Phil Bryce and Gina Raimondo in Hampton

Phil Bryce, director of the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation, speaks with U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo after a roundtable discussion at Hampton Beach on Monday.

HAMPTON — U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo made her first visit to New Hampshire on Monday since taking over the post to hear from state and local leaders as they face the economic challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic and fear a workforce shortage of J-1 students as the summer tourism season nears.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., hosted the roundtable discussion at the Hampton Beach seashell complex.

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