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Focus Groups Lay Foundation for Talent Attraction

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

The needs of employers in New Hampshire attended a talent attraction focus group with week.

Leaders from advanced manufacturing and high technology – two of the key industries driving New Hampshire’s economy – joined us this week for focus groups conducted by Development Counsellors International, which specializes in economic development and talent attraction and has been working with us on campaigns to highlight these industries to a national audience.

These in-depth discussions explored the challenges companies are having in finding employees; challenges our state is not alone in facing these days.

Anne Struthers and Carol Miller from our division organized the sessions and report robust discussion from the participants.

This information now lays the groundwork for creating a marketing campaign to retain and attract the workforce New Hampshire needs so that our companies increase their competitiveness, grow and prosper.

Lorna Colquhoun
Communications Director
Division of Economic Development

New Hampshire Meets the World at Hannover Messe

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016


If the world didn’t know about New Hampshire a week ago, it sure does today.

Halfway through Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial trade fair, Carmen Lorentz, director of the Division of Economic Development, and Tina Kasim, of the Office of International Commerce, have put behind them dozens of meetings.

“We met with 13 European industry clusters (Tuesday), all in different advanced manufacturing areas,” Lorentz said. “We talked about how we might work together to match New Hampshire and European businesses for joint R&D projects.”

Throughout the five-day show, Lorentz and Kasim are scheduled to meet with representatives from more than 30 companies, from places like Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, France and Belgium, which have businesses and manufacturers that complement our key industries. The goal of attending this trade show is to make connections with international companies that may have an interest in investing here; forming partnerships; or expansion or relocation to the US.

One New Hampshire company is also exhibiting at the show. Jewell Instruments, which is located in Manchester, is a world leader in the manufacture and distribution of acceleration and tilt sensors, as well as avionics components, solenoids and panel meters. Its JMA-165 MEMS accelerometer has been nominated for Direct Industry’s i-NOVO Design Award.

Hanover Messe has 17 huge exhibit halls and over the course of the show, more than 200,000 people are projected to pass through there. There is great value in being here to tell the New Hampshire business story to an international audience.

Lorna Colquhoun
Communications Director
Division of Economic Development