Henniker gets serious about economic development
The town of Henniker recently formed its first-ever Economic Development Committee, and wants the world to know “Henniker is Open for Business.”
In August, the Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the formation of an Economic Development Committee as a new Standing Committee. The Committee’s charge is to identify strategies for keeping, expanding and attracting appropriate businesses to the community. Kris Blomback, Chairman of the Board of Selectman, said “I am pleased to see the formation of this group. Supporting our existing businesses and bringing in new ones is so important to help our town diversify its tax base, which should help to reduce the property tax burden for our residents.” Blomback is also a member of the Economic Development Committee, and is General Manager of Pat’s Peak Ski Area, one of the area’s largest employers.
Economic Development Committee member and State Representative Laurie Sanborn said, “I am thrilled to be part of the economic development efforts in our town. Henniker is such a special place to live, play and learn. We also want to make sure it’s a great place to work or own a business. Our efforts will be focused on keeping our existing employers in town as well as bringing in new ones. We hope creation of this Committee sends the message loud and clear: Henniker is Open for Business.”
Mark Fougere, Henniker’s Planning Consultant, is leading the efforts of the Economic Development Committee. Fougere owns his own planning consulting business, and provides community planning assistance to other New Hampshire towns as well as businesses throughout the state. “This economic development initiative has the full support of Henniker’s elected officials and staff. We will be working to identify strategies for actively promoting and pursing new businesses locating in Henniker,” said Fougere.
Terry Stamps, who represents the Conservation Commission on the Economic Development Committee, added “One of the first actions for the committee is to meet with current businesses and explore how Henniker supports them as well as what could be improved.”
The Committee began meeting this month, and plans to meet twice monthly on a regular basis. In addition to Kris Blomback, Terry Stamps and Laurie Sanborn, voting members include John Weber, Paula Amato from New England College, Jason Michie representing the Planning Board, and Johanna Michie representing the Chamber of Commerce. Alternate members include Scott Dias, Paul Sheppard, and Patricia Kovacs.