The Council has a long history of advocating for a strong business climate in New Hampshire that allows technology and innovation to flourish. As an element of the Council’s long term strategic plan, we know that NH must have an employable, technology-centric workforce.
On the other side of the coin, the Council understands its need to advocate for its members in front of the NH state legislature. The Council continues to have a visible presence in Concord and maintains an active dialogue with the NH congressional delegation. The Council is regularly asked to comment on legislation, provide a business perspective, bring a technology company CEO to testify, or find an expert in a particular industry sector to serve on a committee or task force. The Council works closely with the Business and Industry Association on various legislative initiatives and regularly makes an impact on legislative decision-making.
In 2007, the Council determined that education must be one of its top priorities. Encouraging more young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math-related fields (STEM) is essential to New Hampshire’s future. However, fewer young people are enrolling in these fields.
Our Workforce Development Committee focuses on education-to-workforce issues facing NH, and is also responsible for operating the Kocher Tech Scholarship. The Council established the Workforce Development Committee to help raise awareness of the importance of STEM-related studies and make direct connections among companies, employees, interns and others, as well as interface with higher education institutions. Committee members include educators, technologists and senior college administrators. The committee’s mission is as follows:
“Today’s knowledge economy requires that New Hampshire produce technology savvy graduates to advance the workforce and economy to better position the economy for sustained growth. The NH High Tech Council will be a leader in this effort by serving as a voice and resource for business leaders, educators, and individuals to align and focus on educational issues.”
To learn more about the Committee and its work, contact Committee Chair Bill Gillett at firstname.lastname@example.org.