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Thursday
Dec062012

Governor-Elect Hassan Announces Next Three Innovation Outreach Transition Teams

The Office of Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan

Teams Will Seek Input and Ideas on Education & the Workforce, Energy & Environment and Public Safety

CONCORD – Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan today announced members of the next three of her transition’s Innovation Outreach Teams, who will focus on the issue areas of Education & the Workforce, Energy & Environment, and Public Safety.

Hassan’s Education & Workforce Transition Outreach Team includes respected leaders from both the business and education communities who will reach out across New Hampshire for input and ideas as Hassan works to implement her innovation plan to create jobs and build a stronger workforce. 

The team includes Mary Heath, Former Deputy Commissioner of Education;  Paul LeBlanc, President of Southern New Hampshire University; Fred Kocher, President of the New Hampshire High Technology Council; New Hampshire AFL-CIO President Mark MacKenzie; Stephen Reno, Executive Director of Leadership New Hampshire and Chancellor Emeritus of the University System of New Hampshire; Jeff Rose, Director of Public Affairs, BAE Systems, Inc.; Kim Casey, former State Representative and former Exeter Regional Cooperative School Board member; and Allen Damren, Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Claremont, Unity and Cornish.

“There are innovative businesses throughout New Hampshire that are ready to grow and create jobs, but they need a strong workforce with the right set of skills and training,” said Governor-Elect Hassan. “The members of my Education & Workforce transition team, who are leaders in their fields with a wealth of knowledge and experience, will solicit input from across the state for implementing my innovation plan to build a skilled workforce that can fill the jobs of today and tomorrow and attract more cutting-edge businesses to New Hampshire.”

Governor-Elect Hassan also announced team members for her Energy & Environment Innovation Outreach Team, who will support her efforts to preserve our natural resources and keep New Hampshire moving toward a 21st century energy policy. Serving on the Energy & Environment team are Al Morales, Managing Director of Energy Management, Inc. in Portsmouth; Joe Casey, representative of the New Hampshire Building and Construction Trades Council; Meredith Hatfield; Procedures Administrator, NH Department of Administrative Services; Clay Mitchell, Partner at Revolution Energy, LLC in Portsmouth and President of the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association; and State Senator Mandy Merrill of Durham.

“Protecting New Hampshire’s natural beauty and developing sources of clean, sustainable energy right here in our state will help create jobs and keep our economy moving forward,” said Governor-Elect Hassan. “With experience in the fields of business, energy, and environmental protection, my Energy & Environment transition team will provide valuable insight and help reach out for innovative ideas to strengthen New Hampshire’s green economy.”

And Hassan announced members of her Public Safety transition team who will provide ideas and advice on how to best ensure the safety of New Hampshire’s communities. Members include David Lang, President of the Professional Fire Fighters of NH; Seth Cooper, President of the New Hampshire Troopers Association; David Young, President of the New Hampshire Police Association; Chief David Cahill, Immediate Past President, NH Association of Chiefs of Police; and Chief Chris LeClaire, President of the New Hampshire Association of Fire Chiefs.

“There is no more important job for a governor than ensuring the safety and security of New Hampshire’s communities,” Governor-Elect Hassan said. “I thank these dedicated public servants for participating in the transition process and for working hard every day to keep our residents safe.”

Additionally, Hassan announced that Joanne Dowdell, former congressional candidate and business executive, has been added as a member of Hassan’s Business Outreach Transition Team, which was released yesterday.

As Governor, Maggie Hassan will bring people together to keep New Hampshire moving forward by focusing on innovation, fiscal responsibility and common-sense solutions to our challenges. Hassan will work with members of both parties to develop a fiscally responsible balanced budget that protects New Hampshire’s priorities without an income or sales tax. She will work to implement her “Innovate NH” jobs plan, which focuses on building the best workforce in the country, providing tax credits to businesses, and giving businesses technical assistance to help them create jobs. And Hassan will reach out to legislators and citizens across the state to listen to their ideas on moving New Hampshire forward.

Tuesday
Dec042012

Governor-Elect Hassan Announces Transition Outreach Teams on Budget, Office Administration, Business Needs 

The Office of Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan

Teams Will Reach Out Across New Hampshire for Input on Ideas, Priorities for Building More Innovative Economy

CONCORD – Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan today announced members of three of her transition’s Innovation Outreach Teams, who will assist in her efforts to reach out to people across the state for input on key issues as she works to develop a fiscally responsible balanced budget and implement her innovation plan. The teams announced today will focus on the state Budget, Business Outreach and Office Administration, with additional teams to be announced later in the week.

“We move forward best as a state when we bring as many different perspectives to the table as possible to identify solutions to our challenges,” said Governor-Elect Hassan. “My Transition Outreach Teams will communicate with businesses, community leaders, legislators and all those who want to contribute their ideas as we work to develop a balanced budget and build a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire economy. I thank these dedicated Granite Staters for their willingness to participate in our transition process.”

Hassan’s Business Outreach Team will solicit input and priorities from New Hampshire’s business community on their workforce needs and ideas for encouraging innovation. The Business Outreach team consists of Hassan Transition Co-Chair and former Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED) Commissioner Sean O'Kane; Former DRED Commissioner George Bald; Executive Director of the New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership Zenagui Brahim; and Gray Chynoweth, COO of Dyn, an innovative internet services company in Manchester.

Her Budget Transition Outreach Team will be led by former state Senator Kathy Sgambati, a transition co-chair and former Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services; John Beardmore, Director of Administration for the Department of Safety and Budget Director for Governor John Lynch; John Wallace, a retired Associate Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services; and Joseph Bouchard, the Assistant Commissioner of Administrative Services. The team will help identify the budget priorities of communities throughout the state in order to assist Hassan in developing a fiscally responsible balanced budget by February 15th.

And Hassan’s Office Administration team will provide support and counsel as the Governor-Elect builds her administration’s staff.  The team consists of Alice Chamberlin, former Special Assistant to Governor Lynch for natural resources, energy and transportation policy; Jennifer Frizzell, former Senate Policy Director and adviser to Planned Parenthood of Northern New England; Steve Gordon, an attorney and director at Shaheen & Gordon; and Michael Vlacich, former Director of the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development and state director for U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

As Governor, Maggie Hassan will bring people together to keep New Hampshire moving forward by focusing on innovation, fiscal responsibility and common-sense solutions to our challenges. Hassan will work with members of both parties to develop a fiscally responsible balanced budget that protects New Hampshire’s priorities without an income or sales tax. She will work to implement her “Innovate NH” jobs plan, which focuses on building the best workforce in the country, providing tax credits to businesses, and giving businesses technical assistance to help them create jobs. And Hassan will reach out to legislators and citizens across the state to listen to their ideas on moving New Hampshire forward.

Wednesday
Nov212012

Governor-Elect Hassan Announces Transition Co-Chairs 

Sgambati and O'Kane to Lead Innovate NH Outreach Efforts; Support Efforts to Develop Balanced Budget

CONCORD - Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan announced today that former State Senator Kathleen Sgambati and former Resources and Economic Development Commissioner Sean O'Kane will serve as co-chairs of her Gubernatorial Transition team.

Sgambati and O'Kane will lead efforts to reach out to people across New Hampshire on Hassan's "Innovate NH" jobs plan and support her efforts to develop a fiscally responsible balanced budget. Hassan is asking Sgambati and O'Kane to lead efforts to seek input from businesses and citizens across the state on ensuring an innovative and growing New Hampshire economy.

"To build a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire where our businesses can grow, flourish and create good jobs, we need to bring people together to address our challenges and move forward," said Governor-Elect Hassan. "Kathy Sgambati and Sean O'Kane are two highly knowledgeable and dedicated public servants who have worked for years to build consensus on our most pressing issues, and I am proud to have them serve as co-chairs of my transition team."

"Governor-Elect Hassan's innovation plan and fiscally responsible approach to balancing our budget will help keep our state moving forward, and it is an honor to support her work to put those plans into action," said Sgambati.

"New Hampshire's businesses are ready to create jobs, and Governor-Elect Hassan's focus on innovation and building a stronger workforce will help our businesses succeed," said O'Kane. "I am honored to serve as a transition co-chair, and I look forward to being a part of the Governor-Elect's efforts to bring everyone to the table to solve problems through realistic and sustainable solutions."

As Governor, Maggie Hassan will work with members of both parties to develop a fiscally responsible balanced budget that protects New Hampshire's priorities without an income or sales tax. She will work to implement her "Innovate NH" jobs plan, which focuses on building the best workforce in the country, providing tax credits to businesses, and giving businesses technical assistance to help them create jobs. And Hassan will reach out to legislators and citizens across the states to listen to their ideas for how to keep New Hampshire moving forward.

Thursday
Nov152012

Governor-Elect Hassan's Transition Office Officially Opens

The Office of Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan

Governor-Elect Hassan’s Transition Office Officially Opens

CONCORD – Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan announced today that her transition office, located at 33 Hazen Drive, Room 210, Concord, has officially opened. New Hampshire residents can reach the office by phone at 603-223-8480 or by mail at PO Box 472, Concord, NH 03302.

Additionally, Governor-Elect Hassan is holding a series of meetings this week with agency heads, commissioners, legislators, and other government officials in order to facilitate a smooth transition process.

“We are working diligently to bring people together and to ensure a seamless transition,” said Governor-Elect Hassan. “My door is always open, and I want to hear from all Granite Staters who are willing to contribute their talent, energy, and ideas to moving New Hampshire forward.”

As Governor, Hassan will work with members of both parties to develop a fiscally responsible balanced budget that protects New Hampshire’s priorities without an income or sales tax. She will work to implement her “Innovate NH” jobs plan, which focuses on building the best workforce in the country, providing tax credits to businesses, and giving businesses technical assistance to help them create jobs. And Hassan will reach out to legislators and citizens across the states to listen to their ideas for how to keep New Hampshire moving forward.

Sunday
Nov112012

Governor-Elect Hassan Announces First Transition Plans

CONCORD – Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan today announced next steps for the Gubernatorial Transition, including naming Pamela Walsh as the Transition Director. Walsh will manage Hassan’s efforts to reach out across the state to hear from New Hampshire residents about their ideas for moving the state forward.

Governor-Elect Hassan also said that an official transition office is scheduled to open next week, and that she plans to move forward with building her transition team and steering committee as quickly as possible.

“My focus is on reaching out to Democrats, Independents and Republicans across New Hampshire to bring people together to move New Hampshire forward,” Governor-Elect Hassan said. “Few understand how New Hampshire’s government can best serve its citizens as well as Pamela Walsh. I am pleased to have her support and the help of so many people across the state in my efforts to help build a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire where our businesses can grow, flourish and create good jobs for our people.”  

As Governor, Hassan will work with members of both parties to develop a fiscally responsible balanced budget that protects New Hampshire’s priorities without an income or sales tax. She will work to implement her “Innovate NH” jobs plan, which focuses on building the best workforce in the country, providing tax credits to businesses, and giving businesses technical assistance to help them create jobs. And Hassan will reach out to legislators and citizens across the states to listen to their ideas for how to keep New Hampshire moving forward.

“I am honored that Governor-Elect Hassan has entrusted me with the responsibility of helping implement her vision for keeping New Hampshire moving forward,” said Walsh. “I know her commitment to bringing people together to solve problems will serve our state well, and I look forward to being a part of that process.”

Walsh, of Concord, served as deputy chief of staff for Governor John Lynch and as press secretary for Governor Jeanne Shaheen.

The transition office, located at 33 Hazen Drive Room 210, Concord, will open on Wednesday, November 14. Additional transition details and team members will be announced in coming days.