Sununu Makes Appointment For New Economic Development Post

Jun 30, 2017

Taylor Caswell at the CDFA offices in Concord

Governor Chris Sununu is nominating Taylor Caswell to be New Hampshire's first Commissioner of Business and Economic Affairs. The position was created in the new state budget.

Governor Sununu proposed the new commissioner-level job, to oversee what he says will be a revamp of state economic development efforts, and lawmakers bought into it from the start.In Taylor Caswell, Sununu is nominating someone with background in business development and as a bureaucrat.

Caswell has been a consultant and head of the Community Development Finance Authority.

Caswell grew up in Littleton and now lives in Hollis.

The governor says he expects Caswell to make the new department, which will include economic development and travel and tourism, into a "one-stop shop for all of NH's business needs."

The reorganization effectively splits what's known as the Department of Resources and Economic Development, was split in two.

That department's current commissioner, Jeff Rose, will now oversee the department of natural and cultural resources, which will include state parks and cultural affairs.