Just many places across the country, the New Hampshire’s recover from the recession has been slow. Recently, though, many are pointing to signs of an upswing. Housing prices are going up, while foreclosures are going down. Consumer confidence is better than it has been in a while, and unemployment is now at 5.1% - 11th best in the country. But all is not perfect: many in the Granite State worry about high energy costs, the Affordable Care Act’s effect on business, and uneven progress in different regions of the state. New Hampshire is feeling better than it did a half decade ago, but still uncertain about its future.
- Brian Gottlob – principal of PolEcon Research, a firm with a focus on economic and public policy issues
- Steve Norton – executive director of the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies
- Preston Hunter– director of Business Development for Eckman Construction, based in Bedford
- Mark Primeau – president and CEO of the Bank of New Hampshire
- Emmet Soldati– founder and co-owner of Teatotaller, a tea café and bistro, in Somersworth. He also co-owns Leaven, Beer and Bread House. Both businesses were financed through crowdsourcing.