New Hampshire's Department of Resources & Economic Development, affectionately known as DRED, has been reorganized and split into two new departments. Commissioner Jeff Rose has moved from DRED to the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. Commissioner Taylor Caswell has been appointed to the newly named Department of Business & Economic Affairs, under which travel and tourism now falls.
Please join State Tourism Director Vicki Cimino and Commissioner Caswell at the Chamber offices, 500 Market Street in Portsmouth, on Wednesday, August 9th, at 10:30 a.m. for a meet and greet with our new Commissioner. Please RSVP to Valerie@PortsmouthCollaborative.org
More info on Commissioner Caswell:
Taylor Caswell's career spans over 20 years in both the public and private sectors. On the private sector side, Taylor has structured and funded startups related to renewable power development, affordable housing development, and sustainable finance; directed external affairs for a Fortune 500 natural gas utility company and its affiliated development ventures; and represented the financial services industry in Washington D.C.
In addition to his current role at BEA, Taylor’s experience in public service includes his role as Executive Director of the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority, a federal White House-level appointment at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and over a decade in Washington, D.C. including time as senior Congressional staff. In 2013, he founded the N.H. CleanTech Council, an organization to promote the
cleantech economy sector in the state. Taylor is also the founder of PRKR MTN Trails, a nonprofit community-based network of 25 miles of multi-use trails in Littleton, NH, where he grew up and maintains a regular presence.
A life spent among New Hampshire’s rugged White Mountains teaches many valuable lessons -- which serve to inform his role every day. These lessons are learned year-round as a mountain biker, trail runner, craggy summit alpinist, backcountry skier, or just about anything else that involves snow, dirt, mud, trees, roots and rocks (granite, preferably).