Lt. Governor Candidate Lake Sees Holyoke as a Business Magnet for its Low Energy Costs

(Boston, MA- December 17, 2013): Democratic Candidate for Lt. Governor of Massachusetts Mike Lake, a Clinton White House appointee and President and CEO of Leading Cities, visited Holyoke on Saturday, December 14th to learn more about its urban renewal plan to revitalize center city Holyoke including the transportation center and the high performance computing center. During his time in Holyoke, Lake met with local State Representative Aaron Vega and Director of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Holyoke, Marcos Marrero, who described several strategies Holyoke is implementing to secure future growth and revitalization, which leverage existing resources and then ties it together with new opportunities for the city.

“Leadership from Representative Vega, Mayor Morse and others have generated opportunities for Holyoke to attract businesses, create jobs and retain families," said Lake. "By marketing the lower costs of energy in Holyoke, this community can become a magnet for high energy consumption businesses that value a presence in an East Coast state with the quality and quantity of talent you can only find in Massachusetts.”

Representative Vega added, “Maintaining a good working relationship with the Lt. Governor’s office is critical for Holyoke as we move forward with our Urban Renewal Plan and other initiatives. Having the opportunity to speak with and show candidate Lake around Holyoke was a great next step in moving Holyoke forward.”

The visit follows shortly after former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis’ official endorsement of Lake on Wednesday night to a packed crowd of over 200 at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston.

Lake was appointed by President Clinton as Special Assistant for White House Operations and is the President and CEO of Leading Cities, an international organization that focuses on exchanging solutions to municipal challenges and creating jobs through business development. Lake’s vision for the Lt. Governor’s office involves working to realize what he calls the Massachusetts Promise, “a promise of opportunity that comes with High-Quality Education, Job Creation, and Strong Communities.”

More info on Lake and the campaign can be found at http://www.ElectMikeLake.com.

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