Weathering Change

NH Weathering Change report

The New Hampshire economy is one of the most weather-sensitive in the nation—from our travel, tourism and ski industries to logging, logistics, manufacturing and technology. Leaders in these businesses and others in the state are seeing historic shifts in patterns that are impacting their bottom line, and they’re concerned that the state isn’t weathering these changes as well as it should. This report features the comments, concerns and ideas of more than 100 leaders from across the New Hampshire business community who met in Concord in late 2014 to discuss the impact that changes in the state’s historic weather patterns—including increased occurrence of extreme precipitation events and unseasonable temperature swings—are having on their companies.

Host Committee

New Hampshire Weathering Change was developed with the help of a dozen seasoned business leaders, all of whom have played active roles in civic and political affairs in the state for many years.

 

George Bald
Cate Street Capital, Inc.

Taylor Caswell
Community Development Finance Authority

Chris Diego
Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa

Steve Duprey
Foxfire Property Management and the Duprey Companies

Peter Egelston
Smuttynose Brewing Company

Pamela Hall
Normandeau Associates

Alex Jaccaci
Hypertherm

Amy Landers
Lakes Region Tourism Association

Joshua McAllister
HEB Engineers, Inc.

Doug Scamman
Scamman Farm

Steve Taylor
Taylor Brothers Farm

Cristine Trayner
Water Country

 

Report Highlights

Tourism

"Remember, we have customers coming up who aren’t driving four wheel drive trucks, SUVs or Subarus. We are losing them in the potholes." Hospitality owner (page 10)
Forestry/Ag


"Weather is the greatest factor that we have to deal with in the springtime. That’s the way our industry runs. So if it’s bad weather a lot of the companies we sell through will say, 'Don't ship this week.'" Commercial horticulture (page 10)
Manufacturing

"We move so much of our material by truck, these major storm events are very disruptive because they shut down trucking to various parts of the state." Manufacturer (page 17)

Solutions

Public and private sectors are coming together to find solutions to climate change.

It's significant that organizations that represent the business community are at the table and involved in this discussion. That might not have been the case a few years ago.

Chamber of Commerce leader (page 38)

In New Hampshire, we believe we can do forward-looking things working with business to address problems. And we know with climate and weather, we’re going to have to just keep dealing with greater and greater problems, and we’re going to need to work closely together.

Economic development expert (page 11)

They don’t have to buy into whether climate change is man-made or it’s cyclical or whatever. The fact is it’s having a huge impact.

Real estate developer (page 25)

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