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March 20. 2014 9:18PM

Blog drums up interest for chamber event in Dover

DOVER — More than 100 area residents are eager to hear this morning how the Seacoast is outpacing other areas in the state and what this means to business.

An economic forum entitled “New Hampshire’s Economic Center is Shifting — Dover is Well Positioned” is scheduled from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Cochecho Country Club at 145 Gulf Road. It is being moderated by Brian Gottlob, principal at PolEcon Research.

“Our keynote speaker Brian Gottlob has recently written a very provocative blog, which was the impetus of the session,” said Molly Hodgson, executive director of the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce.

Hodgson said the blog can be found at http://briangottlob.com/2014/01/21/the-locus-of-economic-activity-in-nh-is-shifting/.

While the event is open to anyone interested, Hodgson said organizers ask participants to pre-register. She added more than 90 area residents and business owners plan to attend and the chamber continues to register more people.

“It’s should be a really strong turnout since people are usually interested in this,” Hodgson said, adding Gottlob’s blog expresses how the Seacoast is growing and beginning to outpace more populated areas around Manchester and Nashua.

Hodgson said Gottlob predicted the trend will continue with the opening of a high-tech manufacturing plant — a joint venture by Safran and Albany — in Rochester later this month.

“Certainly as a region we’ve seen a positive impact from that,” Hodgson said.

Additionally, Eric J Chinburg, president of Chinburg Builders Inc., and Scott Johnson, founder and president of Certified Retail Solutions, will also speak to the advantages of running and growing a business in Dover.

“Those of us who work and live in Dover are well aware of the positive changes to our community over the past decade. Now there is data to back it up and the rest of the state is taking notice,” according to Sean O’Connell, attorney at Shaheen & Gordon and chair of the chamber’s Government Affairs Committee.

The forum, which is sponsored by Public Service of New Hampshire, costs $20 for members of the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce and $25 for non-members. For more information, visit www.dovernh.org or www.facebook.com/greaterdoverchamber



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