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

Upcoming Events
Politics & Eggs with
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)
Monday, February 4, 2019
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Bedford Village Inn
Bedford, NH
Politics & Eggs with Former
Rep. John Delaney (D-MD)
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Bedford Village Inn
Bedford, NH
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Politics & Eggs with Former MA Gov. Bill Weld
Friday, February 15, 2019
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Bedford Village Inn
Bedford, NH
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Congressional Roundtable with
Rep. Ann Kuster (D-NH)
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Bedford Village Inn
Bedford, NH
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Politics & Eggs with
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
Monday, February 25, 2019
8:00 -9:30 a.m.
NH Institute of Politics
Manchester, NH
Capital Conversations with
Rep. Bill Keating (D-MA)
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Capitol Counsel
Washington, DC
Recent Events
Politics & Eggs
with Secretary Julian Castro
Former Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services Julian Castro spoke at the first Politics & Eggs event of 2019 on January 16.  The event was held at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.  Secretary Castro is pictured here with Board Member Christie Bik of Fallon Health.
Congressional Roundtable
with Rep. Lori Trahan
Newly-elected Rep. Lori Trahan outlined her pirorities for her first term in the House of Representatives at at Congressional Roundtable breakfast at the Seaport Hotel in Boston on January 22.  NEC member American Tower sponsored the breakfast.  Rep. Trahan is pictured here (L) with Cathleen Finn of IBM. 
Capital Conversations
with Rep. Seth Moulton
On January 29, the first Capital Conversations event of 2019 featured remarks from Representative Seth Moulton, who discussed the need to address 21st century workforce demands, as well as to modernize our national defense systems.  The Congressman is pictured here (R) with Bob Crowe of Nelson Muillins, who hosted the event.
Breakfast with
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh spoke to some 300 NEC members at a breakfast event hosted by Council member Bank of America in downtown Boston on January 31, 2019.  The Mayor highlighted the impact of the recent partial federal government shutdown on the city, among other topics.  He is pictured here with Rekha Kamat of Dassault Systemes. 
Save the Date: Washington Leaders' Conference
Annual DC Event to be held May 8 & 9, 2019
Capitol 2
Mark your calendars!  The New England Council's 2019 Washington Leaders' Conference--formerly known as the Annual Spring Event--will take place on Wednesday, May 8 and Thursday, May 9, in Washington, DC.

In addition to a new name, we are also making some exciting changes to the program this year based upon feedback from our members, including:
  • A welcome luncheon on Wednesday, May 8, featuring commentary from several prominent journalists on the climate in Washington.
  • Additional meetings with federal agency officials and Congressional offices for our various policy committees.
Registration will open in the coming weeks and will be announced by email.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available - contact Larry Zabar for more details on sponsorship. 
DC Dialogue on NECN
January: NH Institute of Politics' Neil Levesque Talks 2020
The first episode of the 2019 season of DC Dialogue on NECN aired on Sunday, January 27, 2019.  Our guest in the first segment was Neil Levesque, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.  Neil shared his insights on the field of 2020 presidential candidates taking shape, including the record number of female candidates. 

Later in the show, Jim Brett and Peter Howe were joined by Steve Kadish, Chairman of the Massachusetts Commission on the Future of Transportation.  Steve outlined some of the key recommendations set forth in the Commission's report, which was released in December 2018. 
Next Show to Air February 24
The next episode of DC Dialogue will air on n Sunday, February 24, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on New England Cable News (NECN).  Stay tuned for more details on guests and topics in coming weeks, and be sure to tune in!
NEC in the News
Recent Event Media Coverage
Several of the Council's recent events have received local and national media coverage.  Below is a sampling of some of the reporting on Council events in January:

Politics & Eggs with Secretary Julian Castro


Congressional Roundtable with Rep. Lori Trahan

Politics & Eggs with Gov. Bill Weld - Announcement
Op-Ed Outlines Priorities for 116th Congress
As the 116th Congress got underway in January, the NEC President and CEO Jim Brett penned an op-ed outlining several top priorities for our leaders on Capitol Hill.  Specifically, the piece urged Congress to take action to invest in infrastructure, to approve the new trade deal with Canada and Mexico, and to fund medical and scientific research.  The op-ed was published in several publications throughout the region:
In addition, several days after publishing the Council's op-ed, the Providence Journal ran an editorial endorsing the Council's recommendations.  Read the editorial here.
Policy Committee Updates
Financial Service Committee 2019 Planning Meeting
The NEC Financial Services Committee will gather for a 2019 Planning Meeting on Monday, February 4, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. at the offices of Liberty Mutual. The purpose of the meeting is to identify priorities and plan committee activities for the year.  Members can also participate remotely via conference call.  For more information, please contact Griffin Doherty.
Higher Education Committee Conference Call with Sen. Warren's Education Staff
The NEC Higher Education Committee will host a conference call with Josh Delaney, Senior Education Policy Advisor to Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Wednesday February 6, at 11:00 a.m.  Mr. Delaney will update members on Sen. Warren's priorities as a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and the committee's overall agenda for the year. 

In January, The Committee also hosted a similar call with Sen. Maggie Hassan's Senior Education Policy Advisor, and also held a 2019 Planning Conference call.  For more information on any Higher Education Committee activities, please contact Taylor Pichette.
Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Conference Call
On February 19, 2019, The NEC Transporation & Infrastructure Committee will host a conference call with Steven Carlson. Legislative Director to newly-elected Rep. Chris Pappas, who has been named to the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.  The call will take place at 11:00 a.m.  Please contact Peter Phipps if you have any questions. 
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