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Commissioner Caswell Sworn in to Lead Department of Business and Economic Affairs

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Taylor Caswell becomes first commissioner of the Department of Business and Economic Affairs.

Taylor Caswell was sworn in by Gov. Chris Sununu as the first commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs on Tuesday afternoon.

The new department was created July 1 by an act of the state legislature. In his new role, Caswell will oversee the Divisions of Economic Development and Travel and Tourism Development.

“I look forward to continuing to strengthen New Hampshire’s economy as the first commissioner of the Department of Business and Economic Affairs,” Caswell said. “Through increased collaboration and finding new ways to enhance the state’s role as a partner, we will provide increased opportunities for existing and potential Granite State business owners, help create jobs for our citizens, and continue to grow as a destination for visitors from near and far.”

Caswell, a resident of Hollis and Littleton native, was most recently the executive director of the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority, where he served for three years. As commissioner of the BEA, he brings more than 20 years’ experience from the public and private sectors, including as the New England Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, a small business owner, and more than a decade in Washington D.C.

The New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs was established to provide focused leadership on the mission of expanding the state’s economy. The Department’s two major missions include providing a broad, integrated and collaborative set of economic development and tourism industry supports for New Hampshire businesses, its communities, and the people who live in them.

Catching Up on the New Department of Business and Economic Affairs

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

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.