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Energy company Kinder Morgan announced yesterday it is shelving plans for its controversial natural gas pipeline project through Southern New Hampshire. The news will likely increase the focus on other infrastructure projects in the region.

Debating N.H.'s Energy Future

Mar 24, 2016
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Granite State businesses have long bemoaned New Hampshire's high energy costs, complaining they discourage expansion here and even tempt some firms to leave the state.  Last fall, the Business and Industry Association launched a new campaign called Energize NH to focus attention on what it calls a crisis:  the high price of energy and the need for more infrastructure and supply to lower those costs. The Energize NH campaign comes at a key time, when the Granite State seems engaged in a huge discussion about energy over pipelines and powerlines, and whether other approaches and other ways of thinking are in order, including better efficiency, a smarter grid, and an emphasis on those power sources that don't contribute to climate change.

Are N.H.'s Workplaces Family-Friendly Enough?

Jun 27, 2014
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A new national report finds New Hampshire and plenty of other states sorely lacking when it comes to supporting new parents. This comes amid a larger, national conversation about “family-friendly” work environments: what that involves, what’s reasonable and what isn’t, and how some of these policies affect productivity and the bottom line.


BIA Announces Bills Targeted For Opposition

Jan 29, 2014

The Business and Industry Association has come out in opposition to seven bills before the legislature this session.  

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A recent report places New Hampshire in the middle of the pack nationally when it comes to programs and policies to conserve energy, and that we’re behind the other New England states. We’ll look at the costs, regulations and the possible outcomes down the road.


BIA Releases Strategic Economic Plan For N.H.

Nov 18, 2013

  The Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire has released its first economic plan for the state

The plan includes more than 100 policy recommendations covering nine areas believed to be essential to the state’s economy.  The recommendations include some classic BIA issues, like streamlining access to the Research and Development tax credit and increasing STEM education.  But there’s also a recommendation to emphasize arts, culture and history in schools. 

The president of the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire has been reappointed to a ninth term on an advisory panel to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.   Jim Roche was reappointed to serve on the Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100. Membership is by invitation only and is limited to chamber presidents and chief executive officers.   The group advises the U.S. Chamber of Commerce board of directors; enhances the U.S. Chamber's lobbying and coalition work; recommends programming; and strengthens outreach to the business and chamber community.