GILFORD — Starting at 6 p.m. on Monday, September 30 at the Gilford Public Library, 31 Potter Hill Road, Gilford, the Lakes Region Planning Commission (LRPC) is convening a meeting that will feature a presentation on the well-being of the NH Economy and areas where new opportunities may await.
Economic conditions in the Lakes Region are influenced greatly by demographic and economic factors elsewhere in the state and throughout New England. According to some, the economic drivers such as, consistent population growth, increased productivity, and a resilient economy that have powered the state over the past 30 years may have run their course. Researchers say that due to reasons such as more people leaving than staying, decreased labor productivity, and an aging population will require the state to adapt to a new economic reality for years to come. Joining the LRPC to expand upon this theme and the implications for the region and communities is Dennis Delay, chief economist from the NH Center for Public Policy Studies.
Along the theme of economic development, the LRPC recently completed a draft comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) for the Lakes Region, in cooperation with area economic development councils. The CEDS is to serve as a roadmap for increased economic opportunities, and to qualify projects for possible funding assistance from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. Commissioners will be asked to endorse the plan in addition to accepting the FY 14 Annual Report, and adopting the FY 15 membership appropriations and revised organizational Mission and Vision statements.