NH House & Senate - Joint Committees to Host Economic Summit on State of State, Nation

CONCORD – The New Hampshire House and Senate committees that oversee state spending and the budget will host a two day Joint Economic Summit on Tuesday, December 13 and Thursday, December 15 in rooms 210-211 of the Legislative Office Building in Concord. Legislators from the House Ways and Means Committee, House Finance Committee as well as the Senate Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee will get a briefing from a number of local and national economists on the current economic state of New Hampshire and the nation as well as forecasts of what’s to come. The presentation is open to the public for observation.


House Finance Chairman, Ken Weyler


“We have held similar events in the past as an orientation for our different fiscal committees and as a means of information as we crafted the 2011 budget. These experts were very useful in helping us to make realistic plans for future requirements.”


House Ways and Means Chairman, Stephen Stepanek


“In today's challenging economy it is critically important that the legislature continues to have the most up to date information to allow us to make the best possible decisions as we continue to focus on the economy and on helping our businesses create good jobs for the citizens of New Hampshire. This summit is just another example of the proactive approach this legislature is taking to do that.”



House Ways and Means Vice Chairman, Norman Major


“New Hampshire’s economy is tied to the global economy.  The presenters at the economic summit, who are experts in their various economic fields, will provide legislators the latest status of the global, national, regional and state economic indicators and forecasts that will have an effect on our economy, which will place us, as legislators, in a better position to react to economic changes.”


Agenda for Tuesday, December 13:

10:00 a.m.       Presenter:  David Wyss, Brown University.  Topic:  Global and National Economic Update.

11:00 a.m.       Presenter:  Jeff Applegate, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.  Topic:  Global and National Economic Forecast.

 1:00 p.m.        Presenter:  Frank Nitkiewicz, Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston.  Topic:  Interest Rates, Housing and the Economy.

 2:00 p.m.        Presenter:  Dennis Delay, NH Center for Public Policy Studies.  Topic:  NH Economy.

 3:00 p.m.        Presenter:  Russ Thibeault, Applied Economic Research.  Topic:  NH Real Estate.


Agenda for Thursday, December 15:

10:00 a.m.       Presenter:  Jim Roche, NH Business and Industry Association.  Topic:  Business Confidence Survey.

                        Small Business TBD.

                        Large Business TBD.

11:00 a.m.       Presenter:  Bruce DeMay, NH Department of Employment Security.  Topic:  NH Labor and Economic Trends.

 1:00 p.m.        Presenter:  Charles Arlinghaus, Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy Studies.  Topic:  NH Economy.

 2:00 p.m.        Presenter:  Jonathan Williams, American Legislative Exchange Council.  Topic:  State Economic Index.

 3:00 p.m.        Presenter:  Ross Gittell, University of New Hampshire.  Topic:  NH Economy.