By Emily Greenhalgh
PBN Web Editor
PROVIDENCE – The New England Tech Project, a regional technology advocacy organization, has launched in the Ocean State.
NETP launched in partnership with regional economic development initiative bRIdge, which is led by the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island.
The newly-launched technology advocacy organization comprises business and technology leaders, academics, industry experts and community and nonprofit partners from across the region and aims to promote collaboration among New England’s six states in order to “ensure the region remains one of the world’s leading tech hubs,” said a release.
“We tend to think of the economy of each New England state as separate from the states around it, but the truth is that a thriving, modern economy in Rhode Island would benefit the whole region,” James Chisholm, executive director of NETP,” said in prepared remarks.
“Our partnership with bRIdge, which helps talented graduates remain in Rhode Island by connecting them to jobs here, is a natural extension of our desire to retain tech talent in the New England region and grow a strong tech economy here,” he added.
NETP officially launched with a panel discussion on the relationship between technology and government in Boston earlier this year.
“Seventeen thousand students graduate from Rhode Island’s colleges and universities every year. It’s critical that we make those students a part of our community while they are in school, so that they will consider staying and growing our economy after they graduate,” Adam Leonard, program manager of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island, said in a statement.
“NETP’s focus on regional collaboration throughout the New England tech sector will aid this mission, encouraging students with an entrepreneurial spirit to stay in the area after graduation and hire from the area as well,” added Leonard.