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New Hampshire in the News: Next High Tech Hotspot and Manufacturing Bright Spot

Monday, July 13th, 2015


It’s summertime and you may not be keeping up to date on New Hampshire news, but we are and we share with you two items that have caught our eye in the past few days.

According to Fast Company’s trending article this morning, Manchester is #8 on its list for the Next Top 10 Cities for High Tech Jobs.

Compiled by ZipRecruiter, “The website tracked hiring patterns to determine which cities were increasing job listing in the tech industry at the fastest rate, and which have the highest volume of tech jobs compared against other industries.”

Manchester hops on the list, as well, for its easy access to Boston and for its lack of “city-sized costs of living.”


The second is Conexus Indiana’s 2015 Manufacturing & Logistics Report Card. In this report, New Hampshire joined manufacturing powerhouse states like Alabama, Ohio and North Carolina, earning an overall ‘B’ for its manufacturing health; it was one of five states – and the only New England state –  to receive an ‘A’ in human capital.

“If I were a manufacturer in a particularly high-tech activity – the medical devices or that sort of field – that required very sophisticated workers and a small operation with a high-value product that you don’t need to move on trains, New Hampshire would be very attractive to me,” Michael Hicks, director of Ball State University’s Center for Business and Economic Research, which conducted the research, told the New Hampshire Business Review.

Lorna Colquhoun
Communications Director
Division of Economic Development


Of a Mind to Manufacture

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Great minds — about 150 of them — came together Thursday to talk about the state of manufacturing in New Hampshire these days.

The good news is that our top industry is flourishing. But it is challenged by a gap in the number of skilled workers there are to take advanced manufacturing jobs and that’s why educators and manufacturers met at Nashua Community College today to talk about ways to fill the gap and keep the industry strong.

The featured speaker was Bill Symonds, director of Harvard University’s Pathways to Prosperity program.

The biggest message he delivered: Manufacturing is not your grandfather’s factory anymore.

The pay is above average. The jobs are demanding. The industry is far from dead.

What needs to happen is to get around the image there is about manufacturing days of old. To direct students of a mind not necessarily for academics to these jobs — New Hampshire has some world-class companies that make parts and components used around the world and even the universe.

There were some great conversations and ideas. Lots of business cards were exchanged. People on both sides left charged up and ready to meet the challenge.