More Than Meets the Eye

I hosted a focus group of Lakes Region young professionals a few months ago to learn about why they live here and what the experience has been like for them. One thing we discussed is that many people (including people who have lived here a long time) think there is not much going on in the NH Lakes Region except tourism. One of our focus group participants vacationed here as a child. When her husband was undertaking a nationwide search to purchase a business in his field, they saw a business in Laconia on one of the websites they were using. She said her initial reaction was, “That’s just a tourist area, not somewhere we’d want to live.” But when they did more research, they were surprised to learn about the “real” Lakes Region and they ended up buying the Laconia business and moving here.

I find this is a pretty common misconception about the Lakes Region. I mean, it’s understandable. We are very oriented to the lakes because that’s one of the nicest parts of living here. But most people have no idea about the vibrant year-round business community that exists or the range of work opportunities available. So I’m kind of making it my life’s mission to bust the myth that tourism is all that drives the Lakes Region economy. And from time to time I’ll point you to some interesting and unexpected companies tucked in between our beautiful lakes. Here are just a few to start out:

Mainstay Technologies in Belmont: an IT services firm and one of the 5,000 fastest growing companies in the U.S. Here is an article about their rapid growth and expansion into a new building.

EFI in Meredith: a high-tech manufacturer of large format printers and inks that employs 300 people. Check out their very long list of current job openings!

Lakes Region Community Services Council in Laconia: a trusted non-profit that provides direct support to individuals with developmental disabilities and acquired brain injury. LRCS employs 350 people and recently relocated to downtown Laconia after a multi-million dollar renovation of the old federal building on North Main Street. See this notice for their job fair on November 13th.