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Celebrate National Park Service Centennial Anniversary at Some New Hampshire State Parks

August 24th, 2016

Philip Bryce, director of the NH Division of Parks and Recreation, is today’s guest blogger. – Ed.

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(Weeks State Park above) In celebration of the National Park Service’s Centennial anniversary, New Hampshire State Parks will offer free admission into day-use parks tomorrow (Aug. 25). Visitors to day-use parks just need to say Happy Birthday to the park staff and the entire vehicle will receive free admission.

In 1983,  Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and environmentalist Wallace Stegner proclaimed, “The national parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than at our worst.”

Tomorrow (Aug. 25), New Hampshire State Parks celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

On this day in 1916, Congress passed the National Park Service Organic Act and upon its approval by President Woodrow Wilson, the National Park Service was established to oversee the 14 national parks and 21 national monuments that existed at the time.

Over the past century, the National Park System expanded to now include 412 official units covering more than 84 million acres.

Yellowstone was the first national park, created in 1872. The story of its founding is an interesting one, as detailed in this excerpt from Parks and Recreation magazine.

In 1870, the members of the Washburn-Langford-Doan expedition were traveling south of Helena, Mont. to witness the wondrous collection of thermal peculiarities bubbling up through the Earth’s crust. At the last evening’s encampment, the conversation turned to how the area might be divvied up among the expedition’s profit-minded entrepreneurs.

But one member of the party, a lawyer named Cornelius Hedges, suggested a higher purpose for Yellowstone’s thermal wonders: They should be protected, he said, in the form of a national park for the benefit and enjoyment of the people. The idea caught on and, soon thereafter, President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Act creating Yellowstone National Park.

The Organic Act that created the NPS in 1916 to oversee these parks defined its mission as “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”

The charge was to protect and preserve the nation’s “crown jewels,” while simultaneously making them available for public use. This dual and somewhat conflicting mandate has been the source of ongoing debate throughout NPS history.

The NPS has a presence in our state through a number of programs; most notably for us is the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which provides grants to communities for recreational projects and to us to supplement our capital funds from the legislature for our own projects. It is also responsible for two NPS properties: Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and the Appalachian Trail.

For more information, visit the NPS website.

New Hampshire, UK Aerospace Consortia Sign MOU: Trans-Atlantic Relationship Opens Trade, Business Opportunities

August 23rd, 2016

The New Hampshire Aerospace and Defense Export Consortium signed a memo of understanding with a respected British consortium, opening possible trade and business opportunities for Granite State companies.

Under the agreement, NHADEC and the Farnborough Aerospace Consortium will cooperate and coordinate actions among their members. NHADEC is the first of its kind export consortium in the U.S. and is expanding rapidly, keeping pace with the significant growth of the industry in New Hampshire and New England. Founded in 2013, its first cooperative agreement was signed in its first six months with AeroMontreal.

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David Barnes, CEO of Farnborough Aerospace Consortium, left, and Donald Tyler, president/CEO of Corfin Industries in Salem

“We look forward to playing a leadership role with the Farnborough Aerospace Consortium, in fostering and supporting trade, business, and investment opportunities between our members, and further solidifying this most important of transatlantic relationships,” said Don Tyler, president of Corfin Industries of Salem, and a founding board member of NHADEC.

The Farnborough Aerospace Consortium, established in 1994, is one of the oldest aerospace and defense associations in the United Kingdom. It has more than 120 members and is a not-for-profit trade association facilitating business between large global primes and the supply chain.

“At this very significant time in our international business situation, we are delighted to have the opportunity to strengthen links and opportunities between the aerospace industries in the southeast of England and in New Hampshire in the USA,” said David Barnes, CEO of the Farnborough consortium. “The signs are that there will be much to be done together, to the advantage of both of our aerospace communities. We in the UK are determined to make it work.”

More than 300 New Hampshire companies are involved in the aerospace and defense sector, one of the state’s key industries driving the economy. For more information about NHADEC, visit www.NHADEC.com.

Data, Data Everywhere: Our New Tool to Help Drill it Down

August 22nd, 2016

(Business Resource Specialist Mollie Kaylor covers southwestern New Hampshire for the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development. This is an occasional feature highlighting our team’s work with industries and communities. Contact us to connect with your regional business resource specialist. – Ed.)

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Mollie Kaylor

Municipal and economic development folks are familiar with this scenario: Searching for valuable data to include on that strategic plan or grant application or report quantifying the impact of a new business in the community.

Data is everywhere, but the challenge is finding the right data for your project.

The Division of Economic Development can help. We are subscribed to the economic modeling resource, Emsi, which creates comprehensive labor market information and economic analysis from over 90 federal, state and private sources.

As one of five business resource specialists within the division, I’m out every week meeting with companies and communities about tools they need, including Emsi.

I recently worked with one of the towns in my region as it developed a strategic plan to help established businesses expand and to attract new businesses. Reliable demographic and economic data was needed at all levels – local, regional and national –  to determine the trends on which to focus. Working together, we inputted our parameters and were able to generate several Emsi reports containing the best data for this project.

We began by using the Economic Overview report, which we ran several times, each time defining the geographical area differently – U.S., state, county and town. This report provides helpful general information, such as demographic data, the number of jobs by industry, educational information, GRP by industry, import/export by costs by industry, and an overview of growing and declining occupations.

The next reports further explored the seven key southwest New Hampshire industries, identified in the FY 16-17 NH Economic Development Strategic Plan. We ran several industry specific reports, including the Industry Snapshot and Compare Industry across Regions information. All reports, including the comparative report, can be customized, so we were able to define the regions we needed to view. Among the helpful data elements this report provides are projections of the number of overall jobs in the industry, as well as the top occupations.

Another interesting report we used was the Regional Demand for Industry, which identifies the demand for specific industries and whether the demand is met in the region. Finally, we ran a couple different supply chain reports for a look at specific industries’ purchases and sales figures; this supply chain data can be very helpful in identifying potential businesses for the area.

This example includes just a few of the many custom reports our team can work with you to generate. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office if you have a project in mind, or if you would just like some additional information about this useful tool.

Mollie Kaylor
Business Resource Specialist
NH Division of Economic Development

Career and Technical Education Centers Launch Opportunities for New Hampshire High School Students

August 18th, 2016
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Director Lorentz and Dr. Eric Feldborg

On the third Wednesday of every month, New Hampshire Business Matters hits the airwaves on 107.7 The Pulse with interesting topics that relate to making our economy stronger.

As yesterday was the third Wednesday of August, Director Carmen Lorentz was on WTPL-FM with guest Dr. Eric Feldborg, director of Career and Technical Education at the NH Department of Education.

While it’s not quite time to brew the pumpkin spice coffee, back-to-school season is just around the corner. Carmen and Eric had a great discussion about the value of career and technical education centers and the opportunities they offer for students.

If you’re unfamiliar, listen to the show and share with parents of high school students.

Lorna Colquhoun
Communications Director
Division of Economic Development

 

New Hampshire’s Tech Scene Highlighted on Technology Website

August 15th, 2016
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As featured in Technical.ly

In case you missed it, Technical.ly featured New Hampshire in its edition late last week; specifically the Granite State’s tech scene, which was written by Matt Cookson of the New Hampshire High Tech Council.

Our tech sector is unique, as it is not dominated by a handful of big-name players. Our backbone is composed of small-and medium-sized businesses that fuel our economy and bring a history of innovation and entrepreneurship. New Hampshire innovators developed the first video game, Velcro, the fax machine, the heart stent, among other inventions.

This is a great window on the exciting tech vibe that’s growing in New Hampshire and becoming an important part of our economy.

For more information high tech in New Hampshire, contact business development managers Michael Bergeron or Cynthia Harrington.

 

 

Dartmouth Regional Technical Center Celebrates Bridging a Gap

August 12th, 2016

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The Dartmouth Regional Technology Center is a hive of energy, enthusiasm and innovation. With 95 percent occupancy, it’s home to the next generation of New Hampshire companies that will be making an impact on the 21st century.

Look no further than biotech company Avitide, which announced last month it will expand its discovery and manufacturing operations at the DTRC. Other companies there to watch include Celdara Medical, Fresh Air and PreventAGE Health Care.

Life sciences are a key industry in the New Hampshire economy. There are nearly 7,000 jobs at 272 companies connected to it across the state and between now and 2020, it is expected to grow by 8 percent (compared to 6 percent nationally).

Last year, the Grafton Regional Development Corp. received a modest grant from the Northern Border Regional Commission; $45,000 to construct a second story pedestrian bridge to link the two separate incubator buildings with the North Country Council, in partnership with the Office of Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer at Dartmouth College.

In the absence of this connector, engineers and scientists, to access equipment in the other building, had to go outside and walk around the structure. Often they would be carrying delicate tools and glass, which is no fun in the snow.

The construction now complete, there was a Bridge Party yesterday at the DTRC. Workers took time out to join dignitaries and partners in celebrating what seems to be a little investment.

But in bridging this gap, it’s made a big difference to the growing companies within, which in turn contributes to the health of our economy and this growing key industry.

Lorna Colquhoun
Communications Director
Division of Economic Development

New Hampshire Projects Awarded Northern Border Regional Commission Grants

August 3rd, 2016

Twelve New Hampshire projects will receive grants, totaling over $1.5 million, from the Northern Border Regional Commission to spur economic and community development in the North Country and Upper Valley.

Announced Aug. 2 by Gov. Hassan and US Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, the recipients are:

  • The New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development; $42,000 supporting the creation of a five-year economic development strategy for New Hampshire, aligning economic development resources across agencies and organizations to address the state’s most pressing economic development needs;
  • The Town of Northumberland; $200,000 to build critical water and sewer infrastructure at the former Groveton mill;
  • The Town of Littleton; $110,000 to construct one mile of multi-modal trail connecting an existing regional system within the River District Revitalization project;
  • The Grafton Regional Development Corp.: $50,000 for improvements at the Enterprise Center in Plymouth, including the completion of an office suite, which will assist the center to incubate and build more startup businesses;
  • The New England Ski Museum; $100,000 to renovate the former North Conway Community Center into a branch of the museum;
  • The Town of Ashland Water and Sewer Department; $250,000 to help fund a new septage receiving station, which will help revitalize the town’s mill area;
  • River Valley Community College; $50,000 to for renovations to the Lebanon Academic Center;
  • The City of Berlin; $250,000 for the construction of the first phase of a multi-use trail and river walk adjacent to the Androscoggin River;
  • The University of New Hampshire; $145,000 to continue the efforts of the NH Broadband Mapping and Planning program to accommodate mapping and analysis in northern New Hampshire, collect local data, extend speed test promotional efforts, and deliver three technical assistance workshops;
  • Solider On; $250,000 to assist in the creation of a 52 units of affordable, service enriched, permanent housing for veterans;
  • Tri-County CAP; $60,500 to expand the Friendship House in Bethlehem, a residential program that services low-income people recovering from substance use disorders;
  • Friends of Wentworth Park; $42,500 for the relocation and completion of a restored historic wooden covered bridge over the Baker River Falls;
  • Eastern Slope Airport, Fryeburg, Maine; $250,000 to build an aircraft hangar to attract new seasonal visitors and outside investors. Although in Maine, New Hampshire’s state partners were impressed by the project’s heavy economic impact on the Mount Washington Valley. This is a multi-state application in which the Eastern Slope Airport also applied for $250,000 from Maine’s NBRC allotment.

More White for Less Green: Energy Efficiency Initiative Underway at Cannon Mountain Expected to Cut Consumption 30 Percent

July 27th, 2016

A series of energy efficiency initiatives now underway at Cannon Mountain is expected to reduce energy consumption at the ski area by about 30 percent, while significantly increasing snowmaking capabilities.

The State of New Hampshire signed a $5.1 million contract with the energy service firm Ameresco for the project.

“This is part of the state’s effort to reduce its energy consumption 50 percent by 2030,” said Commissioner Jeffrey Rose of the Department of Resources and Economic Development, which oversees operation of Cannon Mountain. “Even as this important project is anticipated to cut energy consumption, it will provide critical upgrades to important infrastructure at the ski area.”

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Cannon Mountain ~ Franconia Notch

The conservation measures include replacement of Cannon’s main-trunk power line and upgrading the transformer; construction of a mid-mountain snowmaking booster pump house; installation of 388 high efficiency tower snowmaking guns, and lighting and weatherization upgrades.

The ski area’s aging primary power line will be replaced and select primary and secondary transformers will be upgraded, increasing power reliability and energy efficiency.

The pump house will move 50 percent more water to reach snowmaking trails on the upper mountain, increasing snowmaking capabilities on the upper slopes. The snowmaking tower guns replace older, less efficient equipment, providing the greatest energy savings and operational efficiency on the mountain.

The project is funded through the state’s energy performance contract. Savings from the reduction in energy will be used to pay off the bond within 16 years.

Cannon Mountain, located in Franconia Notch State Park, is owned and operated by the State of New Hampshire, Division of Parks and Recreation. The ski area has 95 trails and glades including the Mittersill slopes, plus 11 lifts. For more information call 603-823-8800, email: info@cannonmt.com; log onto www.cannonmt.com or visit its Facebook page.

 

 

Seven Reasons Why *You* Should Sign Up for an Export Webinar

July 22nd, 2016

Rachel Adams is our international trade officer in charge of organizing timely and helpful seminars, webinars and other means of telling New Hampshire businesses why they need to start exporting. -Ed

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    Rachel Adams

    About 2,600 businesses export their goods and services each year to markets abroad and it’s more than likely someone overseas would very much like to buy what you make here in New Hampshire.

  2. You get to listen in on top industry experts who provide more expertise and knowledge to expand your international business.
  3. Exporters have helped create 20,000 jobs in New Hampshire and at least 85% of those exported goods are from small-to-medium-sized businesses.
  4. These sessions save you money compared to expensive training.
  5. Webinars are scheduled at a convenient time (lunchtime hour) and bonus! You get access to the presenter and the presentation.
  6. It’s a good reason to connect with the Office of International Commerce, which can help you with all your exporting needs.
  7. There are two webinars scheduled in August. Click here for more info or contact Rachel Adams.

New Hampshire’s Location Makes it a Logical Place for Logistics

July 19th, 2016

Business Development Manager Michael Bergeron takes a look at an emerging trend in southern New Hampshire. – Ed.

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Michael Bergeron

When you think of New Hampshire, you may think of the First-in-the-Nation primary, or the time you went hiking in the White Mountains, or our bold state motto – Live Free or Die.

Logistics may not a first thought, but given the trends we’re seeing, it will be.

For those who have a warehouse requirement for the Boston metro market, finding high bay space between 500,000 and 1 million square feet is difficult. Like most New England states, New Hampshire doesn’t have a lot of inventory in this category, so there is significant investment in new construction to meet the increasing demand for it in southern New Hampshire.

Recent New Hampshire Projects

Logistic companies are focusing on southern New Hampshire because it’s close to the Manchester/Boston Regional Airport and only 45 minutes from downtown Boston by way of Interstates 93, 95, 495; US Route 3 and Massachusetts Route 128. New construction projects have developed about 2.5 million square feet of logistics space including: Milton Cat, FedEx, UPS/Pratt & Whitney, FW Webb, New Hampshire liquor warehouse, US Foods and Gourmet Gift Baskets.

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Three companies with logistics facilities on Pettengill Road in Londonderry.

Who’s moving into this space? U.S. Foods, which relocated from Peabody, Mass, to Seabrook, where it invested $40 million in 500,000 square feet. Gourmet Gift Baskets plans to occupy 106,000 square feet in Exeter in early next year. In Londonderry, 800 acres next to the Manchester/ Boston Regional Airport now supports about 2.1 million square feet of logistics space along Pettengill Road. When FW Webb moves to Pettengill Road in 2018, it will occupy approximately 1 million square feet.

How High Can It Go?

As new facilities are built, the question of ceiling height, cube utilization, and local zoning become important factors. The trend in the logistics industry require at least 40 feet clear, although many companies are submitting designs for up to 50 feet. This likely requires a special exception from local zoning boards of adjustment for that height request. The path of least resistance for companies in need of this kind of space is to look at options that are shovel ready.

Robotics

Companies are looking for ways to use robots to pick product at four or five levels from high bay racking, spiral down to pack stations, and convey to the shipping with little or no human help. Robotic operations can be easily modified, making it easier for managers to switch from one product to another reducing set up times.

About 10 years ago I worked with Ikea, at the time the company was looking for a home for its planned 500,000 square-foot warehouse and assembly operation with only 70 employees. Its raw materials would be stored in rail cars, rolled into the plant when the orders were received,  robots would assemble the product and it would be shipped out by truck.

UPS/Pratt & Whitney in Londonderry employs only about 100 employees in 610,000 square feet, using the latest technology to assemble and ship.

Logistics Land Sites

So where are these additional sites in southern New Hampshire? There are 43 acres along Route 3 in Merrimack at the Audley gravel site; 39 acres east along Route 101 at Granite Meadows in Raymond, and 75 acres in Seabrook, along Interstate 95 at the former race track.

Michael Bergeron
Business Development Manager
Division of Economic Development