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Taking to the Airwaves for Business Recruitment

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

I just wanted to extend a note of thanks to our good friends over at WGIR-AM for featuring our “Get Big and Rich in the Granite State” promotion last week on the Charlie Sherman Show.

Charlie was off, but News Director Angela Anderson did a great job interviewing Public Service of New Hampshire Economic & Community Development Manager Pat McDermott (pictured here) and myself.

greenerpalooza-ii-010For those of you needing the “Big & Rich” refresher course, a few weeks back, over 900 Massachusetts business owners received an individualized invitation to take part in the “Get Big and Rich in New Hampshire” promotion which will see one lucky winner receive a limousine ride (courtesy of Capital City Limousine) from their home to the Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion in Gilford, New Hampshire where they will receive VIP passes to see Grammy Award nominees Big & Rich (“Save a Horse,” “8th of November,” “Coming to Your City,” “Lost in This Moment” and “Wild West Show”), backstage passes and access to a pre-concert reception at Meadowbrook’s Center Stage Buffet with New Hampshire Division of Economic Development business recruiters. Ten other winners will receive tickets to the show and access to the reception.

Sponsored by Public Service of New Hampshire in coordination with the Division of Economic Development, this promotion is a unique twist on business recruitment which has already garnered front page business section coverage in the Boston Herald in addition to generating over five pages worth of comments.

To hear the interview, please visit http://nheconomy.com/wgir.wma.

And the Hits Keep Coming

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Ok….so I’m more than a little excited. But who wouldn’t be if you’re a New Hampshire economic developer and you wake up this morning to find a Boston Herald editorial headline that reads “Selling Mass Out.”  Just like the country duo who are the centerpiece of a promotion that is inviting Massachusetts business owners to get “Big & Rich” in New Hampshire, the hits just keep coming…..

mass-joyThe editorial reads:

Selling Mass. Out

In case you haven’t caught any of those ads from the car dealers in the last few days this is the last week for Massachusetts residents to take advantage of a “mere” 5 percent tax on the purchase of a new or used car – and most other consumer goods as well.

Yes, as of Saturday the sales tax goes up by 25 percent – to 6.25 percent – and don’t think our friends over the border in New Hampshire have overlooked that helpful little policy change.

As the Herald reported a few days ago, Granite State officials in charge of economic development have launched a new promotion to entice Massachusetts companies – inviting 900 Massachusetts business owners to enter a contest to win tickets to a Big & Rich concert, where recruiters will be stationed to sell the winners on the benefits of locating in the Granite State.

One of those benefits? Why, no state sales tax, of course.

Steve Boucher, legislative director of New Hampshire’s economic development division, said the timing of the concert is “pure coincidence.” “But I’d be lying to you if I said the timing isn’t perfect.”

The Patrick administration has pooh-poohed the latest attempt by New Hampshire to spirit Bay State businesses away. And it is true that the commonwealth’s highly-educated workforce, its concentration of academic brainpower and innovation, will ensure that we always remain competitive.

But between a massive corporate tax increase, high unemployment insurance costs and now this hit on the average worker’s pocketbook, the perception of Massachusetts as a business-unfriendly state is natural and fitting. In this economic climate, that is a perception we can ill afford.

Looks to me like Tuesday is shaping up to be a fine day.

– Steve Boucher, Communications & Legislative Director