NEC Newsletter
October 2020
Welcome
to the October 2020 edition of
The New England Council's Newsletter.

Upcoming Virtual Events

Regional Energy Outlook with ISO NE's Gordon van Welie
Friday, October 2, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Politics & Eggs with 
Corey Lewandowski
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Register Here

Capitol Hill Report with
Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME)
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Register Here
Briefing on New England for Offshore Wind Coaltion
On Thursday, October 8, 2020, from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., please join The New England Council's Energy & Environment Committee for a briefing on New England for Offshore Wind, a broad-based coalition that includes partners, endorsers, and supporters from a diverse array of organizations and communities across New England. The briefing will provide more information on the coalition's mission and priorities, and how interested stakeholders can get involved. Presenters include:
If you have any questions about this program or about the NEC Energy & Environment Committee, please contact Sean Malone

Recent Virtual Events

A Conversation with Canada's Ambassador to the US
On Wednesday, September 2, 2020, the Council was honored to host a virtual program with Canada's Ambassador to the United States Kirsten Hillman.  Ambassador Hillman updated members on the ongoing implementation of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which went into effect in July.  She also discussed the particularly important economic ties between Canada and the New England region, as well as Canada's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our thanks to Canada's Consul General to New England David Alward for joining the program to moderate the Q&A.  
Leading in a Crisis: Travel
On Thursday, September 3, the Council presented "Leading in a Crisis: Travel," the seventh installment of our Leading in a Crisis virtual event series.  The program featured leaders from the aviation and hospitality industries, who discussed the impact of the COVID-19 public health crisis on the travel industry and highlighted they steps that are being taken to safeguard travelers' health and safety amid the pandemic.  Our panelists were:  Our thanks to our panelists for a very informative and engaging discussion.  For more information on this program or the Council's Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, please contact Peter Phipps.


Capitol Hill Report with Rep. Jim Himes
On September 30. 2020, U.S. Representative Jim Himes (D-CT) joined the Council for a Capitol Hill Report virtual event.  Congressman Himes updated members on ongoing efforts in Congress to advance another round of COVID-19 relief and economic stimulus legislation, and the outlook for the federal budget in the final months of the year.  As a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, he also offered his insights on the issue of election security.  
2020 Annual Celebration

Join Us in Celebrating our New Englanders of the Year on October 26
On October 26, 2020, The New England Council will honor our 2020 New Englanders of the Year during our virtual Annual Celebration.  This year's recipients are:
  • Marianne Harrison, President & CEO, John Hancock
  • Udit Batra, Incoming CEO, Waters Corporation, Former CEO, MilliporeSigma
  • MilliporeSigma
  • Ibram X. Kendi , Ph.D., Founder & Director, Boston University Center for Antiracist Research
  • The Honorable Jim McGovern, U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusetts' 2nd Congressional District
  • The Honorable Samantha Power, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, 2013-2017
For more information on sponsorship opportunities for the 2020 Annual Celebration, please contact Larry Zabar.
New England Congressional Directory
Updated Congressional Staff Directory Available
The New England Council recently released an updated edition of our New England Congressional Directory.  The directory includes contact information for staff in all New England Senate and House offices, including Chiefs of Staff, Legislative Directors, Legislative Assistants, Schedulers, Communications staff, and District staff.  The directory also includes each staff member's assigned issue areas.  

If you need assistance connecting with any of the New England Congressional offices, please feel free to contact our staff and we'd be happy to assist you.
NEC Board Elects Six New Directors
Six Respected Regional Leaders Elected to Board
The New England Council's Board of Directors elected six respected regional business leaders as new Directors during a recent virtual Board Meeting.  Please join us in congratulating the six new Board Members:
  • Kelli J. Armstrong, President, Salve Regina University (RI)
  • Lauren Burm, Head of Public Affairs and Communications, ├śrsted North America (MA)
  • Chris Ferzli, Director, Global Corporate Affairs and Communications, Ocean Spray (MA)
  • Sandi Hennequin, Vice President, Governmental Affairs, Liberty Utilities (NH)
  • Raymond G. Long, Senior Vice President of External Affairs, Clearway Energy Group (CT)
  • Malisa Schuyler, Vice President of Government Affairs, Beth Israel Lahey Health (MA)
"The New England Council is fortunate to have an incredibly supportive Board of Directors who provide excellent guidance and leadership as we navigate these challenging times for our region and our nation," said NEC President and CEO Jim Brett "The addition of these six new Directors, each of whom bring valuable experience and diverse perspectives to our board, will only further strengthen the Council and help us carry out our mission of promoting economic growth and high quality of life in this region we call home."
Policy Committee Updates
Sen. Murphy's Office to Brief Healthcare & Higher Ed Committees on TREAT Act
Today, October 1, 2020, at 3:00 p.m., the Council will host a joint meeting of the Healthcare and Higher Education Committees via conference call.  The meeting will feature a briefing on the TREAT Act (S. 4421) by Elizabeth Darnell, Senior Health Policy Advisor in the the office of Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), one of the bill's lead sponsors.  The Temporary Reciprocity to Ensure Access to Treatment (TREAT) Act would provide a temporary licensing reciprocity for all licensed and certified practitioners or professionals (those who treat physicaland mental health conditions) in all states for all types of services (in-person and telehealth) during the COVID-19 response and for a comparable future national emergency.

The Council is considering endorsing the bill, and the purpose of the meeting is provide interested members with more information on the legislation.  If you have any questions, please contact either Sean Malone or Taylor Pichette.
Member News From Our Blog
Membership Update
September New Members
Please join us in welcoming the following new members, who joined the Council in September: