For Immediate Release - January 01, 2010


Governor Deval Patrick today begins his service as chairman of the New England Governors' Conference, Inc. (NEGC), a non-partisan alliance responsible for coordinating regional policies that benefit the six New England states. The Governor previously served as vice chairman, and takes over the leadership post from outgoing chairman Governor John Baldacci of Maine.

"I am honored to serve as chairman of the New England Governors' Conference," said Governor Patrick. "I thank Governor Baldacci for his exceptional leadership and look forward to continuing to work alongside my partners to strengthen our regional ties. We must ensure New England leads the way on economic growth, transportation modernization, clean energy innovation and other smart policies that will make us stronger for today and tomorrow."

The NEGC was formally established in 1937 by the governors of the region to promote New England's economic development. In 1981, the Conference incorporated as a non-partisan, non-profit corporation. The region's six governors serve as its Board of Directors and work together to coordinate and implement programs designed to respond to regional issues involving economic development, transportation, environment, energy and health, among others.

Outgoing NEGC chairman Governor Baldacci said, "On behalf of my fellow New England Governors, I welcome Governor Patrick as chair of the New England Governors' Conference, Inc., and look forward to continue working with him in the coming year. Governor Patrick's leadership and vision will benefit all New Englanders as we address the critical issues facing our region."

The NEGC also serves as the New England Secretariat for the Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (NEG/ECP). The NEG/ECP, which first met in 1973, is a unique, inter-regional, bi-national organization. Over the years, it has been responsible for expanding economic ties among the states and provinces, fostering energy exchanges, advocating for environmental issues and sustainable development and coordinating policies and programs around transportation, forest management, tourism, small-scale agriculture and fisheries.

The NEGC is scheduled to meet during the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C. next month.


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