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

Upcoming Virtual Events

Capitol Hill Report with 
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

A Conversation with 
Gov. Chris Sununu (R-NH)
Thursday, June 11, 2020
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Capitol Hill Report with
Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA)
Friday, June 12, 2020
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Leading in a Crisis: Banking
On June 4, 2020, from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m, the Council will host "Leading in a Crisis: Banking."  The fourth event in the Council's newest virtual event series will feature leaders from several of the region's financial institutions who will discuss the banking industry's work to support businesses and individual customers amid the pandemic.  The panel will include:
If you have any questions, please contact Griff Doherty.
Recent Capitol Hill Reports
Council Continues New Series Featuring New England Congressional Delegation

While in-person programs continue to be suspended due to the pandemic, the Council continued its popular new " Capitol Hill Report" virtual event series in May.  The goal of the series is to help Council members stay connected with our region's Congressional delegation and informed about the latest developments on Capitol Hill as Congress works to provide relief and economic support amid this crisis.  Each hour-long virtual program features a conversation with a member of the region's delegation, moderated by NEC President & CEO Jim Brett using questions submitted by Council members.  In May, the Council hosted six Capitol Hill Report programs with Senators and Representatives from across the region.  The Council will continue this series until it is possible to resume in-person programming.  Recordings of each Capitol Hill Report are available using the links below.
Recent "Leading in a Crisis" Programs Feature Medical, Energy Leaders
Experts from BU School of Medicine, Mass General Headline "Leading in a Crisis: Medicine"
On May 15, 2020, The New England Council hosted the second installment of our new "Leading in a Crisis" virtual event series.  

"Leading in a Crisis: Medicine" featured a discussion with Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, Associate Professor at the Boston University School of Medicine & Medical Director of Special Pathogens Unit at Boston Medical Center, and Dr. Paul Biddinger, Chief of the Division of Emergency Preparedness & Director of the Center for Disaster Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Drs. Bhadelia and Biddinger explained how the medical community has worked to treat patients, "flatten the curve," and develop treatments and a potential vaccine.  

For more information on this program or the NEC Healthcare Committee, please contact Sean Malone.
Engie, Eversource, and National Grid Leaders Discuss Energy Sector Response to Pandemic
The third installment of The New England Council's "Leading in a Crisis" virtual event series took place on Thursday, May 28, 2020. "Leading in a Crisis: Energy" featured three respected leaders from the region's energy sector who shared how they have worked to ensure energy reliability during this time of crisis.  The panel included:
For more information on this program or the NEC Energy & Environment Committee, please contact Sean Malone.
Other Recent Virtual Programs

A Conversation with U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia
On May 13, 2020, The New England Council was honored to host a virtual program with the Honorable Eugene Scalia, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor.  Secretary Scalia briefed Council members on his Department's ongoing efforts to support economic recovery and the Trump Administration's initiatives to position American businesses for reopening while keeping workers safe.  A link to the recording of the program is available to NEC members upon request.  

Observations from Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren
The Council was honored to host Eric Rosengren, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, for a virtual program on May 19, 2020.  President Rosengren briefed NEC members on the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the region's economy and the prospects for recovery.  He also shared some of the resources available to businesses through the Federal Reserve Bank, including the Main Street Lending Program.

A Conversation with Political Analyst Charlie Cook
On May 20, 2020, the Council was pleased to host a presentation by renowned political analyst Charlie Cook, Editor and Publisher of the independent, non-partisan Cook Political Report.  Mr. Cook shared his insights and expert analysis of how the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the economy will affect this fall's elections.  He discussed the Presidential race, as well as Congressional races, including several competitive races here in New England.  

A Conversation with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker
On May 26, 2020, the Council was honored to welcome Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to a virtual program attended by over 250 NEC members.  One week into the first phase of Massachusetts' reopening, Governor Baker updated the Council on his Administration's efforts to allow businesses to begin to reopen while also addressing concerns about limiting the spread of the virus.  He also discussed the collaboration among the New England Governors to ensure a cohesive regional approach.
Council Shares Infrastructure Priorities with Congressional Delegation
NEC Letter Outlines Regional Priorities as Congress Weighs Infrastructure Investment
On May 5, 2020, The New England Council sent a letter to each member of the New England Congressional delegation outlining regional infrastructure investment priorities. As Congress considers major federal infrastructure investments as a means to reinvigorate the economy in light of the COVID-19 public health crisis, the Council urged the region's Senators and Representatives to take a broad view of infrastructure, including not just traditional transportation infrastructure, but also investments in technology, as well as educational, research, and healthcare facilities. The letter was based on extensive feedback from NEC members in all six New England states representing an array of industries.

For more information on this letter or on any of the Council's work on Transportation & Infrastructure issues, please contact Peter Phipps.
Policy Committee Updates

Rep. Jim Himes Briefs Financial Services Committee
On May 8, the NEC Financial Services Committee hosted a virtual committee meeting with Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT).  Congressman Himes, a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, updated members on some of the financial service industry related items in the CARES Act and efforts to address issues with the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  For more information on the NEC Financial Services Committee, please contact Griff Doherty.
Higher Education Committee Hosts Discussion with Sen. Warren's Staff
On May 5, the NEC Higher Education Committee hosted a virtual committee meeting featuring a presentation and Q&A session with Josh Delaney, Education Policy Advisor in the Office of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).  Given Sen. Warren's role on the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee, Mr. Delaney updated members on COVID-19 relief efforts aimed at supporting the higher education sector.  For more information on the NEC Higher Education Committee, please contact Taylor Pichette.
NEC Highlights Member Contributions to Crisis Response

NEC Blog and Social Media Highlight Regional Crisis Response Efforts
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),
Member News From Our Blog
Membership Update
May New Members
Please join us in welcoming the following new members, who joined the Council in May: