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Archive for November, 2013

Talking Turkey and the Day (or 2) After

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Turkey on Snow

A colleague lamented the other day that she catches herself thinking it’s only late September or early October, but here we are with Thanksgiving a little more than 5-hours-at-350-degrees away.

While we’re planning for the holiday and the guests who are on their way, chances are we are sparing a thought or two to after the leftovers are put away.

That’s when the start of the Christmas season goes into high gear and chances are, you’ll be stepping out to get a start on your list. A good day to head out would be Small Business Saturday, so declared by Gov. Hassan, who joins others around the nation in encouraging people to spend their holiday dollars on Main Street.

These merchants are the foundation of the communities in which we live. They do everything from giving our hometowns uniqueness and character to employing our neighbors and keeping the local economy robust and healthy. There are some very neat presents to be found and we are confident that in one of these stores, there is a perfect gift you may not find anywhere else.

When we get back from the Thanksgiving break on Monday (Dec. 2), we here at the Division of Economic Development have a busy couple of weeks coming up. We’re heading to Montreal to attend Aero Montreal’s Innovation Summit and we’re hosting our 18th annual meeting.

This year’s event is from 8:30 am to 2 pm, Dec. 11 at Church Landing in Meredith. The theme is Rock the Ages, focusing on the three generations in today’ workplace — the Boomers, Generation X and the Millennials — and how their experience, energy and imagination can be harnessed for economic success.

The event is free (thanks to sponsorship from Public Service of New Hampshire), but seating is limited. If you are interested in attending, please register here as soon as you can.

Safe travels and a Happy Thanksgiving to all!


Lorna Colquhoun

Communications Director

New Hampshire Division of Economic Development


Expansion = Commitment to NH Manufacturing Jobs

Thursday, November 14th, 2013



We trotted down to Londonderry Tuesday morning to Wire Belt Company of America, where president and CEO David Greer wielded a pair of scissors to cut a blue ribbon on the 12,000 square foot expansion of the plant.

We like ribbon cuttings and expansions of our manufacturing plants here in the Granite State. Mostly for the reasons David said on Tuesday morning.

“We are confident it clearly expresses our commitment to keep and grow manufacturing jobs here in New Hampshire,” he said.

Wire Belt is a fourth-generation, family-owned business that has been making stainless steel wire belt conveyer systems since 1947. The company relocated from Massachusetts to Londonderry in 1989 and our friends at Business New Hampshire magazine has named it the #1 Best Small Company to Work for in NH four times in the past five years.

The new addition gives Wire Belt more room and it’s energy efficient. With further growth in mind, the expanded roof will allow for the future extension of its solar energy system.

“Anything we can do to continue to grow manufacturing has got to be good for the economy,” Greer said.

You bet it is.

Congratulations on your expansion.


Lorna Colquhoun

Communications Director

NH Division of Economic Development



STEM is Fun!

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013


The University of New Hampshire at Manchester has a great program in place to introduce children in the Queen City to STEM. With the STEM Discovery Lab now in place, students from kindergarten through grade 12 can get a hands-on experience in the world of science, technology, engineering and math.

Community partners include the Manchester School District, United Way, Mill Falls Charter School and other community organizations.

Check out this video produced by our friends at the United Way … looks like these kiddos are getting a good introduction.


Lorna Colquhoun

Communications Director

NH Division of Economic Development