“Jay Ash, Massachusetts’ Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, sat on the final panel of the day. As he listened to the previous presentations, he learned more about the region in a three-hour span than in the past three years.
“And I get paid to know about you,” Ash said. “You’re not celebrating yourself enough … The fact of the matter is, if you’re not talking about you, a lot of other people aren’t talking about you.”
Johnson shook his head in agreement as Ash spoke those words.
Many – if not all – in the room were already associated with the Blue Economy in some manner. Ash recommended more than almost anything, the region should share its successes with anyone and everyone.”