100+ NH businesses voice support for passenger rail

Coalition calls for lawmakers to back $4 million study


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'Business leaders from across New Hampshire are calling on our elected officials to take a closer look at the benefits passenger rail could provide,' says E.J. Powers, spokesman for the NH Business for Rail Expansion coalition.

More than 100 New Hampshire businesses and organizations have jumped on board the campaign to push for passenger rail from Boston Manchester as a NH House committee considers a proposal for a $4 million study of the project’s feasibility.

The newly released list of businesses was released Tuesday by the NH Business for Rail Expansion coalition, which said it is urging the House Public Works and Highways Committee to support the $4 million analysis, which is contained in House Bill 2018, the state’s 10-year transportation plan.

The $4 million would be covered through federal grants, and is aimed at providing a detailed analysis of engineering, environmental and geotechnical requirements, along with a financial plan for expanding passenger rail from Boston to Manchester.

“Business leaders from across New Hampshire are calling on our elected officials to take a closer look at the benefits passenger rail could provide,” said coalition spokesperson E.J. Powers. “Our coalition, representing a range of large and small businesses across multiple industries, are acutely aware of New Hampshire’s workforce and demographic challenges and believe rail expansion could be part of the solution. It is time for our legislators to hear the desires of the business community and act.”

In January, Gov. Chris Sununu voiced his support for the study.

Among the businesses calling for approval of the analysis are:

36 Creative

Admix

Anagnost Companies

AutoDesk

Barre Life

Battle Games

Beacon Building

Brady Sullivan Properties

BrickRiver Technologies

Brookstone Builders

Café La Reine

Campo Enoteca

Catholic Medical Center

CCA Global Partners

Citizens Bank

Clifford Construction

Coco Early Real Estate

Cookson Strategic Communications

Currier Museum of Art

Dancing Lion Chocolate

Derryfield School

DesignWares

DeStefano Architects

Eckman Construction

ELC Outdoors

Elm Grove Companies

FairPoint Communications

Fay’s Fine Cabinetry

FlowTraq

FortCycle LLC

Fortitude Health and Training

Freedom Energy Logistics

Gamache Real Estate Group

Garrison Hill Florists

Gottesman & Hollis

Great Island Inn

Great NH Restaurants

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

GreenBike Smoothies, LLC

H&M Metals, LLC

Homeschooling Horizons, Inc.

iCleanSolutions

Ideabenders, LLC

Intown Manchester

J. Ellen Design, LLC

Jupiter Hall

Kanteres Real Estate

Keller Williams Agent Paul Laflamme

Kelley Stelling Contemporary

La Carreta – Londonderry & Derry

Lambert and Associates – Senator Gary Lambert

LG Strategies

Live Free & Start

M.R. Hilbert Electrical Inspections & Training

Manchester Ink Link

Manchester-Boston Regional Airport

Marzen Group

McMahon & Wright Group – Wells Fargo Advisors

MERC Sales

Minim

Mint Bistro

Montagne Communications

NH High Tech Council

NH Railroad Revitalization Association

New Sky Productions

NH Institute of Art

NH Sierra Club

Northwestern Mutual

Old Port Properties

Oracle + DYN

Parallel Wireless

Paul Bergeron and Associates

Persian Rug Gallery

PillPack

Polystitch

Primary Strategies

Pro Drone, LLC

Puritan Backroom & Conference Center

Queen City Cupcakes

Raceway Electric LLC

Randy Turmel and Associates

Reach Communications

Red Arrow Diner

Remove Web Workplace, LLC

Republic Café

Robie’s Country Store

Saint Anselm College

Schall Creative

Silvertech

Simchik Planning & Development

Solomon Consulting

Soujourn Partners

Southern New Hampshire University

St. Mary’s Bank

Tangled Roots Herbal, LLC

The Bookery

The Cerato Group

The Lannan Company

Unique and Chic Designs

University of New Hampshire

Volvo of Exeter

Ward Properties

According to the coalition, the 2015 NH Capitol Corridor Study found that passenger rail would have a range of economic benefits, including the creation of 230 jobs to construct the rail line and 3,400 construction jobs related to real estate development spurred by the rail line, including housing and commercial real estate.

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