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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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The federal minimum wage is the lowest hourly wage that can be paid to most workers anywhere in the nation. Since its inception at the national level in 1938, when only certain workers were covered, the wage has increased and encompassed more types of employees over time. State law sets New Hampshire’s minimum wage to the federal minimum level, currently at $7.25 per hour. An individual working 40 hours per week at this wage will make about $15,000 per year, assuming they work all 52 weeks. This income level is below the federal poverty guidelines for all households other than a single person, and well below the levels for households that include a partner and children.