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January 26. 2014 8:34AM

Carmen Lorentz is moving from one dream job to another

Carmen Lorentz 

Carmen R. Lorentz, 37

Home: Gilmanton

Birthplace: Laconia

Immediate family: Jonathan Lorentz, husband, and Julius Lorentz, son

High school: Gilford High School

College/post grad degrees: Bachelor of arts in international affairs from The George Washington University, May 1999; and master of public policy from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, May 2005

Current job: The state's new director of the Division of Economic Development

Key past positions held: Executive director of Belknap Economic Development Council; senior economic development specialist at Camoin Associates (economic development consulting firm)

Key current professional challenge: Developing a business plan for new web-based software that facilitates internships for high school students.

Last major achievement: Being nominated by Gov. Hassan to be the next director of the N.H. Division of Economic Development (this appointment is pending confirmation by the Executive Council)

Two peers who know me well: Ryan Barton of Mainstay Technologies and Jodie Gallant, JMG Marketing

Biggest problem facing New Hampshire: Retaining and attracting young talent

Favorite place in New Hampshire: On the water or at the beach, especially on Lake Winnipesaukee or Lake Winnisquam

What book are you reading now? "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (I'm reading it to my son)

How do you relax? Running, cooking, lounging on the beach at the lake

What websites do you visit most often? Stay Work Play NH,, Facebook, LinkedIn

Favorite TV show, radio station or musical artist: "Parks and Recreation," NHPR, Jenny Lewis

GILMANTON — Carmen Lorentz has been working to bring new levels of economic development to the Lakes Region, her home, in her role as executive director of Belknap County Economic Development Council.

Having earned a master's degree in public policy from the University of Maryland, she spent years working in other countries, helping teach ideas of transparent, effective government. She also worked for a firm in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on the same issues.

"New York State is very, very bureaucratic," she said. "These are important concepts for local governments."

She married her husband, Jonathan, and they had a son, Julius, while trying to get back near her hometown of Gilmanton.

When the job at the BCEDC opened up, she thought, "Wow, that would be the perfect job for me," and she and her family moved back to Gilmanton.

Her focus at the council has been development of the workforce and spreading awareness of opportunities in Belknap County, which are underestimated by some, she said.

"There's no four-year educational institution in this county, so young people don't come here and learn what a great place it is to work and live," she said. "But there are a lot of opportunities here. There are manufacturing companies and other businesses that make thisa great place to be."

Among her successes in the county is development of a business plan for new Web-based software that facilitates internships for high school students. That website is called

Now, at age 37, she has a new position, another "perfect job," she says: She is the new director of the state Division of Economic Development.

"I was very honored to be approached and asked to fill this position," she said.

She serves on the board of directors of The Winnipesaukee Playhouse and on the board of trustees of the Taylor Community. Lorentz also serves on the steering committee for the N.H. Creative Communities Network and is vice chair of the N.H. Alliance of Regional Development Corporations.

She consideres her last major achievement as being nominated by Gov. Hassan to be the next director of the N.H. Division of Economic Development, and she sees the biggest problem facing New Hampshire as retaining and attracting young talent.

Her favorite place in New Hampshire is on the water or at the beach, especially on Lake Winnipesaukee or Lake Winnisquam.

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