U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte visits Enterprise Center at Plymouth

June 5th, 2014 by Lynn


    Left to right, Mark LeClair, Grafton County Economic Development Corporation, Mark Scarano, Grafton County Economic Development Corporation, PSU President Sara Jayne Steen, U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Michael Tentnowski, ECP Director and PSU Business faculty present Ayotte with an engraved brick in appreciation for her support of economic development efforts in the Lakes Region

    PLYMOUTH — New Hampshire U.S Sen. Kelly Ayotte visited the Enterprise Center at Plymouth (ECP) May 29 and said the partnership it represents and job creation potential is impressive.

    The ECP, located at One Bridge St., opened last fall at full capacity, providing fledgling businesses with a state-of-the-art facility. The ECP is a business incubator space, providing a “one stop shop” for businesses throughout the region seeking advice and counseling, services, leased space, mentoring, and networking. The Grafton County Economic Development Corporation (GCEDC) constructed the building using $2 million in federal, state and corporate funding; Plymouth State University provides staffing, campus-wide business services and intellectual capital. Sen. Ayotte said the partnership between PSU and GCEDC is working.

    “It’s a great facility that is bringing the private sector and the University together,” said Ayotte, who serves on the Senate Commerce committee. “I think it’s bringing everyone together to create opportunities for new businesses and more jobs for the area.”

    PSU President Sara Jayne Steen also discussed the GCEDC’s important partnership with PSU.

    “PSU’s mission includes economic and workforce development for the region,” Steen said. “We’re very pleased to have the Senator here because we believe what all of our partners are doing here makes a huge difference to this region.”

    GCEDC Chief Executive Officer Mark Scarano presented Sen. Ayotte with an engraved brick marking her visit and thanking her for her support of economic development; the brick also commemorates the Richelson family, which began a business on the ECP site nearly 100 years ago.

    Unique features of the ECP include a sales skills development office, video production room and space dedicated to professional focus group services. The ECP also acts as a headquarters for an enhanced business outreach effort in central New Hampshire by PSU faculty, staff and students.

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