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Columnist’s focus on big firms in Innovation District misses the mark

THE INNOVATION District is a strategy for community-building that helps companies, and our city, win the war for talent. Paul McMorrow misses the mark when he equates tech and innovation, when he emphasizes big companies ahead of small and medium-size ones, and when he suggests Boston seeks to copy Kendall Square (“Seaport is rising, but not from tech”, Op-ed, Dec. 25).

To the contrary, Mayor Menino has directed his team to help foster something along our harbor that’s very Boston: a neighborhood full of diverse companies and talented people.

It’s that mix that is attracting companies from Brightcove to Communispace, FastCap Systems to Zipcar. All of them have come or are coming from other cities, and they join more than 100 others moving here and starting here at places like MassChallenge, Space with a Soul, Greentown Labs, and Drydock Labs. Leasing up 1 million square feet, even if only a few thousand each, these companies are changing people’s view of Boston’s waterfront and, ultimately, of Boston.


Those who focus only on the biggest companies are missing the saplings for the trees.

Mitchell Weiss
Chief of staff
Mayor Thomas M. Menino