The Regional Economic Development Center is a private, non-profit organization that offers technical assistance, financing through various funding sources, and business development training.
The REDC seeks to promote responsible, sustainable economic development activities in Southern New Hampshire. We do this by creating jobs for low to moderate income people, by accessing alternative financing for business and industrial expansion/relocations, which in turn provides tax relief for our communities and our region.
REDC was established in 1994 as a regional non-profit development corporation serving Rockingham County. Supported by the NH Office of Planning beginning in 1996, REDC hired its first full-time staff person to provide economic development and a Regional Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to the 37 communities in the county. Over the next several years, REDC assisted several large and small companies’ expansion efforts using CDBG financing as well as the USDA Rural Development’s Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG). This has been the cornerstone financing tool for the capitalization of the Regional Loan Fund (RLF). At present, REDC provides lending to communities in Southern New Hampshire, as well as offers micro-loans and technical assistance state-wide.
In 2014, REDC built the Regional Economic Business Development and Training Center in Raymond, New Hampshire. The Center is home to the REDC and provides a one-stop shop for entrepreneurs, existing businesses, lenders, and community leaders seeking assistance to help them stimulate economic activities. The Business Center has space allocated, with complete electronic support, for training sessions sponsored by area business groups, trade associations, and educational institutions.
Laurel oversees financing, loan administration, grant development, fundraising, CEDS development, Community development, the Brownfields loan and grant program, and the REDC Training Center.
Laura Harper Lake
Graphic Designer &
Laura handles the graphic design and marketing for REDC, as well as provides free technical assistance for REDC clients who need graphic design, website design, and marketing assistance for their small businesses.
Chris is a Certified Business Advisor and responsible for counseling current and prospective REDC clients. His counseling includes business planning skills, business plans, financing and marketing plan development. Mr. Duffy also assists Ms. Adams with reviewing REDC loan applications.
Jennifer heads up the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for REDC. Jennifer assists businesses in digging into these resources, a service we have been previously unavailable to provide directly to businesses.
Karla manages accounting for REDC, as well as review of client accounts and grant management.
Angel handles the day-to-day administrative duties of REDC, greets guests at reception, and provides support the REDC President and staff, with a focus on lending.
In addition to her role as the Executive Director of the Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast, which operates out of the REDC’s Raymond office, Sarah serves as the Housing Coordinator for the REDC.
Sarah is responsible for all activities related to the affordable housing goal of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), providing communities with helpful resources, educational activities, and technical assistance.
Disaster Recovery Coordinator
Theresa helps communities and companies access resources as they plan for, and recover from, the economic impacts of
Kerri is responsible for counseling current and prospective REDC clients.
She holds certification as a value growth advisor.
Technical Assistance Coordinator
Augustine supports the Technical Assistance team by managing clients, records, and grant reports.
Chief Barketing Officer
Max has a way with woofs, and enjoys letting everyone know the news of REDC.
Chief of Security
Marley always has a smile on his face, while keeping his REDC family safe.
Toy Durability Analyst
Duke ensures all toys are up to code and have the right stuff-ing to get the job done.
Daisy will keep accurate count of just how many pets you give her, but her tail will wag countless times.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Mr. Zeller is an entrepreneur who has started several local companies. He has used his background in law to aid local non-profits, such as the NH Music Chamber, with their formation. Each year Mr. Zeller travels to El Salvador to donate his time through the charitable organization Friends of ASAPROSAR (FoA), which provides critical eye care services to the local population. Mr. Zeller also served on the REDC Loan Committee for several years and sits on the board for a private charitable foundation based out of Las Vegas, NV.
VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Since 2012, Ms. Connolly has served on the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army in Concord, NH, served as Secretary for the Windham Economic Development Committee, and as Chairman for the Merrimack Valley chapter of SCORE. Ms. Connolly cofounded Lab Force, Inc., a medical staffing company based in Windham, NH, providing specialized medical staffing throughout much of the United States. Concurrent with her successful 18-year career with Lab Force, Inc., Ms. Connolly served on a variety of educational and community boards, including nine years as a Trustee for The Derryfield School in Manchester, NH, concluding her service with three years as Chairman. In 2006, Ms. Connolly established DM Connolly Associates to provide management, strategic planning, and transition planning services to for-profit and nonprofit companies.
Mr. Conaton is a Senior Vice President and Business Banking Team Leader with Eastern Bank, and a member of the REDC Loan Committee. In addition to serving on the REDC Board, he has served on the Board of the SEE Science Center and the Home Health & Hospice Care. Mr. Conaton is also a 2012 graduate of the Greater Manchester Leadership Program.
Mr. McDonald recently retired from Santander Bank as a Senior Credit Officer and serves on the REDC Loan Committee. He is also actively involved in local economic development in NH as a long-time member of the Londonderry Housing and Redevelopment Authority.
Mr. Sioras is the Planning and Community Development Director for the town of Derry, NH. He works closely with Derry businesses to facilitate economic development, as well as acts as a liaison for the Derry Revolving Loan Fund (DRLF), which REDC helps run. Mr. Sioras is also on the Board of Directors of CART (Greater Derry-Salem Cooperative Alliance for Regional Transportation). CART is a non-profit public transit agency serving towns in the Derry-Salem area which provides access to medical care, employment, and other basic life needs for transit-dependent individuals.
Mr. Davis is Vice Commander of the 157th Air Refueling Wing at Pease Air National Guard Base as well as a Congressional Affairs Contact Officer for the New Hampshire National Guard. He also served as Newfields' Town and School Moderator for 13 years.
Mr. Jewett is President of Jewett Construction Co., Inc., which is a second generation, family-run company based in Raymond, NH. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Planning from Slippery Rock University. Mr. Jewett is involved in the Town of Raymond Economic Development Committee, CHaD All-Star Football Finance Committee, New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility, Exeter Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Daniel Webster Council Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors, New Hampshire Automobile Dealers Association, Jack Miller Network, and the U.S. Green Building Council.
Ms. Carmer has been the Economic Development Program Manager for the City of Portsmouth since 1998. Ms. Carmer is a Certified New Hampshire Economic Development professional and is a graduate of the UNH Economic Development Academy. She has served as project manager on several community and economic development projects. She currently serves as the city’s liaison to Art-Speak, the city’s Cultural Commission, the Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee, and local business associations. Ms. Carmer has a bachelor of science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Allegheny College and has completed several master degree level courses in economic development and sustainability.
Mr. Garron is the Community Development Director/Assistant Town Manager for the Town of Salem, NH. He has over 25 years of Community Planning and Economic Development experience, having worked in communities such as the City of Lee's Summit, MO, Town of Goffstown, NH, Town of Londonderry, NH, and the UNH Cooperative Extension. Mr. Garron is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and a graduate of the International Economic Development Council's Economic Development Institute.
Mr. Decelle is the Dean of UNH Manchester, a multidisciplinary, research college of the University of New Hampshire. He assumed leadership of the Manchester campus in February 2016 following a 35-year career in the technology sector as an engineer, corporate executive, and startup company CEO. Mr. Decelle also serves as the Chief Workforce Officer for the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI). Mr. Decelle graduated from UNH with a bachelor’s in electrical engineering, and was recruited on campus by Bell Laboratories and accepted into their graduate fellowship program, earning a master’s in electrical engineering from Cornell. He later completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard University.