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

Upcoming Events
Congressional Roundtable with Sen. Ed Markey
Thursday, May 3, 2018
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Seaport Hotel - Boston, MA
Congressional Roundtable with Rep. Niki Tsongas
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
The Hampshire House - Boston, MA
Captial Conversations with
Rep. Katherine Clark
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
7:45 - 9:00 a.m.
Nelson Mullins
Washington, DC
Click Here to Register
Politics & Eggs with
Bill Kristol
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
8:00 -9:30 a.m.
NH Institute of Politics
Manchester, NH
NAFTA and the
New England Economy
Thursday, May 24, 2018
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
McDermott Will & Emery
Boston, MA
Recent Events
Politics & Eggs with
Former Gov. Martin O'Malley
Former Maryland Governor and 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Martin O'Malley was the featured speaker at an April 3, 2018, Politics & Eggs breakfast at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.  Gov. O'Malley is pictured here (right) with Board Member Dr. Steven DiSalvo of Saint Anselm College. 
Congressional Roundtable
with Rep. Joe Courtney
On April 6, 2018, the Council partnered with the MetroHartford Alliance to host a Congressional Roundtable Breakfast with Rep. Joe Courtney. NEC member Dominion Resources sponsored the breakfast.  Rep. Courtney is pictured here (right) with Board Member Courtney Larkin of Travelers.  
Congressional Roundtable
with Sen. Jack Reed
Sen. Jack Reed updated NEC members on his recent work in the U.S. Senate at a Congressional Roundtable Luncheon in Providence, RI, on April 9, 2018.  Citizens Bank sponsored the luncheon.  The Senator is pictured here (center) with Board Member Chris Oddleifson (left) of Rockland Trust and Robert Mancicni (right) of RISCPA.
Breakfast with Gov. Charlie Baker
Gov. Charlie Baker spoke to some 300 New England Council members at a breakfast hosted by NEC member Bank of America in Boston on April 12, 2018.  The Governor discussed his initiatives to promote continued economic growth in Massachusetts.  Gov. Baker is pictured here (right) with Board Member Paige Fetzer of Dell Technologies. 
Capital Conversations with
Rep. Joe Kennedy
Congressman Joe Kennedy was the featured guest at an April 17, 2018, Capital Conversations breakfast hosted by NEC member AT&T in Washington, DC.  The Congressman updated some 60 Council members on some of his recent work in the U.S. House or Representatives.  Rep. Kennedy is pictured here (left) with Bela Sastry of Sunovion Pharmaceuticals. 
Capital Conversations with Canadian Ambassador David MacNaughton
Canada's Ambassador to the U.S. David MacNaughton spoke to NEC members at an April 24, 2018, Capital Conversations breakfast at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC.  The Consulate General of Canada in New England and the Embassy of Canada sponsored the breakfast.  Amb. MacNaughton is pictured here with Leigh Walton of Pitney Bowes. 
Annual Spring Event in Washington, DC
Still Time to Register for Annual Spring Event
There is still time to register for next week's Annual Spring Event in Washington, DC.  The popular two-day event will take place on Wednesday, May 9 - Thursday, May 10.  We have a great lineup of speakers and events planned.  Click here to view the current agenda.  Speakers will include:
  • FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly
  • Under Secretary of Commerce Gilbert Kaplan
  • Diane Jones, Senior Advisory to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos
  • Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
  • Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)
  • Representative Charlie Dent (R-PA)
  • Representative Richard Neal (D-MA)

We also expect many members of the New England Congressional delegation and their staffs to attend the Capitol Hill Reception on Wednesday evening.  Registration is $500 for NEC members and $700 for non-members.   

NEC Holds Third Regional Energy Forum
Forum Explores New England's Energy Challenges
On April 27, 2018, The New England Council hosted its third New England Regional Energy Forum.  Hosted by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, the forum explored the most pressing energy challenges in the region and the various proposals to address them.  ISO New England President and CEO Gordon van Welie provided keynote remarks, and then joined a panel of energy experts from the public and private sector to discuss the various options on the table to address the challenges that lie ahead in the near future.  Some 150 NEC members and other stakeholders attended the event.  For more information on the forum or the Council's work on energy issues, please contact Sean Malone.
DC Dialogue on NECN
April: Blue Cross Blue Shield's Andrew Dreyfus, EMK Institute's Dr. Mary Grant
The most recent episode of DC Dialouge aired on NECN on Sunday, April 22, 2108. In the first segment, Jim Brett and Eileen Curran were joined by Andrew Dreyfus, President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, for a discussion of healthcare costs, the repeal of the individual mandate, and efforts to combat the opioid crisis. Later in the show, the new President of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate, Dr. Mary Grant, joined us to to share her vision for the institute. If you missed it, be sure to watch online!

May: Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, Edesia Founder Navyn Salem
The next episode of DC Dialogue will air on NECN on Sunday, May 27, 2018, at 11:30 a.m.  Our guests will be:
  • Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, who will update us on his efforts to promote continued economic growth in the City of Boston, and
  • Navyn Salem, 2017 New Englander of the Year, who is the Founder and CEO of Edesia Nutrition, a non-profit than manufactures product to combat malnutrition. 

Stay tuned for more details and be sure to tune in!

NEC in the News
Op Ed Outlines Spending Bill Wins for New England
Following the passage of the FY 2018 Federal Omnibus Spending Bill in late March, NEC President & CEO Jim Brett penned an op-ed outlining some of the bill's provisions that will benefit the New England region, including increased federal research funding and resources for combating the opioid crisis.  The piece ran in several regional publications in April:
Member News from Our Blog
Membership Update
April New Members
Please join us in welcoming the following new members who joined the Council in April: