Registration is now open for The New England Council’s 2017 Annual Spring Event, which will be held on Wednesday, May 3, and Thursday, May 4, 2017, in Washington, DC. The Annual Spring Event will be an excellent opportunity for Council members to hear from representatives of the new Administration, as well as our region’s Congressional leaders as the 115th Congress gets underway.
The Annual Spring Event will include a Federal Policy Briefing with leaders from the Trump Administration, a Capitol Hill Reception with members of the New England Congressional delegation and their staffs, and a Congressional Breakfast featuring remarks from several members of Congress. NEC staff have also arranged smaller group meetings for the Council’s various policy committees.
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.
NOTE: We have decided to hold the Annual Spring Event later in the year for several reasons. First, we believe this will allow more time for the new Administration to fill key positions and establish priorities and new initiatives. And second, it is expected that there will be a very busy legislative calendar during the early months of the year, including Cabinet confirmations, a Supreme Court confirmation, and legislation to fund the federal government as the current Continuing Resolution expires at the end of April. We believe that holding our event later will ensure a better program and stronger speaker lineup.
The Council is grateful to the following Annual Spring Event Sponsors for their generous support:
American Tower Corporation
Bank of America
Comcast Cable Communications
Eye Health Services
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
John Hancock Financial Services
Kearney, Donovan & McGee
National Grid USA
Natixis Global Asset Management
Saint Anselm College
Tufts Health Plan
United Brotherhood of Carpenters
2016 Annual Spring Event
Over 200 New England Council members gathered in our nation’s capital on March 16 & 17, 2016, for our Annual Spring Event.
Federal Policy Briefing – We kicked off the Annual Spring Event on Wednesday, March 16, with a briefing with several senior Obama Administration 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 Thomas Wheeler, the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission; Fred Hochberg, the Chairman & President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States; Russell Slifer, Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, and Matthew Vogel, Chief of Staff to the United States Trade Representative.
Capitol Hill Reception – Our Annual Capitol Hill Reception was held on the top floor of the Hart Senate Office Building overlooking the Capitol. The reception was attended by many members of the New England delegation along with their staffs.
Congressional Breakfast- On Thursday, March 17, we were pleased to welcome several members of Congress at a Congressional Breakfast at the Charlie Palmer Restaurant at the foot of Capitol Hill. NEC heard from Senate leaders at the forefront of bipartisan efforts to address the opioid addiciton crisis, including New England’s own Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), as well as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
Following the conclusion of the Congressional Breakfast on Thursday, members participated in a variety other small group meetings with Congressional offices and other federal policy leaders.