Carsey Policy Hour

Carsey Policy Hour
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The Carsey Policy Hour (formerly Coffee & Conversations) engages policymakers, public service professionals, and active citizens and organizations in the issues and policies that affect the people and places of New Hampshire. Each month features a dynamic expert speaker (or two), followed by an interactive audience discussion. The intent is to foster learning, problem-solving, and collaboration in service of New Hampshire's common good. Sessions are held on the second Wednesday of each month, from 8 – 9 am. Spring 2024 dates are: January 10, February 14, March 13, April 10, May 8, and June 12.

 June 12, 2024

8 – 9 AM


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How Economically Secure are NH Residents?

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Nearly 1 in 3 Granite Staters find it challenging to afford the combined cost of child care, housing, transportation, and other basic necessities. We regularly hear how New Hampshire is one of the wealthiest states in America, but does this superlative mask the financial vulnerability that NH residents face? Join us to hear from Gene Martin, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute, to learn about who is impacted by these trends and how public policies can improve the economic well-being of NH residents.

Gene Martin, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute

Gene Martin

Gene Martin is the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute (NHFPI). Prior to NHFPI, he served as the Associate Director of Development and Director of Government Relations at Plymouth State University. He previously held various roles in the NH State Senate as the top policy and communications staffer in the Senate Minority Leader’s office, overseeing a policy portfolio of the state budget, education, economic security, and tax policy; as well as a Legislative Aide, staffing the Senate Transportation and Ways & Means Committees. 

Gene is an active community member serving on the Board of Trustees for Leadership New Hampshire, President of the Manchester Lions Club, and a Finance Committee Member of the Black Heritage Trail of NH. Gene has served on the Board of Directors of the Manchester Historic Association and is a past chair of Plymouth State University's Alumni Association. Gene is a Ph.D. student in Leadership & Policy at the University of New Hampshire, where he received his Master of Public Administration from the Carsey School of Public Policy. Gene also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Plymouth State University and is a proud graduate of Manchester Public Schools. Gene lives in Manchester with his wife and two daughters.

Additional Sessions

Coming Soon!

View the highlights and access the recording and slide presentation of our April 2024 event. Learn More
View the highlights and access the recording and slide presentation of our May 2024 event. Learn More
View the highlights and access the recording and slide presentation of our March 2024 event. Learn More

Our Partners

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The State of New Hampshire provides a unique program of continuing professional development through the Bureau of Education and Training (BET). The Bureau offers a variety of training programs — including LEAN process Improvement and management and Certified Public Supervisor/Manager credentialling — to all public employees of New Hampshire.

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The Certified Public Manager® program is a nationally accredited comprehensive management development program specifically for managers in federal, state, and local government. The program's primary goal is to improve the performance of public sector managers and the organizational performance of state, local, and federal government. In New Hampshire, the program is divided into two levels: Level I (called the Certified Public Supervisor program) and Levell II, which results in CPM status being awarded.

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The New Hampshire Municipal Association, Inc. is a non-profit, non-partisan membership association established in 1941. It is a member-founded, member-funded, and member-governed association that works to strengthen New Hampshire cities and towns and enhance their ability to serve the public by promoting effective municipal government through education, training, advocacy and legal services.  

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