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Drive-Ins Struggle At A Digital Crossroads

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This piece was written and produced for Word Of Mouth by Valerie Hamilton, and edited for StateImpact by Emily Corwin. Listen to Valerie’s story here. Hear about the Fairlee drive-in’s digital crossroads from NHPR’s North Country Reporter, Chris Jenson. Labor Day weekend is traditionally the end of the season for New England’s summer drive-in movie [...]

N.H. And Canada Say ‘Together Is Better’

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Business owners and policy makers from New Hampshire and Canada met in Concord today to participate in the New Hampshire-Canada Economic Development Forum. House Representative Ray Gagnon of Claremont helped organize the event. He believes the conference represents a new paradigm in international economic relations.

“Best of New Hampshire” Businesses Celebrate at Verizon Center Thursday

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New Hampshire Public Radio Intern Tina Forbes Reports: Did you vote on your favorite local restaurant this year? Winners of the New Hampshire Magazine’s ‘Best of New Hampshire’ contest will be gathering on Thursday night to celebrate and share some contest-winning morsels at the Verizon Center in Manchester. The public may attend. All proceeds from [...]

High Hopes In N.H. This Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer — for New Hampshire’s Division of Travel and Tourism Development, at least. The DTTD just launched a television marketing campaign in Boston and New York featuring happy kids running in the woods and playing on the beach. This year, the tourism office predicts that visitors will spend $86 [...]

For Profit Cancer Center Comes To NH to Make Its Case to Lawmakers

Cancer Treatment Centers of America is eying a spot in New Hampshire. The for profit chain wants to build a hospital in the Northeast. CTCA successfully lobbied Georgia to change its regulations so a specialty hospital could be built in that state. The company is hoping lawmakers in New Hampshire will make similar changes. A [...]

The 2011 NH Legislature in Review: The “Open for Business” Session

State legislators looking back at 2011 say they kept their promises to make the state more business friendly. House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt told the Union Leader that Republicans fulfilled their agenda. While Republicans were concentrating on crafting a fiscally responsible budget, rolling back regulations and taxes on businesses, and creating jobs, Democrats and some [...]

Q&A: State’s New Transportation Commissioner Battles Budget Cuts

I recently spoke with newly confirmed commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, Christopher Clement, about the current budget constraints at the DOT and also his plan on how to finish the $800 million expansion of Interstate 93 without federal dollars. The project, which began in 2007, is an expansion of I-93 from a [...]

Transportation Cuts May Deny Some N.H. Towns The Road To Prosperity

The road back from the recession for some towns in New Hampshire could be slowed due to deep budget cuts affecting highway expansion and bridge maintenance. The state Department of Transportation is grappling with budget cuts of $30 million in motor vehicle fees and a likely $40 million cut in federal highway funds each year. [...]

NH Gubernatorial Candidate Says Her Campaign Will Stress Job Creation

Democrat Maggie Hassan, 53, who recently announced her candidacy for governor, said one of her major goals is to focus on creating jobs in New Hampshire, and suggested that gambling in the state ought to be expanded in order to boost state revenue. The former Democratic Senate majority leader spoke to the Portsmouth Press Herald: [...]

The Difference Between Soft And Hard Infrastructure, And Why It Matters

Yesterday, along with a group of business folks from across New Hampshire, I learned about the difference between ”soft” and “hard” infrastructure. “Hard” is the obvious: roads, bridges etc. “Soft” infrastructure is human capital and institutions that cultivate it, such as community colleges and universities.  Apparently, the state has deficits in both areas.

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