Leadership Seacoast Hosts Annual Government Day Program


Class of 2013 spoke with NH’s top officials in Concord

PORTSMOUTH, N.H., April 12, 2013—Leadership Seacoast, a non-profit organization that helps shape the future of Seacoast communities through the development of knowledgeable leaders, travelled to Concord this week to meet with New Hampshire’s top government officials as part of its Government Day Program.

Governor Maggie Hassan, State Senator Martha Fuller Clark, Executive Councilor Christopher Sununu, State Representative Laura Pantelakos, State Representative Gene Chandler, Representative Patrick Abrami and others informed Leadership Seacoast participants on the ins and outs of New Hampshire government and legislation.  In addition, Steve Norton of New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies and Andy Smith, Director of the UNH Survey Center, provided a broad non-partisan perspective on the political landscape and the challenges involved in budget creation in New Hampshire.

governmentDayWhen speaking to the group, Governor Hassan emphasized her commitment to helping the State become an innovation center, by investing in the priorities of the people of New Hampshire. “If we don’t increase revenues through one high-end casino in order to invest in the priorities needed to build a more innovative economy at a time when we’re just starting to recover from the impact of the recession, then we’re going to fall further behind in the critical areas of health care, mental health, higher education and infrastructure,” Governor Hassan said.

Leadership Seacoast’s programs are designed to challenge personal assumptions about critical issues while exploring diverse ideas, resources, and practices. Government Day provides participants with an in-depth understanding of the legislative process in New Hampshire, the priorities of funding critical issues, and the importance of an individual’s advocacy and impact on various issues in local decision-making.

“We were very fortunate to have such a great lineup of speakers this year,” said Jennifer Wheeler, executive director at Leadership Seacoast. “The Government Day Program is a great way to inform participants about local and statewide issues, as well as motivate them to become active participants in local government.”

Leadership Seacoast proudly boasts more than two decades of achievement through its consistent commitment to educating future Seacoast leaders through the exploration of community issues, effective leadership practices, and personal involvement opportunities. Program graduates finish with a wide net of connections in which to foster a better community. For more information on becoming a corporate sponsor or program candidate, please visit www.leadershipseacoast.org.

About Leadership Seacoast

Based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the Leadership Seacoast program provides existing and future community leaders the opportunity to engage with the people and organizations that shape the Seacoast’s economic structure and social fabric. Leadership Seacoast offers its participants unique insight into how business, community, and politics integrate to create successful societies and how small actions can have a significant impact on the greater global good. Leadership Seacoast alumni make a difference in their communities through networking, active involvement, and personal action. Since its inception in 1988, Leadership Seacoast has created a strong foundation that values diversity of opinion and consensus building to find solutions to challenges affecting the Seacoast’s community and its future. For more information about our programs please contact us at jwheeler@leadershipseacoast.org or check out our website at www.leadershipseacoast.org




Jennifer Wheeler, Executive Director

Leadership Seacoast