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Snowguns and Hoses: Cannon Mountain Upgrades Snowmaking System

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Cannon Mountain, located in Franconia Notch State Park, is owned and operated by the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation.

Crews and contractors at Cannon Mountain are wrapping up a $5 million energy-efficiency and capital improvement project at the state-owned ski area.

Installation of more than 400 new and upgraded high-tech snowmaking guns on Cannon Mountain is expected to be completed in time for ski season.

The most significant upgrade to Cannon’s snowmaking system in the history of the ski area, this new arsenal of guns will enable the ski area to make more snow and save up to 30 percent on energy costs.

The energy-efficiency initiative also involved installation of a new main trunk power line, upgrades to transformers, as well as insulation and lighting improvements to lodges and facilities.

“The new guns are so efficient, we were able to use most of our available water while only using one of our compressors,” said John DeVivo, Cannon’s general manager. “The snowmakers were almost jumping for joy at the amount of snow we were able to make in marginal temperatures for just a short period of time.”

Along with the energy savings, the Mittersill improvement project is expected to be completed this month. The project used money raised by Franconia Ski Club and donated to Cannon Mountain, the state of New Hampshire and a grant from the Northern Border Regional Commission to fund the installation of snowmaking on six major routes on Cannon’s Mittersill slopes. The project also involved significant trail improvements, the creation of the Taft Training Slope and the installation of the Valar T-Bar.

Cannon Mountain plans to open on Friday.

Globalization and New Hampshire: Survey Looks at Contribution of International Trade to NH Economy

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Dr. Roxana Wright , Dr. Chen Wu ~ Plymouth State University

New Hampshire companies looking for new business suppliers and international partnerships, as well as companies aiming to understand their contribution to the state economy, will be interested in a new globalization study underway at Plymouth State University, in collaboration with the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development.

We have created the project New Hampshire Economic Globalization Report: Contributions and Opportunities for the Local Economy, which will use data on international trade transactions and direct investment from foreign companies to map the distribution of foreign direct investments (FDI) and international trade within the state and across counties. This information will enable us to explore the impact FDI and trade flows have on the economy across counties and industries, and the performance of domestic and foreign subsidiaries.

Take the survey here.

This study is important because it provides valuable information that can help shape state policy and assist exporters and importers in identifying markets. This study includes a survey, in which we encourage business owners and executives to participate.

Encouraging globalization is good for the New Hampshire economy, as 43,400 people were employed by 456 foreign subsidiaries, and trade supported 183,900 (or 22 percent of) New Hampshire jobs in 2014. The importance of these investigations is far reaching in terms of state policy, such as serving the needs of New Hampshire exporters and stimulating trade and FDI as a means for economic development, income growth and improving our business climate.

The analysis will result in measurement and prediction of contributions that FDI and trade bring to the local economies in terms of employment, investment promotion, exports facilitation, labor conditions, technology/know-how spillovers and social welfare. This FDI mapping is meaningful to policy makers who intend to support the development of certain locations/counties or of particular industries and provides key information to foreign companies looking to establish operations in New Hampshire.

We highly appreciate your participation in the survey. Should you have any question about the survey, please contact Dr. Chen Wu at  or Dr. Roxana Wright.


Winter Forecast Calls for More Visitors, More Spending

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Visitors, spending projected to be up this winter

The New Hampshire winter forecast calls more visitors and more spending, according to the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development.

During the months of December, January and February, DTTD projects 8.2 million people, 6 percent more than last year, will spend $1.2 billion, up 5 percent from last winter.

The announcement was made last weekend at the Boston.com Ski and Snowboard Expo, where visitors noticed New Hampshire’s expanded presence differentiating the state’s ski and snowboarding experiences from regional and global competitors.

To drive continued visitation with key target audiences throughout the winter season, DTTD is highlighting the activities and backdrops available throughout New Hampshire, on the slopes and off, through a variety of media and with an emphasis on digital media.

“With so much to do in such close proximity, New Hampshire is the center of winter outdoor recreation in the Northeast,” said Victoria Cimino, director of DTTD. “With positive economic factors in place, coupled with the division’s strategic and innovative marketing initiatives, we fully expect New Hampshire’s travel-related businesses and attractions to experience a strong winter season.”

For more information about winter activities in New Hampshire, click over to www.VisitNH.gov

Meaningful Match: Signup Today for the NH Small Business Matchmaker

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Think your company doesn’t have what the government needs? Check out this video for New Hampshire businesses attending the New England Region Matchmaker earlier this year.

The 2016 New Hampshire Small Business Matchmaker is bearing down and if you are small business in New Hampshire, set aside Dec. 2 at Manchester Community College on your calendar for this rare opportunity to get started in government contracting.

Government contracting is a great way for small businesses to diversify their bottom line. Government agencies are just like the public sector; they likely need the same goods and services. The caveat is that there is a process to go through before Uncle Sam et al can join your list of customers.

Matchmaker events fast-forward you through the process. For one day, you can access the right people at the primes exhibiting. (Outside of matchmakers, it could take months to make the right connection.)

Here are the top three reasons to sign up today:

  1. Nearly 20 primes plan to attend
  2. There is still time to attend the next free Matchmaker prep seminar or webinar (did we mention it’s free?)
  3. Network with fellow businesses

All the information you need is available on the NH Small Business Development Center’s website or you can connect with us at the New Hampshire Government Contracting Assistance Center.

Lorna Colquhoun
Communications Director
Division of Economic Development



Tech This Out! TechWomen Ambassador Week Kicks off Nov.14

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Ninth grade girls in Berlin last year got to see rime ice from the top of Mount Washington during last year’s TechWomen Ambassador Week.

Science, technology, engineering and math mix with ninth grade girls across the state later this month during TechWomen Ambassador Week.

Now in its second year, schools across New Hampshire host special sessions for ninth grade girls to discuss STEM careers with women working in those fields.

GET INVOLVED! The TechWomen committee seeks volunteers in STEM, bio/medical and advanced manufacturing to volunteer as mentors and workshop leaders with students.

The two-hour sessions, taking place in Lebanon, Nashua, Plaistow, Rochester, Manchester, Derry and Berlin during the week of Nov. 14, are the center of the newly-launched TechWomen Ambassador initiative, born out of the New Hampshire High Tech Council’s TechWomen|TechGirls committee.

“The theme of our event is STEMspiration – inspiring girls to explore STEM careers,” said Carol Miller, director of broadband technology at the NH Division of Economic Development and chairman of the TechWomen Ambassador committee. “We are looking for strong role models to show these 9th grade girls that they can aspire to a technical career while balancing their personal lives. We know that making an impact now will ensure that New Hampshire women can pass the baton to generations of STEMinspired girls in the future.”

TechWomen|TechGirls is a forum focused on building a strong community of women enthusiastic about technology and supporting efforts for young women to explore STEM careers. Launched in early 2015, the committee has become an integral part of the council’s outreach and engagement activities; and TechWomen Ambassador Week organizers hope to borrow the group’s vast expertise to help inspire young women.

“In its second year, the Ambassador Week program continues to amaze and engage,” said Michelline Dufort, director of business relations for the New Hampshire High Tech Council. “The TechWomen|TechGirls committee is delivering a product that the industry has a huge appetite for – connecting female technologists across the state with 9th grade girls. The program is inspiring and is quickly becoming a cornerstone of the industry’s STEM pipeline-filling efforts.”

Meetings will begin with a 30-minute opening talk where students will hear from professionals in many different tech fields, followed by roundtable discussions with other students and mentors designed to encourage aspirations of STEM related career goals and discuss the path to realize them.

Learn more about the TechWomen|TechGirls initiative or volunteer for TechWomen Ambassador Week by visiting nhhtc.org or contact Miller at 603-271-2341 or carol.miller@dred.nh.gov for more information.