February 20, 2013

Massachusetts Building Congress and Wentworth Host White House Business Council Roundtable

Ben Goldfarb, Dan Tangherlini, President Pantic, John Porcari

Boston, MA – February 20, 2013 – The Massachusetts Building Congress and Wentworth Institute of Technology hosted a White House Business Council Roundtable, an informal, information-gathering discussion led by President Barack Obama Administration officials, U.S. Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary John Porcari and U.S. General Services Administration Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini.

Both officials offered perspective and an overview of some of President Obama’s priorities as covered in the recent State of the Union address. The discussion was focused on the President’s plan to strengthen the middle class by making America a magnet for jobs and manufacturing, equipping every American with the skills they need to do those jobs, and ensuring that hard work leads to a decent living.

The 34 participants in the Roundtable represented business owners and executives from across industries, leaders in academia, and students. Attendees asked questions and provided feedback and general observations about the economy, job growth and creation, and other topics related to building a stronger America. The discussion explored what is working and not working and what can be done better and differently. Content from the Roundtable is being shared with the White House.

“Wentworth is thrilled to participate in an event that brings together government, business, academic, and student leaders,” said Zorica Pantić, president of Wentworth. “As our students become the industry leaders of tomorrow, it’s valuable for them to engage in forums that focus on exchanging ideas and perspectives.”

The Roundtable was a collaboration among the Massachusetts Building Congress, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. General Services Administration, the White House Business Council, and Wentworth. The event took place in Wentworth’s Watson Auditorium on February 19.

Massachusetts Building Congress

Established in 1921, the Massachusetts Building Congress (MBC) provides a business and networking forum for companies and individuals within the $6 billion Massachusetts building industry. Through monthly programs, social and fundraising events, and educational forums, MBC helps members promote their business while advancing mutual interests.

Photo Caption: Ben Goldfarb, president of the MBC and vice president of Nauset Construction Corp.; Dan Tangherlini, acting  administrator, U.S. General Services Administration; Zorica Pantić, president, Wentworth; and John Porcari, deputy secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation. Photo: Frank Monkiewicz Photography

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