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Manchester biz advocate to run Stay Work Play

New Hampshire Union Leader

August 17. 2017 8:56PM

MANCHESTER — The statewide group dedicated to try and keep young people from leaving New Hampshire turned to a Derry-Londonderry chamber executive and Manchester resident as its new executive director.

Will Stewart takes over for Kate Luczko as the head of Stay Work Play New Hampshire.

Luczko had run the group since 2010 and was its first president and chief executive officer.

Board of Directors Co-Chairman Kristyn Van Ostern said Stewart emerged as the ideal candidate.

“He’s a proven leader on economic development, tourism and issues important to young people, and embodies Stay Work Play’s mission,” Van Ostern said in a statement. “Our board is thrilled to have Will’s expertise and skill set advocating for young workers in New Hampshire.”

Stewart is himself a transplant having lived in Mississippi and Tennessee before coming to the Granite State.

Among the initiatives Stewart has worked on as president of the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce are to advocate expansion of Interstate 93 and a new Exit 4A, the 633-acre Woodmont Commons development and the Granite State Rail Trail.

“I couldn’t be more excited to join Stay Work Play, which has established itself as the leading voice on what is one of our state’s most pressing issues: the need to attract and retain more young workers,” Stewart said. “I look forward to leveraging my local and regional experience to a statewide level and leading the organization through the next phase of its development by developing and executing an action-oriented agenda to meet this critical need in a real and measurable way.”

Stewart is also a candidate for Ward 2 alderman in Manchester this fall.

Last year Stewart authored a book, “An Insider’s Guide to Manchester” that showcased what’s unique about the city and was aimed at those in their 20s and 30s who are the target demographic for Stay Work Play.

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