DERRY — Southern New Hampshire is leading the way in many innovative ideas, projects and economic growth potential.
That's the word coming from not only the governor's office, but also from Derry and Londonderry town leaders.
Gov. Maggie Hassan was the guest of honor at last week's "State of the Region" event, hosted by the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce at Promises to Keep.
Joining Hassan at the podium were Derry Town Administrator John Anderson and acting Londonderry Town Manager and police Chief William Hart, both giving insight on how their towns are faring with jobs, growth, taxes and future plans.
The event was presented through the Chamber's Government Connections group. It was designed to bring information to the area about what's happening in Concord and how that affects Derry and Londonderry as they work to bring growth, business and quality of life to their citizens.
For Hassan, it was also an opportunity to spread good news about the state and its successes.
"We stand at the threshold of a really bright future," the governor said. "We can't just sit back and wait for innovation and the economy to develop, we must lead the way."
Leading the way is what the state is already doing, Hassan noted, when it comes to quality of life, bringing in cutting-edge business, and growth in both jobs and technology.
She said her plans include making college more affordable and offering the education necessary to keep students in New Hampshire after graduation.
"We can't keep losing our young people or fail to develop our work force," Hassan said.
The state's infrastructure is crumbling, she said, with deteriorating bridges on the state's "red" list in dire need of repair.
"A solid infrastructure will attract new business and create jobs but we barely have enough money to do the bare minimum," she said.