Community Conversations: Villages in a Global Economy – How Can We Compete?

Villages in a Global Economy

Villages in a Global Economy: How Can We Compete? This is the topic of a Community Conversation being held at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture on Tuesday, October 13, at 7:00 p.m.

As products increasingly vanish into information, software and smartphones, villages see new opportunities and challenges. Warehouses empty as just-in-time deliveries erase the need for storage. Roads become less important than Internet highways. Products become easily available from beyond, yet customers from beyond also become easier to reach. It is these companies that export products and services beyond our local economy, that pay higher wages, bring new revenues into the community and attract young people to stay.

In this Community Conversation we’ll hear about ways, a college, medical professional, a real-estate developer, and a forest-products company, are working toward a new economy. We’ll look at how businesses and the towns might collaborate to attract outside revenues into the region and encourage their circulation within the local economy. The conversation  then opens to everyone, for ideas and insights into how we can think and act in new and creative ways to build a solid yet flexible economic model for our region.

Presenters include:

Bill Guerney,  the Executive Director of the Regional Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing at Keene State College.Bill earned his M.Ed. from Keene State College, and a CAGS degree in Education Leadership from Plymouth State University. He served as middle school assistant principal in Milford, NH; as principal in Westmoreland, NH; as Co-Superintendent of the Keene School District; and as President of the Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. And, also serves as the Interim Director of the I.N.S.P.I.R.E. School for Autism in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Chub Whitten,  the founders of Juniper Development Group. Chubb has held various positions within the construction and development areas of the firm since it’s inception and is currently responsible for origination, leasing, construction, and leasing. Mr Whitten has been directly responsible for building and developing over two and one half million square feet of industrial, office, research, and retail space.

Dave Buxton and wife Deb are the owners of New England Forest Products, Inc. in Greenfield, NH. After over a decade of service in the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Service as Hillsborough County Forester, and then as the Marketing and Utilization Specialist for the University, Dave left the University to enter private industry.    He spent the next 5 years as general manager for a privately owned sawmill in southern NH. Then, in 1993, Dave realized a lifelong goal which was to own his own mill, manufacturing lumber from sustainably managed woodlots.  He and Deb purchased the site where they are currently located  and began New England Forest Products.  Originating as a hardwood mill, producing “green” northern red oak lumber, the company has evolved to meet the economic times.  It now provides retail lumber, kd lumber, custom wood flooring.   Dave has been a NH Licensed Professional Forester since 1974, and works closely with landowners, helping them to manage their woodland    NEFP is proud to have been awarded the Business NH Green Product Award for its sustainability. The company employs 22 people and ships lumber products worldwide.

Theresa Cadorette, a psychiatrist, exemplifies the opportunities and barriers facing a medical service professional seeking to expand practice beyond local boundaries. She will speak about her plans to deliver her services to a wider audience via videoconferencing and the technical and regulatory challenges she is working through. As a member of the Peterborough Enhanced Broadband Committee of the Peterborough Economic Development Authority, Dr. Cadorette is working to gain the symmetrical bandwidth and reliable connection she needs both to access records and to maintain video contact with her tele-medicine patients. In addition, she is working with the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact to encourage the State of NH to sign on so that she and others with medical licenses in NH can work across state boundaries.

Community Conversations is a series that explores many of the issues impacting our communities. A partnership between the Monadnock Center for History and Culture and the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, each Conversation features local experts talking about challenges faced by our communities. Some issues are global in nature, but each conversation is designed to examine the topic from a local perspective. The program provides residents with the opportunity to learn more about key issues impacting their communities, to engage in a civil dialog with speakers and with each other, and to come away with a sense that there are things that individuals and communities can do to foster change and improvement. The program is free and open to all.

Community Conversations are held in Bass Hall at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St., in Peterborough.  The program is free and open to all.


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