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New Hampshire Aerospace Takes Flight at Farnborough International Airshow Last Month: Five Granite State Companies Scored Worldwide Connections

August 3rd, 2018

New Hampshire’s growing aerospace sector was on display last month at the Farnborough International Airshow, one of the largest industry trade shows in the world. Among the highlights this year: The debut of the F-35 Lightning II, along with nine new aircraft from Boeing, Bombardier, Gulfstream, Hondajet and Embraer.

Six companies – AQYR of Nashua; Corfin Industries of Salem; Northern Composites of Hampton; Transupport of Merrimack and US NanoSolutions of Hampton – were joined by Liquid Measurement Solutions of Georgia, Vt., at the New Hampshire pavilion. This year’s show featured more than 1,500 exhibitors from 52 countries, of which nearly three-quarters were from outside the United Kingdom.

While the latest total is still being calculated, in 2016, $124 billion in orders and commitment were placed at the air show.

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen visited the New Hampshire pavilion at the Farnborough International Airshow last month. Photos courtesy NHBR

On the first day of the show, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen visited the New Hampshire pavilion, which drew some great attention to the Granite State and, because of her connections, provided introductions of our businesses to key prime contractors – Boeing, Leonardo and Textron.

This is valuable currency for our companies, who are now connected with the right people to talk about procurement and getting into their supply chains.

This is the second time since 2012 New Hampshire has had a presence at this biennial air show. Since that first show, our state’s aerospace sector has seen impressive growth and increased international acumen.

We returned because of strong business connections our companies, and the New Hampshire Aerospace and Defense Export Consortium, have forged since then, including with the Farnborough Aerospace Consortium.  The relationship is providing possibilities for trade and business opportunities for Granite State companies.

The United Kingdom is the U.S.’s second largest defense market and a strong market for New Hampshire’s integrated supply chain. We make components that put planes and jets in flight. It makes sense to be there and the companies taking part in our pavilion took advantage of the opportunity to seek new markets, show commitment to customers and make connections.

International trade shows are intense, but are a great way to meet the world halfway. For New Hampshire, Farnborough has again opened doors to possibility for one of its dynamic and growing sectors.

Tina Kasim
Program Manager
Office of International Commerce

Northern Border Regional Commission Awards Grants to 15 NH Projects

August 1st, 2018

The Northern Border Regional Commission has awarded more than $2.8 million in federal funds to 15 projects that will boost community development projects in New Hampshire.

Created by the US Congress in 2008, the NBRC is a federal-state partnership whose mission is to help alleviate economic distress and help the region grow throughout 36 northern counties of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York. In New Hampshire, counties eligible for the Economic and Infrastructure Development Investment Program are Carroll, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan.

“Today’s announced Northern Borders Regional Commission grants are great news for Granite State communities,” said Governor Chris Sununu. “These grants are an important tool for local communities to promote opportunity and further strengthen their economic and community development efforts.”

The 15 projects enhance the efforts communities and organizations are advancing to strengthen their local economies, said Taylor Caswell, commissioner of the Department of Business and Economic Affairs.

“Funding from the Northern Border Regional Commission is increasingly important for the towns and cities that are working hard to build communities where people want to live and work,” he said.

Awards were made for the following projects:

The Bridge House; $68,330 to create six units of service-enriched affordable housing that include job training and employment opportunities in Plymouth;

Town of Bristol; $132,157 for a 3-mile, middle mile fiber optic cable telecommunication infrastructure project that will provide high speed internet, voice, data, video, and network backup for cellular and wireless needs;

Coos County Family Health Services; $250,000 for a 2,300-square-foot clinical space addition to expand behavioral health and substance abuse treatment in Berlin;

Coos Economic Development Corp.;
$250,000 to Whitefield’s King Square revitalization project, targeting four buildings around the town common for refurbishment;

Dartmouth Regional Technology Center;
$250,000 for the purchase and installation of a laboratory-grade air handling system at the DRTC business incubator in Lebanon;

Town of Enfield; $135,397 for the Mascoma Lakeside Park Pavilion, providing an indoor/outdoor community gathering space and enhanced recreation opportunities;

G.A.L.A Community Center; $250,000 for renovations needed to establish a makerspace and business incubator in Wolfeboro;

Laconia Area Community Land Trust; $310,000 for basic public infrastructure for the Harriman Hill Homes development project in Wolfeboro;

Littleton Industrial Development Corp.;
$119,500 for site development design and permitting of 42 acres the Town of Littleton donated to expand the industrial park;

Mascoma Community Healthcare Inc.
; $154,275 to provide radiography, physical therapy and pharmacy equipment, which is needed to expand an existing community health center, which serves 1,600 patients and will create nine jobs in Canaan;

Mount Washington Valley Trails Association/Town of Conway; $200,000 for the North Conway Recreation Path, a 2.9 mile infrastructure project for non-motorized, off-road transportation and recreation;

Taproot Farm and Environmental Education Center; $156,260 for the retention and expansion of a Lancaster marketplace supporting 88 local farmers and artists/craftsmen;

Weeks Medical Center; $250,000 for installation of an 85Hp biomass boiler in center’s new patient care center in Lancaster;

White Mountains Community College; $240,220 for a training program developed through a collaboration between the college and regional industries to address critical skills gap impeding business retention and expansion;

White Mountain Science; $95,550 for  its STEM-Works program, a region-wide STEM workforce training program with a focus on leadership, communications, STEM-tech skills and entrepreneurship.

Division of Economic Development Staff Earn Awards, Recognition

August 1st, 2018

There may not be a staff as dedicated, knowledgeable, and hardworking as the one  at the Division of Economic Development. I am pleased that several team  members have been recognized for their work.

Over the past several months:

Michael Power, community outreach coordinator, Office of Workforce Opportunity and Lorna Colquhoun, (top) communications director for the Division of Economic Development, were honored by the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire with its annual Above and Beyond awards, which recognize their outstanding service and commitment to BIA’s mission;

Dave Pease, program manager for the New Hampshire Procurement Technical Assistance Center and chairman of APTAC’s Professional Review Committee, (center) received the Betty McDonald Outstanding Member Achievement Award at the spring Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Center’s training conference;

Tina Kasim, program manager for the Office of International Commerce and a member of the Granite State District Export Council, (bottom) was recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for her knowledge of international business and expertise on trade and trade-related matters; U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan presented her with a certificate.

Will Arvelo
Director
Division of Economic Development

Senator Hassan Updates Granite State District Export Council on Trade Developments; Honors Members for International Business Expertise

July 31st, 2018

Sen. Hassan, left, and Justin Oslowski, US Commercial Service, present Tina Kasim, Office of International Commerce with recognition from the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan on July 27 discussed the importance of international trade for New Hampshire businesses with members of the Granite State District Export Council, where she also highlighted the importance of supporting innovative businesses.


She also recognized members of the GSDEC being honored by the U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for their international business knowledge and expertise on trade and trade-related matters. Recipients pictured right.

Michael Barrett of Tech Resources Inc., receives recognition by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce from Sen. Hassan; Tina Kasim, Office of International Commerce; Justin Oslowski, US Commercial Service.


The Granite State District Export Council consists of members appointed to four-year terms by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and brings together experienced international business professionals who provide support, advice, and assistance to companies looking to enter or expand into international markets. The mission of the organization is to support and encourage exports in order to boost economic growth locally and create jobs.

William McNary of Agilitrade, receives recognition by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce from Sen. Hassan; Tina Kasim, Office of International Commerce; Justin Oslowski, US Commercial Service.

“International trade is a cornerstone of our economy in New Hampshire, and when trade is done right, it helps our innovative businesses compete – creating jobs and spurring economic growth,” Hassan said.

“The work of the Granite State District Export Council is critical in these efforts, providing key support and advice to New Hampshire businesses looking to enter or expand into new international markets.

“I am focused on supporting your work – ensuring that our businesses can trade on a level playing field, and that you have the resources and support you need to thrive in the international marketplace,” she said

The accomplishments this year of the Granite State District Export Council.

 

Karen Wyman of Elbit Systems of America, receives recognition by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce from Sen. Hassan; Tina Kasim, Office of International Commerce; Justin Oslowski, US Commercial Service.

 

 

 

The Importance of Workforce Diversity, Inclusion in New Hampshire

July 19th, 2018

On air with New Hampshire Business Matters, WTPL-FM

New Hampshire Business Matters airs every third Wednesday of the month on WTPL-FM 107.7. Division of Economic Development Director Will Arvelo hosts the segments, discussing topics of interest in today’s state economy.


Tune into this month’s edition of New Hampshire Business Matters.


This month’s guest is Paula Parnagian of Eversource and the discussion is about the importance of workforce diversity and inclusion in New Hampshire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Increasing Diversity, Inclusion in New Hampshire Makes it Stronger, Infuses Fresh Ideas

July 17th, 2018

Will Arvelo ~ NH Division of Economic Development

Will Arvelo is the director of the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development. – ed.

Diversity plays a valuable role in our communities and state; from it comes fresh ideas, innovation and new ways to look at old ways. Insuring that New Hampshire’s population continues to diversify and be inclusionary is a priority of the Division of Economic Development.

Data shows that New Hampshire’s population is becoming more diverse. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the non-white population, including those that identify with two or more races, increased to 6.4 percent in 2017 and Latinos make up almost 4 percent of the population.

While these percentages may seem small in comparison to southern New England, it is undeniable that New Hampshire is changing and becoming more diverse.

As New Hampshire continues to evolve as part of a broader international community and as the U.S. continues to see significant demographic changes, the demographics within our state will also shift to reflect those changes.

In 2012, 21 percent of the U.S. population was non-white, or of two or more races. Also that year, 17 percent of the total U.S. population was of Latino/Hispanic descent. By 2060, the U.S. non-white population and those with two races or more will exceed 30 percent and those of Latino descent will also exceed 30 percent.

For our employers who are increasingly concerned about their ability to attract and retain a diverse workforce, this diversification is welcome in New Hampshire. Many are instituting initiatives to make their workplaces more welcoming and accepting of, not only different ways of thinking, but people’s differences.  We also know that younger people, white and non-white, prefer to be in diverse communities, whether that be their workplaces or living spaces.

This is good for all of us.


New Hampshire, like its neighboring states, is still challenged in its efforts to attract and retain a more diverse demographic. To that end, we are focusing on ways to be a state that is welcoming, accepting, and supportive. If we are to widen our competitive advantage, we need a diverse workforce.


There are many efforts in corporations, including Eversource, Eastern Bank, Hutchinson and others, and communities building advocacy and sustainability to achieve this goal. In addition, agencies including The Endowment for Health; Diversity Workforce Coalition; NAACP of the Seacoast; AARP, Welcome New Hampshire and many others that are working to make improvements across our state.

The Governor’s Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion will be central to this effort, with its recommendations due later this year. They will be used to create a sweeping, unifying strategy that brings all these efforts together to leverage resources, build a collective vision, build capacity, and have deep impact within a short time.

On July 26, a statewide working group will meet to begin building a unified, strong, sustainable effort around diversity and inclusion. Doing so will make New Hampshire more welcoming and attractive within our increasingly diverse nation and it will allow us to build a society reflective of diverse ways of being and thinking. It will also allow New Hampshire to continue to build and sustain its diverse economy and remain competitive regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Spotlight on New Hampshire’s Aerospace/Defense Industry at Farnborough International Airshow This Month

July 3rd, 2018

Nathaniel Nelson is an international trade officer with the Office of International Commerce and a member of the board of directors of the New Hampshire Aerospace and Defense Export Consortium. -ed.

New Hampshire’s high growth aerospace/defense industry will be highlighted next week at the Farnborough International Airshow and this is one of many activities this year aimed at helping hundreds of companies here continue to grow and get their products into global markets.

The state is sponsoring its first-ever booth at the show and the time is right to be in the spotlight. OIC and US Commercial Services staff, joined by a contingent of A&D businesses, is heading to England, ready to meet and mingle with some 1,500 exhibitors from 52 countries and thousands of people attending. At the last Farnborough Airshow, in 2016, $124 billion orders and commitments were placed, so there is good reason why it’s important for New Hampshire to be at this event.

The 4th annual New Hampshire Aerospace and Defense Conference was held in May, drawing industry leaders for the opportunity to hear from experts about issues and challenges.

According to the Aerospace Industries Association, New Hampshire has realized one of the largest percentages of growth in aerospace and defense exports. This comes as no surprise to the over 350 aerospace/defense companies in the state that employ 60,000 people.

Over the past few years, New Hampshire and its businesses have worked hard to grow the aerospace and defense industry and these efforts are paying off. In a recent post by Aerospace Manufacturing and Design, it noted “the Granite State is quickly becoming the industry’s Northeast hub” and is projected to see a 3.8 percent growth in employment over the next few years.

This has not happened by accident. Back in 2013, we created the New Hampshire Aerospace and Defense Export Consortium, with a mission to foster the most opportune foreign markets for its members. At the 5-year mark, it boasts nearly 100 members and is realizing significant growth.

That growth will continue. Earlier this year, OIC worked with NHADEC on a 5-year strategic plan that continues the membership growth trajectory and builds on services offered to members. As it rolls out, our aerospace and defense companies will have more opportunities to market products, increase sales, and have more networking opportunities around the world.

OIC is continuing its work with the US Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment, on several federal grant projects, which are being used to help A&D businesses weather the impact of defense program budget changes. In New Hampshire, OIC has used these federal grants to help companies consider international markets where their products would be in demand. Accordingly, businesses have, for example, learned strategies to think about technology commercialization and were provided with the tools necessary to conduct thorough market research.

Further, OIC has worked with the five New England states to receive a joint grant of $1.5 million to create the New England Regional Defense Industry Collaboration. This organization will use grant funds to coordinate the growth of defense-related businesses across the six-state New England region.

The primary goals of the organization will be to aid businesses in meeting new cybersecurity requirements for businesses in the defense industry supply chain, as well as to create a trusted supplier network that will make it easier for large defense contractors to locate smaller suppliers that are able to meet their production, certification and process requirements.

These relationships will elevate the technological knowledge and sophistication of DoD small and medium-sized manufacturers, improving their competitiveness, ability to innovate, and overall value to the DoD. This is a tremendous opportunity for the region and will continue not only the region’s growth, but the state’s, as well.

This is a great time for the state’s aerospace and defense industry. Through efforts by the state and its partners, such as the U.S. Commercial Service and NHADEC, the industry is continuing to expand and grow. We’re excited for this growth and all that it means for the state and region.

Sunshine, Spending Forecasted for New Hampshire’s July 4 Holiday Week

June 29th, 2018

Parades and fireworks highlight the 4th of July holiday period in New Hampshire.

More than 1 million out-of-state visitors are expected to spend in excess of $155 million over the Fourth of July holiday, according to the Division of Travel and Tourism Development.

Spanning nine days between June 29 and July 8, the holiday period officially kicks off New Hampshire’s busiest travel season. Overall, DTTD expects a record-breaking 2018 summer travel season drawing more than 3.4 million visitors who will spend $1.8 billion.

“The Fourth of July is a critical time for businesses and attractions throughout New Hampshire that draw visitors to experience outdoor adventures such as kayaking, biking, ATVing, and camping that are so popular during the summer months, as well as the state’s tax-free shopping,” said DTTD Director Victoria Cimino.  “We’re looking forward to welcoming visitors from throughout the Northeast and beyond.”

The majority of people visiting the state during this holiday period will travel from New England and the Middle Atlantic states.  Outdoor recreation, patriotic events and visiting friends and relatives are popular activities during the Fourth of July period.

Tax-free NH Fights Back: Governor Announces Strategy in Sales Tax Case

June 28th, 2018

Commissioner Caswell, left; Gov. Sununu; Attorney General Gordon MacDonald

Governor Chris Sununu will ask the Executive Council next month to approve a proclamation declaring a special session this summer, calling back lawmakers to consider legislation to protect Granite State businesses from improper attempts by other states to force them to collect sales and use taxes.

Sununu was joined by Senate President Chuck Morse; House Speaker Gene Chandler; Attorney General Gordon MacDonald; Commissioners Taylor Caswell and Lindsey Stepp, and business owners from around the state in announcing New Hampshire’s plan to respond to the US Supreme Court’s decision last week in the case of South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc.

Pursuant to the authority granted to the Governor and Executive Council in Part 2, Article 50 of the New Hampshire Constitution, Sununu will ask the Council to approve a proclamation declaring a special legislative session at its meeting July 11.

The Governor’s office is working with legislative leadership and the Attorney General’s office to craft legislation. While final details are still being worked out, New Hampshire will erect every possible and constitutionally permissible legal and procedural hurdle to prevent other states from forcing our businesses to collect sales and use taxes. Some of the provisions the state will enact:

  • Any out of state taxing authority seeking to audit or impose tax collection obligations on a New Hampshire business will be required to notify the New Hampshire Department of Justice;
  • Before proceeding, the out of state taxing authority will be required to receive a written determination, from the New Hampshire Department of Justice, that the authority’s statutes provide certain protections and meet strict requirements;
  • These protections and requirements will include a safe harbor for a certain amount of sales, a prohibition against retroactive enforcement, a safe harbor for small businesses, and other strict requirements. In addition, an out of state taxing authority will have to show that its laws will not impose an unconstitutional burden on New Hampshire businesses;
  • The New Hampshire Department of Justice will be empowered to file an expedited suit to block any attempt to impose  tax collection obligations undertaken in violation of this new law.

“With this proposal, we will send a message to every out of state taxing jurisdiction and authority. If you try to come into our state and force our businesses to collect a sales tax in manner that violates our laws or the United States Constitution, you will be in for the fight of your life,” Sununu said. “Live free or die is not just a slogan on a license plate. It is the very essence of who we are. Our State Constitution says that ‘the people of this State have the sole and exclusive right of governing themselves as a free, sovereign, and independent State.’ Working together, we will do everything in our power to prevent other States from violating this principle by imposing arcane sales and use tax obligations on New Hampshire businesses.”

The US Supreme Court decision last week in the Wayfair case, said Attorney General Gordon MacDonald displaces 50 years of precedent.

“My office stands ready to carefully monitor the development of the law in the wake of this decision, and to assist the Governor and legislative leaders in crafting legislation that seeks to protect New Hampshire’s citizens and businesses,” he said.

Business and Economic Affairs Commissioner Taylor Caswell said, “The Governor’s action today should send a clear message to the NH business community and beyond that this state will aggressively defend our pro-growth low-tax economy.”

Senate President Chuck Morse stated, “New Hampshire’s freedom from an income or sales tax is something we take great pride in because it makes our state competitive for businesses and supports a quality of life our citizens are accustomed to. The South Dakota v Wayfair decision attempts to strip our state of this distinction and may impose burdensome tax obligations on our businesses and our citizens. This decision does not recognize how sales tax-free states like New Hampshire have drawn many citizens to live, work and start a business here for that very reason. I support Governor Sununu’s plan to fight back against this decision because of the untold effect it would have on our state’s economy and small businesses. Swift action must be taken to defend our business’ freedom from collecting taxes for other states in which they have no physical presence. I look forward to working with our Senate and House colleagues to establish these protections in statue as soon as possible.”

This proposal will provide the maximum protection possible under state and federal law.

 

 

Norwegian-based AutoStore Systems Opens U.S. Headquarters in New Hampshire

June 27th, 2018

Norwegian-based AutoStore Systems celebrates the opening of its U.S. headquarters in Derry this week.

Increased growth in its North American market has led a Norwegian-based company to establish its U.S. headquarters in Derry and this week, AutoStore System celebrated the expansion with a grand opening.

AutoStore is a high-density cube storage system.

AutoStore is a high-density cube storage system, consisting of five standard modules: Robot, port or workstation, grid, bin, and controller. The robots drive on the top of the grid to access inventory store in the bins below. The bins are retrieved, put away and delivered to ports or workstations as requested.

“Due to the continued increase in activity in the North American market, we felt the only decision was to open an office close to this market,” said Paul Roy, managing director – North America.

The new 20,000-square-foot facility, at 3 Corporate Park Dr., will house a U.S.- based team to support the North American market and showcase a fully operational AutoStore grid. The facility will also store spare parts for faster deliveries, as well as offer customer service support, training programs and sales support.

 

“Having a fully operational grid with eight robots in our Derry facility will allow us to not only store and retrieve our own parts for delivery to our NA partners but also provide a realistic demonstration and training environment for potential customers and partners needing all levels of training,” Roy said.