Tech Alliance kicks off listening tour Oct. 10 in Portsmouth
PORTSMOUTH — The NH Tech Alliance will host listening tours across the state to gain feedback from the business community and help better support and serve the state’s growing tech ecosystem.
The first of seven planned events is Oct. 10 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at B2W Software, a construction technology company headquartered at 99 Bow St. in Portsmouth with clients in all 50 states and worldwide. The discussion at the first event will focus on the startup ecosystem in New Hampshire.
“The Alliance designed this listening tour to tap into the knowledge, expertise and needs of the experts in the community,” said NH Tech Alliance Executive Director Julie Demers. “Technology is a driver of so much of what we do in business today. We want to hear from members and nonmembers of the Alliance and the tech sector to ensure that the Alliance truly aligns the organization’s vision, programming and advocacy efforts with the needs of the business community we serve.”
According to the recently released 2019 national Cyberstates report, New Hampshire’s tech sector employs 70,000 people (9.8% of the workforce), and, on average, these individuals have an 80 percent higher median wage than the median state wages. The tech sector added 1,723 jobs in 2018 and accounted for 13.8 percent of the state’s GDP, a 1.2 percent increase from 2017.
“The tech ecosystem is a core element of the current and future economic success of New Hampshire,” Demers said. “We hope these tours will foster new ideas, connections and partnerships given how interconnected we all are in the Granite State.”
The Alliance chose locations for the listening tour across the state so people can easily attend one closest to them. For those unable to attend, the Alliance is developing an online forum where individuals can share feedback. Information will be shared and reviewed by the Alliance’s board of directors to guide its strategy for building partnerships and shaping public policy.
The listening tour schedule is (all times are 8 to 9:30 a.m.):
Oct. 10, B2W Software, 99 Bow St., Portsmouth
Oct. 17, Hypertherm, 71 Heater Road, Lebanon
Oct. 29, Waypoint Robotics, 248 Main Dunstable Road, Nashua
Oct. 30, Littleton Academic Center of White Mountains Community College, 646 Union St., Littleton
Nov. 7, Mainstay Technologies, 201 Daniel Webster Highway, Belmont
Nov. 19, Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship, 25 Roxbury St., Keene
Dec. 3 (snow date Dec. 12), Geneia, 50 Commercial St., third floor, Manchester