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Hassan: Turkish businesses interested in New Hampshire’s strategic location

Governor Maggie Hassan

(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

Governor Maggie Hassan (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

Gov. Maggie Hassan said her trade mission to Turkey has been a success helping New Hampshire businesses connect with potential customers, and promoting New Hampshire as a strategic location for Turkish companies looking to expand in the West.

“This is about first and foremost building relationships with business for the long term,” Hassan said yesterday in a conference call with reporters.

“It’s important that potential partners understand well that we are committed to international trade over the long term and that we want to keep working with them. I see my role as a spokesperson and a way to make sure Turkish businesspeople understand how seriously New Hampshire takes international trade. I’ve been impressed with the warmth extended to us.”

Turkey is the 17th-largest economy in the world and the state’s 12th-largest trade partner. Hassan, Resources and Economic Development Commissioner Jeffrey Rose and representatives from seven businesses arrived in Istanbul over the weekend and will return tomorrow.

They met with members of the Turkish media Monday and received messages from additional businesses Tuesday, Hassan said.

Turkish businesspeople have been mostly interested in New Hampshire’s strategic location and access to infrastructure for moving goods to the broader northeastern United States and the eastern provinces of Canada, Rose said.

“A lot of them are small- to medium-size companies that are looking to expand their footprint,” Rose said. “They’ve asked about our tax structure and our infrastructure, which ranges from having a deep water port to airports, rail, highways. That’s all very important in terms of trying to make sure you can move goods and services or establish distribution centers. They’ve been very robust conversations with businesses of all sizes. A lot of small entrepreneurial companies have been very excited about the opportunities available in New Hampshire.”

(Sarah Palermo can be reached at 369-3322 or spalermo@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @SPalermoNews.)

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