Top 10 Reasons to Move your Business to the Capital Region

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AN EDUCATED WORKFORCE

• Concord boasts five institutions of higher learning and some of the highest post-secondary graduation rates in the country, with a local high school graduation rate that exceeds 82% and 35.7% of the population having a bachelor’s degree or greater. UNH School of Law is routinely recognized as one of the nation’s top patent law institutions, and NHTI, Concord’s Community College provides customized training programs for employers throughout the region. Training grants are available through the Office of Workforce Opportunity.

EASE OF TRAVEL

• Concord sits at the juncture of three interstates (I-93, I-89 and I-393) and is easily the most centrally located and accessible city in New Hampshire. Concord is close to Boston, the majestic White Mountains and New Hampshire’s pristine seacoast.
• Just 20 minutes from downtown Concord, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport serves as a regional hub for connections worldwide. It is hassle-free and easily accessible with amenities and services that rival any international hub.
• Located 2 miles from downtown Concord, Concord Municipal Airport is a 614-acre general aviation facility offering aircraft services and fueling for private aircraft and corporate jets through a fixed base operator.
• Round-trip direct coach bus service is available seven days a week from Concord to Boston’s Logan International Airport just one hour south, and midtown Manhattan —morning departures arrive in New York City by noon.

A VIBRANT DOWNTOWN

• Concord’s newly redeveloped downtown is the jewel of the City. Boutique shops, pocket parks, and a variety of restaurants (many with seasonal outdoor seating!) populate a charming and pedestrian-friendly environment anchored on the south end by Capitol Center for the Arts and the historic New Hampshire State House on the north. Coffee shops, an independent bookstore and independent movie theater are just a few of the amenities that make downtown Concord a popular visitor destination, rich in history and culture.

HIGH QUALITY SCHOOLS

• Public school students in and around Concord benefit from state-of-the-art facilities, low student teacher ratios and outstanding advanced curricular and extracurricular opportunities. Four of Concord’s five K-6 schools are brand new. Private academic institutions include the nationally ranked St. Paul’s boarding school, the Shaker Road School, Bishop Brady High School, Concord Christian Academy, Trinity Christian School and St. John’s Regional School. Public (and private) high school graduation and matriculation rates are among the highest in the country.

EXCELLENT HEALTHCARE

• With more than 800 health care professionals and cutting-edge facilities, Concord’s thriving medical community provides residents with first-class care. Concord Hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Concord and numerous subsidiaries and clinics provide innovative acute, primary and specialty care together with health, wellness and comprehensive diagnostics.

OUTSTANDING RECREATION

• Outdoor enthusiasts would be hard pressed to find a better combination of city amenities and country lifestyle. Opportunities for boating, golfing, fishing, hiking, hunting, cycling, skiing, and so much more are abundant within Concord’s 64 square miles. The city boasts over 7,000 acres of open space, 65 miles of hiking trails, and seven neighborhood parks, each with its own public swimming pool, tennis courts and other amenities. Tourism is New Hampshire’s second largest industry, and people travel from around the world to experience the breathtaking natural beauty of the Granite State, all of it easily accessible from the Capital Region, and turn out in record numbers for New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s annual NASCAR event. The venue is just 10 minutes from Concord and seats in excess of 100,000 people, making it the largest sports arena in New England.

NH’S CULTURAL HOT SPOT

• The list of Concord’s cultural assets rivals any city of its size in New England. Capitol Center for the Arts is New Hampshire’s largest performing arts theater, featuring Broadway shows, opera, comedy acts and top musical performances. Concord Community Music School is the state’s largest community music school and recognized nationally for program innovation. The Museum of New Hampshire History, Tuck Library, the State House, plentiful public and private art galleries, Kimball Jenkins School of Art, and McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center are but a few examples.

ACCESS TO POLICYMAKERS

• Concord is the seat of state and county government. As such, businesses in Concord have outstanding access to elected leaders on public policy issues. Our “citizen legislature” is comprised of 400 representatives and 24 senators that earn $100 per year. Government in New Hampshire is accessible, transparent and fair.

RESPONSIVE CITY STAFF

• Highly skilled city staff is ready to assist businesses interested in relocating or expanding. The working relationship between the Chamber of Commerce and City leadership is excellent.

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, READY TO SERVE

• The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, New Hampshire’s state capital chamber of commerce, is the state’s fastest-growing chamber representing more than 900 businesses and organizations in the Capital Region. Member benefits include advocacy, public policy, business and professional development, community promotion, B2B networking, a Young Professional Network and ready access to New Hampshire’s business leaders.

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