Carmen Lorentz is moving from one dream job to another
GILMANTON — Carmen Lorentz has been working to bring new levels of economic development to the Lakes Region, her home, in her role as executive director of Belknap County Economic Development Council.
Having earned a master's degree in public policy from the University of Maryland, she spent years working in other countries, helping teach ideas of transparent, effective government. She also worked for a firm in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on the same issues.
"New York State is very, very bureaucratic," she said. "These are important concepts for local governments."
She married her husband, Jonathan, and they had a son, Julius, while trying to get back near her hometown of Gilmanton.
When the job at the BCEDC opened up, she thought, "Wow, that would be the perfect job for me," and she and her family moved back to Gilmanton.
Her focus at the council has been development of the workforce and spreading awareness of opportunities in Belknap County, which are underestimated by some, she said.
"There's no four-year educational institution in this county, so young people don't come here and learn what a great place it is to work and live," she said. "But there are a lot of opportunities here. There are manufacturing companies and other businesses that make thisa great place to be."
Among her successes in the county is development of a business plan for new Web-based software that facilitates internships for high school students. That website is called www.lakesregioninternships.com.
Now, at age 37, she has a new position, another "perfect job," she says: She is the new director of the state Division of Economic Development.
"I was very honored to be approached and asked to fill this position," she said.
She serves on the board of directors of The Winnipesaukee Playhouse and on the board of trustees of the Taylor Community. Lorentz also serves on the steering committee for the N.H. Creative Communities Network and is vice chair of the N.H. Alliance of Regional Development Corporations.
She consideres her last major achievement as being nominated by Gov. Hassan to be the next director of the N.H. Division of Economic Development, and she sees the biggest problem facing New Hampshire as retaining and attracting young talent.
Her favorite place in New Hampshire is on the water or at the beach, especially on Lake Winnipesaukee or Lake Winnisquam.