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Trade Mission from Brandenburg, Germany Arrives in NH

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

A trade mission from the German Federal State of Brandenburg, one of the 16 Länder (states) of the Federal Republic of Germany, arrived in New Hampshire yesterday (May 1). Led by Brandenburg’s Minister-President Matthias Platzeck, the mission includes a trade delegation of Brandenburg and Berlin-based companies who are here to explore potential business opportunities and partnerships in New Hampshire.

german-flagHosts for the event are the Strategic Security Alliance, an organization formed to increase the global visibility of its member firms that provide security services and products; the National Infrastructure Institute, which seeks to improve the utilization, efficiency, and operations and maintenance of the nation’s public infrastructure; and the NH Division of Economic Development’s International Trade Resource Center.

According to Dawn Wivell, Director of the International Trade Resource Center, “Germany is New Hampshire’s fourth most important trading partner, with $223 million in exports in 2010, which is why this trade mission is so important. Like New Hampshire, Brandenburg is especially proud of its leadership role in technology development, academic research excellence and economic stability and growth.”

Brandenburg, whose capitol is Potsdam, has a population of 2.6 million (about twice that of New Hampshire).

The three-day mission began in Portsmouth with a Monday morning orientation meeting; then the two dozen-plus small and medium-sized businesses represented in the Brandenburg trade delegation are scheduled to meet Monday afternoon and Tuesday with approximately 25 New Hampshire companies. These companies are active in a wide variety business segments ranging from security to medical devices to aerospace manufacturing.

“In addition to providing companies on both sides of the Atlantic with the chance to meet and explore prospective partnerships and business opportunities, Mr. Platzeck’s visit will also help strengthen trans-Atlantic partnerships for academic research, technology development and intergovernmental cooperation,” continued Wivell.

Governor Lynch will meet with Minister-President Platzeck and the officials accompanying the delegation, along with Commissioner George Bald of the NH Dept. of Resources and Economic Development.

The visit will also include a reception at the Harbor Events Center on Tuesday evening, May 3, beginning at 7 p.m. Sponsors for the reception include Dachser Intelligent Logistics, Smuttynose Brewing Co., Hilton Garden Inn Portsmouth Downtown, Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center, Centrix Bank, and Strategic Security Alliance.

At the conclusion of their visit to New Hampshire, the Brendenburg delegation will travel to Montreal, Canada, where they will continue their mission through May 7th, before returning to Germany.

Stay Work Play Launches Web Site at Gala Party

Monday, October 11th, 2010

At their “sold out” launch party at Boynton’s Taproom last week, Stay Work Play officially launched their website with help from New Hampshire’s Super Secret Project, event sponsor Citizens Bank, Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, and attendees including young professionals and leaders from across the state.

(L to R) Chris Williams, Gray Chynoweth, Cathy Schmidt, Mayor Ted Gatsas, and Kate Luczko enjoy the festivities at Stay Work Play’s Website Launch party at Boynton’s Taproom last week. (Photo credit: Matthew Lomanno Photography)

(L to R) Chris Williams, Gray Chynoweth, Cathy Schmidt, Mayor Ted Gatsas, and Kate Luczko enjoy the festivities at Stay Work Play’s Website Launch party at Boynton’s Taproom last week. (Photo credit: Matthew Lomanno Photography)

The event, also a kickoff to a fall NH college campus tour, featured a live performance from The Super Secret Project. The Super Secret Project performed their newest release, “Middle Class in the USA” and also the New Hampshire-themed music video “Granite State of Mind” with a special Stay Work Play twist.

“Last night we started a bit of a revolution,” said Graham Chynoweth, co-chair of the Stay Work Play Board and Vice President of Business Operations & General Counsel at Dynamic Network Services, Inc. “StayWorkPlay.org is revolutionary because it is changing the way New Hampshire looks at itself and what others think of us. NH isn’t just a good place to start a family; it’s a great place to launch careers and start-up companies. It isn’t just a place to go camping; it’s a place to go to concerts. It’s not just a good place to retire; it’s a really cool place to live.”

Planned for the fall and winter, the college campus tour will bring entertainment to a few New Hampshire college campuses to engage students and encourage them to use the Stay Work Play web site at www.stayworkplay.org and organization as a resource for launching a career in New Hampshire. Stay Work Play is rapidly building a following on Facebook and Twitter and traffic has been building steadily since the beta launch of the site over the summer. The Stay Work Play website includes hundreds of links to other websites, as well as information, photos, and content that is divided into sections that relate to staying, working, and playing in New Hampshire. Special features include linkages to all of the young professionals networks across the state, to Facebook and Twitter feeds, a living index, and resources regarding  jobs in the state, housing, events, and activities.

“The Stay Work Play Initiative is especially important to Manchester since our city is the business capitol of the state and home to 11 colleges and universities, educating more than 15,000 students each year, “ said Chris Wellington, Marketing & Retention Specialist for the Manchester Economic Development Office. “The city looks forward to working with Stay Work Play to help retain these young professionals and provide them with the opportunities they need to prosper both professionally and personally. The greatest challenge facing New Hampshire is the perception that Boston provides the greatest professional opportunities for graduates and young professionals. Stay Work Play will provide the state with a voice to let students know that New Hampshire and Manchester can not only provide graduates and young professionals with the same professional opportunities as Boston but also an unmatched quality of life.”

Over the next several months, the organization plans to add in a customized events calendar, enhance the job search component, launch a video contest, and is partnered with Business NH Magazine for the “Rising Stars” Young Professional Award, an inaugural event that will recognize companies and individuals who excel at addressing the needs of younger workers in New Hampshire. Attendees at this event, being held at Red River Theatre in Concord, will hear keynote speaker Peter Egelston, president of Smuttynose Brewing Company, share his story and advice for NH’s young professionals and entrepreneurs. Plus after the event there will be an exclusive showing of a cult classic movie. The event is being held on November 8th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Registration can be found at www.eventsNH.com or by calling (603) 626-6354.