Over 200 NEC Members Gather in DC for Washington Leaders’ Conference
Over 200 New England Council members gathered in Washington, DC, on May 8 and 9, 2019, for the Council’s 2019 Washington Leaders Conference, previously known as the 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.
Along with a new name, the agenda for the two-day conference also featured several changes to better serve members’ needs and interests. The conference kicked off on Wednesday, May 8, with a Welcome Luncheon at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The luncheon featured a panel discussion entitled, “Perspectives from the Press Gallery,” with several Washington-based journalists sharing their insights on everything from the political climate in Congress to the outlook for the 2020 Presidential race. Panelists included Kimberly Atkins of WBUR, Lauren Dezenski of CNN Politics, Thomas Kaplan of the New York Times, and Anna Palmer of Politico.
Following the luncheon, the Council’s various policy committees participated in a variety of smaller group meetings with key Administration and federal agency officials, as well as members of Congress and their staff.
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.
On Thursday, May 10, we were honored to welcome several of the newest members of the New England House delegation at a Congressional Breakfast at Charlie Palmer Restaurant at the foot of Capitol Hill. NEC members in attendance heard from U.S. Representatives Jared Golden (D-ME), Chris Pappas (D-NH), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Lori Trahan (D-MA).
Following the breakfast, members broke off into smaller groups for additional policy committee meetings with Congressional staff and other federal officials.