Bienvenue, McGranite State visitors; officials mull naming rights to welcome centers
By PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader | October 26. 2013 9:58PM
It may sound funny, but it's not far-fetched, according to a program to sell naming rights to roughly a dozen welcome and information centers the state hopes to have operating by January.
In 2013, state legislators looked at the merits of establishing a committee to weigh the merits of selling naming rights for these structures.
"Other states are just beginning to dip their toes into the pool when it comes to ideas like this," said McGuire.
McGuire's bill, HB 534, would have allowed the DOT commissioner to "issue a request for proposals (RFP) to sell naming rights for a particular structure, including but not limited to bridges, overpasses, and exits, to the highest bidder." The Legislature's website lists the bill's status as "Retained in Committee." All bills retained in committee for action shall be acted on during the second-year of session unless the House of Representatives suspends the rules.
"We are open to any kind of innovative financing initiatives to meet our funding challenges that would help address New Hampshire's transportation needs," Boynton wrote.