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Archive for December, 2016

So Long, ’16! Hello ’17: Happy New Year from NHEconomy

Thursday, December 29th, 2016


We had a great year in 2016 and we have a hunch 2017 is going to be even greater!

We’ve put a recap together of some of our high points over the past year and invite you to check out the New Hampshire Economic Review 2016, which takes a look at how New Hampshire measures up with the rest of the country on key rankings important to our economy.

May you have a happy and prosperous New Year and we’ll see you in 2017!


Best Holiday Wishes from NH Economy!

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Soldiers Park ~ North Woodstock ~~  Lorna Colquhoun/NHEconomy

The New Hampshire Division of Economic Development, with the Office of International Commerce and the NH Government Contracting Assistance Center, wish our friends, clients and partners a very happy holiday season!

Talking Tech: Launching the NH Tech Talent Partnership

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

The Dec. 6 launch of the NH Technology Talent Partnership. Commissioner Rose joined panelists from Dyn, Silvertech and Fidelity, as well as the NH High Technology Council and other stakeholders, for the first meeting of the partnership.

New Hampshire’s fast growing technology sector – including software development and programming and networking and professional services – took center stage Tuesday for the launch of the NH Technology Talent Partnership at Fidelity Investments in Merrimack. It’s the second of four sector partner initiatives launched since July.

Manufacturing Sector Partnership Initiative Launched in Milford

Our technology workforce is made up of nearly 45,000 people in an industry projected to grow. For example, IT is expects to grow 11.6 percent over the next five years. These are well-paying jobs attracting talented employees.

But will that be enough?

The Technology Talent Partnership will bring together industry leaders, businesses, educators and state agencies to develop strategies to overcome the challenges – like declining enrollment in technology courses and a gender gap;  meet the demands of the sector.

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Carol Miller
Broadband Technology Director
Division of Economic Development

The Global Battle for Skilled Talent: Where Does NH Fit In?

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Thank you for attending our annual meeting last week. Dariel Curren’s presentation is available here.

Lorna Colquhoun
Communications Director
Division of Economic Development


Annual Awards Presented at NHEconomy Annual Meeting

Monday, December 5th, 2016

The 21st annual meeting of the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development is in the books and what a terrific day it was at the Grappone Center in Concord on Dec. 1.

A highlight every year is the presentation of awards to businesses selected by Department of Resources and Economic Development Commissioner Jeffrey Rose. The awards recognize the valuable contributions businesses and agencies make each year that keep our state economy strong and vibrant.

This year’s selections were:


Commissioner Jeffrey Rose recognized Methuen Construction for Excellence in Government Contracting at the annual meeting Dec. 1 of the Division of Economic Development. Accepting the award was Joe Barbone, company president and CEO. Methuen Construction, which recently opened a new facility in Plaistow, has worked with the New Hampshire Government Contracting Assistance Center for over five years, winning bids to do extensive work at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.


Rose presented the Teamwork award to Micheline Dufour and Matt Cookson of the NH High Technology Council, praising the council for its advocacy of the state’s growing hi tech scene and its leadership in the launch of the technology talent partnership to bolster the sector’s workforce.


Rose’s MVP award went to Bob Chapman. He praised Chapman for the work he is done in revitalizing the former paper mill sites in Groveton. Rose noted that Chapman recognized the value of the property and its value for future economic development in the region. Chapman’s hard work has paid off, with the expansion of St. Johnsbury, Vt. – based NSA Industries at the site.


Rose recognized Bittware of Concord for Excellence in Exporting. Accepting the award was Darren Taylor, senior vice president of marketing and sales. Bittware has worked with the Office of International Commerce to find new global markets. The company, which employs 35 people, designs and manufactures high-performance computer boards.


Joined by Jim Hinson, left, of NH Vocational Rehabilitation, Rose presented the Employment Leadership award to Karen Clough and Gisele Thibeault of Warwick Mills in New Ipswich. The Employment Leadership Award is presented each year to a New Hampshire business that recognize the skills and contributions that people with disabilities bring to the workforce and who have adopted inclusive policies and hiring practices that allow people with disabilities to fairly compete for employment.



Rose selected Jack Donovan of the NH Business Finance Authority for the Granite Growth Award; board member Jeff Hayes accepted for Donovan, who is retiring this month after 23 years. During his tenure, the NH BFA helped over 5,000 companies access more than $1.6 billion in credit for operations and expansions and business debt financing helped saved thousands of jobs. Rose noted the NH BFA worked with the division on notable expansions and relocations.