Mike Lake Testified Before the Boston City Council

(Boston, MA- August 14, 2013) Mike Lake, a Boston Democrat and candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts in the 2014 election, testified before the Boston City Council meeting today, raising concerns about talent retention.
Boston loses more than 50% of its recent college graduates each year-- weakening our talent pool and its role as a magnet for job growth and creation. Citing data analysis from the Talent Magnets report he released earlier this year, Lake argues that this is because “we have not helped young people to integrate into our community and develop a professional network—they leave in search of a job.” The report also discovered that Boston loses an additional ten percent of its graduates within seven years of their graduation due to a lack of social and cultural activities that appeal to people in their twenties. Lake testifies, “If we can improve and increase the lifestyle opportunities available to young professionals, we can retain them in Massachusetts, where they contribute to our economic future and serve as a magnet for more businesses to locate in the Commonwealth.”

Lake, the Executive Director of the World Class Cities Partnership at Northeastern University, is a candidate for Lt. Governor. World Class Cities Partnership works to bring together civic, business and academic leaders from cities spanning the globe for the purpose of creating sustainable social change. Lake previously ran for State Auditor in 2010 and served as Special Assistant for White House Operations in the Clinton Administration.

Lake’s campaign theme is the Massachusetts Promise, “a promise of opportunity that comes with High-Quality Education, Job Creation, and Strong Communities.”

More info about Lake can be found at www.ElectMikeLake.com