Nixon Peabody, Optima Bank & Trust, Newmarket Millspace Sponsor Event

Newmarket, New Hampshire, February 17, 2017- Leadership Seacoast, a local non-profit organization committed to the development of informed and active community leaders, recently held its Economic Development Day at Newmarket Millspace in Newmarket, NH.

Nixon PeabodySponsored by Nixon Peabody, Optima Bank & Trust, and Newmarket Millspace, the class observed the relationship of local decision making to economic development and discussed some of the barriers and challenges that affect development in the Seacoast region with presentations led by Brian Gottlob, Principal of PolEcon Research, and Matt Assia of Chinburg Properties.  Later in the day, workshop participants discussed issues in regional planning led by Laurel Bistany, Executive Director of the Regional Economic Development Corp, and Lisa Keslar,  Owner of Keslar Insurance.

Optima Bank & TrustDurham Town Administrator Todd Selig facilitated community conversations that highlighted economic development and workforce skills development with Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast Executive Director Robin Comstock, George Regan of the NH Housing Finance Authority , Sean Clancy,  Director of the Business Training Center at  Great Bay Community College, Chris Parker, City of Dover’s Assistant City Manager, and Tavis Austin, Planner with the Town of Stratham.

Newmarket Millspace“Economic development can be a ​complicated subject to explore about because it touches so many other issues in the community, but it’s crucial to understand its importance in our region​,” said Jennifer Wheeler, Executive Director, Leadership Seacoast. Through the help of our sponsors, Leadership Seacoast is able to provide memorable, experiential learning for the class. For more information about Leadership Seacoast and becoming a corporate sponsor, visit or contact Jennifer Wheeler at 603-334-6063 or

About Leadership Seacoast

Based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the Leadership Seacoast program provides existing and future community leaders the opportunity to engage with the people and organizations that shape the Seacoast’s economic structure and social fabric. Leadership Seacoast offers its participant’s unique insight into how business, community, and politics integrate to create successful societies and how small actions can have a significant impact on the greater global good. Leadership Seacoast alumni make a difference in their communities through networking, active involvement, and personal action. Since its inception in 1988, Leadership Seacoast has created a strong foundation that values diversity of opinion and consensus building to find solutions to challenges affecting the Seacoast’s community and its future. For more information about our programs please contact us at or check out our website at


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Jennifer Wheeler, Executive Director

Leadership Seacoast