NEC Notes
April 2020
to the April 2020 edition of
The New England Council's E-Newsletter.

Recent Events
Capital Conversations with Rep. Jim Himes
On March 4, 2020, The New England Council welcomed Rep. Jim Himes at a Capital Conversations breakfast in Washington, DC.  The Congressman is pictured here (L) with Alex Hecht of ML Strategies, the breakfast's host.
Capital Conversation with Rep. Jim Himes
At the breakfast, Rep. Himes briefed members on some of the preliminary discussions in Congress about the COVID-19 virus.  He is pictured here with Suzanne Day (L) and Kara Haas (R), both of Harvard University.
Capitol Hill Report with Rep. Richard Neal

Rep. Neal to Headline First "Capitol Hill Report" Virtual Event
Today at 11:00 a.m., The New England Council will host a Capitol Hill Report featuring Rep. Richard Neal, Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee and Dean of the New England Delegation.  Join us for a virtual conversation with the Congressman, who will provide an update on the recently passes CARES Act, and will answer questions that have been submitted by NEC members.    Register using the button below.  Meeting access information will be included in registration confirmation.

The Council plans to hold similar virtual events with other members of the delegation in the coming weeks.  Stay tuned for announcements soon.  
2020 Washington Leaders' Conference Rescheduled
New Dates Announced: September 22 & 23, 2020
Because of concerns about the COVID-19 public health crisis, The New England Council made the difficult but necessary decision to postpone our 2020 Washington Leaders' Conference, originally scheduled for May 13 & 14, 2020.  However, we are pleased to announce that the conference will now be held on September 22 & 23, 2020.  

The agenda will be similar to last year's event, with a welcome luncheon on Tuesday, September 22, followed by afternoon committee meetings.  On Tuesday evening, we will gather for our annual Capitol Hill Reception, followed by a sponsored dinner.  On Wednesday, September 23, we will begin the day with a Congressional Breakfast, followed by more committee meetings.  

Stay tuned for details on registration in the coming weeks.  We will also be working to secure some hotel room blocks for members and will share information as it is available.  

Registration fees are $500 for Members, $700 for Non-Members, and $300 for NEC Board Members.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available - contact  Larry Zabar for more information. 
2020 Annual Dinner
Save the Date: October 26, 2020
Mark your calendars! The New England Council's 2020 Annual Dinner will take place on the evening of Monday, October 26, 2020.  This year, we will be holding the dinner at a new venue, the Boston Marriott Copley Place.  We hope you'll join us for what is always an inspiring and enjoyable evening as we celebrate and honor several New Engalnders of the Year.

Stay tuned for more information, including the announcement of our 2020 New Englander of the Year honorees, in the coming weeks and months.

A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available, as are individual tickets.  To learn more about sponsorship, please contact Larry Zabar.  
NEC Highlights Member Contributions to COVID-19 Response
NEC Blog and Social Media Highlight Regional Response
Microscopic view of a infectious virus. Contagion and propagation of a disease. Corona COVID-19. Sars. Flu. 3D Rendering
As our region and our nation continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, The New England Council is using our blog as a platform to highlight some of the incredible work our members have undertaken to respond to the outbreak.  We have been heartened by the incredible, innovative work that our members have undertaken to combat the pandemic, bolster the region's economy, and support our communities.  

For the past several weeks, we have posted a daily round-up of updates on some of the initiatives underway among Council members throughout the region.  We will continue to do so for the foreseeable future, and encourage our members to share with us any information on their efforts so that we can be sure to include them in these daily round-ups.   We are also sharing these updates on our Twitter account (@NECouncil),
Council Advocates for Federal Relief 
NEC Shares Regional Relief Priorities with Congressional Delegation
As Congress considered a third round of federal relief in response to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, The New England Council sent a letter to each member of the region's Congressional delegation outlining top priorities for the New England business community. A letter was sent to the region's 12 Senators on March 23, 2020, and a similar letter was sent to each member of the region's House delegation on March 25, 2020.  In the letters, the Council outlines recommendations for relief specific to the healthcare sector, as well as various other measures to support other impacted industries and the region's economy more broadly.

The letter was developed based on significant feedback from Council members throughout the region and across a wide array of industries. The Council will continue to monitor the rapidly evolving situation and the needs of our members, and will continue to advocate for relief that will benefit the region's economy as a whole. We encourage NEC members to contact our staff with any suggestions or feedback on what types of relief would be most useful.
2019 Annual Report Released
Annual Report Highlights 2019 Events & Accomplishments
On March 26, 2020, The New England Council electronically released our 2019 Annual Report.

The Annual Report provides a comprehensive overview of the Council's activities throughout 2019, including events and programming throughout the region and in Washington, DC, as well as advocacy initiatives and other projects. As you will see, 2019 was an incredibly successful year for the Council, and we are grateful for our members' ongoing support and engagement. Hard copies will be available soon.

A special thanks to our 2019 Annual Report sponsors, AT&T and Liberty Mutual.

Member News From Our Blog
Recent NEC Member News
In addition to daily updates about COVID-19 related relief efforts, the Council continues to feature other news and updates about our members on our blog.  Check out some of the recent news about our members:


Have news you'd like to share with fellow Council members? Please contact Emily Heisig to submit blog items.  
Membership Update
March New Members
Please join us in welcoming the following new members who joined The New England Council in March: