NEC Notes
March 2017
to the March 2017 edition of
The New England Council's E-Newsletter.

Upcoming Events
Congressional Roundtable with
Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI)

Friday, March 3, 2017
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
The Providence Biltmore Hotel - Providence, RI
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Congressional Roundtable with
Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
The Seaport Hotel - Boston, MA
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Capital Conversations with
Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA)

Thursday, March 9, 2017
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Nelson Mullins - Washington, DC
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Congressional Roundtable with
Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-MA)
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Hampshire House - Boston, MA
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Breakfast with
Gov. Gina Raimondo (D-RI)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
The Seaport Hotel - Boston, MA 
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Recent Events
Congressional Roundtable with
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen
On February 22, 2017, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke to New England Council members at a Congressional Roundtable Luncheon at the Bedford Village Inn in Bedford, NH.  The Senator is pictured here (right) with John Schwenk of BAE Systems, who sponsored the event. 
Congressional Roundtable with
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen
Senator Shaheen discussed recent issues before the U.S. Senate, including national security, immigration, and the Affordable Care Act, and highlighted her priorities for the 115th Congress.  The Senator is pictured here (right) with Ellen Christo of the University of New Hampshire. 
Congressional Roundtable with
Rep. Tom Reed

Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY), a member of the influential House Ways & Means Committee, addressed NEC members at a Congressional Roundtable hosted by the Hampshire House on February 23, 2017, in Boston.  The Congressman is pictured here (right) with Tim Leshan of Northeastern University. 
Congressional Roundtable with
Rep. Andy Barr
On February 27, 2017, Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY), a member of the House Financial Services Committee, was the featured guest at a Congressional Roundtable hosted by NEC member State Street at their downtown Boston office.  The Congressman is pictured here (left) with Board Member Ed Kenealy of Liberty Mutual.
2017 Annual Spring Event in Washington, DC
Register Now for 2017 Annual Spring Event
Registration is now open for the NEC's 2017 Annual Spring Event in Washington, DC.  This popular two-day event will be held on Wednesday, May 3, and Thursday, May 4, in our nation's capital.  The tentative agenda includes"
  • Wednesday, May 3, afternoon - Federal Policy Briefing
  • Wednesday, May 3, evening - Capitol Hill Reception
  • Thursday, May 4, morning - Congressional Breakfast
  • Thursday, May 4, late morning/early afternoon - Policy Committee Meetings

Registration fees are $500 for NEC members and $700 for non-members.  Stay tuned for more details, including a more detailed agenda and speakers, in the coming weeks. 

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Capitol Hill Briefing on NEC Energy Report
NEC Member Peter Howe of Denterlein briefs Hill staff on the report he authored for the Council.

NEC Members Brief Hill Staff on Energy Landscape
On February 21, 2017, The New England Council presented a briefing on "The New England Energy Landscape:new History, Challenges and Outlook," to New England Congressional Staff an other interested parties.  The well attended briefing was held in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, and Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) were the honorary co-hosts of the event. 

The briefing, which was attended by Congressional staff from various New England House and Senate offices, began with an overview of the report by its author, Peter J.Howe, a veteran business journalist who is now Senior Advisor at Denterlein, an NEC member.  Following the presentation, a panel of NEC members discussed the current challenges facing the New England energy market. The panel was moderated by NEC Energy & Environment Committee Chairman Mark Kalpin of WilmerHale.  Panelists included James Daley of Eversource, Susan Fleck of National Grid, and Fred Zalcman of DONG Energy.
NEC in the News
Advanced Manufacturing Report Highlighted in New York Times Magazine
A recent feature in the February 23, 2017, edition of the New York Times Magazine, "The Retraining Paradox," cited the New England Council-Deloitte 2015 report, "Advanced to Advantageous: The Case for New England's Manufacturing Revolution."  The article explores the challenges associated with retraining workers with the skills needed in growing industries, such as advanced manufacturing, and cited data from the NEC-Deloitte report about the high number of advanced manufacturing jobs in the New England region.
Financial Services Industry Report Coverage
The New England Council's new report, "The New England Financial Services Industry: Around the Corner and Around the Globe," which was released in late January, continued to receive media coverage in February:
Congressional Roundtable with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen
The Council's February 22 Congressional Roundtable with Senator Jeanne Shaheen was covered by several local media outlets:
DC Dialogue on New England Cable News
February: UMass Medical Chancellor on Travel Ban; Somerville Mayor on Immigration, Green Line Extension
The most recent episode of DC Dialogue aired on NECN on February 19, 2017.  In the first segment, Jim Brett and Eileen Curran were joined by Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone, who discussed the impact of President Trump's immigration policies and what it means to be a sanctuary city, as well as plans for the extension of the MBTA Green Line into Somerville.  Later in the show, we were joined by UMass Medical School Chancellor Michael Collins, who explained how the immigrant travel ban is affecting both higher ed and healthcare, and also discussed the importance of federal funding for medical and scientific research.
Next Episode to Air March 19
The next episode of DC Dialogue will air on NECN on Sunday, March 19, 2017.  Stay tuned for more details!
Policy Committee Updates
Healthcare Committee: Meeting on Possible ACA Repeal
The NEC Healthcare Committee will meet on March 24, 2017, from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. at Blue Cross Blue Shield in Boston.  The meeting will focus on the possible repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act.  Click here to view the full committee notice, or contact David O'Donnell for more details.  Those who cannot attend in person may participate via conference call.  Please click below to RSVP to participate either in person of on the phone. 
Technology Committee: Briefing on Innovation Agenda for the 115th Congress
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the Chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force, recently unveiled his "Innovation Agenda for the 115th Congress," which includes a variety of policy initiatives that will impact innovators of all types.  On Friday, March 3, 2017, at 2:00 p.m., the NEC Technology Committee will host a conference call briefing with Christopher Bates, Sen. Hatch's Senior Counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee. The briefing is open to any interested NEC members and will feature an overview of the agenda and the opportunity to ask questions.  Click the button below to register or contact either Emily Heisig or Taylor Pichette for more information. 
Member News from our Blog
Membership Update
February New Members
Please join us in welcoming the following new members who joined the Council during the month of February: