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Dartmouth Regional Technical Center Celebrates Bridging a Gap

Friday, 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

Division of Economic Development Helps SustainX to Grow in NH

Monday, September 19th, 2011

SustainX, a clean-tech company that is changing the way that air energy is stored, has relocated from its Lebanon, New Hampshire facility to a larger, 42,000 square foot building on 72 Stard Road in Seabrook, New Hampshire.

SustainX was founded in 2007 by engineers from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. The company currently employs 24 people and plans to continue hiring over the next six months.  Its patented technology stores utility-scale electrical energy in the form of compressed gas air allowing it to be regenerated on demand. 

“This company is another example of New Hampshire producing some of the best advanced design and manufacturing companies in the world,” said Michael Bergeron, Business Development Manager for the NH Division of Economic Development.  Bergeron assisted the company in its statewide search for new space and ERZ tax credits.  “SustainX had also considered moving to Massachusetts but found New Hampshire to be a much better option both short term and long term,” he said.

“The Seabrook building is a perfect fit and location and New Hampshire is a good place to grow our company,” said Dax Kepshire, co-founder and Vice President of SustainX.

Thomas Zarrella, SustainX President, CEO and Director added, “Seabrook also allows us to attract labor from Boston as well as southern New Hampshire.”  Zarrella, the former president of GT Solar, was hired last spring to lead the company as it continues to grow in New Hampshire.

The three-year-old company is on track to demonstrate its first one-megawatt, grid-connected system in collaboration with AES Energy Storage, LLC under an award from the Energy Storage Program at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Diversity Conference to Discuss Foreign Investment in NH

Monday, May 9th, 2011

The New Hampshire Cultural Diversity Awareness Council will be hosting its 7th annual Diversity Conference, Dinner and Expo for Business and Education on Tuesday May 24th at 4 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Manchester Downtown. The theme is “Foreign Investment= Job$ and Diversity”.   The focus for the dinner and conference will be on bringing foreign investment to New Hampshire and how it can create economic development, jobs and enrich New Hampshire’s ethnic diversity.

Consul General of India- NY, Ambassador Prabhu Dayal

Consul General of India- NY, Ambassador Prabhu Dayal

The keynote speaker is the Consul General of India-NY, Ambassador Prabhu Dayal.  Ambassador Dayal will talk about India’s rich history of being an ally and trade partner with the U.S. He will also talk about how Indian business interests and venture capitalists are looking for opportunities to invest in America. Why not here in New Hampshire?  Ambassador Dayal will also be accompanied by a delegation of approximately 20 Indian CEOs and venture capitalists. There will be a two hour “match up/ networking session”  where attendees can meet with Indian venture capitalists, potential investors and business buyers.
 
Matthew J. Slaughter, Associate Dean of the MBA Program and the Signal Companies’ Professor of Management at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, will be a special guest speaker. He will talk about why states such as New Hampshire need foreign investment and how it can benefit from the ethnic diversity that may accompany the investment.  Mr. Slaughter is currently a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research; a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations; a member of the academic advisory board of the International Tax Policy Forum; an academic advisor to the Deloitte Center on Cross-Border Investment; and a member of the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Tax Policy Forum.

Governor Lynch has been invited to speak about how foreign investment can have a positive impact on our state and make New Hampshire’s economy stronger.  The moderator and master of ceremonies is Gordon J. MacDonald, Esq. Attorney MacDonald is a partner at the law firm of Nixon Peabody LLP.
 
Conference/dinner tickets are sold in advance.  Table sponsorships are available. For tickets and table sponsorship information, please visit our web site at nhcdac.org. For further information call 603-494-4723, email- nhcdac@aol.com The proceeds from the conference/dinner go toward funding the NHCDAC “Keeping the Dream Alive” ® youth diversity workshop and other diversity programs.

NHCDAC’s mission is to increase awareness of the need for communication, understanding and respect among people of ethnically and racially diverse backgrounds. Through community events, educational programs and alliances with corporations, educational institutions, government agencies and non-profit organizations, NHCDAC addresses the important issues of multiculturalism facing our nation today.

NSF $1.2M Grant to Support Hanover-Plymouth-Manchester High Bandwidth Research and Education Network

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Plans for high speed linkages that connect Northern New Hampshire to Manchester and extend into additional networks in Northern New England received a major boost when the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a $1.2 million grant to support building this fiber path.  The funds will create new linkages among higher education institutions in New Hampshire, including the University of New Hampshire, Plymouth State University and Dartmouth College to help support collaborative research and education initiatives regionally, nationally, and internationally.

broadband-1Funds are being awarded through the NSF’s EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) Office’s Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-2 grant (RII Track-2).  The University of New Hampshire, which hosts the New Hampshire EPSCoR Office, is the grant recipient.  The University System of New Hampshire operates the current network that serves its four institutions and provides Internet and connectivity services to the Community College System of New Hampshire, and several K-12 schools, libraries, public service centers, and public health and safety organizations across the state.  These funds will, in part, help advance larger efforts to develop a regional optical network that will have significantly greater bandwidth speed and help address current and future bandwidth demands. 

“This research and corresponding network development will thrust New Hampshire and the northeast region into the international research stage with the ability to collaborate with cyber-enabled tools and resources in ways that have not yet been possible,” said Scott Valcourt, UNH director of project management and consulting services for information technology and the New Hampshire principal investigator.  “That research will have other economic development and quality of life benefits for New Hampshire citizens.”

The grant is a result of collaborative work by multiple NSF EPSCoR states that helped form the Northeast Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (NECC) in 2006.  Officials in Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Delaware initiated two related efforts to identify and promote the shared use of research facilities across the region and assess and address cyber-infrastructure needs. The NSF EPSCoR grant, combined with the National Institutes of Health Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) Supplement grant award to Dartmouth in August 2009, adds research infrastructure in a region of the country where the lack of bandwidth presents a significant barrier to tapping regional and national resources. The COBRE Supplement will extend the core research network to include Keene State College.

“Many of our leading academic centers that are constrained by the current fiber capacity will benefit, including the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space at UNH, the Northern New England Computing Grid that is led by Dartmouth, and the Plymouth State University Meteorology Program,” said Tom Franke, the USNH chief information officer.  “The fiber optic path will also continue to the University of Vermont, creating another significant opportunity for research collaboration.”

The NECC states have created NEBC (North East Bioinformatics Collaborative), a virtual organization that facilitates research projects that require data analysis for large data sets. Pilot projects on issues such as algae blooms are planned and the regional network will enable participating states to collaborate, exchange students, and work together from remote locations by taking advantage of video conferencing and other high speed services not currently available. The majority of the funds will be used for 12 fiber strands from Manchester to Plymouth to Hanover, the electronic equipment to operate the fiber network, and support for student participants in the algae bloom studies taking place in the NECC states. 

The NSF established EPSCoR to assist states that traditionally have received lower levels of federal funding. Since New Hampshire became an EPSCoR jurisdiction in 2004, more than $15 million in EPSCoR research grants have been awarded by NSF, NASA, and the departments of energy and defense. NH EPSCoR is administered by the University of New Hampshire with oversight by a 14-member committee composed of representatives from industry, government and academia.

New Hampshire’s In the Money….Magazine That Is

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Money Magazine has come out with its list of “Best Places to Live” and New Hampshire is well represented with four cities and towns in the top 100.

cnnmoney_logo2_0Here’s a snippet of the narrative the magazine put together on each of the New Hampshire cities and towns listed:

Merrimack (#43) – “Not only is Merrimack close to the state’s largest cities, Manchester and Nashua, but it’s only an hour away from the ocean and the White Mountains.

The town attracts people for its shopping along Route 3 and recreation on conservation land along a lake.

Hanover (#50) –  Best known as the home of Dartmouth College, Hanover is two hours from the nearest big city. But there’s plenty to keep residents employed and entertained right here. Nearby engineering and tech firms, plus health-care employers and the college, have kept the jobless rate low.

There are plenty of cultural opportunities in town as well, including Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center for the Arts.

Hooksett (#66)It’s a tradition for presidential candidates to visit Robie’s during the New Hampshire primaries. The rustic country store in Hookset is emblematic of the town, which retains a rural character.

Fields and farms are gone, but the Merrimack River is popular for rowing and fishing.

Concord (#95) -Visitors to Concord may appreciate its array of historical landmarks and the domed New Hampshire State House. But the favorite establishment among locals is an Austrian bakery, Bread and Chocolate, that’s been around for generations.

While many families are well-established, residents say that the town is friendly to new residents. Homes range from large rural properties to smaller ones with median prices under $200,000.

Congrats to all of our friends in Merrimack, Hanover, Hooksett and Concord!

– Steve Boucher, Communications & Legislative Director

Grant Opportunity for Awesome Ideas

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Feeling creative today? Have an incredible project that you’d like to collaborate on with a local academic institution?

The New Hampshire Innovation Research Center is soliciting proposals for research collaborations between new Hampshire industries and academic institutions.  The NHIRC’s Granite State Technology Innovation Grant program assists companies by funding research on their behalf at a university or college laboratory.  Nonbinding letters of intent are due September 21st and full proposals are due November 9th.

Here’s the official press release from the good folks over at the NHIRC:

“The New Hampshire Innovation Research Center (NHIRC) is seeking proposals for its Granite State Technology Innovation Grant, which supports research partnerships for New Hampshire companies with college and university laboratories.

tech2The grants support research projects in new technologies under development in the private sector. It is a competitive process, with oversight by representatives from industry, government and academic institutions. Projects vary from proof-of-concept to a substantial investment in engineering or process design. Companies are required to provide matching funds or services.

A nonbinding letter of intent on company letterhead is due September 21, 2009. The Request for Proposals, with topics of interest and instructions, is posted on the NHIRC website, www.nhirc.unh.edu.

The most recent recipients are:

·   Advanced Renewable Energy Company LLC in Nashua, with James Krzanowski, professor, mechanical engineering, UNH

·   Albany Engineered Composites, Inc. in Rochester, with Igor Tsukrov, associate professor, and Todd Gross, professor, mechanical engineering, UNH

·   Hypertherm, Inc. in Hanover, with Solomon Diamond, assistant professor, Thayer School, Dartmouth College

·   Itaconix LLC in Hampton Falls, with Yvon Durant, associate research professor, materials science, UNH

·   Velcro Group Corporation in Manchester, with Glen Miller, professor, chemistry and materials science, UNH

The NHIRC’s Granite State Technology Innovation Grant leverages a state investment with federal dollars from the National Science Foundation’s EPSCoR program (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) under Grant #EPS-0701730. The NHIRC and the New Hampshire EPSCoR program are administered by the Office for Research Partnerships and Commercialization at the University of New Hampshire.”

What are you waiting for? Download the RFP and get to work on innovating in the Granite State!

– Steve Boucher, Communications & Legislative Director