Amanda Loder

Weekend Host/Business Reporter

Amanda Loder reports on business and the economy in NHPR's newsroom, and hosts Weekend Edition. Amanda  joined New Hampshire Public Radio following four years of reporting and hosting at Spokane Public Radio in Washington State. At Spokane Public Radio, she was recognized with regional Edward R. Murrow and SPJ awards for her feature and series reporting. During four years at SPR, she worked her way up from general assignment reporter to featurist, and was ultimately tapped to host All Things Considered. Amanda, a native Iowan, received her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Religious Studies from Lawrence University, and a Master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University.

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GOP
1:32 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Tax Reform Focus of GOP Gov. Candidates' Job Plans

DonkeyHotey Flickr Creative Commons

StateImpact's Amanda Loder discusses the economic proposals of Republican gubernatorial contenders Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley.

Business
5:20 am
Mon August 27, 2012

New Hampshire, A Low-Cost Massachusetts?

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 10:56 am

New Hampshire's economy is comparatively strong these days, but that strength varies depending on where you are in the small state. The closer you get to its border with Massachusetts, the more robust the economic activity. The state has been aggressive about marketing the so-called "New Hampshire Advantage."

StateImpact NH
12:02 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Living Above The Past: Museum Opens Up To Tenants

As a living history museum, Strawbery Banke allows visitors to tour historic buildings constructed between 1695 and 1954.
Amanda Loder for NPR

Originally published on Sun August 19, 2012 6:20 pm

All it takes to enter a time warp in New Hampshire is $15 and a summer afternoon. Spanning more than 250 years of American history, Strawbery Banke is the oldest neighborhood in the state's oldest city, Portsmouth.

It's kind of like Virginia's Colonial Williamsburg — lite. Stationed inside many of the 37 homes are re-enactors in different period garb. Inside a hulking white house, it's 1872.

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Getting By, Getting Ahead
5:15 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

After The Mills, What Will Drive the North Country Economy?

Berlin's Main Street is one of many North Country areas looking to grow its economy.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

Bleak. Troubled. Struggling. Take the phrase “North Country economy”, and you’ll almost inevitably hear one of those adjectives attached to it.

And to a certain extent, it’s true; the northern New Hampshire economy has had a difficult run since the bottom fell out of the mill economy. But can a handful of downbeat adjectives really characterize a whole region’s economy?

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NH News
11:52 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Getting By, Getting Ahead: Lakes Region Home Builder Adapts To Anemic High-End Market

Joe Skiffington's company, Skiffington Homes, has been building high-end vacation homes on Lake Winnipesaukee for about 20 years.
Amanda Loder StateImpact New Hampshire

Summer is boom time on the banks of Lake Winnipesaukee.  These are the months when the region’s tourism towns double or even triple in size as wealthy vacation home owners settle in for the season.   But at the moment, one of these homes—a 7,000 square foot mini-mansion on Governor’s Island—remains empty.

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All Things Considered
5:42 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Vacation Home Slowdown Can Hurt More Than Real Estate Market

Anyone who’s been in this state in late July has seen  the traffic pattern – the long line of cars and trucks with boats or kayaks or bikes on the back, heading north on the highway to New Hampshire’s Lakes Region.  Some folks are heading toward campgrounds or b&b’s; some others are heading toward their own vacation homes, which in the Lakes Region can be pretty substantial.

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Getting By, Getting Ahead
5:11 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Manchester Teacher Layoffs Follow Debates Over Tax Caps, Public Spending

There have been two very distinct trends during the economic recovery: the first has been very slow growth in private sector hiring. The second has been a series of losses in public sector jobs, from state employees to firefighters to schoolteachers.

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Getting By, Getting Ahead
5:12 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Is High Business Rent Changing the Shape of Downtown Portsmouth?

Downtown Portsmouth
Squirrel Flight via Flickr/Creative Commons: http://www.flickr.com/photos/squirrelflight/1355544138/in/photostream/

We learned recently that the cost of rental housing has been climbing in New Hampshire – a typical two bedroom apartment in the state now costs more than a thousand dollars a month. And in some parts of the Granite State, businesses are dealing with high rental costs as well.

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StateImpact
2:12 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Getting By, Getting Ahead Voices of the New Hampshire Economy Interactive

Amanda Loder StateImpact NH

View the interactive on the StateImpact NH website.

It may not always feel this way, but New Hampshire’s economy is doing better than almost anywhere in the U.S. The state’s 5 percent unemployment rate is lower than all but five other states. However, some parts of the state are doing better than others.  NHPR’s Amanda Loder interviewed people across the state’s seven regions to get a sense of what New Hampshire’s economic recovery looks like in 2012. Listen to voices of New Hampshire's economy and share your story in an interactive audio experience.

Catch up on the series Getting By, Getting Ahead.

StateImpact
1:44 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Getting By, Getting Ahead: Start-Up Entrepreneur Brings High-Tech Talent To Rural N.H.

CEO Tillman Gerngross
Amanda Loder StateImpact NH

As part of StateImpact NH's weekly “Getting By, Getting Ahead” series, Amanda Loder is travelling across New Hampshire, gathering personal stories from the people behind the economy.  In part three, we visit a biotech start-up in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region. You can find all series stories on the StateImpact NH website.

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Getting By, Getting Ahead
4:47 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Opportunities and Drawbacks for Upper Valley Startups

Every part of New Hampshire has been affected by the ups and downs of the economy, but not every region has felt the effects in the same way. That’s been especially true in New Hampshire's Upper Valley – when home prices were dropping and jobs were scarce, Upper Valley communities and employers managed to hold on… for a while, anyway.

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Getting By, Getting Ahead
5:25 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Community Supported Agriculture Brings Farmers Popularity, If Not Prosperity

Starting crops at Stout Oak Farm in Epping. In community supported agriculture, consumers pay for crops when they're just starting.
Keith Shields, NHPR

One of the buzzwords we hear around the economy these days is “certainty” – that if we all had a better idea of what the economy was going to throw our way, we’d be better able to prepare for it.

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StateImpact
11:09 am
Fri May 18, 2012

New Hampshire Factories Struggle To Fill Jobs

GE Aviation Plant Manager Doug Folsom is struggling to fill jobs on the factory floor.
Photo: Amanda Loder StateImpact NH

Nationally, there are about 600,000 unfilled factory jobs.  But despite high unemployment, these jobs are proving all-but-impossible to fill, even in New Hampshire.  For one thing, most people don’t have the skills.  And many companies are handing over the training, and cost, of potential new workers to community colleges.  But that still doesn’t guarantee it will lead to new hires.

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Manufacturing
3:03 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Three Reasons Why It’s Boom Time For NH Manufacturers

A new report says “high road” policies help grow manufacturing economies
Photo: Amanda Loder NHPR

Although tourism is something of a signature industry for New Hampshire, the largest sector of the state’s economy–by far–is advanced manufacturing.  So-called “SMHT” (Smart Manufacturing/High Technology).

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StateImpact
11:00 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Has The Stimulus Worked? The Debate Over Job Creation In NH Continues

As the clock winds down on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (aka: “The Stimulus Package”), it remains a controversial–and highly politicized–initiative.  This week, Grant Bosse of the conservative/libertarian New Hampshire Watchdog* project

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