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NH House Business Caucus and Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce Announce 4th Roundtable


CONCORD—The New Hampshire House Business Caucus, in partnership with the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, will host its fourth in a series of  Business Roundtables with presidential candidates, on Monday, June 1, at 9 am at The Draft restaurant, 67 South Main Street, in Concord.  The featured speaker, and declared presidential candidate,  will be Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.

“The momentum continues to build as we have more and more candidates take part in this series.  We have had a terrific response and level of interest from the business community, the candidates, and state elected officials,” said New Hampshire House Business Caucus founder and Chair, Rep. Laurie Sanborn (r-Bedford). 


“Chamber members have been fully engaged in the roundtable series to date and are looking forward to future events, such as this one with Senator Cruz. This is the best way for businesses to really get to know the candidates and understand their positions on key issues,” said Tim Sink, President of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce. 


Ted Cruz has been a tireless fighter for liberty his entire life because his family knows what it is like to lose their freedom.  Cruz’s father fled to the United States to attend the University of Texas in 1957 after being tortured and imprisoned in Cuba.  In 2012, Cruz was elected as the first Hispanic or Cuban American to serve as a U.S. Senator from Texas.  Prior to this role, Cruz was Director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission and Solicitor General for the State of Texas. He was the first Republican candidate to announce his intention to run in the 2016 Presidential election.


The Business Roundtable is free, but space is limited, and RSVPs are required by May 26, 2015.


NH Stay Work Play Opens Nominations for 6th Annual Rising Stars Awards

Prestigious program adds video nomination process for College Student of the Year nominations

Manchester, New Hampshire – Stay Work Play is now accepting nominations for its sixth-annual Rising Stars Award program and is ready to recognize a new class of exceptional young people, companies and organizations, and programs. The Rising Stars Awards will accept nominations through July 15. The competition also invites eligible college students to create and share 15-second videos as part of College Student of the Year nominations.

The Rising Stars Awards are an initiative of Stay Work Play in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) to celebrate and recognize remarkable young workers and college students in the Granite State as well as the companies and initiatives that go the extra mile to recruit and retain them. It includes six awards:

  • College Student of the Year, which honors a New Hampshire college student who is an academic rising star and is giving back to the community;
  • Young Professional of the Year, which honors an outstanding professional between the ages of 18 and 40 who works and lives in New Hampshire;
  • Civic Leader of the Year, which honors a person who, through his or her volunteerism, philanthropy or community involvement, demonstrates a commitment to civic participation, strengthening the community, and developing personal leadership capacity to make New Hampshire a better place for future generations;
  • Coolest Company for Young Professionals, which honors companies in New Hampshire that create environments to attract and retain young professionals;
  • Leadership Development Program of the Year, which honors an innovative program initiated and conducted by a New Hampshire organization aimed at a young professional audience to propel personal and professional growth; and
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year, which was added last year, honors a young entrepreneur who dedicates his or her time to starting and/or operating a new business, is making a positive contribution to the state’s economy and adds community vibrancy.


“We look forward to recognizing the standout people and companies who understand the importance of making New Hampshire a great place to set down roots,” said Kate Luczko, Stay Work Play’s executive director. “Past winners have gone on to accomplish incredible things and continue to nurture a positive economic and cultural climate for young professionals.”

To nominate a person, company or program, for complete rules, nomination materials and a sample College Student of the Year Award video. Finalists will be selected by judging panels appointed by Stay Work Play, and winners will be announced at a celebratory event at 5:30 pm on Monday, October 5.

About Stay Work Play: Stay Work Play is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is “To work collaboratively across New Hampshire to support ongoing economic, workforce, and community development by promoting the state as a favorable place for young workers and recent college graduates to stay, work and play, when considering employment and lifestyle opportunities.” Additional information on the organization can be found on the website, or by contacting Executive Director, Kate Luczko,, (603) 860-2245.

About New Hampshire Public Radio: Since 1981, NHPR has shaped the media landscape in the Granite State and beyond. Their mission is to help create a more informed public, one challenged and enriched by a deeper understanding and appreciation of state, national, and world events, ideas, and culture. NHPR is broadcast from thirteen different sites, making it by far New Hampshire’s largest (and only) statewide radio news service. Every week NHPR is the choice of more than 184,000 listeners as a primary source of in-depth and intelligent news coverage. Each day New Hampshire Public Radio delivers several hours of local news reported by NHPR’s award-winning News Department, locally produced shows such as The Exchange and Word of Mouth, and national and world news from NPR and the BBC. NHPR is the exclusive outlet for NPR News in the Granite State and broadcast national weekly programs such as Car Talk, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! and This American Life.




Speaker Jasper statement on the passage of SB30 


The following statement was issued today by NH House  Speaker Shawn Jasper following the passage by the House of SB 30-FN-L. The legislation would authorize the Business  Finance Authority to guarantee bonds for projects in unincorporated towns in New Hampshire.  The bill passed on a Roll Call vote, 293-57.


“By extending the local option for municipal economic development and revitalization districts to include our unincorporated towns, the door is now wide open for future development and job creation for the northern part of our state.  With the assistance of the State of New Hampshire, many of the economically challenged rural areas that have been battling to stave off economic hardship for years can now look forward to the prospect of economic prosperity.  The legislation that the House overwhelmingly passed today also creates a level playing field for the rural areas of the Granite State in attracting new business and creating jobs for their region.  By increasing the BFA’s bonding authority for the first time in over twenty years, this will also help the economic development for the entire state.”




NH Senate Majority - Sen. Carson welcomes Comacst Customer Care Center to Hudson 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Hudson, NH – Senator Sharon Carson (R-Londonderry) today applauded the opening of Comcast’s 127,000 square foot Customer Care Center in Hudson’s Sagamore Industrial Park. The $13 million facility was built to accommodate an anticipated workforce of 600 employees.


“I am thrilled to welcome Comcast to Hudson. Once this facility is fully-staffed, Comcast will employ 2,400 people across New Hampshire,” Carson said. “This state-of-the-art facility continues Comcast’s history of introducing its latest products and innovations to New Hampshire first.”


The Hudson Customer Care Center will be the first to use the company’s new “Einstein” knowledge management system, designed to improve interactions with customers. It includes employee wellness features such as an onsite fitness center, ceilings designed to virtually eliminate white noise, and 17 wellness rooms for employees to take breaks. The building housing the new Customer Care Center was once solely occupied by printing firm Presstek, which will now share the building with Comcast.


“Comcast recognizes that Hudson offers both the ideal location and workforce for growing companies,” Carson concluded.



Gov. Hassan Blocks All Out-of-State Travel, Except Her Own International Trip

Manchester, NH – As has been repeatedly covered by the news media, Governor Maggie Hassan recently signed an Executive Order banning all out-of-state travel that uses money from the General Fund. However, she is continuing with her planned junket to Turkey in June, despite the fact it uses $15,000 in General Fund money to pay for it. The hypocrisy has been repeatedly noted by upset Granite Staters.

“If our revenue projections are coming in under expectations and we are running in the red, why would the Governor take a trip to Turkey, of all places? Particularly after telling everyone else that they can’t travel out of state? The hypocrisy and irresponsibility of such a trip is dumb-founding and very upsetting to the public, which is why we have launched a petition,” Hemingway said.

The petition can be seen HERE and reads in part:

Why Turkey? Turkey is the 12th largest trade partner who is already growing in trade with NH. Why not a top trade partner or an emerging one?

Tell Maggie to stop wasting taxpayer dollars on family vacations and unnecessary junkets.

We would see a more immediate and larger growth from her traveling to Massachusetts and New York to bring new and growing companies to NH.

Please sign the petition below and tell Maggie it is no time to go to Turkey!


“If we want to actually improve the economy and grow jobs here in New Hampshire, we don’t need to go Turkey.  Instead, let’s address the real reason we are losing jobs over our southern border and why companies aren’t coming here.  We don’t need to go half way around the world to reduce our corporate tax rates, lower electricity costs, roll-back regulations and lower insurance costs.   Having no experience as a small business owner, Governor Hassan doesn’t understand those are the things that will spur economic growth,” Hemingway concluded.