economic development http://nhpr.org en Amid Criticism, Hassan Defends Overseas Trade Mission http://nhpr.org/post/amid-criticism-hassan-defends-overseas-trade-mission <p>Gov. Maggie Hassan's office said canceling a planned trade mission&nbsp;to Turkey would cost taxpayers $10,000 and the private businesses that will accompany the governor would lose thousands more.</p><p>In a written response to a public-records request by the conservative nonprofit Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, Hassan's chief of staff Pamela Walsh said "non-refundable travel arrangements" had already been paid for when the governor announced a freeze on hiring and out-of-state travel.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 00:11:26 +0000 Brian Wallstin 49655 at http://nhpr.org Expanding Balsams Ski Resort: Money, Jobs And A Regulatory Challenge http://nhpr.org/post/expanding-balsams-ski-resort-money-jobs-and-regulatory-challenge <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>If Maine entrepreneur Les Otten can expand the ski area of the closed Balsams resort he says it would create about 1,000 full or part-time jobs.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s something the region desperately needs. B</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ut it isn’t clear whether </span>Otten<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has the money or can work through a regulatory tangle including safety issues.</span></p><p></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 21:34:33 +0000 Chris Jensen 48557 at http://nhpr.org Expanding Balsams Ski Resort: Money, Jobs And A Regulatory Challenge Canadian Firm Plans To Double Size Of Colebrook Plant http://nhpr.org/post/canadian-firm-plans-double-size-colebrook-plant <p></p><p>Codet<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Incorporated, a Canadian firm, is expanding its&nbsp;</span>Colebrook<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> plant including hiring 25 new employees.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“They plan to almost double the size of their operation,” said Michael Bergeron, an official with the state’s Department of Resources and Economic Development.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Currently the firm has 28 employees.</span></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:44:21 +0000 Chris Jensen 47142 at http://nhpr.org Railway Grant Seen As Getting Coos Development Moving http://nhpr.org/post/railway-grant-seen-getting-coos-development-moving <p>North Country economic development officials are crossing their fingers and waiting to hear later this summer whether the federal government will provide money to upgrade <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/nhpr/files/201307/NH_Railroad_Map_%28April_2012%29.pdf">a section of rail line through Coos County.</a></p><p>NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.</p><p>For years one of the problems with economic development in the North Country has been getting stuff in and getting stuff out.</p><p>Jeff Hayes is the executive director of the North Country Council, the regional planning group.</p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 21:07:00 +0000 Chris Jensen 31581 at http://nhpr.org Concord Approves Downtown Overhaul http://nhpr.org/post/concord-approves-downtown-overhaul <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Concord City Council has approved a dramatic Main Street overhaul. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Under the plan, Main Street will be converted from four lanes to a modified three-lane set-up.&nbsp; New lighting, wider sidewalks, more benches, and bike racks are also part of the plan. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 17:01:25 +0000 Amanda Loder 29047 at http://nhpr.org Video Game Industry Could Keep N.H. Young and Tech-Savvy http://nhpr.org/post/video-game-industry-could-keep-nh-young-and-tech-savvy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Hampshire is producing young programmers and designers looking to start their own video game business. And the trick is getting them to stay in the state…</span></p><p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Ryan Lessard 22688 at http://nhpr.org Video Game Industry Could Keep N.H. Young and Tech-Savvy Commissioner George Bald http://nhpr.org/post/commissioner-george-bald-0 <p>We sit down with George Bald, outgoing Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development.&nbsp; Bald announced he’ll retire in November after serving nearly thirteen years as chief advocate for the state’s economy, promoting business development and overseeing travel and tourism, including the state park system. We’ll talk with him about his tenure.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 13:33:56 +0000 Laura Knoy 12173 at http://nhpr.org Commissioner George Bald