NEC Notes
December 2018
to the December 2018 edition of
The New England Council's E-Newsletter.

Upcoming Events
Congressional Roundtable with
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse
Monday, December 10, 2018
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Providence Biltmore Hotel - Providence, RI
Congressional Roundtable with
Sen. Susan Collins
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Norman Hanson & DeTroy - Portland, ME
Click Here to Register
Recent Events
Post-Election Analysis Breakfast
with Mark Shields
Veteran political columnist and New England native Mark Shields shared his insights on the recent midterm elections and his predictions for the 2020 presidential election at a breakfast at the Hampshire House in Boston on November 15. Over 100 Council members attended the event, which has become a post-election tradtion.  Shields is pictured here (L) with Larry Rasky of Rasky Partners, the program's sponsor. 
Special Event with Quebec Premier
François Legault
On November 15, 2018, the newly-elected Premier of Quebec François Legault spoke to members of The New England Council and the New England-Canada Business Council at a special event at the Hampshire House.  The Premier discussed the important economic relationship between his province and the New England region. Premier Legault is pictured here with board member Connie Brennan of TD Bank. 
Congressional Roundtable with
Rep. Joe Kennedy
Representative Joe Kennedy spoke to some 200 Council members at a November 26 Congressional Roundtable Breakfast at the Seaport Hotel in Boston.  In his remarks, the Congressman called for bipartisan action in Congress to address income inequality  and economic injustice in our society.  He is pictured here (R) with Darren Trigonoplos of AIG, the event's sponsor. 
Congressional Roundtable with
Rep. Richard Neal
On November 27, Representative Richard Neal shared with NEC members his priorities as the incoming Chair of the House Ways & Means Committee.  The breakfast was held at the Boston Harbor Hotel and was sponsored by American Tower Corporation and Iron Mountain.  The Congressman is pictured here with Board Member Alison Weiss of Mass Mutual
2018 Annual Holiday Celebration
Celebrate with the Council on December 11
The New England Council's Annual Holiday Celebration will take place on Tuesday, December 12, 2018, from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.  This year, we will gather for a cocktail and hors d'oeurves reception at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate in Dorchester, MA.  We are grateful to this year's event sponsors for their generous support: American Tower Corporation, AT&T, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, NextEra Energy, and Ørsted.  

Continuing with our tradition, the Council will collect donations for a New England non-profit organization at the event.  This year, we have selected the Travis Mills Foundation, founded by 2018 New Englander of the Year Staff Sgt. (ret) Travis Mills.  The foundation supports war-injured veterans and their families and operates a retreat in Rome, Maine. 
DC Dialogue on NECN

November: Mark Shields Talks Elections; Steve Grossman on Inner City Business
DC Dialogue on NECN returned in November, and we were excited to welcome our new host!  Veteran business journalist Peter Howe, now a Senior Advisor at NEC member Denterlein, joins Jim Brett on set to lead the show's discussion.

In the first segment, Jim and Peter were joined by political columnist and longtime panelist on the PBS News Hour Mark Shields, who offered his analysis of the recent midterm elections and explains why he thinks Nancy Pelosi should be the next Speaker of the House.  Later in the show, former Massachusetts Treasurer Steve Grossman, CEO of the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, and Jose de la Rosa, Co-Founder of Guardian Healthcare, highlighted how inner city businesses are alleviated poverty and driving the economy.
Representative-Elect Lori Trahan on December 16 Show
The next episode of DC Dialogue will air on NECN on Sunday, December 16, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Tune in to hear from one of the newly-elected members of the New England delegation, Representative-Elect Lori Trahan.  We'll learn more about the new Congresswoman's priorities as she takes office as part of a historic class of freshmen Representatives in January 2019. 

Later in the show, Jim Brett will discuss some the Council's legislative priorities to drive economic growth in New England in the new year. 
NEC in the News
Jim Brett Urges Employment for People with Disabilities in Op-Ed
NEC President & CEO Jim Brett, who also serves as a a member of the National Commission on Disability and Chairman of the Massachusetts Governor's Commission on Intellectual Disability, recently penned an op-ed urging employers to offer employment opportunities for people with disabilities:
Recent Event Media Coverage
Recent Council events featuring Representatives Joe Kennedy and Richard Neal were covered by a variety of media outlets in the region:
Policy Committee Updates
Financial Services Committee Post-Election Congressional Briefings
The Financial Services Committee will host a series of post-election briefing conference calls with key Congressional staff in the coming weeks:
Mr. Drew Crouch - Senior Tax and ERISA Counsel for the Senate Finance Committee
December 7, 2018 - 11:00am
Mr. Bharat Ramamurti - Senator Elizabeth Warren's Senior Counsel on banking and economic policy
December 10, 2018 - 3:00pm
Ms. Kara Getz, Chief Counsel to the House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means
December 14, 2018 - 11:00am

Contact Griffin Doherty for more information.
Trade Working Group Weighs in on Tariffs ahead of G-20
On November 28, The New England Council sent a letter to several senior Trump Administration officials, including U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, urging them to reconsider the tariffs imposed on Chinese imports.  The letter stresses the harmful impact the tariffs are having on companies in New England, particularly in the manufacturing sector.  The letter was also shared with members of the New England Congressional delegation in advance of President Trump's planned meeting with Chinese President Xi at the G-20 Summit.  For more information, please contact Peter Phipps
Transportation Committee to Hear from Steve Kadish on Future of Transportation Report
The Council's Transpiration & Infrastructure Committee will meet on Wednesday, December 19, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. to hear from Steve Kadish, former Chief of Staff to Governor Charlie Baker and current Chairman of the Commission on the Future of Transportation in the Commonwealth  Kadish will brief members on the Commission's soon-to-be released report.  The meeting will take place at the offices of ML Strategies in Boston, located at One Financial Center.  For more information, please contact Peter Phipps
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: