Justin Slattery is new executive director of Belknap Economic Development Council

LACONIA — Justin Slattery has been named executive director of the Belknap Economic Development Corporation. He succeeds Carmen Lorentz, who served in the position for three years before leaving recently to take the position as head of the New Hampshire Department of Economic Development.

The announcement was made by Sean Sullivan, chair of the BEDC board of directors.

Slattery has been on the job since February 24.

A native of the state, Slattery graduated from the University of New Hampshire and has worked in both public and private sector positions for more than 12 years working to build economic development opportunities in New Hampshire. He most recently was employed at the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development where he worked statewide on economic development projects and workforce development initiatives. He has served on several state boards and committees including the Governor's Advanced Manufacturing Educational Advisory Council and the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Advisory Committee.

Slattery's career started as an aide to Governor John Lynch. He has worked extensively in talent management and acquisition positions for several leading New Hampshire firms and was employed by the Workforce Investment Act program working on workforce development projects statewide.

As Belknap EDC executive director, Slattery will be responsible for the development and delivery of programs and services designed to promote economic vitality in Belknap County and the greater Lakes Region. He will direct the organization's budgets, grant administration, revolving loan fund, and strategic planning.

Belknap EDC was founded in 1992, and is one of ten non-profit regional development corporations in the State of New Hampshire. The organization operates a $3 million revolving loan fund that provides gap financing for local businesses and partners with the NH Small Business Development Center and SCORE to provide technical assistance to local businesses. Recently, the organization has focused resources on workforce development programs, developing strategies to retain and attract young talent to the region, and supporting creative entrepreneurs.