PLYMOUTH — New Hampshire Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein toured the Enterprise Center at Plymouth July 22.
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.
Havenstein said the partnership between PSU and GCEDC is success story.
“As a former business leader I certainly appreciate what you’re doing… I think the ECP represents a model that needs to replicated more and more across our state,” said Havenstein. “As a state, we’ve fallen from 14th in the nation in new business starts down to 35th in the past 15 years. This business incubator idea is a great way to reverse that trend.”
PSU President Sara Jayne Steen noted since the ECP opened last fall, 21 PSU students have interned at ECP and five have turned those internships into full-time jobs.
“The businesses here have already created 13 new jobs in this region and I’m proud to say Plymouth State students have helped create this success,” Steen said.
Before running for elected office, Havenstein was the CEO of BAE Systems, one of New Hampshire’s largest employers.
He has also been active in furthering science and engineering education, having acted as chairman of FIRST, a non-profit that inspires young people to be leaders in science and technology.
He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and served 28 years in the U.S. Marines.