|Reid Weston||Economic Assistant||603-516-1560|
The City of Dover's office of Economic Development, under Director Daniel Barufaldi, works with the Dover Business and Development Authority to promote a strong, healthy and desirable business community in Dover.
Other helpful contact information:
City of Dover Planning and Community Service Department:
Phone: (603) 516-6008
Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce
Phone: (603) 742-2218
Dover Main Street
Phone: (603) 740-6435
Southeast Economic Development Corporation of New Hampshire
Phone: (603) 749-2221 or (603) 749-2211
What is Economic Development?
The term economic development means different things to different people. To some, it is shoring up the property tax base or attracting new businesses; to others, it means controlling growth or managing land use; and to others, it means renovating and restoring obsolete factories, stores or houses and providing new infrastructure to attract investment into the community. In Dover, economic development is, first and foremost, a process intended to foster a vibrant and attractive community where people to come together to live, work and visit.
Why is Economic Development important?
The goals of any economic development program are to protect and strengthen the economic health and viability of a community. From these goals are various objectives such as jobs creation, property tax base expansion, personal income growth, increased educational attainment of the population, diversification of the existing economic base, and a continuing ability to properly maintain and improve the condition and capacity of the public’s infrastructure. Ultimately in working towards the goals and achieving the objectives involved in local economic development, Dover will be able to sustain and improve upon the overall quality of life shared by its population whether they are residents, employees, business owners and/or visitors.
Who is involved in Economic Development?
Numerous public and private entities play a role in shaping and contributing to Dover’s economic development process. Key local players in facilitating economic development here in Dover include the leadership of the City Council, the Dover Business and Industrial Development Authority, and the Dover Planning Board, along many other entities including the Greater Chamber of Commerce, Dover Main Street and the Dover Housing Authority. State agencies involved include the State of New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development, Business Finance Authority, and Pease Development Authority, along with expertise available through the programs provided by the International Trade Resource Center, the US Rural Development Agency and the Small Business Administration. The involvement of educators from our local public and private schools, including the New Hampshire vocational technical colleges, the University of New Hampshire, and other post secondary education programs also are important contributors.
As New Hampshire’s fastest-growing city, Dover is part of one of the most desirable regions in New England. Dover, New Hampshire is ranked one of the Top 100 Places to Live by CNN/Money Magazine.
The many restored mill buildings in the downtown and the potential for business park-type growth around the city’s outskirts make Dover a tantalizing target for all types of businesses––from independent startups to large corporations. Dover is part of one of the most desirable regions in New England––the New Hampshire Seacoast––yet Dover is still the Affordable Seacoast. Whether you are starting, relocating, or expanding a business in Dover, you’ll find the price is right for your enterprise––and for the families you employ.
Dover offers opportunities for all types of businesses. Prime downtown, and even waterfront, locations are still available, and perfect for retail, office space, and service enterprises.
Several industrial and business parks lie just outside the downtown. Opportunities here range from manufacturing and industry, to warehousing, shipping, service industries, office space, retail, and more. All offer major highway access and many have rail access.
Dover is within easy reach of four major airports, the Port of Portsmouth, and the Pease International Trade Zone. From Dover, you can do business with the enterprise next door, nationwide, or around the world.
Dover’s workforce is highly educated, skilled, and committed. (In fact, New Hampshire has the eighth highest technical content in its workforce in the nation.) Our mill heritage has imbued us with a strong work ethic, and the innovation and drive to continually reinvent ourselves and move forward. When the mills declined, Dover could have become another sad story of faded glory. But that was not the case. The people of Dover sought new enterprises, new ways to make the mills flourish, and an identity far beyond being just a “mill town.” The result has been a city reborn. Our downtown is more vibrant than ever. Our waterfront is alive with commerce, with recreation, with families enjoying parkland. Dover is strong, growing, with a future of unlimited potential.