The Concord Coalition and the University of New Hampshire Present Conference on the Future

Nov. 18, 2010, 8:30am-1:00pm
University of New Hampshire-Manchester
400 Commercial Street, 3rd Floor, Auditorium, Manchester, New Hampshire, United States
Free; RSVP required

The University of New Hampshire and The Concord Coalition present "Sustainable Future:  How Can our Nation Turn the Corner on the Economy & the Environment and Can NH Lead the Way??"

This unique discussion, to be held on November 18th at the University of New Hampshire’s Manchester Campus, will examine how current environmental policy, tax policy and fiscal policy interrelate and contribute to our nation’s long-term unsustainability.  Many of the nation’s leading experts will discuss the need for reform and propose innovative solutions to these challenges.

This event will bring together leaders from the business, civic, political, student and academic communities, in addition to members of the public, and engage them in an interactive discussion on ways that they can make a difference.  The goal of this discussion is to contribute to on-going dialogue in New Hampshire on these issues and help set the stage for policy discussions for the 2012 Presidential primaries.

With New Hampshire being the First in the Nation primary state, we believe that right after the midterm elections and in NH is the right time and right place for an open discussion about our nation’s future.  It is essential that local citizen-leaders understand not only the short, but long-term challenges that our nation faces, and that these leaders explore these topics with all of the presidential candidates. 

Fiscal and environmental sustainability cannot and should not be dealt within a vacuum or as completely separate issues.  Solutions to our nation’s long term challenges require bipartisan cooperation and strong presidential leadership.  This is why this discussion must begin today and will begin in New Hampshire.

The event is free and open to the public.  Reservations are requested.  They can be made by clicking RSVP on this page or contacting Jeff Thiebert at [email protected] or (703) 894-6222.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


University of New Hampshire, Manchester Campus


8:30 – 9:00 am            Registration


9:00 – 9:15 am            Welcome

Remarks by University of New Hampshire President, Mark Huddleston.


9:15 – 10:15 am Panel One—Environmental Sustainability and its Fiscal Consequences

Ross Gittell, University of New Hampshire

Charles Colgan, University of Southern Maine

Ken Colburn, Stonyfield Farm

Richard Ober, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation


10:15 – 10:30 am            Break


10:30 – 11: 30 am            Panel Two—Fiscal and Tax Sustainability—New Ideas for Generating Revenues and Balancing Budgets

William Ardinger, Rath, Young and Pignatelli

Joe Minarik, Committee for Economic Development

Diane Lim Rogers, The Concord Coalition


11:30 – 11:45 am            Break


11:45 – 1:00 pm             Panel Three—Fiscal Sustainability—Solutions to our Long-Term Fiscal Imbalance

                                    Bonnie Newman, Moderator

United States Senator Judd Gregg (via video)

Governor John Lynch (via video)

Richard Ober, NH Charitable Foundation

David M. Walker, Comeback America Initiative

Bob Bixby, The Concord Coalition,

Andrew Smith, UNH Survey Center


What are the two questions that NH voters should ask all Presidential candidates in the

First in the Nation primary?