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Policy Conference 2017

New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute 4th Annual Budget & Policy Conference

 

Investing in New Hampshire’s Future:

Strategies to Maintain a Strong Workforce and a Vibrant Economy

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January 13, 2017

8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Grappone Conference Center, Concord, NH

 

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

More than 175 Granite State leaders gathered for the event, which featured a broad range of speakers addressing issues that impact New Hampshire’s ability to sustain and expand its workforce in the years ahead.

 

Speakers and Presentations:

Below is the complete list of conference presenters with links to slide presentations.

Conference Agenda (PDF)

Opening Remarks

Amanda Grappone Osmer, Fourth Generation Steward, Grappone Automotive Group

 

Plenary Session: Health and Health Care to Sustain a Productive Workforce

Moderator: Jo Porter, Director, UNH Institute of Health Policy and Practice

Lori Shibinette, Deputy Commissioner, NH Department of Health and Human Services

Vasuki Nagaraj, Medical Director, Lamprey Health Care – Nashua

Suellen Griffin, President/CEO, West Central Behavioral Health – Lebanon

Deirdre Fitzgerald, Marketing and Public Relations Manager, W.S. Badger Company

       

Plenary Session: Education to Drive a Growing 21st Century Economy

Moderator:  Katie Merrow, Vice President, Community Impact, NH Charitable Foundation

Marjorie Droppa, Project Director, Impact Monadnock

Beth Doiron, Director of College Access and Dept. of Education Programs and Initiatives, Community College System of NH

Natasha Kolehmainen, Curriculum Director, Pelham School District

Mike Baymiller, Vice President of Human Resources, Hypertherm

 

Keynote Address

Jeff Fuhrer, Executive Vice President and Senior Policy Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

 

Plenary Session: How to Make New Hampshire a More Attractive Place to Live and Work

Moderator: Yvonne Goldsberry, President, Endowment for Health

Ben Frost, Director of Legal and Public Affairs, NH Housing

Marti Ilg, Executive Director, Lakes Region Child Care Services, Inc.

Nathan Miller, AICP, Principal Transportation Planner, Southern NH Planning Commission

Tracy Hatch, President/CEO, Nashua Chamber of Commerce

 

Press Release:

Investing in New Hampshire’s Future Conference Examines Key Areas Essential to Sustaining a Strong Workforce

 

Media Coverage:

N.H. Fiscal Policy Institute conference ponders workforce issues
Concord Monitor, January 14, 2017

Health care is key to success
Nashua Telegraph, January 15, 2017

 

 

Event Sponsors and Partners

 

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Child and Family Services logo

Full Circle Consulting logo

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Media Partner

 

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