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Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Representing the 2nd District of New Hampshire

Building a Clean, Energy Efficient Economy

Feb 21, 2020
Catching up with Annie

Dear Friend,    

Building a Clean, Energy Efficient Economy

On Tuesday, I sat down with local community leaders and energy and environmental experts in Nashua to discuss the city’s energy initiatives and my Clean Energy Agenda. We must tackle climate change from all sides using bipartisan, common-sense solutions that will have both immediate and lasting results in reducing carbon pollution and facilitating the expansion of renewable energy.

Climate change poses a serious threat to our environment, way of life, and economic well-being in the Granite State. Building a clean, energy efficient economy is key to mitigating the threat climate change poses to our communities and state. I look forward to sharing today's insights with my colleagues as we continue working to combat climate change.

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With fellow participants at the Nashua energy discussion. Read more here.

Increasing Access to Career and Technical Education Programs    

It was wonderful to visit the MAxT Makerspace in Peterborough on Wednesday to tour the center and meet with staff to discuss workforce development priorities. At the Makerspace, there is an intensive training program where local students can earn their American Welding Society certification. Programs like these that are designed to respond to the needs of area businesses are crucial to the health of our local economy. I will continue to support programs to provide grants for development and job training in Granite State communities. 

Earlier in the day, I joined students and faculty from Hancock Elementary School to tour the Region 14 Applied Technology Center in Peterborough. This educational facility serves the ConVal and Jaffrey-Rindge School Districts and provides meaningful educational experiences to put young people on a path toward great careers. I’ve been proud to support legislation to increase access to career and technical education programs to empower our future workforce as they consider career paths, and I look forward to continuing my work to ensure young Granite Staters have the tools they need to succeed and get ahead.

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With ConVal and Jaffrey-Rindge School District students

Listening to the Concerns of Granite Staters

On Wednesday, I held a town hall meeting in Peterborough to discuss my work in Congress and hear from Granite Staters about the issues that matter most to them. I had the opportunity to hear from residents about the need to address climate change, combat the opioid epidemic, and create a future where all New Hampshire families are able to thrive and succeed.

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At my town hall in Peterborough. Read more here.

My Trip to the North Country

Today, I met with students and staff at White Mountains Regional High School in Whitefield to learn more about the school’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) education programs and to discuss workforce development in the North Country. I also had the opportunity to learn more about the school’s Career and Technical Education programs and other initiatives. High quality STEAM education is key to ensuring our workforce can thrive and succeed in our 21st century economy, and I applaud White Mountains Regional High School for investing in these critical programs to support students in New Hampshire.  

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At White Mountains Regional High School

I also visited the Prima America Plastics to Diesel Plant in Groveton today to tour the facility and learn more about their innovative work to convert plastic into diesel. Repurposing plastics that would otherwise end up in landfills demonstrates how Granite State businesses are leading the way in turning waste to energy, and it was great to learn about how these fuels are being produced.

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At Prima America Plastics to Diesel Plant

At the North Country Health Consortium in Littleton today, I heard from staff and community leaders about the Consortium’s work to strengthen health care delivery in the region. In rural areas like the North Country, it can be very difficult for folks to access the health care they need. Today’s conversation further emphasized how critical it is to ensure health centers like the Consortium have resources and support.

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At North Country Health Consortium

Recognizing the Accomplishments of Young Granite Staters

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of meeting with Neil Kachappilly, the winner of the 2019 Congressional App Challenge for New Hampshire’s Second District. Neil, a student from Nashua High School South, created an app called the Mood Picker Upper, which aims to help people upkeep and improve their mental health. It was wonderful to meet him to congratulate him on this app, which spreads positivity and encouragement - something we can all use more of! I want to extend my appreciation to all the young people who submitted apps for consideration. 

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With Neil Kachappilly, the winner of the App Challenge

Keeping Americans Safe from Sexual Violence

Yesterday, I was joined by Representative Jan Schakowsky and ten of our colleagues in calling on Match Group - the company that owns some of our nation’s most popular online dating platforms including Tinder, Hinge, Plenty of Fish, and OkCupid - to check users against sex offender registries. Currently, Match Group does not conduct basic checks of all its users against sex offender registries. As the founder of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence, I am committed to supporting survivors and preventing sexual and dating violence. We cannot effectively address this issue without ensuring that those who use dating apps can do so safely. 

Here for You

I encourage you to continue reaching out to my office with any questions, concerns or ideas you have - I love hearing from you! You can reach my Concord office at 603-226-1002 or my Washington, DC office at 202-225-5206. Thank you for all the wonderful contributions you make to our great state. Enjoy the weekend!

Sincerely,