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Request for Proposals for New Hampshire Economic Development Plan

February 16th, 2018

The Department of Business and Economic Affairs on Feb. 15 issued a Request for Proposals for consulting services for the development of a statewide economic development plan.

The deadline for those proposals is 3 pm, April 2; deadline for questions is March 8.

The RFP materials are here.

 

 

Help Wanted: Granite Staters Invited to be a Part of New Hampshire’s Red-Hot Economy

January 30th, 2018

Commissioner Taylor Caswell Business and Economic Affairs

On the front page of this week’s New Year, New Job, a special edition of the New Hampshire Union Leader, Business and Economic Affairs Commissioner Taylor Caswell invited Granite Staters to stay in, or return to, the state and become a part of our vibrant economy.

In case you haven’t noticed, New Hampshire’s economy is red-hot. Like powder hounds headed north on I-93 to ski after a snow storm, we’re outpacing the rest of New England and creating phenomenal opportunities – the kind of opportunities not seen in a generation.


Live in the North Country, work at a law firm or a hospital, and go skiing on a Wednesday afternoon. 


If you left after high school or college five or 10 years ago, now’s a good time to come back. If you’re graduating from high school or college this spring and unsure where you want life to take you, think about staying here and joining one of our many growing companies who really want you.

New Hampshire is an employee market. There are thousands of good, high-paying jobs spread out across a state that is routinely ranked near, or at the top, for quality of life.

Live on our Seacoast, work at an international biotech company, and after work go for a kayak on Great Bay. Live in the North Country, work at a law firm or a hospital, and go skiing on a Wednesday afternoon.

Today, national publications are talking about Manchester’s Silicon Millyard, our hotbed of technology and innovation. This is the spot where a whole new biofabrication industry, with over $300 million in funding, is turning science fiction into actual medical science.

New entrepreneurs statewide are taking advantage of our economy, our low business taxes, and zero income and sales tax and settling into our unique communities to grow their dreams, from craft breweries, coffee shops and niche businesses on Main Street to creating and expanding our $8 billion outdoor recreation economy.

These are exciting times to be in New Hampshire; consider joining us and help write the next chapter of the long and successful history of our great state.

Taylor Caswell
Commissioner
Business and Economic Affairs

 

Braid in New Hampshire: Tilton Rug Company Wins Federal Contract

January 29th, 2018

 

The National Park Service pulled out the rug from under the display in the dining room of the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial late last year and replaced it with one replicated by a New Hampshire rug company.

The Country Braid House in Tilton has been in business for close to half a century creating custom braided rugs found all over the country and featured in magazines, from Architectural Digest to Country Living and the New York Times magazine.

There have been a variety of customers over the years, said Jan Jurta, but never the federal government.

“I never in my wildest dreams imagined they would contract for a braided rug,” she said.

When the National Park Service decided to replace the 21.5-foot braided rug that had been in the Nancy Hanks Memorial Hall in Lincoln City, Indiana since 1943, Jurta knew this was a project for the Country Braid House.

She also knew she was going to need some help in preparing the detailed bid, so she connected with the New Hampshire Government Contracting Assistance Center.

“The U.S. government is one of the largest buyers of goods and services in the world,” said Jane Brezosky, who worked with Jurta on the successful bid. “It’s easy to think of it as only needing items related to defense, electronics and medical supplies, but federal and state governments have the same needs as any customer.”

While the contract for the braided rug was very specialized, Country Braid House’s experience illustrates the kind of opportunities there are in government contracting for New Hampshire businesses, from firewood for campgrounds and road repairs in the White Mountain National Forest to flooring and furniture for military bases and government agencies.

NH GovCon’s services are offered to New Hampshire businesses at no cost. Once you sign up as a client, you will receive notifications of bid opportunities and our staff will work with you to guide you through the process. In addition to this specialized assistance, we offer training seminars throughout the state.

Government contracting is a $2.5 billion business in New Hampshire. If you think your business doesn’t have a product the government needs, you probably do.

Just ask the Country Braid House.

Arvelo Sworn in as New Hampshire’s Economic Development Director

January 19th, 2018

Gov. Sununu, Director Arvelo

Wildolfo (Will) Arvelo was sworn in Jan. 18 as director of the Division of Economic Development by Gov. Chris Sununu.

Arvelo joined the agency earlier this month, following 11 years as president of Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth.

During that time, he oversaw the college’s move from Stratham to the Pease International Tradeport; development of the Advanced Technology and Academic Center in Rochester and a catalyst for creating programs meeting the needs of Seacoast employers and industries.

Taylor Caswell, commissioner of Business and Economic Affairs, said Arvelo’s experience is a great fit for the division, at a time when New Hampshire is growing.

“Our economy demands that we be able to meet the workforce demands of our employer community, and Will’s experience fits perfectly into those strategies,” Caswell said.

In his new role, Arvelo will oversee the division charged with business retention; business recruitment; international commerce; government contracting; workforce development, and marketing.

“I am honored and overjoyed to be joining Governor Sununu, Commissioner Caswell, and the Business and Economic Affairs team as we focus on building the economic landscape and workforce that will carry New Hampshire into the future and make it a top destination for new companies, workers and visitors,” he said. “I’m excited about, and looking forward to, working with entities and the many talented people across the state interested in collaborating as we explore new directions for how we think about and implement economic and workforce development strategies and initiatives.”

The Code was with Them: Thousands of NH Students Take Part in Coding Competition

December 21st, 2017

Snapshots of the first-ever coding competition in New Hampshire

 

Under the banner, May the Code Be with You, the New Hampshire Cyber Robotics Coding Competition 2017 showcased the coding skills of thousands of students from all over the Granite State.

Using the networks and established relationships of the Division of Economic Development to help connect businesses with state agencies and community partners is one of the roles of our agency. So when the opportunity to connect Intelitek, a company with which we have worked, and the state Department of Education, we jumped at it.

From there,  they formed a partnership to strengthen STEM education within our schools, which led to New Hampshire’s first-ever coding competition, leading up to the finals on Dec. 19 at Pinkerton Academy.

This was an exciting conclusion to six weeks of coding challenges, which drew over 40 middle and high schools; 100 teachers, and more than 2,600 students. Finalists, representing 16 schools, made their way to the top of the leader board and attended the 2017 NH Cyber Robotics Coding Competition.

We join Intelitek, the Department of Education, Oracle Academy,  and CTE Education Foundation ISCEF in congratulating the teachers, mentors, parents and students participating in the competition. Together, they are inspiring students about an important aspect of STEM education and getting them to think about pursuing a STEM career.

 

Jimmie Hinson
Business Resource Specialist
Division of Economic Development

Job Training Fund Grants Will Enhance Skills for 800 NH Workers

December 21st, 2017

New Hampshire employers will receive much-needed investments in workforce skills training as a result of grants announced by the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs.

The public-private Job Training Fund investments will result in over $400,000 to be used for skills enhancement training for over 800 New Hampshire workers.

Taylor Caswell, commissioner of the Department of Business and Economic Affairs, said the grants signify new efforts, coupled with smart investments, to engage businesses in education and training to enhance workforce development in New Hampshire.

Employers, he said, are aware of the state’s workforce challenges and responding by increasing their investment in skills training.


“While we are certainly happy with the state’s low unemployment rate, it also means we need to have useful strategies to attract new talent and train our current workforce,” he said. “The Job Training Fund is a great example of the types of public/private partnership we are developing and we know work best for New Hampshire.  These efforts include high growth sector-based initiatives, apprenticeships, and On-The-Job training. All awards under the Job Training Fund are matched by the employer, which makes this program a true public-private partnership in New Hampshire and gets everyone a great bang for the buck.”


Caswell also noted that this year’s demand for training programs is approximately twice that of last year.

“Our employers need this program, and I think it’s fair to say based on the demand, it’s working,” he said.

Grants were awarded to:

  • D. Bean & Sons Co., of Jaffrey;  $1,940 to train 10 employees in intermediate and advanced Quickbooks, and intermediate/ddvanced Microsoft Excel, at Nashua Community College;
  • L. King & Associates of Nashua; $982.50 for one employee to obtain a construction superintendent certification from the New Hampshire/Vermont Association of Builders and Contractors;
  • WH Bagshaw of Nashua; $1,500 to train 10 employees in GDT/blueprint reading at Nashua Community College;
  • Benchmark Senior Living LLC, with five facilities in New Hampshire; $46,900 for 45 workers to receive LNA training from LNA Health Careers; medication nursing assistant training from Manchester Community College, and training in quality service, quality excellence and business excellence from the Disney Institute;
  • Northeast Delta Dental of Concord, $7,500; Red River Computer Co., of Claremont, $7,500, and Mascoma Bank, $9,750, for training a total of  10 employees in the University of New Hampshire’s New Level Leadership Consortium Program.
  • Vapotherm Inc., of Exeter; $60,000 for training 100 employees at Nashua Community College in Lean Process Improvement; injection molding; quality-risk project management; customer service, and management and leadership practices;
  • Lindt & Sprungli USA of Stratham;  $65,950 for 626 workers to participate in the Train the Trainer program and English as a Second Language, both at Great Bay Community College; the mechanics training program at Scientific Management Technologies; Ametrol eLearning with Technical Education Products Inc., and power lift training by Safe Lifting Techniques.

For more information about the New Hampshire Job Training Fund, visit nhjobtrainingfund.org.

 

Allegro MicroSystems Announces Expansion, Investment in Manchester

December 20th, 2017

Leading Semiconductor Company To Expand In Manchester

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC, a leader in developing high-performance power and sensor semiconductors, broke ground on a 15,000-square foot expansion at its Manchester facility on Dec. 19.

The building expansion will support Allegro’s ongoing growth and investment in research and development, as well as reinforce the location as the company’s center of strategic business development.

“Allegro will continue to strengthen its investment in its technical talent and focus on high growth technological segments,” said Allegro President and Chief Executive Officer, Ravi Vig.


“Our ability to attract and retain skilled, high-tech talent to our Manchester facility will allow us to further invest in this prime location.”


Allegro’s facility is conveniently located minutes from the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport; close to leading New Hampshire and Massachusetts research universities, and within a one hour of the Seacoast, mountains, lakes, and urban environments like downtown Manchester and Boston, making it an attractive location for existing and prospective employees.

Allegro’s focus on advanced technology, product line expansion and innovation fits well with the business platform provided in New Hampshire.

“The Governor and I are fully committed to working with local companies to help them grow their business and attract talent,” said Taylor Caswell, commissioner of the Department of Business and Economic Affairs. “We are pleased that Allegro has chosen to invest in the Manchester area, and we look forward to their employees enjoying the revitalized mill yards, SNHU Arena, and other benefits of downtown.”

Allegro’s building expansion was designed by Margulies Perruzzi Architects and is being built by Hutter Construction Corp., with completion planned for next summer. Allegro will employ abut 400 people at its Manchester site, many of them engineers.

New Hampshire Maintains Fastest Growing Economy in New England

November 22nd, 2017

National data released this week confirmed New Hampshire’s economy has surged ahead of the rest of New England.

With the third-largest economy in the region, New Hampshire’s economic activity expanded by 2.9 percent between Q1 and Q2, ahead of the other five New England states, according to data from the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis. In comparison, Massachusetts, the region’s largest economy, grew by 2.0 percent.

New Hampshire’s economic growth even surpassed other Northeastern states, like New York and Connecticut, which experienced a 1.2 and 1.4 percent change in real GDP respectively.


The Granite State’s economy expanded by 2.9 percent from Q1 to Q2 of 2017


“Through a combination of deliberate strategies around workforce development, corporate tax rate reductions, infrastructure investments, regulatory reform, and deeper statewide collaboration, this data shows our efforts are paying off,” said Taylor Caswell, commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs. “This most recent data from the Commerce Department, combined with New Hampshire maintaining the highest median income and lowest poverty rate of any state in the U.S., confirms New Hampshire as a major national competitor for business development and expansion.”

The latest data this quarter is consistent with the upward trend since 2011, which shows that through 2016, the New Hampshire economy grew in real terms by 8.10 percent, at a compound annual growth rate of 1.57 percent per year.

The largest real GDP growth in 2016 came from finance, insurance, real estate and leasing, accounting for 24.2 percent of the GDP and 2.5 percent real growth. Professional and business services accounted for 11.9 percent of the GDP, with 1.6 percent real growth.

Located within the Boston metro, southern New Hampshire is 10 minutes from Manchester Boston Regional Airport; 50 minutes from Boston Logan International Airport, and within 30 miles of 1.7 million people.

The Department of Business and Economic Affairs is dedicated to enhancing the economic vitality of the State of New Hampshire and promoting it as a destination for domestic and international visitors.

 

 

 

New Hampshire Business Matters with John Duff, NH School of Mechanical Trades

November 16th, 2017

Chris Way, Division of Economic Development and John Duff, NH School of Mechanical Trades

With high demand for quality and education programs for tradesmen, the New Hampshire School of Mechanical Trades is preparing to open its second location next spring on the Seacoast.


Tune in to this month’s edition of New Hampshire Business Matters and learn more about the New Hampshire School of Mechanical Trades.


The first school opened five years ago in Manchester and between 2015 and 2016, enrollment jumped from 607 to 956.

On this month’s New Hampshire Business Matters radio show (airs every third Wednesday of the month on WTPL-FM107.7), John Huff talks about the school, its growth and the demand there is for tradesmen.

New Hampshire Winter Forecast: Blizzard of Visitors, Spending

November 14th, 2017

New Hampshire’s Limitless Winter gets started at the Boston.com Ski & Snowboard Expo.

The New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development expects 8.5 million people to spend an estimated $1.25 billion in the Granite State this winter, projecting 4 percent increases in both visitation and spending over last winter.


Stay connected with New Hampshire tourism on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube, and follow the #LiveFreeNH tag to see what other people are saying about a Limitless Winter in New Hampshire.


At a media reception Nov. 10, prior to the Boston.com Ski & Snowboard Expo, DTTD unveiled its winter marketing campaign,position  New Hampshire as the premier wintertime destination in the Northeast.

“Offering limitless opportunities within close proximity, New Hampshire is the leading destination for wintertime outdoor recreation in the Northeast,” said Victoria Cimino, director of DTTD. “With the division’s strategic and nationally-recognized innovative marketing initiatives, paired with favorable economic factors, we are confident New Hampshire’s tourism-focused businesses and attractions will experience a strong winter season this year.”