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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Area BAE official, ex-aide to GOP reps appointed to head DRED

CONCORD – A Nashua area business executive and former Republican congressional aide is Gov. Maggie Hassan’s recommended choice to head the Department of Resources and Economic Development.

If confirmed, Jeffrey Rose of Goffstown would permanently replace George Bald who left the agency in November with the political retirement of then-Gov. John Lynch. ...

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CONCORD – A Nashua area business executive and former Republican congressional aide is Gov. Maggie Hassan’s recommended choice to head the Department of Resources and Economic Development.

If confirmed, Jeffrey Rose of Goffstown would permanently replace George Bald who left the agency in November with the political retirement of then-Gov. John Lynch.

For eight years, Rose served in various public relations and lobbying roles for BAE Systems in Nashua, currently as public affairs director for its Electronic Systems sector.

“New Hampshire is well-positioned to be a leader in an innovation economy, and Jeffrey Rose has the public and private sector experience necessary to help move those efforts forward,” Hassan said. “I want the Department of Resources and Economic Development to lead the way in helping our existing businesses grow and attracting new companies to New Hampshire by advocating for the strong, educated workforce we need to succeed, by providing businesses with technical support, and by protecting the natural resources that attract so many people and companies to New Hampshire.”

Prior to joining BAE, Rose served as district director for then-Republican congressman Jeb Bradley and also worked for ex-U.S. Sen. Bob Smith and then-congressman John E. Sununu.

The agency Rose would run is not only the state’s arm to the business community but also includes administration over the state parks system.

“The Department of Resources and Economic Development serves as the face of our state to the business community,” Rose said. “With our high quality of life, strong workforce, beautiful natural resources, tax-friendly environment, and commitment to providing support businesses need, New Hampshire has great potential for business and job growth. I am honored that Gov. Hassan has offered me the opportunity to support her efforts to encourage innovation and create jobs.”

Rose is also a longtime board member of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce along with having been on the boards of the Business & Industry Association and New England Council.

“I couldn’t be happier about this pick. Jeff has the perfect blend of experience in the private sector and knowledge about the way politics works that you would want in a commissioner at DRED,” said Chris Williams, president of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce. “He knows what captains of industry want out of state government, and he has the political skills to deliver.”

Williams also said he’s pleased that Hassan has chosen someone from the Nashua region.

“It’s no secret I believe the Nashua region is the economic engine of the state, and this pick says a lot about the importance the area plays in our economic recovery,” she said.

Lynch often appointed GOP figures to high political posts from department heads to justices of the state Supreme Court.

“What I especially like about this choice is, it shows Gov. Hassan is going to continue the John Lynch model of looking at the credentials and the expertise of candidates for state positions and not whether there is an R or a D next to that person’s name,”Williams observed.

Hassan’s nomination will become official when the Executive Council meets Wednesday.

Kevin Landrigan can reached at 321-7040 or klandrigan@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Landrigan on Twitter (@Klandrigan).