Strategies for economic growth in 2012
As originally appearing in The New Hampshire Business Review

By James T. Brett

Over the past several years, our region and our nation have faced great economic challenges. We are fortunate in New England to have weathered this period with less collateral damage than other parts of the country.

Our overall regional unemployment rate continues to be below the national average, and there are many encouraging signs of growth. Our region is a center of innovation, and home to strong financial services, health care and education sectors.

Still, there is much work to be done. As the only regional business organization focused on improving the overall economic health and quality of life in all six New England states, The New England Council has several priorities for 2012, and we believe that through cross-sector, regional collaboration, we can bolster our region and continue on the path to recovery.

This may sound to many like a very ambitious agenda. However, we know that when the business community in New England advocates with one voice on important federal policy issues, we can achieve great successes.

James T. Brett is president and CEO of The New England Council.

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