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Press Release

For Immediate Release
Thursday, December 6, 2012

Governor-Elect Hassan Announces Final Three Innovation Outreach Teams

Teams Will Focus on Issues of Health Care, Transportation and North Country Priorities

CONCORD – Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan today announced members of her final three Innovation Outreach Teams, who will support her transition efforts by reaching out for input on the issues of Transportation, Health Care and North Country Priorities.

Hassan's Health Care Innovation Outreach Team will solicit input in support of the Governor-Elect's efforts to reduce costs and improve the quality of care for all New Hampshire residents. Serving on the Health Care team will be Ned Helms Director of the New Hampshire Institute for Health Policy and Practice at the University of New Hampshire; Paul Speiss, Chairman of the Board of Centrix Bank and former Chair of the Citizens Health Initiative; Martin Gross, Senior Counsel to Sulloway & Hollis; Jennifer Frizzell, former Senate Policy Director and adviser to Planned Parenthood of Northern New England; former State Senator Kathy Sgambati, a transition co-chair and former Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services; and Nancy Kyle, President and CEO of the Retail Merchants Association of New Hampshire.

"Ensuring access to quality, affordable health care for everyone in New Hampshire is critical for the wellbeing of our residents and the strength of our economy," said Governor-Elect Hassan. "The members of my Health Care Innovation Outreach Team have a wealth of health policy and business experience, and I thank them for their help in reaching out to communities for ideas to address our health care challenges."

Governor-Elect Hassan's Transportation Innovation Outreach Team will communicate with business and community leaders about their infrastructure priorities and ideas for addressing transportation challenges. The Transportation team includes Nashua Mayor DonnaLee Lozeau; Lew Feldstein, Former President of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation; Robin Comstock, President of the Greater Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce; Steve Duprey, Owner of Duprey Companies and representative of the NH Lodging and Restaurant Association; David Preece, Executive Director and CEO, Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission; and William Parnell, President of the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce.

"For our economy to continue moving forward, we must have a transportation infrastructure that can support our communities and innovative businesses," said Hassan. "My Transportation outreach team will leverage their expertise from the public and private sectors to help identify our needs and outline ideas for a long-term infrastructure strategy."

Hassan also announced a North Country Priorities team of current and former local elected officials and community leaders who will help her reach out to North Country communities for their priorities and ideas. The North Country outreach team includes Raymond Burton, Executive Councilor for District 1; State Senator Jeff Woodburn of Dalton; Berlin Mayor Paul Grenier; Former State Senator John Gallus of Berlin; State Representative Tom Buco of Conway; former State Senator Mark Hounsell of Conway; former State Senator Deb Reynolds of Plymouth; and former State Representative Martha McLeod of Franconia.

"Our North Country communities possess unique strengths and face unique challenges," said Hassan. "I want to make sure the priorities of the North Country are fully heard in Concord so we can protect our state's natural beauty and grow the North Country economy by supporting our tourism industry and innovative businesses."

In addition, Hassan announced that Scott McGilvray, President of NEA-NH, will participate in the transition process as a member of her Education & the Workforce Innovation Outreach Team.

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.


Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan
PO Box 472  |  Concord, NH 03302
(603) 223-8480