On Target for New Jobs - State of the City 2011


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Rochester's State of the City Forum was held on March 1, 2011 and included a presentation by Economic Development Manager Karen Pollard.

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  • Talked about new projects, industrial parks and commercial districts, real estate and growing our tax base. We’ve also covered topics like competitiveness, target markets and “leakage” of dollars from the community. Thinking about 2011 and where we’ve been in the last year, and where we are going, the subject really has to be about jobs. \\ There is not much time so we’ll be focusing on jobs we want to have and what it takes to attract them.
  • MetroNECTA = Metro New England City and Town Area (statistical area) Ours includes the tri-cities plus Springvale/Sanford M#Employment Security and DOL do most statistic by area. There is significant cross over between communities within the metro.
  • Census has changed, and no longer has a short and long form. They decided that 10 years between didn’t give us current enough info, and started doing surveys called American Community Survey, which is a modified long form. It will take some time, but already we are able to access some data in betwee decennial census. The new census data is not yet available. Economic developers from our metro have discussed a specific workforce survey but have no plans to complete one in the ear future. It is a project that could become part of out area CEDS (Certified Economic Development Strategy being coordinated by Southeast Economic Development Corp. and Strafford Regional Planning.)
  • Diversification of employment opportunities Up & Coming – Phase 2 Medical Device Manufacturing, Leadership Rochester had an amazing tour of their facility, Nextgen has been recognized in NHBR for their success, Newport has won the Governor’s recognition at Greenerpalooza and various EPA federal awards for demanufacturing and pioneering proper disposal of e-waste, electronic and computer waste that must be handled sensitively and properly or it becomes hazardous waste, threatening the environment ad human life.
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  • In order of priority, hundreds of responses
  • Albany, Spaulding, Lydall – GBCC & Creteau Tech Center to provide training opportunities for entry level positions Albay has announced their new facility with 500 or more new positions
  • Microenterprises have 5 or fewer employees
  • On Target for New Jobs - State of the City 2011

    1. 1. On Target for New Jobs State of the City March 1, 2011
    2. 2. Jobless Recovery <ul><li>Rochester-Dover MetroNECTA (NH & ME) </li></ul><ul><li>Labor Force 84,670, Employment 80,280 </li></ul><ul><li>Unemployment Dec. 2010 5.2%, 4,390 </li></ul>
    3. 3. Overall Employment <ul><li>Change in Private Sector Employment 2007-09 (Rochester -5.3%) </li></ul><ul><li>Change in Private Sector Employment 2003 -09 (Rochester +.2%) </li></ul><ul><li>Employment by industry has had major shifts over the last decade - away from Manufacturing & Wholesale, and into Health Care, Education, Retail and Construction </li></ul>
    4. 4. Top Employers – Now & Then <ul><li>1994 Manufacturers </li></ul><ul><li>Cabletron 2,400 </li></ul><ul><li>Thompson Center Arms 500 </li></ul><ul><li>Colby Footwear 230 </li></ul><ul><li>Tillotson Health Care 160 </li></ul><ul><li>Spaulding Composites 155 </li></ul><ul><li>Lydall Inc. 130 </li></ul><ul><li>Teledyne Laars 100 </li></ul><ul><li>Willey Brothers 90 </li></ul><ul><li>Jarvis Cutting Tools 76 </li></ul><ul><li>Oasis Inc. 72 </li></ul><ul><li>Salmon Falls Precision 65 </li></ul><ul><li>Boston Felt 53 </li></ul><ul><li>Techniweave 47 </li></ul><ul><li>WMI 17 </li></ul><ul><li>2011 Major Employers </li></ul><ul><li>Frisbie Memorial Hospital 640 </li></ul><ul><li>Hannaford Bros. 464 (both) </li></ul><ul><li>Wal-Mart 295 </li></ul><ul><li>Thompson Center Arms 245 </li></ul><ul><li>Albany Engineered Composites 220 </li></ul><ul><li>Market Basket 210 </li></ul><ul><li>Waste Management 200 </li></ul><ul><li>Home Depot 176 </li></ul><ul><li>Laars Heating Systems 170 </li></ul><ul><li>Eastern Propane & Oil 162 </li></ul><ul><li>Spaulding Composites 120 </li></ul><ul><li>Up & Coming </li></ul><ul><li>Phase II Medical 60 </li></ul><ul><li>Nextgen Telecom 47 </li></ul><ul><li>Newport Computers 40 </li></ul>
    5. 5. It’s not “Business as Usual” <ul><li>Business Environment has changed, way beyond doing more with less </li></ul><ul><li>Technology (mobility) </li></ul><ul><li>Energy (costs, availability, sustainability) </li></ul><ul><li>Transparency </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerships (B2B, B2C) </li></ul><ul><li>Employee relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Social media, political environment, raw materials </li></ul><ul><li>Dealing with uncertainty for sustained periods </li></ul>
    6. 6. Competitive Business Environment <ul><li>Area Development 2010 Corporate Survey of 158 CEO’s </li></ul><ul><li>Availability of skilled labor – 57% </li></ul><ul><li>Availability of unskilled labor – 16.7% </li></ul><ul><li>Labor costs, union profiles, training programs </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate taxes, tax exemptions & incentives </li></ul><ul><li>Proximity to markets, highway access, advanced IT, major airport </li></ul><ul><li>Available land & buildings, construction costs </li></ul><ul><li>Energy reliability & costs, environmental regulations </li></ul><ul><li>Quality of Life – housing costs, crime rate, public schools, health care, recreation & culture </li></ul>
    7. 7. Where is the Opportunity? <ul><li>Target Industries </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Advanced Manufacturing (composite materials center of excellence) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Entrepreneurship (incubators, boot camps & small business support, Downtown) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health Care (solid base of skilled labor) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Retail, Hospitality & Entertainment (contributes to economy & quality of life) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional Education & Training (helps us achieve the other goals) </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Employment Comments… <ul><li>Diversification of employment opportunities increases economic stability </li></ul><ul><li>Employee & Wage Growth is strongest in industries that employ college grads </li></ul><ul><li>Significant correlation between education & training = wages </li></ul><ul><li>Educational attainment affects long-term economic opportunities </li></ul>American Community Survey 2005-2009 For Rochester, NH City 5.4% $56,492 Professional Degree 12.1% $42,976 Bachelor’s Degree 21.6% $33,750 Associate’s Degree 37.3% $18,517 HS Diploma & GED % of Population Median Earnings
    9. 9. Then 2000 vs. Now 2010 <ul><li>Largest Industries 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>Retail Trade 21.0% </li></ul><ul><li>Manufacturing 10.7% </li></ul><ul><li>Education 7.9% </li></ul><ul><li>Health Services 5.7% </li></ul><ul><li>Self-Employed 3.5% </li></ul><ul><li>Eating & Drinking Places 3.3% </li></ul><ul><li>Wholesale Trade 2.9% </li></ul><ul><li>Government 2.9% </li></ul><ul><li>Largest Industries 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Management & Prof 15.9% </li></ul><ul><li>Retail Trade 12.7% </li></ul><ul><li>Eating & Drinking Places 9.1% </li></ul><ul><li>Manufacturing 8.3% </li></ul><ul><li>Education 8.3% </li></ul><ul><li>Health Care 7.8% </li></ul><ul><li>Self-EmployedTransportation 4.8% </li></ul><ul><li>Arts, Entertainment & Sports 1% </li></ul><ul><li>NH Occupational Employment & Wages June 2010 </li></ul>
    10. 10. Health Care <ul><li>Labor force of 4,130 R-metro (+100 over 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>Projections point to increasing demad </li></ul><ul><li>Impact of Health Care Reform and political changes are unknown </li></ul><ul><li>Privatization of services (Rt. 11 dialysis center) </li></ul>
    11. 11. Manufacturing <ul><li>Labor force of 5,700 R-metro (+100 over 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>Projections for increased hiring in Q32011 </li></ul><ul><li>High precision, semi-skilled & skilled </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Advanced manufacturing, composites $1,371 AWW (average weekly wage) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Medical device manufacturing $1,058 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research & development, new products and processes $1,843 </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Entrepreneurship <ul><li>86% of firms have <20 employees </li></ul><ul><li>Microentprises grew by 150 firms 1977-2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Require more support and assistance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Less in-house or contract staff </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Shop Local – More funds circulate locally </li></ul><ul><li>Downtown revitalization – small and unique enterprises create a destination </li></ul>After 3 months 3731 Facebook friends with a fanatical taste for cupcakes!
    13. 13. Retail, Hospitality & Arts <ul><li>Labor force of 4,540 R-metro </li></ul><ul><li>Economic Impact </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shop Local 1.5 to 2.1X </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Enhanced Quality of Life – residents & visitors </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities for increased tourism to Rochester </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce wages “leaking” to other locations </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities for Downtown Arts & Entertainment District </li></ul>
    14. 14. Professional, Technical Training & Education <ul><li>Labor force of 4,370 (+100 over 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>Demand for advanced skills continues to increase by expanding firms </li></ul><ul><li>Utilizing partnerships – Great Bay Community College, Creteau Tech Center, Granite State College, more. </li></ul><ul><li>Support skilled employment with higher earnings potential </li></ul>
    15. 15. Economic Development <ul><li>www.thinkrochester.biz </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook.com/RochesterEDC </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter @RochesterEDC </li></ul><ul><li>Karen Pollard, CEcD, EDP – Economic Development Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Mary Ellen Humphrey, Economic Development Specialist </li></ul><ul><li>Samantha Rodgerson, Administrative Assistant </li></ul>