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Construction Career Days Sept. 22-23, NH Housing names homeownership fellows … and more
Rivier Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Rivier University held a Sept. 16 ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate renovation of the 30,000-square-foot Sylvia Trottier Hall, which now features a Nursing Simulation and Clinical Education Center that provides hands-on learning and simulation for nurses and nurse practitioners as well as new business and security studies facilities with cybersecurity labs, collaboration space, a technology hub and an office suite. Shown at the ceremony are Rivier’s President Sister Paula Marie Buley, Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess, at right, and other community leaders.

Over 1,800 New Hampshire high school students are expected to be taking part in NH Construction Career Days, which will be held this year on Thursday and Friday, Sept 22-23, at the Hillsborough County Youth Center Foundation on Route 13 in New Boston. The annual event seeks to increase career awareness in the construction and transportation industries through hands-on experience with heavy equipment, welding, small tools, plumbing electrical wiring and other construction-related jobs. Event organizers include Associated Builders and Contractors NH/VT; the Gilford and Goffstown Public Works Departments; National Association of Women in Construction Granite State Chapter; the NH Public Works Association; NH Road Agents Association; and Stay Safe Traffic Products Inc.

The Plan NH Fall Conference, “Retail Remade: New Life for Downtowns and Commercial Districts,” will be held in-person from 8:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at The Hotel Concord in Concord. The program will focus on the current and future state of commercial/retail space and the role the spaces play in community revitalization. Keynote speaker will be David Dixon, vice president and urban places fellow of Boston-based Stantec. Conference sessions will include: “Destination Retail: Learning From Tuscan Village”; “One-Way, Two-Way, Pick Your Poison: How Traffic Patterns Impact Downtown Vitality”; “Reimagining The Mall”; “Getting In On The Ground Floor: Maximizing Valuable Space”; and “Building Blocks of a Vibrant Downtown.” Panel speakers include design, planning, and development leaders working from across New Hampshire. For more information and to register, visit plannh.org/events or email info@plannh.org.

The Seacoast Board of Realtors will host a paper-shredding and food drive Saturday, Oct. 1, to benefit St. Vincent de Paul of Hampton. The shredding will be completed on-site from 9a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Hampton Municipal Parking Lot. The public is invited to bring up to three bags or banker boxes per trip. Non-perishable items for St. Vincent de Paul of Hampton’s Food Pantry or monetary donations are requested.

The Belknap Economic Development Council and the Wentworth Economic Development Corporation have partnered with the NH Community Development Finance Authority’s Community Navigator Program. The program is designed to reduce barriers to accessing critical resources for small businesses, with a focus on microenterprises, cooperatives and businesses in the early stages of development—owned by women, veterans, socially and economically disadvantaged, and underserved entrepreneurs.  The program is funded by a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration to the CDFA. For more information, visit the Community Navigator website or contact The Belknap EDC at info@belknapedc.org or 603-524-3057.

An informational meeting, presented by the NH Department of Transportation, is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, to provide a design update on the Interstate 93 Exit 4A project in Londonderry and Derry. The meeting will be held at the West Running Brook Middle School in Derry. The meeting will include an open house, giving attendees a chance to review the project plans and ask questions of project team members. The formal presentation will begin at 7 p.m. Presentation materials will be posted after the meeting at i93exit4a.com/.Weaver Brothers Construction Co., Bow, which began working on the site in August, is scheduled to complete the $45.5 million first phase of the three-phase project in October 2024. The entire project is expected to be completed in 2026.

South Burlington, Vt.-based PC Construction has named Weston Bashlor as its new director of business development. Bashlor has a 16-year construction industry background, working throughout the Southeast.

Eleven New Hampshire professionals who work with homebuyers have been named 2023 New Hampshire Housing Homeownership Fellows. The program provides an opportunity to explore the mortgage finance system and participate in workshops about housing and public policy, housing and economic development, state government issues and New Hampshire Housing’s homeownership programs.

The 2023 fellows are: Julia Forbes, Bellwether Community Credit Union; Bill Gaudet, HarborOne Mortgage; Sandi Grace, Bank of New Hampshire; Chrissy Gossel, NH Housing; Sandee Guide, HarborOne Mortgage; Brendan Hague, CMG Home Loans; Bobby Hill, Northway Bank; Jessica Hooper, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust;

Megan Pepper, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp.; Kyrsten Shedd, Guild Mortgage;and Lorraine Tyma, HarborOne Mortgage.

Position Imaging Inc., Stratham, a developer of package logistics and asset tracking technology, has announced that its Smart Package Room has processed over 1 million packages since its first deployment in 2019. The so-called smart shelf technology is being used in multifamily and student housing communities and offers secure access to tenants’ packages.

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