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BEA Welcomes Groth, Immel

The Department of Business and Economic Affairs (BEA) announces the hiring of two business resource specialists who will bring their extensive business and planning experience to communities and companies in two regions of the state.

Karen Immel, of Hampton, comes to the agency from Timberland and will cover the Seacoast region for BEA. Her previous experience includes global product marketing, and product management and sourcing roles for brands including Bath & Body Works and The Longaberger Company.

Brian Groth, of Nashua, will cover central and southern New Hampshire. He joins BEA from the Town of Hudson, where he worked for five years as its town planner, working on a range of projects, from housing to some of the state’s largest commercial and industrial developments.
Immel and Groth round out BEA’s business resource team, which includes Steve Fortier, covering southwestern New Hampshire; Jonathan Noury-Elliard, who handles the hospitality and tourism sectors statewide, and Beno Lamontagne, who covers the North Country.

BEA’s business resource specialists work with municipalities, economic development organizations, and companies to address challenges and assist in finding solutions to issues including workforce development, childcare, housing and more.

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