NEC Notes
December 2019
Welcome
to the December 2019 edition of
The New England Council's E-Newsletter.

Upcoming Events
Congressional Roundtable with 
Rep. Katherine Clark
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Omni Parker House - Boston, MA
Capital Conversations with 
Rep. Stephen Lynch
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
8:00 - 9:30 a.m
Nelson Mullins - Washington, DC
Recent Events
Congressional Roundtable with 
S en. Sheldon Whitehouse
Senato Sheldon Whitehouse was the featured guest at a November 1 Congressional Roundtable breakfast in Providence, sponsored by Amica Mutual Insurance.  The Senator is pictured here (R) with Dan Egan of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities In Rhode Island.
Congressional Roundtable with 
Rep. Chellie Pingree
On November 4, Council members had the opportunity to hear from Rep. Chellie Pingree at a Congressional Roundtable breakfast in Portland, hosted by PretiFlaherty.  The Congresswoman is pictured here (C) with NEC Board Members Dan Walker of PretiFlaherty and Connie Brennan of TD Bank.
Congressional Roundtable with 
Rep. Richard Neal
Rep. Richard Neal, Chairman of the influential House Ways & Means Committee, spoke to over 200 Council members at a Congressional Roundtable Breakfast in Boston on November 7.  The breakfast was sponsored by American Tower Corporation.  Rep. Neal is pictured here (2nd from R) with (L-R) Eric Rasmussen, Bela Sastry, and Katrina Iserman, all of Sunovion Pharmaceuticals.  
Politics & Eggs with 
Vice President Michael Pence
On November 7, 2019, VIce President of the United States Michael Pence was the featured guest at a Politics & Eggs program at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anslem College in Manchester.  The Vice President shared what he and President Trump view as key accomplishments of their first term, and highlighted priorities for a second terms as they seek reelection.  
Congressional Roundtable with
Rep. Seth Moulton
Congressman Seth Moulton spoke to over 100 NEC memebrs about the need to make investments in the region's transportation infrastructure at a November 12 Congressional Roundtable breakfast, hosted by The Hampshire House in Boston. The Congressman is pictured here with Andrea Mitsch of Work, Inc.
Capital Conversations with Rep. Ann Kuster
Rep. Annie Kuster met with Council members at a  Capital Conversations breakfast, hosted by LIberty Mutual in Washington, DC, on November 20  The Congresswoman discussed her work on the opioid crisis and shared  her perspectives on areas for potential bipartisan collaboration in Congress  She is pictured here with Paul Treadgold of Millipore Sigma.  
Politics & Eggs with Governor Deval Patrick
Two weeks into his campaign for the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination, former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick spoke at a Politics & Eggs breakfast at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in Manchester on November 25.  Governor Patrick is pictured here with Board Member Pam Everhart of Fidelity Investments.
2019 Holiday Celebration
Last Chance to RSVP for Annual Holiday Celebration 
The New England Council's 2019 Holiday Celebration will take place on the evening of Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate.  Join us for a cocktail and hors d'oerves reception to celebrate another successful year for the Council and ring in the holiday season.
 
This year, we will carry on our tradition of collecting donations for a charitable organization in the region and encourage guests at our Annual Holiday Celebration to make a donation to Rodman for Kids.  Founded by 2011 New Englander of the Year Don Rodman, who passed away in August, Rodman for Kids raises funds for youth-focused social-service organizations that support at-risk children. Rodman for Kids and its affiliated charities fundraise year-round, culminating with the Ride for Kids event, a 25 and 50-mile noncompetitive cycling tour, each fall. 
DC Dialogue on NECN
November Show Features NHIOP's Neil Levesque, National Grid's Marcy Reed 
The most recent episode of DC Dialogue aired on NECN on Sunday, November 17, 2019.  In the first segment, Jim and Peter caught up with Neil Levesque, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College. Neil shared his insights on former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick's entry into the 2020 race, Michael Bloomberg's decision to skip the New Hampshire Primary, the impact of impeachment hearings on the race, and the latest polling in the Granite State and beyond.

Later in the show, Marcy Reed, Massachusetts President and Executive Vice President for US Policy & Social Impact at National Grid, joined Jim and Peter for a wide-ranging discussion of energy issues. Marcy weighed in on the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, explained what ratepayers should expect heading into the winter heating season, and highlighted some of National Grid's efforts to promote energy efficiency and develop renewable energy resources.
New Boston Office
NEC Headquarters Moves to New Space
In November, The New England Council's headquarters moved into a new office in Boston.  The new suite is located in the same building--98 North Washington Street near North Station and the TD Garden--but is one floor up from the previous office.  The new, larger space features a welcoming reception area, a large conference room, and ample office space for the Council's staff, which has grown in recent years.  Our new mailing address is:

98 North Washington Street
Suite 303
Boston, MA 02114

Our phone number remains the same: 617-723-4009.  Our team is still getting settled, but we look forward to welcoming members in our new space very soon!
Third Edition Partnership Directory Released
Directory Highlights Nearly 100 Innovative Partnerships to Prepare Students for the Workforce
The New England Council today released the third edition of "Partnerships for the Talent Pipeline: Directory of New England Higher Education & Industry Partnerships."   The updated version of the directory--which was first released in the fall of 2016 and updated in 2018--highlights nearly 100 programs affiliated with colleges and universities throughout New England which aim to connect students and employers in order to strengthen our regional workforce. 
 
The partnerships highlighted in the directory go beyond the traditional internship model to provide a variety of experiential learning opportunities, to develop curriculum that will best prepare students for future job opportunities, and to develop pipelines for post-graduation employment.  The Council hopes that this updated directory will continue to be a useful resource to policymakers and other stakeholders, and will encourage employers and educational institutions to continue to pursue and expand partnership initiatives that develop our region's talent pipeline. For more information or to request a hard copy, please contact Taylor Pichette.
Policy Committee Updates
NEC Endorses TRIA Reauthorization Bill, Urges Delegation to Support
In November, the Council wrote to members of the region's House delegation urging them to support legislation that would reauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) for seven years.  In it's letter, the Council described the TRIA program - which is due to expire in 2020 - as "an  essential backstop for the nation's economy."  T he bill was passed by the House by a vote of 385-22 on November 18.  On November 20, the Senate version was passed by the Senate Banking Committee, and it awaits action on the Senate floor.  For more information, please contact Griffin Doherty at gdoherty@newenglandcouncil.com.

Financial Services Committee Meets with Chairman Neal
On November 7, members of the NEC Financial Services Committee met with Rep. Richard Neal, Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee.  Chairman Neal updated the committee on efforts to advance retirement savings legislation, as well as other matters before the committee, including the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement.  Approximately 25 people attended the meeting, which was held just prior to the Chairman's address to the Council at a Congressional Roundtable breakfast in Boston. The Congressman is picture here (R) with NEC Financial Services Committee Co-Chair Jim Febeo of Fidelity Investments.  For more information, please contact Griffin Doherty.
Ways & Means Staff to Brief Healthcare Committee
On December 10, the NEC Healthcare Committee will host a conference call briefing with Lizzie O'Hara, Deputy Chief of Staff to Chairman Richard Neal on the House Ways & Means Committee.  Ms. O'Hara will discuss legislation to lower prescription drug costs as well as other healthcare matters before the committee.The call will take place from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.  For more information, please contact Sean Malone.  
Member News From Our Blog
Membership Update
November New Members

Please join us in welcoming the following new members, who joined the Council in November: