Our Mission

The New England Council is a non-partisan alliance of businesses, academic and health institutions, and public and private organizations throughout New England formed to promote economic growth and a high quality of life in the New England region. The New England Council is a leading voice on the issues that shape the region's economy and quality of life. The Council focuses on key industries that drive the region's economic growth including education, energy, transportation, technology and innovation, healthcare, and financial services.

James T. Brett
James T. Brett President & CEO

2020 was a uniquely challenging year- for The New England Council, for each and every one of our members, and for our region as a whole. But as I reflect upon this very unusual year, there is so much that makes me proud and grateful to lead this organization.

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John Hailer
John Hailer, Chairman President, 1251 Capital Group

As I reflect on The New England Council's work in 2020, I want to begin by echoing Jim's words commending the Council staff on how well the organization adapted and continued to serve members amid a year of crises.

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Events & Programming

The Council was able to hold a number of in-person events in the early months of 2020, and quickly transitioned to virtual programming once the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Despite the challenges of this new remote environment, the Council was proud to offer an array of timely and informative programming to our members throughout the year.


During the early months of 2020, the Council hosted a variety of in-person programs throughout New England and in Washington, DC, bringing together Council members from throughout the region and across an array of industries to interact with and hear from key policy makers, and to network with one another.

Congressional Roundtables

Congressional Roundtables

The Council hosted Congressional Roundtable programs in early 2020 with several members of the region's Congressional delegation.

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Capital Conversations

Capital Conversations

Prior to suspending in-person programming, the Council held several programs in Washington, DC, as part of our Capital Conversations series.

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Politics & Eggs

Politics & Eggs

After a busy 2019 Politics & Eggs season featuring most of the major party Presidential candidates, the Council hosted one final breakfast featuring Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in early 2020.

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Virtual Events

All of the Council’s virtual events are available to watch on our YouTube channel.

Capitol Hill Reports

Capitol Hill Reports

Our Capitol Hill Report virtual event series provided our members with the opportunity to hear from our Congressional leaders as they worked to advance legislation to provide relief amid the ongoing pandemic and support economic recovery.

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Leading in a Crisis

Leading in a Crisis

The Leading in a Crisis series highlighted how Council members in different industries contributed to the response to the crisis and supported the region's economic recovery.

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Featured Programs

Featured Programs

The Council also hosted a variety of other virtual programs with policy makers and other experts throughout the year.

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2020 Annual Celebration

The Council traditionally presents its prestigious New Englander of the Year Awards at our Annual Dinner, which is held in Boston and, in recent years, has drawn upwards of 1700 guests from throughout the region. In 2020, due to the ongoing pandemic, the Council instead presented awards to six remarkable New Englanders of the Year during an hour-long virtual Annual Celebration, which was streamed online on October 26, 2020.

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Advocacy & Initiatives

D-19 Relief & Stimulus

COVID-19 Relief & Stimulus

Given the impact of the COVID-19 public health crisis on our region's economic wellbeing, much of the Council's advocacy work in 2020 was focused on various federal relief efforts and policy proposals. The Council worked with members across a range of industries throughout the region to articulate the impact of the crisis and the region's priorities as Congress considered a range of legislative proposals designed to provide much-needed relief and stimulate economic growth.

Broad Regional Priorities

As Congress considered and ultimately passed a series of comprehensive relief packages over the year, the Council identified and communicated top priorities for the region's businesses and non-profit organizations.

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Higher Education

The dozens of colleges and universities in the Council's membership were particularly hard hit by the pandemic, and the Council advocated for specific federal relief to assist the higher education sector.

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Liability Relief

To ensure that businesses and organizations already struggling amid the pandemic were not further harmed by frivolous lawsuits, the Council called for Congress to enact temporary liability relief.

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The Council endorsed bipartisan legislation that would provide expanded access to critical telehealth services--including mental health services--across state borders during an emergency.

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Infrastructure Investment

Infrastructure Investment

The New England Council has long supported federal infrastructure investment as a key tool to spur economic growth, while also addressing our region's unique infrastructure needs. The Council called on Congress to advance a major infrastructure package to help reinvigorate the economy in light of the pandemic, and worked with members across a range of industries to compile regional priorities for infrastructure investment.

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Partnerships for the Talent Pipeline Directory

Partnerships for the Talent Pipeline Directory

In November 2020, The New England Council released the 4th edition of "Partnerships for the Talent Pipeline: Directory of New England Education-Industry Partnerships." This updated version of the directory highlights over 100 programs affiliated with educational institutions throughout New England which aim to connect students and employers to strengthen our regional workforce. The new edition also includes a set of broad policy priorities that the Council has developed in collaboration with members.

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Policy Committee Briefings

Policy Committee Briefings

In addition to developing policy positions and crafting advocacy efforts, one of the key functions of the Council's various Policy Committees is to provide members with access to timely updates and information on federal policy developments related to various industries. Over the course of the year, the Council's Policy Committees hosted a variety of meetings - most held virtually - with members of Congress, key Congressional staff, and other policy experts. These meetings provided members with the opportunity to engage with leaders with in-depth knowledge of issues facing their industries.

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Post-Election Policy Outlook Series

In the weeks following the 2020 election, the Council's Policy Committees hosted a series of Post-Election Policy Outlook briefings. Each virtual meeting focused on a different industry or issue area, with speakers who shared their expertise and insight on the outlook for federal policy in 2021 under the Biden Administration and the 117th Congress.

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Despite a challenging year for businesses and organizations of all types and sizes, the Council was proud to welcome many new members from throughout the region and across an array of industries in 2020.

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Adam Bramwell Consulting
American Consuting Services
Ball Consulting
Bloomberg News
Cohen Veterans BioScience
Commonwealth Institute
Gordon Community College
Indian Stream Health Center
Locust Street
Meals on Wheels
Melwood Global
Mt Wachusett Community College
Mutual of America
Quinsigamond Community College
Rural health IT
Salve Regina
Stanley Black & Decker
Teamsters 25
Versant Power
Vicinity Energy

Hear from our Members

We're proud that we've been able to serve our members throughout this challenging time with timely and informative programming, and by advocating for the region's priorities on Capitol Hill. Hear more from some of our members.

Board of Directors

Chaired by John Hailer, President of 1251 Capital Group, the New England Council's Board of Directors includes some of the top executives at New England's most well-known and highly respected institutions. Bringing expertise from a wide range of industries and a deep understanding of the unique elements of the New England economy, the board works closely with Council staff to identify issues in which the Council should be engaged, to shape the council's policy positions, and to develop high-quality programming for members.

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