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North Star Place Branding and Marketing chosen as Branding Partner for the City of Manchester's Marketing and Branding Initiative

Published: 05/22/2023 12:00 PM

The Economic Development Office is leading the charge on a research-driven, community-wide identity and branding initiative for the City of Manchester.  This effort will help our city stand out in the marketplace and grow our image and appeal.  The goal is to increase interest and investment in our community from residents, entrepreneurs, companies, and visitors.

The Economic Development Office is excited to announce that in March, the office had signed a contract with North Star Place Branding and Marketing out of Jacksonville, FL, America’s leading place branding organization to be the City’s Branding Partner on this initiative. North Star was chosen from a pool of applicants who applied through the Request For Proposal Process (RFP).

North Star Place Branding and Marketing uses decades of experience and perspective, who have helped client’s communities uncover and express their authentic story and inspire local action to achieve their preferred future. North Star’s clients include Gallatin Tennessee, Petersburg Alaska, Johnson City Tennessee, Frankfort Kentucky, Tempe Arizona and more.

The North Star team will be in Manchester the Week of May 22nd – 25th for the first phase of the process.  Phase one will include conducting research inside and outside the community to uncover perceptions, attitudes, and what’s unique about Manchester.  During their time here, the consultants will tour the city, hold one-on-one interviews with community members, residents, and elected officials, host several focus groups, and host an informational community presentation on Wednesday, May 24th, from 6 – 7:30 at the Rex Theater. 

If you are interested in becoming involved or want to stay up to date on the initiative’s progress, please go to https://www.distinctlymanchester.com/

City of Manchester, NH Announces Return of Movies in the Park

Published: 05/17/2023 9:39 AM

MANCHESTER, NH - The Manchester City Library, Parks and recreation, Economic Development and the Mayor’s Office are thrilled to announce the highly anticipated return of "Movies in the Park," an exciting summer outdoor film series that promises delightful evenings of entertainment for the entire community. These family-friendly events will take place at a new location, Victory Park (91 Concord Street), offering residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy beloved films under the stars.


Beginning Wednesday, June 28th and running every other Wednesday through August 9th, Movies in the Park will showcase a diverse selection of cinematic masterpieces, from timeless classics to modern favorites. The event aims to create a memorable experience that fosters community engagement, strengthens neighborhood bonds, and celebrates the beauty of our downtown.


Each movie screening will feature pre-show activities, including food vendors and music by DJ D. Smooth. Families are encouraged to bring picnic blankets, lawn chairs, and their favorite movie treats to create a cozy and comfortable viewing area. Admission to Movies in the Park is free, ensuring that everyone can partake in this summer extravaganza. All movies will begin at 8:00pm. “Come out for movies both you and the kids will enjoy!  We’ve got amphitheater seating and plenty of grass for blankets and lawn chairs.” said Mark Gomez Chief of Parks and Recreation. 


“The Manchester Economic Development Office is thrilled to partner once again with the Manchester City Library, Parks and Recreation Division, and the Mayor’s Office for the return of movies in the Park,” said Jodie Nazaka, Economic Development Director. “The Summer Movie Series continues to be an excellent opportunity for the community to enjoy Manchester’s vibrant Downtown, grab takeout from various unique eatery’s, and share an experience and build memories. This series is free for all to attend and helps kickoff summer in Downtown Manchester.” 


Regular updates and additional details will be provided on our social media platforms, ensuring that everyone is well-informed about this exciting event.


Movies in the Park would not be possible without the generous support of our community partners and sponsors, including Jones Street Investment Partners. Their commitment to enriching the lives of our residents and enhancing our parks is greatly appreciated.


Join us as we kick off the summer season with Movies in the Park, a cinematic celebration that blends entertainment, nature, and community spirit. Together, let's enjoy the magic of outdoor movies and create cherished moments under the open sky.


REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS for the Classification and Total Compensation Review

Published: 03/27/2023 8:55 AM

The City of Manchester Human Resources Department has issued a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) to procure the services of a qualified consultant to complete a comprehensive Classification and Total Compensation Review, resulting in the update of the City’s current classification and compensation system, or the design of a new classification and total compensation plan/system, which will ensure internal equity and market competitiveness, consider the relative elements of total compensation (salary, benefits/retirement plan, paid time off), and meet federal, state, and local compliance requirements. The City of Manchester municipal government employs approximately 1200 individuals working in various departments including Police, Fire, Public Works, Water Works, a regional Airport, and over 20 other departments.  A link to the RFP can be found here: https://www.manchesternh.gov/Departments/Purchasing/Bid-Opportunities-and-Results.  Proposals are due by Friday, April 21, 2023, at 4:00 PM.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS City of Manchester, New Hampshire For Event Coordination within the Central Business Service District (CBSD)

Published: 03/17/2023 5:38 PM

The City of Manchester's Economic Development Office is pleased to announce the request for proposals for Event Coordination within the Central Business Service District (CBSD).
From large to small, events of all sizes provide significant economic benefits, generate energy and give a robust economic boost to our incredible small businesses within the Downtown and Millyard.
Through special events, memorable experiences are created resulting in additional reasons for people to return and explore all that the city has to offer while supporting the local businesses, and cultural venues and improving the experience of living Downtown.
Today, the City of Manchester’s Economic Development Office has announced a request for proposal (RFP) for Event Coordination within the Central Business Service District (CBSD). All Proposals are due by Friday, April 7, 2023, at 4:00 P.M. (Eastern Standard Time). For complete information on the RFP and to apply, please refer to the full text of the RFP for details.

Manchester Development Corporation Commits $100,000 to the Manchester Boston Regional Airport through the efforts of the new non-profit entity ASSET.

Published: 03/17/2023 2:36 PM

March 17th, 2022


Kyle Baker



Manchester Development Corporation Celebrates Expansion of Service at Airport.  

Through advocacy efforts of the newly formed Air Service Support & Enhancement Team (ASSET), the Manchester Development Corporation (MDC) Board of Directors voted unanimously to commit $100,000 in grants to the Manchester Boston Regional Airport.  In 2021, the NH Commerce Corridor (NHCC), a coalition of seven Chambers of Commerce from across the Southern and Capital regions of New Hampshire, began to discuss the idea of forming a non-profit entity with the purpose of bolstering air service development efforts at Manchester Boston Regional Airport. ASSET was formally organized in 2022 and is led by Heather McGrail, President & CEO of the Greater Manchester Chamber.  The Manchester Development Corporation committed the funding with the goal of increasing passengers and enticing more airlines to offer service in Manchester.  The funding support was approved under the leadership of previous MDC Board chair Suzanne Brunelle and Manchester Economic Development Director Jodie Nazaka. MDC’s current Board chair Amy Chhom issued the following statement. 

“The Manchester-Boston Regional Airport continues to grow by providing excellent service and a growing list of destinations for passengers around New England.  The addition of Avelo Airlines service to Raleigh-Durham airport is just another example of the cities expanding economic reach. I would like to thank Director Ted Kitchens, The Manchester Economic Development Office, and the members of ASSET for their efforts in making the airport another Manchester success story.  The Manchester Development Corporation is proud to contribute these funds and we are all excited to see what exciting new projects will come next.”

About The Manchester Development Corporation

The Manchester Development Corporation is a 501 (C)(4) non-profit development corporation that supports the economic development initiatives of the City under the direction of the Board of Mayor & Aldermen.  Since 1999, the Manchester Development Corporation has provided more than two million dollars to develop projects in Manchester as well as providing gap financing to business owners and developers to assist in economic development opportunities that will lead to job retention and creation. 

For more information about the Manchester Development Corporation or to apply for funding please visit: https://www.manchesterdevelopmentcorp.com/

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