Massachusetts officials are highlighting the state’s concentration of high-tech talent, including academic and industry resources, as the state promotes its six military installations ahead of a possible BRAC round.“As all of this stuff has gotten more and more technologically sophisticated over the course of this past decade or so, what we do here I think becomes even more important,” Gov. Charlie Baker (R) told WBUR following a trip to Washington, D.C., in July to meet with lawmakers and Pentagon officials.In an interview with WBUR last week following a visit to Hanscom Air Force Base, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James indicated her department values the state’s skilled workforce.“One of the key aspects, I think, which is unique, I’ll say, here in Massachusetts, is surrounding these four Air Force installations we just have a multitude of academic and other talent,” James said. In addition to Hanscom, the state’s other three Air Force installations are Joint Base Cape Cod (Otis Air National Guard Base), Westover Air Reserve Base and Barnes Air National Guard Base.The importance of a particular base extends to the assets of the surrounding community, she said. “It’s all about synergies; and when you can get multiple bangs for a single buck, that’s all the better for us,” James said.“I am very impressed with everything that I have seen so far in the state of Massachusetts,” James told the station.In a press release, MassDevelopment President and CEO Marty Jones noted that Hanscom isn’t the only Massachusetts base supported by a robust workforce and industry presence. “The innovations at Hanscom and integration with both academia and businesses exemplify the kind of leading technology and highly-skilled workforce that we see at all six of the commonwealth’s bases,” Jones said. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
ARMED with a vision of publishing books for children, Sameena Shaikh opened her publishing house two months ago. She calls it Aisha after her daughter. Quite recently, the publishing house made a début with 21 New Beginnings, a compilation of true stories of ‘oddity, hope and change’ by Vivek Pandit. Why publishing and why children books particularly?While my two girls were growing up, I realised the vital role books play in the learning and nurturing of kids. Since then I have been possessed with the idea of a book series for children. Over years, the thought crystalised into a concept – colourful and vivid illustrations to trigger their imagination, small values that could inspire them to be sensitive souls and short stories that could improve their vocabulary and language skills – I finally found the courage to open my own publishing house. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’How difficult is it being an indie publisher? May sound clichéd, but I strongly believe ‘where there is a will there is a way’. I never doubted my mission. All I started with were confidence and a creative concept, both have helped my vision blossom into reality. And I know nothing can stop an honest vision, so I never think of the diffculties, just take one step at a time. When it gets tough, I just wait patiently for the cloud to clear.How do you go about choosing your authors? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAny work that has depth, clarity, undercurrent of a message, positivity and humour would find space in my publishing house.What are your plans for the future?Innovation and creativity will be the USP of my publishing house. The first book has a new concept – short stories by a known author, plus stories of new writers, all inspired by true incidents (available in Flipkart). My second book would be the beginning of a series for children. Adventues of Donna The Dolphin will have beautiful illustrations and will be filled with the adventures of a Dolphin, which will introduce the children to a whole new world. The series will include a book for age group – 2+ , 5+ and 9+.