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Catching Up on the New Department of Business and Economic Affairs

Acting Director Chris Way

With the start of the new fiscal year this week, New Hampshire’s newest agencies came to be – the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs and Department of Natural and Cultural Resources – as a result of the reorganization of the Department of Resources and Economic Development.

The Division of Economic Development and the Division of Travel and Tourism Development comprise the Department of Business and Economic Affairs.


This week, Gov. Sununu brought forth the nomination of Taylor Caswell to lead this new agency.


The Divisions of Parks and Recreation, Forest and Lands and the Department of Cultural Resources make up the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, led by Commissioner Jeffrey Rose.

The motivation for the move is to place more emphasis on economic development and tourism and to create more of a “one stop shopping” environment for business by creating stronger synergies with all our various partners.

So, we begin a new and exciting chapter. The name may have changed, but our mission remains — to support and promote aggressively our businesses and their employees in this great state and to tackle the challenges that have the greatest impact on our economy.

Change is always a time for new vision, new strategies and new opportunities. We are excited to be a part of it.

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