For Immediate Release
October 15, 2013
CONCORD - In order to help New Hampshire’s existing businesses grow and attract new, innovative companies that will create jobs that can support middle-class families, Governor Maggie Hassan and Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED) Commissioner Jeffrey Rose announced today that they will nominate City of Rochester Deputy City Manager and Director of Community Development Karen Pollard to serve as Director of the Division of Economic Development.
"To make New Hampshire a leader in the innovation economy, we must strengthen our economic development efforts to help our existing businesses grow and attract new companies in order to create jobs that can support a strong middle class," Governor Hassan said. "The Division of Economic Development is critical to those efforts, and for too long it has gone without a permanent leader. Karen Pollard’s track record of working to bring advanced manufacturing and other innovative businesses to the City of Rochester demonstrates that she is the right person to help revitalize New Hampshire’s economic development efforts."
"New Hampshire has great potential for business and job growth, and I am excited for Karen Pollard to lead the Division of Economic Development in helping New Hampshire seize the opportunity to be a leader in the 21st century economy," Commissioner Rose said.
Pollard is currently the Deputy City Manager and Director of Community Development for the City of Rochester where she supervises the implementation of the city’s economic development strategies. Under her leadership, Rochester underwent a major industrial park expansion that attracted a $100 million investment from a foreign aerospace firm, and Strafford County won its first Economic Development Administration grant for infrastructure, which allowed a major specialty food manufacturer and multiple other firms to expand. Prior to her current role, Pollard acquired more than 10 years of economic development experience in New Hampshire, Minnesota and New York.
"I am honored by this nomination to serve the people and businesses of the State of New Hampshire," Pollard said. "I am prepared to bring my skills and experience to enrich the Economic Development Division’s team of professionals, who are dedicated to a diverse and growing Granite State economy and the creation of quality jobs. I am grateful to Governor Hassan and Commissioner Rose for their confidence in my ability to deliver success and leadership in this role."
To revitalize New Hampshire’s economic development efforts, Governor Hassan worked throughout the budget process to ensure the bipartisan budget fully funded the Director of Economic Development position at DRED for the first time in years. The budget also improved trade assistance for businesses, boosting the Office of International Commerce that is within the Division of Economic Development.
Pollard received her BS in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Albany, graduated from the Economic Development Institute with honors in 2002, and won International Economic Development Council Business Retention Award in 2011, among numerous other economic development education achievements and awards.
Pollard’s nomination is subject to confirmation by the Executive Council. Governor Hassan will formally nominate Pollard to the Council at Wednesday’s meeting.