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New Hampshire in Turkey: Gov. Hassan’s Trade Mission Making Strong International Connections

(Commissioner Jeffrey Rose is accompanying Gov. Maggie Hassan and representatives of seven New Hampshire businesses on a trade mission to Turkey this week and provides some highlights from his schedule of meetings. — Ed.)

The second day of Gov. Hassan’s trade mission to Turkey is winding down; two intense days of business meetings and visits with companies as interested in the possibilities of doing business with New Hampshire, as we are with companies in Turkey.

These have been busy and informative days here in Istanbul and I am confident the connections we’ve made this week will be the start of a great relationship between the Granite State and Turkey.

One person who will help us nurture this is Burak Duruman, a successful Turkish businessman and a graduate of  Southern New Hampshire University.  He has been instrumental in making strategic connections and he is eager to foster economic growth in both countries. As the president of the Turkish Cancer Society, he is looking at the US healthcare system as the model to expand services to the Turkish people.

A towel manufacturer is seriously considering NH as a location to expand its line.

A towel manufacturer is seriously considering NH as a location to expand its line.

We visited with officials at a soon-to-be launched international textile company, which produces high quality woven towels here in Turkey and are looking to expand to  a U.S. location to manufacture their product. We explained the benefits of doing business in New Hampshire and they are now seriously considering the Granite State as a potential home for that expansion.

Our favorable business climate is of great interest to those we speak to here. Earlier today, I enjoyed speaking to members of TAiK (the Turkish-US Business Council) about the benefits of doing business in New Hampshire.  Members expressed an interest in learning about our state’s transportation system, strategic geographical location and emerging sectors.

Several entrepreneurs expressed an interest in bring their products to market in the U.S. through New Hampshire.  I even had the chance to try some of the products out first hand … literally first hand.

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Commissioner Rose tries out the Flying Finger in Istanbul.

MK Teknoloji began about two years ago with a goal of going international with its wearable technological devices. Its R&D team developed ergonomic equipment, such as the Flying Finger, a glove-like device that turns the hand into the control ball at the computer.

This is an example of Turkey’s entrepreneurial spirit, one of several with whom we have met and one which we hope to see more of in the future.

As well as meeting with Turkish companies, we’ve participated in several media briefings and news conferences. Over the next few days, journalists are spreading our New Hampshire story, such as this piece in Today’s Zaman, including our favorable business climate, our high tech industries and skilled workforce and as a great place in which to expand and invest.

Jeffrey Rose

Commissioner

Department of Resources and Economic Development