Meet the Division of Economic Development
Our team includes:
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603-271-2341 • Cell: 603-419-0382
A Belknap County native, Carmen Lorentz studied international
affairs at George Washington University and spent several years in Washington,
DC addressing foreign policy issues and working at an international foundation.
She earned her Master’s degree at the University of Maryland School of Public
Policy and later analyzed state economic development policies at New York’s
Public Management Institute.
She returned to the Granite State in 2011 to become the
executive director of the Belknap Economic Development Council, responsible for
its strategic goals of enhancing the region’s workforce; retaining and
attracting young talent and encouraging creative entrepreneurs.
By a unanimous vote of the Executive Council in January 2014,
Carmen was appointed as the director of the New Hampshire Division of Economic
Development, where she will oversee the mission of the division, including
business retention and recruitment, government procurement and international
603-271-2341 • Cell: 603-419-9164
Chris began his career as a marine biologist, worked in aquaculture ventures and laboratory management. As deputy director of the Division of Economic Development, he serves on the board of the University of New Hampshire Innovation Resource Center; the advisory board of the NH Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the Governor's Council on Advanced Manufacturing.
Chris earned his MBA from Plymouth State College and is also a member of the first graduating class for the New Hampshire Certified Management Program.
Communications and Legislative Director
603-271-2341 • Journalists on deadline can call 603-419-0533
Lorna Colquhoun is responsible for developing, directing and managing the public relations, promotional and marketing strategies for the Division of Economic Development.
She comes to the Department of Resources and Economic Development after a newspaper career that spanned over 25 years, most of that time covering the North Country of New Hampshire. Her photos and articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Reader’s Digest, the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald, as well as numerous national and regional publications.
Director of Broadband Technology
603-271-2341 Ext 138
Carol Miller directs and coordinates State telecommunications policy planning initiatives and works to encourage and facilitate collaboration between public and private research development efforts. She sprearheaded the development of a broadband action plan and acts as an agent in recruiting and retaining high technology companies. She also serves as a resource for state policy makers and seeks resources from government and nonprofit entities to promote the state's technology development and telecommunications planning initiatives.
Carol has served as president of the New Hampshire Internet Service Providers and been a member of the State of New Hampshire Telecommunications Advisory Board as well as chairman of the Androscoggin Valley Economic Recovery Corp. Carol is a North Country board member of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and has participated in many task force initiatives concerning telecommunications in northern New Hampshire.
BUSINESS RESOURCE SPECIALISTS
Belknap and Merrimack counties and in-house insurance specialist
Deborah Avery brings experience gained from working two decades in the insurance industry. A board member of the Capital Region Development Council and New Hampshire Economic Development Association, she is a graduate of Mills College in Oakland, Ca.
Gary Chabot has professional experience in management, business counseling, training and professional development for entrepreneurs and small business owners/managers. His real estate experience includes serving as an internal business consultant for an international real estate corporation, Coldwell Banker Corp., in New Hampshire and Vermont; executive director of a housing agency; real estate director for the Pease Development Authority and as a vice president in real estate firms involved with investment, development, leasing and appraisal of major commercial properties in southern New Hampshire.
North Country Regional Resource Specialist
Beno Lamontagne plans and implements development strategies that build economic opportunity for the North Country business community. He works closely with companies on issues ranging from permitting and site selection to energy efficiency and diversification, while also providing strategic counsel to communities and economic development officials.
A former Colebrook selectman and owner of Lazerworks Radio Shack, Beno is on the board of the Community Development Finance Authority board of directors and is past president of the Coos Economic Development Corp. and the Colebrook Economic Development Corp.
Cheshire and Sullivan Counties and Seacoast Specialist
Chris Wellington joined the Division of Economic Development after 3 ½ years as the marketing and retention specialist for Manchester’s Economic Development Office, where he was responsible for business retention, recruitment and all marketing activities.
He is the division’s liaison to incubators and young professional groups, serving on the board of the Manchester Young Professionals Network and DED designee for the New Hampshire Business Incubator Network. Chris received a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology (2004) and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (2011) from the University of New Hampshire.
603-271-2341 ext 124
Dianne has been with the division for 17 years, serving as the administrative secretary to the director of the division.
joined the Division of Economic Development in 2013. She is a small business
owner and is associated with the Veteran Business Owners Association.
603-271-2341 ext 101
Bridgett comes to the Division of Economic Development with experience as a small business owner; she provided bookkeeping services for dozens of small companies throughout New Hampshire.