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

Upcoming Capitol Hill Reports

Capitol Hill Report with 
Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA)
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
*Virtual Event*

Capitol Hill Report with 
Rep. Annie Kuster (D-NH)
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
*Virtual Event*
NEC Launches Capitol Hill Report Virtual Event Series
Council Hosts Members of New England Delegation in Virtual Discussions

Since suspending in person programming due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, The New England Council has launched a new " Capitol Hill Report" series of virtual events 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 April, the Council hosted seven 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.  Audio for each Capitol Hill Report is available using the links below.
New Series Highlights Leadership in a Time of  Crisis

First "Leading in a Crisis" Series Features Life Sciences Leaders
Today, The New England Council launches a new series highlighting leadership in a time of crisis with "Leading in a Crisis: Life Sciences."  The first installment of this new virtual event series features Udit Batra, CEO of MilliporeSigma, and Rajeev Venkayya, President, Global Vaccines, at

The goal of the new series is to highlight the leadership and innovation that businesses and institutions across the region have displayed amid the pandemic and resulting economic crisis.  Each virtual event will feature a panel of 2-3 leaders from a particular industry who will discuss how their organization has responded to the crisis and share their insights on the path forward for our region's recovery.  For more information, please contact Emily Heisig.
Briefing on First Responders First Initiative
Harvard Public Health Dean Briefs NEC Members on Initiative to Support Frontline Workers
On Wednesday, April 22, the Council hosted a special Virtual Briefing on First Responders First, a new initiative of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and other partners, to support frontline healthcare workers.  The briefing featured a presentation by Dean Michelle A. Williams of the Harvard Chan School, who was also joined by former Massachusetts State Representative Jeffrey Sanchez, a lecturer at the Harvard Chan School and a Senior Advisor at Rasky Partners, and State Representative Jon Santiago, an emergency room physician at Boston Medical Center.  You can learn more about First Responders First HERE, or click below to watch/listen to the presentation.  

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),
Council Advocates for Additional Federal COVID-19 Relief 
NEC Weighs in as Congress Considers Fourth Relief & Economic Stimulus Package
As Congress considered a fourth round of federal relief in response to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, The New England Council sent a letter to each member of the region's Congressional delegation outlining top priorities for the New England business community. A letter was sent to the region's entire delegation on April 24, 2020, outlining recommendations for relief in four broad categories, including support for vulnerable individuals and families, broad economic support, healthcare sector support, and support for other affected industries.  

The letter was developed based on significant feedback from Council members throughout the region and across a wide array of industries. The Council will continue to monitor the rapidly evolving situation and the needs of our members, and will continue to advocate for relief that will benefit the region's economy as a whole. We encourage NEC members to contact our staff with any suggestions or feedback on what types of relief would be most useful.
Policy Committee Updates
Higher Education Committee to Host Virtual Briefing with Sen. Warren's Staff
The Higher Education Committee will host a virtual briefing featuring Josh Delaney, Education Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Tuesday, May 5, at 3:00 p.m.  Mr. Delaney will update members on Sen. Warren's work on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, an in particular, COVID-19 relief efforts directed at the higher education sector.  For more information, please contact Taylor Pichette.  
Energy & Environment Committee Hosts Discussion with Sen. King's Staff
On Wednesday, April 29, 2020, members of the Energy & Environment Committee participated in a virtual meeting with Chad Metzler, Legislative Director to U.S. Senator Angus King (I-ME), a member of the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee.  Mr. Metzler briefed members on COVID-19 relief efforts related to the energy sector, as well as the Senator's other energy policy priorities.  For more information, please contact Sean Malone.
Sen. Warren's Staff Briefs Healthcare Committee
The Healthcare Committee hosted a virtual briefing on April 23, 2020, featuring Susannah Savage, Health Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who serves on the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee.  Ms. Savage was joined by several of her colleagues in Sen. Warren's office to update members on various healthcare-related COVID-19 relief efforts.   For more information, please contact  Sean Malone .
Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Hosts Briefing with Rep. Pappas' Staff
The Council's Transportation & Infrastructure Committee held a virtual meeting on April 29, 2020, featuring a briefing from Stephen Carlson, Legislative Director to U.S. Representative Chris Pappas (D-NH), who serves on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.  Mr. Carlson updated members on the prospects for a major infrastructure investment package as a means to support economic recovery in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.   For more information, please contact  Peter Phipps .
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