Employer Confidence hits 12-year high
Confidence among Massachusetts employers hit its highest level in 12 years during December amid the prospect of growth initiatives from the new administration in Washington and a continued strong state economy. The Associated Industries of Massachusetts Business Confidence Index rose 2.3 points to 60.4 last month, a full 5.1 points higher than its level in December 2015 and the highest reading since December 2004. It marked the fourth consecutive monthly increase in sentiment among employers in a commonwealth where the unemployment rate recently fell to 2.9 percent. Read more here. 
Robert F. Rivers named Chairman and CEO
of Eastern Bank

Robert F. Rivers has been elected by the Eastern Bank Board of Directors to the position of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Richard E. Holbrook, the bank announced. Rivers joined Eastern Bank in 2006 as its Vice Chairman and Chief Banking Officer, becoming President in 2007, Chief Operating Officer in 2012, and an Eastern Bank Director in 2015. The Board also elected Quincy Miller to succeed Rivers as bank President. Both promotions were effective Jan. 1. Read more here. 
Cape Cod Community Media Center hires
Sarah Colvin as News Director
The Cape Cod Community Media Center is pleased to announce the launch of new, local, community based news programming with the addition of longtime Cape Cod reporter and broadcaster Sarah Colvin as News Director.
News programming at the Community Media Center will focus on the issues of importance to Cape Cod, including but not limited to municipal happenings, the economy, housing, the environment, and quality of life. Read more here. 

Louise Backaler joins Pamela Sande & Associates
Pamela Sande, Managing Principal of Pamela Sande & Associates, has announced that Louise Backaler of Holliston has joined the total HR solutions company serving Cape Cod, Plymouth, the South Shore and Metro South as a Senior Human Resources Consultant. Read more here. 
Giving Guide 2017 The 2017 Giving Guide is here!
While the holiday season often inspires us to give to nonprofit organizations that support our community, it's important to do so all year long. Our Giving Guide can help you do just that. With profiles of scores of regional organizations, it's a helpful resource to keep on hand to guide your gifts of both money and time! Read the 2017 Giving Guide here.

The Last Word: Non-profit excellence;
for-profit mentality

By Anne Colwell, Chief Executive Officer, Cape Cod Child Development
We all know the saying, "If you do something the same way, over and over again, you'll get the same result." Usually when I have heard this statement, it is in response to a situation that inevitably had a negative outcome. Interestingly enough, in the context of operational excellence, this statement becomes a critical success story. If we can learn to have perfect or near-perfect processes in our operational systems, the impact on customer satisfaction, human resources, revenue streams, expense management and service quality all become optimal. Read the full article here.
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