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DRED commissioner Rose starts on his own opening day

CONCORD - Former BAE Systems executive Jeffrey Rose was sworn into his new job Monday, commissioner of resources and economic development for New Hampshire.

Rose said it is appropriate that his new job coincides with opening day for the Boston Red Sox.

"For those who know me well, they know I am a huge fan of baseball," Rose said. "The optimism, the hope, the renewal and all that lies before you is what opening day is all about, and it is with that enthusiasm that I approach today, with this new job and new role."

As commissioner, Rose will oversee four divisions in the Department of Resources and Economic Development - economic development, travel and tourism development, forests and lands, and parks and recreation.

"As someone who has grown up and spent virtually his entire life here, I can't think of a more exciting opportunity, and I look forward to doing wonderful things on behalf of the state of New Hampshire," he said.

Rose was Gov. Maggie Hassan's first major appointment. She said, "He will discover that the people of New Hampshire are the best resources we have."

Rose grew up in Merrimack, now lives in Goffstown, and owns property in Campton.

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