By any measure, rail expansion has the support of New Hampshire’s public. In February 2014, a University of New Hampshire survey commissioned by the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce found that 68% of New Hampshire residents favor the extension of passenger rail service. Over half of New Hampshire residents still support rail even when told it would cost the state $100 million in initial costs and as much as $15 million annually (actual costs are projected to be much less). Rail expansion supporters believe strongly that connecting passenger rail from Boston to Concord, NH, is vital to New Hampshire’s continued economic development.
Supporters know expanded rail will mean fewer cars on the road, an additional efficient transit option, and a direct link between New Hampshire’s growing economic base and the talent pool in the Boston area.
Gray Chynoweth is Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President at SilverTech, an award-winning digital marketing agency in Manchester, New Hampshire. Chynoweth previously worked as Chief Operating Officer at Dyn, a cloud-based Internet Performance company headquartered in Manchester. Gray is globally recognized as a leading voice on corporate culture and workforce development.
With over 400 employees spread throughout North America, Europe and Australia at Dyn and 64 employees at SilverTech, which is growing rapidly, Gray knows what it takes to attract and retain talented employees - and the benefits passenger rail could deliver to SilverTech and other New Hampshire businesses.
While attending Saint Anselm College in Manchester, Alex Puglisi saw a real need for a downtown coffee house focused on quality and customer experience. Drawing inspiration from the finest coffee houses in Europe at the US, she founded Cafe la Reine in 2012.
Manchester provides the ideal backdrop for her chic and elegant cafe, which caters to students, business people and families.
Alex believes that the expansion of passenger rail could result in numerous benefits including drawing more young professionals to Manchester.
As New Hampshire's second largest city, Nashua and the surrounding region are home to some of the Granite State's largest companies like Oracle, BAE and Fidelity Investments.
Nashua's close proximity to Boston makes it an attractive destination for businesses and commuters alike. Former Greater Nashua Chamber President & CEO J. Christopher Williams is a strong proponent of passenger rail and believes it can be a solution to attract and retain a young workforce in New Hampshire. Williams is currently running for mayor of Nashua.
Passenger rail is a key piece in moving Manchester, the largest city north of Boston, forward to a more vibrant, prosperous and revitalized city.
Rail will fuel redevelopment opportunities downtown and invigorate new investments in Manchester’s economy. Manchester will see a rise in job creation as growing technology companies look to hire programmers, engineers and sales people. Travelers will experience easier access to the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and will spend more time in downtown Manchester to shop, eat or catch a show. More people from around the U.S. and the world will see Manchester as a dynamic city full of opportunity.
Finally, passenger rail will further encourage young workers and working families to live and work in Manchester. The quality of life for thousands of people, particularly in Manchester, will improve. Instead of being trapped in a car waiting for traffic to subside, our city’s businesses will experience greater productivity and families can spend more time together when passenger rail comes to Manchester.
- Garth Corriveau
Manchester Alderman, Ward 6