News & Recent Events

March 16,2017

BELKNAP EDC HOSTED ITS ANNUAL MEETING ON THURSDAY MARCH 16, 2017

Belknap EDC gathered for its’ annual meeting on Thursday, March 16th at Lakes Region Community College in Laconia.  The event was sponsored by gold sponsor: Meredith Village Savings Bank; while the Laconia Daily Sun was the silver sponsor and LRGHeathcare, Bank of New Hampshire, and Franklin Savings Bank were bronze sponsors.  More than a 100 Lakes Region business and civic leaders attended for the Belknap EDC Board of Directors to present the status of the EDC's goals and strategic plan, while presenting the Norman Marsh Leadership Award, Corporate Soul Award, and Community Impact Award to well deserving community leaders.

The Belknap Economic Development Council is proud to announce, the Norman Marsh Leadership Award was presented to Jeanie Forrester.  The Norman Marsh Leadership award honors the memory of a local businessman who served two decades as a Belknap County Commissioner and four terms as a State Representative; and, whose leadership facilitated the creation and funding of the Belknap Economic Development Council.  The Council presents this award annually to an individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership on economic development issues in our region.  Jeanie has invested in the betterment of the Lakes Region for many years as a business leader, volunteer, adviser, State Senator, and friend to many. No economic or community effort is complete without her involvement.  Belknap EDC's Board of Directors were proud to honor Jeanie Forrester as this year's Norman Marsh Leadership Award winner. 

Additionally, The Corporate Soul Award recognizes a business or individual who is committed to the essence of community without seeking recognition in return was presented to the Gaudet family of AutoServ and The Community Impact Award was presented to Scott Crowder of the New England Pond Hockey Classic  - this award honors a business or organization’s impact which can be the result of any number of activities including job creation, volunteer efforts, board service or innovative business models that promote social goals.

Other items of business included the election of Gracie Cilley, Meredith Village Savings Bank, as the new Chair and Ron Magoon of Franklin Savings Bank as the new Vice-Chair.

Taylor Caswell, the Executive Director of the Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA), was the guest speaker.

Photo (L to R): Randy Eifert, Belknap EDC Chair, Jeanie Forrester, NH State Senator, Andrew Hosmer former NH State Senator, and Chris Kelly, Belknap EDC Board Director / Bayside ReMax who presented the Norman Marsh Award.

Photo (L to R): Barry Leonard, of Bank of New Hampshire presented the Corporate Soul Award, Andrew Hosmer, Autoserv, Paul Gaudet, Jr., Autoserv, and Randy Eifert, Belknap EDC Chair.

Photo (L to R): Chris Kelly, Belknap EDC Board Director /  Bayside ReMax presents Community Impact Award to Scott Crowder, New England Pond Hockey Classic President, and Randy Eifert, Belknap EDC Chair.

 

December 8, 2016 

Congratulations to Justin Slattery, Belknap EDC Director on being a 2016 NH Scholars Champions Award winner!

Awards were presented by Dr. Ed MacKay, Director of Higher Education Commission at the NH Department of Education and Tom Raffio,

President of Northeast Delta Dental/Chair State Board of Education.

 

 

October 4, 2016

Next Week is Manufacturing Week in New Hampshire.

Starting October 10th several Manufacturers in the Lakes Region are hosting tours of their facilities to show students and

the public what they make, discuss the future of their industry, and talk about the types of careers available in

Advanced Manufacturing today. For complete details, click here.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : 16 August 2016

 

BELKNAP EDC RECEIVES A NH TAX CREDIT TOTALING $650,000

FOR THE COLONIAL THEATER REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT FROM THE CDFA

CDFA Awards $5.325 Million in Tax Credits to New Hampshire Nonprofits

The New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) announced today it has awarded $5.325 million in tax credits to 17 nonprofits throughout New Hampshire. The funds will have a significant impact on community and economic development initiatives across the state. Projects receiving tax credits this year range from downtown revitalization and job creation efforts to increasing access to addiction recovery services. 

“This year’s tax credit awardees demonstrate a strong commitment to serving New Hampshire through a variety of initiatives vital to the success of our communities,” commented Taylor Caswell, Executive Director, CDFA. “Our tax credit program plays an important role in strengthening the connection between awarded organizations and their local business community, creating long-lasting public-private partnerships and enabling New Hampshire businesses to make investments that have an impact within their communities.” 

“We’ve seen steady demand from nonprofit organizations seeking funding for their projects, which along with the growing number of New Hampshire businesses interested in participating in the program, makes the program extremely competitive,” stated Caswell. “In 2016 alone, we received 62 applications requesting more than $15 million in funding for around $5 million in available tax credits. The statutory allocation for these important credits has not kept up with demand.” 

The following organizations have been awarded tax credits for their respective projects from CDFA:

Belknap Economic Development Corporation (Laconia) – $650,000: Tax credits will support the renovation of the Colonial Theatre Block in downtown Laconia, including the Colonial Theatre and two additional buildings. These revitalization efforts are expected to spur economic growth through job creation, as well as the development of new retail storefronts and residential, market-rate housing units. 

Read more about the other recipients here.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : 28 March 2016

 

BANK OF NEW HAMPSHIRE SUPPORTS BELKNAP EDC

WITH PURCHASE OF TAX CREDITS

 

Recently, Bank of New Hampshire purchased $10,000.00 in New Hampshire Community Development Investment Program (CDIP) 2016 Tax Credits to support Belknap EDC’s economic development goals and initiatives. “We are proud to support Belknap EDC and its strategic goals which build economic vitality in the Lakes Region,” stated Barry Leonard, Jr., EVP – Chief Commercial Banking Officer for Bank of New Hampshire. “Organizations such as this are critical to businesses and communities here in New Hampshire, they serve an important role in continuing the growth in our state.”

On behalf of the Council, Justin Slattery, Belknap EDC Executive Director, thanked Bank of New Hampshire for its continued commitment to the Lakes Region’s economic development and generous support of Belknap EDC.  “Bank of New Hampshire is a strong partner to Belknap EDC and the bank’s financial support is crucial to ensuring we have capacity to continue to provide technical resources to our business community and help businesses grow and succeed,” stated Slattery.

Bank of New Hampshire, founded in 1831, provides deposit, lending and wealth management products and services to families and businesses throughout New Hampshire. With 21 banking offices throughout New Hampshire and assets exceeding $1 billion, Bank of New Hampshire is the oldest and one of the largest independent banks in the state. Bank of New Hampshire is a mutual organization, focused on the success of the bank’s customers, communities and employees, rather than stockholders.  For more information, call 1-800-832-0912 or visit www.BankNH.com.

 

Belknap EDC is a non-profit regional development corporation. Belknap EDC provides technical assistance and alternative financing to local businesses and works to address the region’s long-term economic development challenges by attracting young talent, supporting entrepreneurs, enhancing workforce development programs, and serving as a catalyst and partner for property development in the region. Visit www.BelknapEDC.org for more information.

Photo Caption (L-R): Justin Slattery, Executive Director for Belknap EDC; Karen Wilson, VP - CRA Officer for Bank of New Hampshire; Barry Leonard, Jr., EVP – Chief Commercial Banking Officer for Bank of New Hampshire and Board Member for Belknap EDC; Randy Eifert, Board Chair for Belknap EDC.

 

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 17 March 2016

BELKNAP EDC HOSTED ITS ANNUAL MEETING ON 3/16

Belknap EDC gathered for its’ annual meeting on Wednesday, March 16th at Lakes Region Community College in Laconia.  The event was sponsored by gold sponsor: Meredith Village Savings Bank; while Cross Insurance, The Laconia Daily Sun and Gunstock Mountain Resort were silver sponsors.  More than a 100 Lakes Region business and civic leaders attended for the Belknap EDC Board of Directors to present the status of the EDC's goals and strategic plan, while presenting the Norman Marsh Leadership Award. 

For more information on Belknap EDC and its strategic plan and goals, click here for the 2015 Annual Report; and catch a review of the Strategic Plan here.  The Belknap Economic Development Council is proud to announce, at its Annual Meeting held March 16th at Lakes Region Community College, the Norman Marsh Leadership Award was presented to Henry Lipman.  The Norman Marsh Leadership award honors the memory of a local businessman who served two decades as a Belknap County Commissioner and four terms as a State Representative; and, whose leadership facilitated the creation and funding of the Belknap Economic Development Council.  The Council presents this award annually to an individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership on economic development issues in our region.  Henry has invested in the betterment of the Lakes Region for many years as a business leader, volunteer, adviser, City Councilor, and friend to many. No economic or community effort is complete without his involvement.  Belknap EDC's Board of Directors were proud to honor Henry Lipman as this year's Norman Marsh Leadership Award winner.

Photo: Randy Eifert, Belknap EDC President, Henry Lipman, Norman Marsh Award Recipient, and Mayor Ed Engler.

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January 12, 2016                                                      Boothby Therapy Services Purchases NH Tax Credits to Support Belknap EDC

(Photo: Left Christopher and Maren Boothby, right Exec. Dir. Justin Slattery)

Recently, Boothby Therapy Services of Laconia, purchased $15,000.00 in New Hampshire Community Development Investment Program (CDIP) Tax Credits which will support Belknap EDC’s strategic goals and initiatives in 2016.  Justin Slattery, Executive Director, thanked Christopher and Maren Boothby, co-owners of Boothby Therapy Services, for their generous support and commitment to building economic opportunity in Belknap County and the Lakes Region. 

Christopher Boothby stated, “On behalf of our over 60 employees, Boothby Therapy Services is proud to support the outstanding work Belknap EDC does in our community.  From revitalization of downtown Laconia, to recruiting the brightest young entrepreneurs and supporting businesses through it business loan funds, Belknap EDC is an essential part of our Lakes Region’s successful future.”

Boothby Therapy Services is NH’s largest provider of therapy services (Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Augmentative Communication, Vision Services) to school districts.   Boothby also provides important consulting and training services to schools to improve the quality and efficiency of services to students with special needs and save taxpayers money.  More information can be found at http://www.boothbytherapy.com/.