$730K federal grant will help fund construction of 10,000-square-foot new businesss enterprise center in Plymouth

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Grafton County Economic Development Council has won a $731,000 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to create a new business resource center in Plymouth, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced Monday.

Shaheen sent a letter to Commerce Secretary John Bryson in December in support of the grant, highlighting how the new Enterprise Center will provide important resources to New Hampshire businesses looking to grow and ...

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Grafton County Economic Development Council has won a $731,000 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to create a new business resource center in Plymouth, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced Monday.

Shaheen sent a letter to Commerce Secretary John Bryson in December in support of the grant, highlighting how the new Enterprise Center will provide important resources to New Hampshire businesses looking to grow and expand.

The Enterprise Center will build on the development council’s recent success partnering with Dartmouth College to run the Dartmouth Regional Technology Center, which has created more than 200 jobs since opening in 2006. The development council will partner with PSU on the new center.

“Located in downtown Plymouth, adjacent to Plymouth State University, this facility would be a one-stop shop for businesses in central New Hampshire seeking technical assistance, business counseling, or physical space,” Shaheen wrote in the letter. “By offering a comprehensive suite of business services, access to state and federal business assistance providers, and flexible space and leases, the Enterprise Center would foster new business developing in New Hampshire.”

"We are extremely pleased that the EDA has decided to fund this crucial economic development project,” said Mark Scarano, executive director of the Grafton County Economic Development Council. “This funding and the strong partnership we've developed with Plymouth State University will enable us to assist new and emerging businesses in central New Hampshire. We're very appreciative of Senator Shaheen's efforts to promote the project to federal funders."

Once completed, the Enterprise Center will be a three-story, 10,250-square-foot building featuring dedicated space for focus groups, sales skill development and video production. The center will also offer on-site staff to provide business clients with financial, legal and web services designed to help grow businesses.