New Hampshire's Business News for July 26

A look at today's top business headlines, including: Jack Donovan of the Business Finance Authority to retire, Currier Museum names new CEO and director Alan Chong, Keene woman speaks at DNC about heroin and opioid crisis in NH and gas prices continue to drop and stay low


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The Provident Bank touts Depositors Insurance Fund competitive advantage A “key reason” that the bank will stay in the Bay State is a little-known extra insurance program dating back to the Great Depression that is unique to Massachusetts’s charter banks --  N.H. BUSINESS REVIEW

Long-time BFA head announces retirement Jack Donovan, executive director of the Business Finance Authority, has announced he will retire at the end of 2016, after 23 years at the helm. – N.H. BUSINESS REVEIW

Currier Museum names art director & CEO Alan Chong has been unanimously approved as The Currier Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees new Director and CEO, starting September 8, 2016. – MANCHESTER INK LINK  

Muller to serve as interim CEO at Elliot Elliot Health System has tapped a veteran hospital executive to serve as interim CEO. Gary Muller, who started last week, has more than 40 years of experience in health systems.  – N.H. UNION LEADER

Great Bay Community College, Exeter Hospital partner to create trained workers Gov. Maggie Hassan visited Exeter Hospital Monday morning, applauding a partnership between the administrations of the hospital and Great Bay Community College.  – SEACOAST ONLINE

Phillips Exeter Academy trustees promise action on sex assaults The president of the Phillips Exeter Academy Board of Trustees and Principal Lisa MacFarlane are promising action following more media reports about sexual assault on campus. Phillips Exeter's Rev. Thompson, under fire, gets alumni support  – EXETER NEWSLETTER

Judge considers appeal of sober living facility  Bonfire Recovery Services, LLC plans to operate a 32-bed sober living facility for men. – FOSTER’S DAILY DEMOCRAT

Keene woman shares family’s struggle with addiction on stage at DNC National audiences were introduced to the personal side of New Hampshire’s opioid and heroin crisis at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday night. – CONCORD MONITOR

Ayotte and Hassan well on their way to record spending in Senate race As expected, the U.S. Senate race between Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Gov. Maggie Hassan is on pace to become the most expensive political campaign in New Hampshire history. With more than three months to go before Election Day, the contest is already awash in cash: Total spending stands at $34 million. – N.H. PUBLIC RADIO\\

Granite Staters enjoying low gas prices this summer Gas prices are expected to stay low this summer, which means more road trips for some Granite Staters.  –WMUR-TV

Neighborhood grocery stores, once the American standard, now a rarity  Korner Kupboard The store seems to have changed hands countless times since the 1920s, But this time, it has been vacant for nearly a year. – CONCORD MONITOR

New company hired to market former Shaw's Supermarket A Massachusetts commercial real estate service company has been hired to lease out eight former Shaw Supermarket properties, include the one in Gorham.  – THE  BERLIN DAILY SUN

Keene’s C&S must pay sales tax to state of Vermont C&S Wholesale Grocers, which is located in Keene, N.H., but has a warehouse in Brattleboro, was ordered by the Vermont Supreme Court to pay $30,562 in sales tax to the state. – BRATTLEBORO REFORMER

Ex-mayor urges 'destination fee' at Portsmouth hotels Former Mayor Robert Lister urged a city committee to create a “destination fee” as a way to raise additional money for the city to deal with the impact of tourists visiting Portsmouth. – PORTSMOUTH HERALD

Gas Light Co. restaurant reopening 8 months after fire The Gas Light Co. restaurant is scheduled to reopen next week, almost eight months after it was closed due to damage from a four-alarm fire. – PORTSMOUTH HERALD

Agritourism brings folks - and funds - to local farms New Hampshire's farmers have been gradually incorporating agritoursim activities into their farms to remain profitable.   – GOFFSTOWN NEWS

Tree farrmer files for new hearing in agritourism dispute with abutters Stephen Forster, a Christmas tree farmer who hosts weddings on his 110-acre Henniker farm, is planning to take the town back to court after the zoning board decided the planning board erred in granting Forster a conditional use permit. – CONCORD MONITOR

Documents suggest state ignored warnings about Jay Peak in 2012 A consultant four years ago tried to alert state officials to questionable financial practices. VTDIGGER

NHBR Featured Event: Social Media for Branding & Crisis Communications The Yankee Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the NH Hospital Association and NESHCO sponsor this half day workshop on social media branding and crisis communications.  Tomorrow afternoon in Lebanon.

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