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.
“Collaboration is the new competition,” Gagnon said excitedly. “Instead of New Hampshire competing with Canadian provinces, and trying to steal their business — and they’re trying to steal our business — collaborating and working together will grow both of our economies.”
Canada is the single biggest market for New Hampshire goods. And, according to Canada’s Consul General, Patrick Binns, Canada and America exchange about $1.3 million a minute.
Speakers and attendees spent the day discussing cross-border business partnerships, alternative energy development, and student exchange opportunities.