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Oct. 9 - Governor Hassan Kicks Off Annual Advanced Manufacturing and High Technology Summit

Press Release

For Immediate Release
October 9, 2015

Communications Office

Governor Hassan Kicks Off Annual Advanced Manufacturing and High Technology Summit

MANCHESTER – Highlighting the importance of advanced manufacturing and high technology to creating jobs, expanding middle class opportunity and keeping New Hampshire’s economy moving in the right direction, Governor Maggie Hassan today kicked off the 13th Annual Governor’s Advanced Manufacturing and High Technology Summit.

“As the state’s largest industry, manufacturing is critical to helping New Hampshire lead in the innovation economy of the 21st century, creating good jobs and keeping our state’s economy moving in the right direction,” Governor Hassan said. “It is critically important that leaders from business, education institutions and the public sector come together at events like this to exchange ideas and work together to build on our bipartisan progress and move New Hampshire forward.” 

The summit is presented by the Business and Industry Association, the New Hampshire High Technology Council, the New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development and is the culmination of Manufacturing Week in New Hampshire, which brings together industry, education, economic development and state government partners for workshops and networking opportunities aimed at sharing best practices to help the industry continue to grow and create more jobs. 

“Our country’s economy continues to strengthen – and in many respects, New Hampshire remains ahead of the curve,” Governor Hassan said. “Advanced manufacturing and high technology are helping to lead the way, but we know that there is more we need to do to keep our economy moving forward, to keep manufacturing jobs in New Hampshire and to attract new advanced manufacturing and high technology companies to the Granite State.” 

Building on her efforts to support an innovation economy that expands middle class opportunity and creates new jobs, Governor Hassan enacted a fiscally responsible, compromise budget in September that includes business tax cuts while providing important safeguards that protect the state’s ability to support critical priorities in future budgets, including a strong and healthy workforce pipeline, a modern transportation system and safe communities. 

To support high-technology businesses starting up in New Hampshire, Governor Hassan and the Business Finance Authority launched Live Free and Start last year, an initiative aimed at creating jobs and making it easier for technology companies to start, grow and flourish in New Hampshire. 

Governor Hassan and the Department of Resources and Economic Development also recently announced the second annual manufacturing video contest that partners participating schools across the state with local manufacturers to produce a video focused on career opportunities in manufacturing in order to introduce middle school students to careers of the future in advanced manufacturing.

Governor Hassan proclaimed October 2 through October 9 as Manufacturing Week in New Hampshire in order to recognize manufacturing’s critical role in New Hampshire’s economy. During Manufacturing Week, middle and high school students across the state made more than 1,600 visits to more than 40 businesses, as well as the state’s community colleges.