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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Discussion planned for Thursday on the ‘New Hampshire Advantage’

"The State of the New Hampshire Advantage" is a six-part series kicking off Sunday and running through Thursday examining various aspects of the "New Hampshire Advantage" and whether the Granite State has maintained its competitiveness in several key areas. The series will examine the state's business climate, tax structure, higher education opportunities, crime and safety, first-in-the-nation primary status and personal freedoms and liberties.

The series will culminate Thursday with an event hosted by The Telegraph and the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce with a panel discussion examining New Hampshire's business climate. Reporter Michael Brindley will moderate the discussion, which will focus on whether New Hampshire is still truly competitive with its neighboring states in attracting new businesses and keeping the ones it has.

The forum will take place Thursday, Nov. 17 at the Courtyard Marriott Nashua from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Panelists include Chris Williams, president of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce; Michael Bergeron, business development manager for the state's Division of Economic Development; Fred Kocher, president of the New Hampshire High Technology Council; and Charlie Arlinghaus, president of the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy. Information about attending the forum can be found on the chamber's Web site,