Published DateNORTHFIELD — Leadership Lakes Region recently held its Economic Issues Day at the Spaulding Youth Center in Northfield.
The day was sponsored by PSNH and began with a welcome and tour given by Spaulding CEO Susan Calegari.
The leadership class then listened to a panel discussion entitled "Lakes Region Economy – A Professional's View" which was facilitated by LLR alumna and board member Colleen Elliott of Bank of NH. The panel included Russ Thibeault, CEO/Owner of Applied Economic Research, James Aberg, Executive Director of the Franklin Business & Industrial Development Corp and Dennis Delay of the NH Center for Public Policy Studies.
After being treated to a lunch with Spaulding's students and staff members the LLR class participated in a series of team building activities led by Jason Sterner, Outdoor Education Coordinator at the Spaulding Youth Center.
The day continued with a presentation given by PSNH's Community Relations Manager Patrick McDermott. McDermott spoke about PSNH's partnership with the State's Economic Development Office to help expand current businesses while encouraging new businesses to relocate or expand in NH. He also discussed PSNH's various forms of alternative energy to include wind, solar and hydro initiatives.
Next on the agenda was a presentation on "How the Economy Impacts Services to the Public" given by Chief Kevin LaChapelle of the Franklin Fire Department and Chief Robert Cormier of the Tilton Police Department.
After a lively question and answer period the class then traveled to Tilton where they toured
3M Co. and AutoServ of Tilton. The class learned of the one-of-a-kind in the US specialty paper products produced at 3M. Plant Manager, Joe LaPlante, introduced two 3M technicians making small sample specialty papers for the electric industry in a Tilton lab prior to implementing full-scale production.
At AutoServ, ownership team member Andrew Hosmer, also a state senator, spoke to the class about staying competitive in a highly competitive industry. He explained the AutoServ for Life Program as an example, as well as, their innovative workout center and on-premises restaurant for customers and staff.
Economic Issues Day is the fifth in a series of eight program days put on by Leadership Lakes Region.
The program's mandate is to educate today's leaders in the issues facing our region focusing on
History and Culture, Social Services, Education, Economic Development, Healthcare, Political Issues, the impact of our natural resources on the region and the importance of leadership and community involvement. The program runs from October to May each year. For more information on the program, contact Jennifer McLean, Program Coordinator at 524-6791 or visit their website at www.leadershiplakesregion.org.
Leadership Lakes Region's Tania Baert and Hope Jordan join Spaulding Youth Center's CEO Susan Calegari (center) during Economic Issues Day. (Courtesy photo)