Windham advised on encouraging business development
Community Development Director Laura Scott said the idea was to encourage community development in the town as it continues to grow.
Scott added that it's important for people to understand what companies are looking for when considering a new location, as well as what the Windham community can do to be more business-friendly.
The keynote speaker was Michael Bergeron, a lead recruiter with the state Department of Resources and Economic Development.
In New Hampshire, unemployment rates continue to decline while manufacturing output is on the rise.
Bergeron said housing prices are "at the best levels since 2006," while the state's housing price average of $200,000 falls a bit lower than the national average.
Consumer goods are also showing an upward trend.
"I think a lot of people were holding off buying things like cars and washing machines, and now we're seeing a trend in general consumer goods. Things are wearing out," Bergeron said.
Not all the news is positive, however. Bergeron said state trends indicate a "very slow job recovery."
"The growth in employment areas is very, very slow, and we're seeing increased debt in general.
Recent college graduates are finding themselves in a competitive job market, and some are having a difficult time, Bergeron said.
Bergeron warned that local and state boards can often deter business development by being too focused on small, technical issues or requiring companies to pay for infrastructure that the town could have paid for in advance.
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