BIA seeks input on 2017-18 legislative agenda

Nine roundtables around state to help shape policy priorities


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The Business and Industry Association of NH is shaping its legislative agenda for 2017-18, and it’s seeking the input of New Hampshire businesses in setting those priorities.

The BIA will be holding a series of nine roundtables throughout the state in June. The discussions will be hosted by local chambers of commerce and trade associations along with the BIA.

“These grassroots gatherings are an important part of BIA’s policy-setting process,” said Dave Juvet, senior vice president of public policy. “Employers of all sizes, from a variety of fields and geographic locations, can voice their concerns about legislative and regulatory challenges affecting their companies. Participants will help rank these challenges and recommend action steps for BIA.”

The roundtables are the first in a four-step process of developing BIA policy positions. After input from roundtable participants has been collated, a survey will be created for all BIA members to rank their priorities. BIA staff analyzes these results and brings recommended action steps to its five policy committees in August.

After that, policy committee recommendations are taken to the board of directors, which determines BIA’s legislative and regulatory agenda for the next two years.

According to Juvet, “BIA’s current public policy principles include – among other priorities – advocating for measures which minimize onerous permitting or regulation, minimizing cost-shifting to the private sector, and fostering a well-trained workforce. We remain opposed to efforts which unfairly impact New Hampshire businesses, or inappropriately affect their ability to compete.”

The scheduled roundtables:

 • Monadnock Region with Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce,

People's United Bank, 122 West St., Keene, Monday, June 20, 1-2:30 p.m.

 • Greater Nashua area with Greater Hudson, Greater Nashua, Merrimack and Souhegan Valley chambers of commerce,

Nashua Community College, Wellness Center Conference Room, 505 Amherst St., Nashua, Tuesday, June 21, 9-10:30 a.m.

 • Upper Valley, with Hanover Area and Lebanon Area chambers of commerce, Hypertherm, 21 Great Hollow Rd., Hanover, Wednesday, June 22, 9-10:30 a.m.

 • Greater Manchester, with Greater Manchester and TriTown chambers of commerce, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, 54 Hanover St., Manchester, Wednesday, June 22, 1-2:30 p.m.

 • Londonderry/Salem area with Greater Derry Londonderry and Greater Salem chambers of commerce, Searles School and Chapel, 35 Range Rd., Windham, Thursday, June 23, 9-10:30 a.m.

 • Seacoast, with Exeter Area, Greater Dover, Greater Portsmouth, Greater Rochester and Hampton Area chambers of commerce, Pierce Atwood, 1 New Hampshire Ave., Suite 350, Portsmouth, Monday, June 27, 1-2:30 p.m.

 • Greater Concord, with Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, 49 S. Main St., No. 104, Concord, Tuesday, June 28, 9-10:30 a.m.

 • Lakes Region, with Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce and Lakes Region Tourism Association, Community Learning Center, 61 Laconia Rd., Tilton, Tuesday, June 28, 1-2:30 p.m.

 • Littleton area, with Littleton Area and Western White Mountains chambers of commerce, Littleton Opera House, 2 Union St., Littleton, Wednesday, June 29, 9-10:30 a.m.

Attendance is open to business and community leaders and BIA and chamber of commerce members. There is no charge to participate, but RSVPs are suggested for planning purposes.

To reserve a spot, contact Lucie LaBambard at 603-224-5388, ext. 100 or visit BIAofNH.com/roundtables.

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