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March 30. 2014 10:04PM

Greater Derry-Londonderry Chamber of Commerce to host talk on growth in Southern NH

DERRY — The Greater Derry-Londonderry Chamber of Commerce wants to bring together area leaders to develop strategies and form partnerships to improve Southern New Hampshire’s economy.

To help achieve these goals, the chamber has invited approximately 30 area business owners, civic leaders and community members to attend a roundtable breakfast. The event is scheduled to run from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Friday, April 11, at the Derry Municipal Center, said Stacey Bruzzese, the chamber’s executive director.

For years, New Hampshire had done well economically when compared to the rest of New England, Bruzzese said. A lot of people and businesses moved to the Granite State because of its lack of a sales tax and other business friendly factors.

“There was a time when New Hampshire had the advantage over the rest of New England for a lot of reasons,” she said.

The state has experienced economic stagnation in recent years, however, as growth has slowed.“It’s been an obvious trend for the last 10 years,” Bruzzese said, adding “we haven’t kept pace with the other New England states in being more business friendly. Our infrastructure hasn’t progressed as other states infrastructures have.”

By holding the roundtable discussion, the chamber hopes to begin the planning process to address such problems as the lack of growth, aging infrastructure and the flight of young people from the state.

“There are so many factors which is why we are trying to get a group together to find out what we can do to stop this degrading of the economy,” Bruzzese said.

In the meeting, the chamber plans to use information from a statewide economic development plan recently published by the New Hampshire Business & Industry Association of New Hampshire, she said.

The breakfast will include a brief presentation by Jim Roche, president of BIA. The event is open to anyone from the area and audience members will have a chance to ask questions.


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