On Tuesday, October 11th, Governor Chris Sununu toured 3 new businesses located in the Granite State Business Park (GSBP).
According to Economic Development Director Michael Scala, the City invited Governor Sununu to attend the Grand Opening Tour “so that he could take part in celebrating the success and rapid growth of the GSBP over the past few years.”
“We’re grateful to Governor Sununu for making time in his busy schedule to tour all 3 of the most recent additions to the GSBP,” said Scala. “Rochester has been recognized most recently for its residential development efforts, but we’re excited to acknowledge the tremendous growth within our industrial parks as well.”
During his remarks, Governor Sununu quipped that “New Hampshire is the fastest-growing State in the Northeast with lots of new businesses and jobs.” Sununu stated that in order to bring in new industries and jobs, New Hampshire needs additional housing for its employees.
“At the end of the day, you need to be able to bring new folks in,” said Sununu. “People want to be in New Hampshire — there’s no doubt about that.”
Sununu applauded Rochester’s efforts to support new housing development, adding that “Rochester has led with housing and has become a great model for the rest of the State.”
“We have a statewide housing problem and Rochester is ahead of the game,” Sununu continued. “There are many other New Hampshire communities that have not been able to create the additional housing needed to bring in new employees. They’re not doing the things Rochester has done to be successful.”
Sununu met personally with executives and staff members from LDI Solutions, Pella Windows & Doors of New England, and Prep Partners Group. He stated that “the job of the government is to find out what the needs of the businesses are, what the State can do to help, and then get out of the way.”
“The rest of the country is feeling the pain of inflation. It’s a national crisis,” said Sununu. “The supply chain issues are absolutely crushing people. When it comes to any talks of a pending recession, my job is to make sure we’re the last ones in and the first ones out.”
According to Scala, aside from a few remaining parcels, the GSBP is nearly full. For more information, contact the Office of Economic Development at (603) 335-7522 or visit www.rochesternh.gov/economic-development.