Business and Economy

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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StateImpact
11:34 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Getting By, Getting Ahead: Voices of N.H.'s Economy

Mill worker Rollie Leclerc.
Amanda Loder NHPR

In this seven week series, NHPR’s StateImpact reporter Amanda Loder explores how N.H. residents feel about the state’s economy and the role state government should play in economic recovery.

Listen to series reports on-air Tuesday mornings through August 14, and any time online at StateImpact NH

Series stories

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Business and Economy
10:19 am
Wed June 20, 2012

50 Years of Charity In An Uncharitable State

Mindful One Flickr

Tuesday, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation celebrates its 50th year in operation. NHCF has staff in each region of the state, and raises funds from individuals, organizations and corporations, making approximately $30 million in nonprofit grants and scholarships annually.

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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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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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StateImpact
4:08 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

NH House Mulls Deregulating Phone Service

Fairpoint’s struggles since taking over Verizon’s northern New England land line network in 2007 have been well-documented in the media with

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StateImpact
12:45 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

What A Small Firm's Challenge To PSNH Could Mean For The Future Of The Electricity Market

More than a decade ago, the New Hampshire legislature partially deregulated its electricity market.  The move was supposed to allow residential customers the chance to buy power from companies other than Public Service of New Hampshire, which dominates the state’s electricity market.  But for a long time, nothing really happened.

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StateImpact
10:00 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Why The Eurozone Crisis Matters To New Hampshire's Economy

Originally published on Thu April 12, 2012 10:00 am

To people not directly involved in fixing, analyzing, or monitoring the Eurozone crisis, it can take on the character of black magic.  And it’s easy to think that the dark arts of the European Central Bank’s low-interest lending initiatives, national bond auctions, and bailout talk have little bearing on our daily lives.

In fact, they very much matter.

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Business and Economy
12:00 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Why The Eurozone Crisis Matters To New Hampshire’s Economy

Credit Images_of_Money / Flickr Creative Commons

To people not directly involved in fixing, analyzing, or monitoring the Eurozone crisis, it can take on the character of black magic.  And it’s easy to think that the dark arts of the European Central Bank’s low-interest lending initiatives, national bond auctions, and bailout talk have little bearing on our daily lives.

In fact, they very much matter.

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StateImpact
11:27 am
Wed April 11, 2012

How--And Why--NH Resurrected A Help Center For Women Entrepreneurs

Like the proverbial phoenix rising from the ashes, the new Center for Women’s Business Advancement seeks to build upon the foundation of its predecessor of supporting women entrepreneurs in New Hampshire and to go much further.

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StateImpact
2:19 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

This Week's Essential StateImpact

  1. Five Reasons Why Angel Investors (Think “Shark Tank”) Matter To The Economy: Our top post this week breaks down a new report from the University of New Hampshire explaining why this high-powered, super-secretive investment market is a key part of the national economy.
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StateImpact
10:00 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Five Reasons Why Angel Investors (Think "Shark Tank") Matter To The Economy

If you’ve watched “Shark Tank” on ABC (or its British forbear “Dragon’s Den” on BBC in America), you’ve seen, to some extent, angel investors in action.  Underneath the high-gloss of ratings-driven reality TV, you can catch a glimpse of this opaque, mysterious investment market.  As

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Business and Economy
3:27 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Will The $25 Billion Mortgage Settlement Help Stem The Wave Of Foreclosures?

Jody and Gary Vermillion
RGotbaum NHPR

Since 2005, the number of foreclosures in New Hampshire has increased 700 percent. Last year, more than 3,800 families were forced out of their homes due to foreclosure.

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StateImpact
3:47 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

What A Canadian Newspaper Reports About Hydro-Quebec (And Northern Pass)

Looking at day-to-day coverage of Northern Pass, it tends to (unsurprisingly) focus on the New Hampshire perspective.  Will the project provide a much-needed boost to the North Country economy, or just create a spot of temp work?  What will the project do to land values?  Who’s selling their land, who’s holding fa

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Business and Economy
5:17 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Thousands Show Up for Outlet Mall Job Fair

While the state’s unemployment rate is well below the national average, thousands of people are still searching for a job.

Friday, many of the state’s unemployed showed up for a job fair for a new $100 million shopping center in Merrimack. The retail outlet is expected to create more than 800 positions.

By 7 a.m. Friday morning, hundreds of people lined up outside Nashua Community College for the Merrimack Premium Outlet job fair.

When it opens in mid-June, the outlets will feature 100 clothing, home goods, and other stores. 

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StateImpact
3:27 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

(Mega-Big Mega Millions Jackpot Aside) When It Comes To The Lotto, A Lot Of "Suckers" Live In New En

Earlier today, we reposted our Losing The Lotto series to give you a bit of context about why the Mega Millions frenzy is particularly important to New Hampshire’s struggling lottery.  Since we posted, the jackpot’s increased yet again–from $540 million to $640 million.

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StateImpact
10:40 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Why The Mega Millions Jackpot Is Extra-Important For New Hampshire

It’s a good day to be the New Hampshire Lottery Commission.  The

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StateImpact
4:49 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

LLC Filing Overhaul Passes Senate

A bill overhauling the way numerous businesses file with the state has passed the Senate by a wide margin.  The AP reports SB 203 passed on a 22–2 voice vote:

“It includes provisions for electronic communication, conflicts of interest and provides an

easier path for corporations to move to New Hampshire. Supporters say this will

bring New Hampshire up to speed with its neighbors.

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StateImpact
12:12 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Dollar General Pushing For More Granite State Stores

Discount chain retailers have historically faced resistance in New Hampshire.  But as Kathleen Callahan reports for the New Hampshire Business Review, that’s not stopping Dollar General from drawing up ambitious expansion plans:

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StateImpact
4:49 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Executive Council Mulls Massive Medicaid Contract

The Executive Council is scheduled to vote tomorrow on a new Medicaid contract worth an estimated $2.2 billion–believed to be the largest contract in state history.

But signs from an Executive Council meeting Monday suggest that vote may be pushed back.  And the state may struggle to meet its July 1 deadline.

It’s a huge contract financially, handing over several billion dollars to three managed care companies to run the state’s Medicaid program.  And it’s huge for the some 140,000 New Hampshire residents who rely on Medicaid.

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StateImpact
11:17 am
Tue March 27, 2012

100 Jobs To Return To NH From China

A New England-based manufacturer is moving some of its operations from China to New Hampshire–and bringing 100 new jobs with it.  Watts Water Technologies is building up its facilities in Franklin.  As

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StateImpact
10:24 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Fairpoint Fees Could Go To Customers...Or Back To Fairpoint

Fairpoint Communications customers might get a small sliver cut from their phone bills.  It all depends on an upcoming Public Utilities Commission decision about how, exactly, the company can pay some hefty fees.  As Bob Sanders reports for TheLobbyNH.com, the PUC recently slapped Fairpoint with $2.8

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Business and Economy
4:37 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Seniors Increasingly Target of Scams

Mary Lockridge, 81, at home in Nashua
RGotbaum

According to the Federal Trade Commission, the number of complaints about consumer fraud against seniors has more than doubled since 2009. So called imposter scams, when someone poses as a relative or friend to extort money from someone they don't know increased by 22 percent last year.

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StateImpact
11:36 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Report: NH Barely Passes On Government Spending Transparency

New Hampshire has a long history of frugality.  And with the current crop of spending hawks in the legislature, that sense of thrift has only intensified.

But you’ll have a hard time if you want to keep tabs on state spending online.

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StateImpact
10:04 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Charting NH's Incredible Shrinking Government

Catherine Idsae

Two hallmarks of Republican legislative leadership these past couple of sessions have been a commitment to small government and the use of deep cuts to state government to bridge budget gaps.

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StateImpact
11:41 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Why Gen Y's (Slowly) Reconsidering Factory Work

Originally published on Tue March 13, 2012 11:41 am

Recently,

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StateImpact
1:14 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Why A Business Magazine Named SNHU One Of World's Most Innovative Companies

Looking at media rankings of companies–“Most Innovative,” “Fastest-Growing,” or other roundups of various firms–we aren’t often surprised.  Take the magazine Fast Company.  For this month’s issue, they’ve listed “The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies.”  Dominating the Top 4 are the perennial occupants of the corporate Cool Kids’ Table: Apple,

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The Two-Way
11:57 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Apple Expected To Unveil New iPad

An Apple logo is seen at the entrance of Yerba Buena Center for Arts on Tuesday in San Francisco, one day before Apple holds a press event, to make a special announcement.
Kimihiro Hoshino AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 7, 2012 8:49 am

As has been the case with all of Apple's product unveilings, there is a shroud of secrecy surrounding today's impending announcement.

Today, Apple has invited media to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco for a 1 p.m. ET. event. The only clue provided by Apple was a typically cryptic invitation with a picture of an iPad and a few words: "We have something you really have to see. And touch."

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The Two-Way
11:51 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Economy: Gains In Productivity Slow; Private Sector Adds 216,000 Jobs

Originally published on Wed March 7, 2012 9:10 am

We have two pieces of economic news this morning:

-- First the Labor Department announced that while American workers were more productive at the end of last year, the gains in productivity slowed. The AP reports that could "signal that companies are ready to hire more workers."

The AP adds:

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