New Hampshire's Business News for June 10

A look at today's top business headlines, including: Former shoe plant in Berlin eyed as hotel site, Bike Week set to begin, NH gets an overall ‘B’ grade for manufacturing sector, Game Creek Video founder named Entrepreneur of the Year, Hassan unveils economic plan as she runs for Senate


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Former shoe plant in Berlin eyed as hotel site  The North Country got some good economic news Thursday when local businessman Bob Chapman announced that he had three tenants signed up for his former paper mill property in Groveton, and that he was looking for someone interested in building a hotel here on the site of the former Converse and Bass shoe plants. – NH UNION LEADER

Gov. Maggie Hassan visits Lakes Region to launch 93rd annual Bike Week  New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan visited Laconia on Thursday morning to help kick off the annual extravaganza at a special press conference, and said the event has a $2 billion economic impact upon the state every year. – LACONIA CITIZEN

Derry councilors fund I-93 Exit 4A study As the path continues on toward the eventual completion of the often embattled Interstate 93 Exit 4A, town councilors approved the next step on the project. – LAWRENCE EAGLE-TRIBUNE

Growing New Hampshire's food system  The local food system isn’t as organized here as it is in other states. Lack of funding and staffing at the state level has left much of the organizing to the University of New Hampshire’s Sustainability Institute, which tries to work with farmers, fishermen, distributors, business owners, educators and nonprofits. – CONCORD MONITOR

NH gets an overall ‘B’ grade for manufacturing sector  New Hampshire remains in the top dozen or so states when it comes to the help of its overall manufacturing sector, but there’s definitely room for improvement, according to Ball State University’s newly released 2016 Manufacturing and Logistics Report. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

Administrators to leave Dartmouth tech transfer office  Tillman Gerngross, the Dartmouth College professor and founder of several highly successful biotech companies in the Upper Valley, us stepping down from his leadership position at the school’s Office of Entrepreneurship & Technology Transfer.  Also leaving the office will be Trip Davis, executive director. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

DHHS to hold meeting on Pease well blood test results  A public meeting is scheduled on the blood test results from people who were exposed to dangerous chemicals at the former Pease Air Force Base. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

Contested solar array to be allowed in Concord  For the second time, the Concord zoning board has voted to allow a family’s solar array in their rural neighborhood. – CONCORD MONITOR

Henniker: Plans for Dollar General move forward despite public opposition  After Wednesday’s public hearing on the plan for a 9,100-square-foot Dollar General to be built on Route 114, the Henniker Planning Board has 65 days to make a decision on the project that prompted 1,200 petitioners to object. – CONCORD MONITOR

Game Creek Video founder named Entrepreneur of the Year  Patrick Sullivan, president and co-founder of Hudson-based Game Creek Video, a company that provides mobile high-def video and television production services for sporting events throughout the U.S. and the world, has been named the 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year by the NH High Tech Council. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

NH attorney general: Maker of OxyContin distributes ‘misleading information’ to doctors  Less than a month after getting legislative approval to investigate the marketing habits of drug companies, the state attorney general’s office has narrowed its probe to just one, Purdue Pharma, accusing the enterprise of distributing “misleading information” to doctors about its breakout painkiller OxyContin. – CONCORD MONITOR

As NH overdose deaths rise, a plea for funds for 'Granite Hammer'  As the number of deaths from drug overdoses continues to climb, a Manchester police officer told a legislative committee Thursday that his department has no money to continue its crackdown on drug dealers. – NH UNION LEADER

Great Bay Community College is changing its business program  Great Bay Community College says it is changing its business program to better serve the needs of the state. – NH UNION LEADER

Hassan unveils economic plan as she runs for Senate  Gov. Maggie Hassan has detailed “Innovate NH 2.0” during a news conference Thursday, touting it as a comprehensive approach to bolstering the U.S. economy and revitalizing the middle class. – NH UNION LEADER

Jeanie Forrester, Mark Connolly file to run for governor  Republican Jeanie Forrester, a state senator from Meredith, and former Bureau of Securities Regulations Director Mark Connolly, a Democrat, of New Castle, filed for the their parties’ gubernatorial nominations Wednesday. – NH UNION LEADER

O'Connor quits Democratic Party, to run as independent  Congressional hopeful Shawn O'Connor announced today he will quit the Democratic Party and run for the 1st District as an independent. – NH UNION LEADER

Trump will speak at St. Anselm College, Great Bay CC on Monday  Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for President, will return to New Hampshire for two events on Monday. – NH UNION LEADER

Study: Maine electricity customers should not pay for gas pipeline  Analysts at the Maine Public Utilities Commission have urged commissioners against having Maine electricity customers pay for expanding regional natural gas capacity in the name of lowering electricity costs. – BANGOR DAILY NEWS

Vermont skier visits drop 30 percent  Ski Vermont reported 3.2 million skier visits for last season, down more than 1.4 million from the previous record-breaking year in 2014-15. – BURLINGTON FREE PRESS

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