NHGSA 25th Anniversary: In full swing after a successful Economic Development January theme

It’s hard to believe that we are already through the first month of our 25th anniversary…and what a successful month it was!  We launched full swing into our 25th anniversary projects and our monthly schedule.  The Economic Development theme for January included additional content on the website, such as NH relocation resources, as well as several presentations.  

NHGSA was pleased to work with Katrina Evans, Assistant Director of New Hampshire Employment Security’s Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau (ELMIB).  She gave an informative virtual presentation of the ELMI website and their available resources.  It is helpful for GSAs to know some job-related information when speaking with guests who might want to make NH their home!

We also hosted a virtual lecture on the health benefits of tea, presented by Danielle Beaudette of The Cozy Tea Cart.  This educational and engaging presentation inspired many of us to throw away our bagged tea and look for new varieties at Danielle’s store!  As a small local business, The Cozy Tea Cart is an instrumental part of the local economy.

Our Conversations with Emily Interview series has continued into 2021, and we will often feature organizations that correspond with our monthly themes.  In January, we recorded interviews with Tru by Hilton (also a virtual tour), Diz’s Cafe, Morgan Franklin Fellowship Foundation, and the NH Rail Trail Coalition.  Each of these organizations contributes to economic development in their own way, through the local economy and the hospitality and tourism industries.

We continue to plan and connect with partners around the state. In January, we conducted an operations meeting with our GSAs, we started a conversation with the NH Lodging & Restaurant Association regarding a student program, and we facilitated an operations meeting with the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport directors. 

We also hosted a technical training with AERY, focused on how to use augmented reality to view NH art using the app AERY viewing room. The Manchester-Boston Regional Airport features work from the League of NH Craftsmen in virtual augmented reality. GSAs can learn how to navigate the exhibit and assist guests with their viewing.

Each week, we feature organizations in our newsletters.  We featured the NH Rail Trails Coalition – Rail Trails Challenge and we featured the Northeast Organic Farming Association of NH for agriculture. For the NH State Parks, we spotlighted Arethusa Falls – Crawford Notch State Park and White Lake State Park for State Parks, and for NH History, we provided information on new historical sites added to NH’s Register of Historical Places and Seven to Save.

In February, our White Mountains month, we will publish a variety of interviews with different White Mountains businesses, including Museum of the White Mountains, NHSCOT – Highland Games, WREN, and more.  We will also host a live virtual tour of the current Museum of the White Mountains exhibit on February 11th at 3:30.  We are actively promoting the Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network “Winter in the Whites” Virtual Opening for February 12th.  And we are also hosting an Adventures in the White Mountains: Outdoor Recreation Panel on February 25th at 9:00.  It is shaping up to be an exciting month! 

About New Hampshire Granite State Ambassadors

New Hampshire Granite State Ambassadors add value to state agencies, local businesses, and individuals through a training and service support network that sustains and enhances the New Hampshire experience. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization, NHGSA serves hundreds of travel and tourism-related businesses.

Find out more about NHGSA, Inc. at https://nhgranitestateambassadors.org/ Our key partners are the NH Division of Travel and Tourism and the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.