Taylor Caswell is the first commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs. First appointed to the position by Gov. Chris Sununu in 2017, Commissioner Caswell serves as the chief economic and marketing official for the state and oversees the state Divisions of Economic Development and Travel & Tourism Development, enabling and growing economic vitality for residents and employers in the Granite State.
In this role, Caswell has defined the narrative of New Hampshire as place where people want to live and work and where companies can grow and thrive in the state’s unique tax and opportunity climate. In collaboration with policy makers, stakeholders and business leaders, he is working to update and modernize the state’s broad infrastructure of community and economic stakeholders into a more strategic and meaningful network that will be critical to sustaining and growing New Hampshire’s economy in the next century.
In 2020, Commissioner Caswell pivoted to lead state economic relief recovery efforts in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. BEA spearheaded the state’s economic recovery efforts in coordination with other state agencies and partner organizations around the state. Caswell also co-chaired the state Economic Reopening Task Force, a bi-partisan public/private group which reviews and recommended sector operations guidance. Since September of 2020, Caswell has also served as the head of the Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery (GOFERR), with responsibility for transparent development, deployment and management of more than $2 billion in federal COVID relief and stimulus funds to New Hampshire.
Caswell’s experience in the private sector includes structuring and funding renewable power and affordable housing development, financial services and government relations work for a Fortune 500 energy company.
Prior to joining BEA, he was the executive director of the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority and served as the New England regional administrator for the U.S. Housing and Urban Development, a White House-level appointment.
He grew up in Littleton, where he founded PRKR MTN trails, a community-based, 20-mile multi-use mountain bike trail network. Commissioner Caswell remains an avid year-round outdoor enthusiast and is a regular alpine skier, mountain biker, and hiker.