James ‘Chip’ Harrington is a small business owner, special police officer & Ludlow School Committee Member running for State Senate in the 1st Hampden & Hampshire. Chip’s commitment to the community is apparent. He’s a Junior Achievement volunteer, founder of the Ludlow Football Association, the Ludlow Boys & Girls Club Triathlon, the Ludlow Pond Management Committee, the Ludlow Energy Committee, the Ludlow Landfill/Solar Field and the USMC Toys for Tots Parade in Ludlow. In this interview Chip explains his philosophy for growing the local economy, and his vision for Western Massachusetts.
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For those of you that know me, politics isn’t my bag. I’m a big fan of picking the person who’s best for the job despite party affiliation. That being the case, I always enjoy when I can talk to a politician minus the politics. Recently, we had Eric Lesser (candidate for State Senate) on The Engine, and we did just that… we had a nice conversation. Eric and I discussed the importance of education, encouraging entrepreneurship, and making investments in Western Massachusetts. Among the candidates running for State Senate, Eric brings a different approach. He worked for the president’s Council of economic advisers and offers macro solutions to micro challenges. Is he the best person to fill the seat for the First Hampden & Hampshire District here in Western Massachusetts? Before you make up your mind, take a listen to our interview.
A sustainable economy requires a lot of moving parts. In Western Massachusetts we have businesses and entrepreneurs which are the lifeblood to growth, as well as organizations such as the Economic Development Council, Chambers of Commerce, and Young Professional Society which add mobility to our momentum. We flourish when these parts move in unison; however, that doesn’t always happen. Debra Boronski knows all about the challenges that go into maintaining a vibrant economic infrastructure. Not only is Debra the Founder and President of the Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, she is a candidate running for State Senate. For over 25 years she has dedicated her career to encouraging small business growth and making the lives of employees residing Western Massachusetts just a little bit easier. She’s also a Junior Achievement alumni who understands the importance of investing in our children. Debra shares her passion and vision in this Engine interview. Listen in to hear what happens when we all move in the same direction – spoiler, we get where we're going a heckuva lot quicker.