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Press Release

For Immediate Release
September 9, 2013

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Communications Office
(603)271-2121

Governor Hassan Focuses on Regional Collaboration at Meeting of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers
New Hampshire Named as Host of Next Year's Conference

LA MALBAIE, QUEBEC - Working to foster regional partnerships that will enhance job creation, strengthen economic development, and help ensure an innovative energy future, Governor Maggie Hassan joined with her counterparts yesterday and today at the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers' 37th Annual Conference (NEG/ECP) in La Malbaie, Quebec.

The conference provides an opportunity for Governor Hassan to strengthen regional partnerships to ensure strong economic ties between New Hampshire, our fellow New England states, and our neighbors to the north. Governor Hassan has directed appropriate state agencies to work with their counterparts in the NEG/ECP to revitalize the group's economic development panel to help encourage job creation throughout the region, which will be a focus of next year's meeting to be held in New Hampshire.

"It is important that we work as a region, across both state and international borders, to strengthen trade and economic development in order to create jobs and increase opportunities for New Hampshire businesses and residents, while preserving what makes our state special," Governor Hassan said. "Our regional partnerships will be critical as we work to build a more innovative economic future and attract new companies with good jobs that can support a strong and growing middle class."

"I look forward to hosting the conference next year in New Hampshire, where we will be able to highlight what makes our state a great place to live, visit and do business," Governor Hassan added.

Topics being discussed at this year's conference include transportation, mutual aid agreements for emergency response, energy efficiency, and rail safety in response to the tragedy in Lac Megantic earlier this year.