '40 under 40'

The Boston Business Journal Tuesday (August 17, 2010) announced its 40 Under 40 honorees for 2010. This year marks 13th one for the program, which recognizes emerging business leaders in Greater Boston.

This year’s honorees come from a broad spectrum in the Boston business community and represent the business talent and civic commitment that help drive the regional economy.

“Boston’s competitive advantage is its collective brainpower,” said Chris McIntosh, publisher of the Boston Business Journal. “Our 40 Under 40 class reflects the deep talent pool and community spirit that make Boston an economic powerhouse and a great place to live.”

Honorees are selected by an editorial committee after the BBJ solicits nominations from the business community. Each year, the selection process gets tougher as the quality of the nominations climbs, said George Donnelly, editor of the BBJ.

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