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Donchess Hosts Local Government Roundtable

Mayors and city managers from throughout New Hampshire gathered in Nashua on Wednesday for a roundtable discussion, hosted by Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess. In addressing the opioid crisis, the leaders shared common goals, successes and concerns. Economic development, housing, infrastructure, attracting millennials and keeping seniors, school aid and downshifting of state support of pension costs were the major topics discussed. “The mayors and city managers of New Hampshire cities need to work together to reach common goals – lower property taxes, advocate for state school aid, which comes closer to meeting the state’s equal obligation to pay for an adequate education for each child and more funding for affordable housing. We have now taken the first step,” Donchess said. In front from left are Concord Mayor Jim Bouley, Concord City Manager Thomas Aspell, Claremont City Manager Ed Morris, Donchess, Franklin Mayor Tony Giunta, Lebanon City Manager Shaun Mullholland, Keene Mayor Kendall Lane, and Nashua Economic Development Director Tim Cummings. In back from left are Claremont Mayor Charlene Lovett, Rochester City Manager Blaine Cox, Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig, Lebanon Mayor Tim McNamara, Franklin City Manager Judie Milner, Keene City Manager Elizabeth Dragon, and Rochester Mayor Caroline McCarley.