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Investing in New Hampshire’s Future Conference to Focus on Areas Vital to Sustaining a Strong Workforce

December 21, 2016 Common Cents

nhfpi-2017-conference-block-for-webThere is broadly shared recognition that New Hampshire must take steps to support and expand its workforce to sustain the state’s economic success.

Our current and future prosperity depends on our ability to ensure all Granite Staters have access to health care for themselves and their family members, and educational opportunities that will provide them with the right skills for today’s job market. At the same time, we must address the need for housing, transportation, and child care that is accessible and affordable to working families.

The New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute’s 4th annual budget and policy conference, “Investing in New Hampshire’s Future: Strategies to Maintain a Strong Workforce and a Vibrant Economy,” will be held Friday, January 13 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH.

Panel discussions will examine health, education, housing, child care, transportation, and other areas that are vital to a strong economy, and how investment in these areas can support our current workforce and make the state a more attractive place for everyone to live and work.

Opening remarks will be provided by Amanda Grappone Osmer of Grappone Automotive Group, who will outline the importance of these investments to sustaining a healthy and productive workforce.

Panelists include representatives from New Hampshire’s business, government, education, and nonprofit communities. Business participants include Tracy Hatch, President and CEO, Nashua Chamber of Commerce, and Dee Fitzgerald, Marketing and PR Manager, W.S. Badger Company. Additional speakers include:

  • Dean Christon, Executive Director, NH Housing
  • Marti Ilg, Executive Director, Lakes Region Child Care Services Inc.
  • Nathan Miller, AICP, Principal Transportation Planner, Southern NH Planning Commission
  • Marjorie Droppa, Director, Impact Monadnock
  • Natasha Kolehmainen, Curriculum Director, Pelham School District
  • Beth Doiron, Director of College Access and DoE Programs and Initiatives, Community College System of NH
  • Suellen Griffin, President/CEO, West Central Behavioral Health – Lebanon
  • Vasuki Nagaraj, Medical Director, Lamprey Health Care – Nashua
  • Jeffrey Meyers, Commissioner, NH Department of Health and Human Services

Additional speakers will be announced.

Panel moderators include Katie Merrow, Vice President, Community Impact, NH Charitable Foundation; Yvonne Goldsberry, President, Endowment for Health; and Jo Porter, Director, UNH Institute of Health Policy and Practice.

The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event registration fee is $45; continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required to attend; online registration closes Friday, January 6.

Visit NHFPI’s conference web page to view the agenda and register: http://nhfpi.org/news-events/policy-conference-2017

 

 

 

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House Fails to Pass State Budget, Process Moves to Senate

6 Apr 2017

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The New Hampshire House, for the first time in recent history, has opted to not pass the State Budget bills, introduced as House Bill 1 and House Bill 2. April 6 was the deadline set by legislative leadership to pass those bills out of the House and move them to the Senate, a day often referred to as “crossover.” The Senate phase of the budget begins after April 6, and the Senate has expressed an intent to move forward with a budget in the Senate Finance Committee. However, with no House Bill 1 or House Bill 2 crossing over, the Senate has to forge an alternative path to debate and amend the budget.