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March 27. 2013 8:56PM

BIA developing strategic plan

CONCORD - The Business and Industry Association is developing a strategic economic plan for New Hampshire, the group announced this week. The plan, which the statewide chamber of commerce will unveil late this year, will include a vision statement, eight to 10 supporting goals, benchmark data and a series of recommended steps.

The aim is to design a plan that underscores the state's strengths and identifies weaknesses needing correction and outlines opportunities to position the state for the years ahead, said BIA President Jim Roche.

"For years, our members have expressed unease about the direction of the state, despite the fact that, by many measures, New Hampshire is a good place to live and do business," Roche said in a statement. "They are concerned that the good things we enjoy in New Hampshire seem to happen by chance rather than through thoughtful decision-making."

BIA is forming several groups of stakeholders in several topic areas, which include energy and regulated utilities, fiscal policy, health care, regulatory environment, education, workforce skills and labor pool, workforce housing, infrastructure, and natural and cultural resources.

Stakeholder group meetings will begin in April. To register, visit and go to April 26 on the events calendar. Meetings will be held in Concord or Manchester.