NEC Notes
December 2016
to the December 2016 edition of
The New England Council's E-Newsletter.

Upcoming Events
Capital Conversations with
Senator Jack Reed
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Nelson Mullins
Washington, DC
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New England Advanced Manufacturing Policy Summit
Thursday, December 15, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  Northeastern University 
Burlington, MA
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Breakfast with Comptroller of the Currency Tom Curry
Friday, December 16, 2016
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Bank of America
Boston, MA
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Recent Events
Congressional Roundtable with
Rep. Richard Neal

On November 10, Representative Richard Neal, dean of the New England delegation, spoke to NEC members at a breakfast sponsored by American Tower and Iron Mountain at the Seaport Hotel in Boston.  Rep. Neal is pictured here with Norbert Strissel of JetBlue.
Capital Conversation with Rep.
Stephen Lynch
Congressman Stephen Lynch was the featured guest at a November 15 Capital Conversations breakfast, hosted by NEC member O'Neill & Associates in Washington, DC.  Representative Lynch is pictured here with Amy Carnevale of K&L Gates. 
Post Election Analysis with Political Commentator Mark Shields
On November 17, veteran political commentator and New England native Mark Shields joined the Council to share his analysis and insights on the 2016 election and Trump transition.  The breakfast was sponsored by NEC members AT&T and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.  Shields is pictured here with Board Member Mark Kalpin of WilmerHale.
Breakfast with Federal Reserve President Eric Rosengren
Eric Rosengren, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, spoke at a breakfast at the Hampshire House in Boston on November 18.  Rosengren's presentation focused on the economic outlook for the New Engalnd region in the coming months.  Rosengren is pictured here with Board Member Tom Kershaw of The Hampshire House.
2016 Annual Holiday Celebration
Still Time to RSVP for Dec. 12 Holiday Celebration
The New England Council invites member to join us to celebrate the Council's accomplishments in 2016 at our Annual Holiday Celebration.  The cocktail reception will be held on the evening of Tuesday, December 12, 2016, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum overlooking Boston Harbor. 

This year, we begin a new tradition of selecting a charitable organization that serves the region and encouraging our members attending the Holiday Celebration to make a voluntary contribution in any amount they choose. This year's organization is  Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program that is dedicated to healing the invisible for Service Members, Post-9/11 Veterans, Service Members, and their Families through world-class clinical care, wellness, education and research.
Checks made payable to "Home Base" can be dropped off at the event where staff members of Home Base will be on hand to provide information and answer questions; 100% of the proceeds will go to Home Base.
A special thanks to NEC members AT&T and DONG Energy, sponsors of this year's Annual Holiday Celebration.   
2016 Annual Dinner
New Englanders of the Year Celebrated at Annual Dinner

On the evening of November 1, 2016, some 1,800 New England Council members and other guests gathered at the Seaport Hotel/World Trade Center for the Council's 2016 Annual Dinner, making it the largest dinner in the organization's history.  The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the 2016 New Englander of the Year Awards to four remarkable honorees:
  • R. Nicholas Burns, Ambassador (Ret.), Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Abbey D'Agostino, U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team
  • Jeffrey R. Immelt, Chairman and CEO, GE
  • The Honorable Gina M. Raimondo, Governor, The State of Rhode Island
The New England Council is grateful to the many businesses and organizations who sponsored the 2016 Annual Dinner, and in particular, to the co-chairs of this year's event: Jay Hooley, CEO of State Street Corporation, and Michael Mahoney, CEO of Boston Scientific.   
New England Advanced Manufacturing Policy Summit
Summit to Focus on Recent Progress and 2017 Legislative Agenda
On December 15, 2016, The New England Council's Advanced Manufacturing Working Group will host a New England Advanced Manufacturing Policy Summit. This half-day program will explore recent innovative policies and programs adopted by New England manufacturers and institutions of higher education that help train workers for existing jobs and promote and strengthen New England manufacturing's competitive advantage. The summit will also begin the process of developing a "Make It In New England" Legislative Agenda, suggested policy proposals based off the recommendations of the NEC-Deloitte "Advanced to Advantageous" report for the members of the 115th Congress' New England delegation to introduce and support in the new year.

The summit will he held at Northeastern University's Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security in Burlington, MA, from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on December 15.  Please contact Chris Averill for more information. 
DC Dialogue on NECN
November: Political Commentator Mark Shields, MassDevelopment CEO Marty Jones
The most recent episode of DC Dialogue aired on Sunday, November 20, on New England Cable News (NECN).  In the first segment, Jim Brett and Eileen Curran were joined by veteran political commentator Mark Shields, who discussed the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election and the Trump transition.  Later in the show, Jim and Eileen caught up with MassDevelopment CEO Marty Jones about her organization's work to promote manufacturing in the region and the latest developments at Devens.

December: Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Special Olympics CEO MaryBeth McMahon
The December episode of DC Dialogue will air on New England Cable News (NECN) on Sunday, December 18, at 10:00 a.m.  Our guest in the first segment will be Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, who will update us on his priorities for the city of Boston in the New Year. 

As we do each December, we will also feature a local charitable organization during the second half of the show.  This year, we will learn more about the remarkable work of Special Olympics Massachusetts with President & CEO MaryBeth McMahon.  Be sure to tune in!
NEC in the News
Op-Ed: Comprehensive Approach for Regional Energy Challenges
Following the release of The New England Council's new report, "The New England Energy Landscape: History, Challenges, and Outlook," Jim Brett penned an op-ed calling for a comprehensive approach to tackling the region's energy challenges.  The op-ed has been published in several regional publications:
Annual Dinner Media Coverage
The Councils 2016 Annual Dinner and New Englander of the Year Award presentations were covered in several regional media outlets:
Policy & Initiatives Updates
Energy & Environment Committee
Committee Meeting on Energy Report - The Energy & Environment Committee met on November 4 at the offices of Bowditch & Dewey in Boston.  The meeting featured a presentation on the Council's new energy report, "New England Energy Landscape: History, Challenges & Outlook," by the report's author, Peter J. Howe.  For more information, please contact David O'Donnell.
Higher Education Committee
2017 Planning Discussion - Members of the Higher Education Committee are invited to participate in a conference call to discuss priorities and plan activities for 2017.  The call will take place on Tuesday, December 6, from 3:00 - 4:00.  Click here for more information and to RSVP, or contact Taylor Pichette with any questions.
Trade Working Group
Council Urges Congress to Address Ex-Im During Lame Duck Session - On November 28, The New England Council wrote to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan urging them to include language to allow the Export-Import Bank to be fully operational as part of a fiscal year 2017 funding legislation.  Click here to read the letter.  For more information, contact Peter Phipps or Taylor Pichette.
Member News From Our Blog
Membership Update
November New Members
Please join us in welcoming the following new members who joined the Council during the month of November: