Economic Growth and Opportunities

Manchester has incredible opportunities. We need a vision for short and long-term improvements that develop a sense of community and promote economic development throughout our city. Manchester should be a place where people want to live, work, and raise a family. Creating spaces for people to come together is important and we should expand upon community led projects, such as Manchester Connects, to revitalize our public spaces and make our city an inviting place for businesses and residents. We need a Mayor that will create a climate that encourages businesses and entrepreneurs, and spurs growth to expand our commercial tax base.

As Mayor, I will:

  • Establish Mayor’s Business and Economic Development Council to create a plan for long and short term economic growth
  • Institute matching grant programs such as façade improvement and code compliance program to support small local businesses
  • Adopt recent state legislation granting tax relief for manufacturing and other commercial and industrial businesses that open or expand in Manchester, this will allow companies in our millyard, like Dean Kamen’s ARMI project, to grow and expand, while attracting more innovative businesses
  • Actively engage with the Manchester Development Corporation (MDC) to ensure the city is utilizing available resources to support economic development opportunities
  • Partner with Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission (SNHP) to expand economic development and grant opportunities in Manchester
  • Create a more pedestrian and bike friendly city
  • Advocate for the riverwalk project and creatively connect the downtown district to the riverfront
  • Work with private rail service to extend proposed line from Nashua and Bedford to Manchester’s millyard
  • Cultivate community and celebrate our city’s history, culture and diversity through public art and community spaces and events
  • Make Manchester a more attractive place for new and existing businesses by addressing long ignored issues such as parking, road quality, and traffic congestion
  • Propose more flexible and modern zoning regulations such as performance zoning to promote growth

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Joyce Craig for Manchester
P.O. Box 3893
Manchester, NH 03105