Washington Leaders’ Conference

Save the Date: May 8-9, 2019

Mark your calendars!  The New England Council’s 2019 Washington Leaders’ Conference–formerly known as the Annual Spring Event–will take place on Wednesday, May 8 and Thursday, May 9 in Washington, DC.

In addition to a new name, we are also making some exciting changes to the program this year based upon feedback from our members, including additional meetings with federal agency officials and Congressional offices for our various policy committees. Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks!

Please note that there are several large conferences taking place in Washington, DC, that week, so if you are interested in attending, we encourage you to make hotel reservations as soon as possible. We are making arrangements for several room blocks, but availability will be limited.  More information will be available soon. 

Please stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks, including agenda details and speaker announcements. Registration fees are $500 for NEC members and $700 for non-members.


2018 Annual Spring Event

Over 200 New England Council members gathered in our nation’s capital on May 9 and 10, 2018, for our Annual Spring Event. Among those members participating in the two-day event were representatives from all six New England states and virtually every sector of the region’s economy.

We kicked off the Annual Spring Event on Wednesday, May 9, with a briefing with several senior federal agency officials.  The briefing was held at the historic Willard Intercontinental Hotel, just steps from The White House.  Members heard from an impressive lineup of speakers, including Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Education Diane Jones, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Glibert Kaplan, Commissioner Michael O’Rielly, of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and Assistant Secretary of Treasury for Public Affairs Tony Sayegh.

That evening, participants gathered in the Kennedy Caucus Room in the Russell Senate Office Building for our Annual Capitol Hill Reception.  Always a highlight of the Annual Spring Event, most members of the New England Congressional delegation, as well as members of their staffs, attended the reception.

View Photos from the Capitol Hill Reception.

On Thursday, May 10, we were honored to welcome several members of Congress at a Congressional Breakfast at Charlie Palmer Restaurant at the foot of Capitol Hill.  NEC members in attendance heard from U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), U.S. Representative Charlie Dent (R-PA), and U.S. Representative Richard Neal (D-MA).

Following the breakfast, members broke off into smaller groups for a variety of policy committee meetings with Congressional staff and other federal officials.




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