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By collaborating with a wide variety of public and private partners, we act as a catalyst for economic growth and change in Grafton County.
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In the News...
Loan Application to Assist in Creating 105 New Jobs
July 21, 2014
With the help of GCEDC, the Town of Lincoln Selectboard recently voted to "enthusiastically endorse" a Community Development Block Grant application to the NH Community Development Finance Authority. If successful, funds will be sub-granted to the GCEDC in order to provide financing to the new Riverwalk at Loon Mountain resort project on a reclaimed brownfields site in Lincoln. That project is expected to eventually eclipse over $38 million in assorted construction and development costs and result in 105 new jobs.
The GCEDC would use the funds to provide partial financing for the project with the returned principal payments being used to financing other Grafton County businesses.
Partnership Assists over 400 Businesses & Entrepreneurs!
July 3, 2014
Between July 1st, 2014 and June 30th, 2014, the Enterprise Center at Plymouth provided seminars, workshops, and individual business counseling to over 400 central New Hampshire businesses.
The Enterprise Center was created in 2013 as a result of a partnership between Plymouth State University and the GCEDC. Other partners include Belknap County EDC, the NH Dept of Resources & Economic Development, and the NH Small Business Development Centers. Financial support comes from the NH Community Development Finance Authority.
For more information on upcoming seminars and workshops, click here for the Enterprise Center's website.
Federal VIP Visits Enterprise Center
May 27, 2014
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Development, US Department of Commerce, Matt Erskine recently visited the Enterprise Center at Plymouth. Secretary Erskine was in New Hampshire visiting federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) projects and prioritized a visit Plymouth. During the tour, Secretary Erskine was visibly impressed by the entrepreneurial companies within and the jobs they're creating. We couldn't agree more!
In 2013, EDA provided $781,250 toward the construction of the Enterprise Center. (picture: GCEDC CEO Mark Scarano, left, shows Secretary Erskine plans for future interior construction of the Enterprise Center).
Micro-Enterprise Grant to Assist Local Businesses
May 15, 2014
The New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority voted to recommend a $77,000 CDBG Micro-Enterprise grant to the Enterprise Center at Plymouth; a partnership between the Grafton County Economic Development Council and Plymouth State University.
Funds will be used to continue the Enterprise Center's highly regarded business assistance seminars, help pay for continued Small Business Development Center counseling, and assist the GCEDC in providing micro-loans to Grafton County businesses.
SBA Names Scarano "NH Small Business Champion of the Year"
April 27, 2014
GCEDC Chief Executive Officer Mark Scarano was honored with the SBA's NH Small Business Champion of the Year award in consideration of his work in developing the Enterprise Center at Plymouth business incubator.
GCEDC Supports Small Business Counseling
December 4, 2013
Business owners seeking free and confidential counseling now have a local option thanks to the GCEDC's new partnership with the UNH Small Business Development Centers. Sally Holder, CPA, was recently hired to provide one-on-one advice to Grafton County's small businesses. Holder has a strong financial background and is available to meet with businesses at their location or at the Enterprise Center at Plymouth business incubator. Holder can be reached by cell phone at (603) 397-8404 or by email at Sally.Holder@unh.edu Financial support for this partnership comes from the NH Community Development Finance Authority.
GCEDC Receives Grant to Complete ECP
November 2, 2013
Thanks to a $145,000 grant from the Northern Border Regional Commission, the GCEDC will be able to complete the interior fit up of the Enterprise Center at Plymouth (ECP). The Enterprise Center is a partnership between the GCEDC and Plymouth State University. Previous awards allowed the GCEDC to construct a three story building but with the second floor and half of the third floor undeveloped.
The Northern Border Regional Commission is a federal agency with broad authority to issue grants for economic, transportation, and broadband projects in the northern counties of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York.
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