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Request for Proposals, Citywide Branding and Marketing Strategy

Published: 11/28/2022 5:20 PM

The City of Manchester Economic Development Office is pleased to announce the solicitation of proposals for advertising agency services for a citywide branding and marketing strategy. 

The City of Manchester is seeking the development of a comprehensive branding and marketing strategy to drive business attraction and retention, energize current residents, position the municipality as a desirable community for relocation, and to enhance general perception.  The successful execution of this project will create positive impressions of the City to existing and prospective residents, businesses, visitors, and employees.  Considerations must be made to include City, business, and industry assets, tourism initiatives, special events, parks and recreation amenities, cultural and historical assets, and The Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.  Further, the initiatives must be adaptable to various functions, including destination marketing, economic development, professional recruitment, and (employee and resident) retention.  Proposals are due by Tuesday, December 20, 2022, at 4:00 P.M. (EST).  Please refer to the full text of the RFP for details. 

Any questions regarding the RFP should be sent to Jodie Nazaka, AICP, Director of Economic Development, at jnazaka@manchesternh.gov.  

Amazon Begins Daily Cargo Service at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport

Published: 11/18/2022 9:59 AM

Amazon Begins Daily Cargo Service at

Manchester-Boston Regional Airport

The new cargo facility will more than double the

amount of cargo warehouse space at the Airport.


[MANCHESTER, NH] – November 17, 2022 – Amazon Air launched daily cargo service today at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT). The inaugural flight from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) arrived early Thursday morning. Amazon Air will begin with one daily Boeing 767-300 flight.

“This is a significant development in the history of the Airport,” said Airport Director Ted Kitchens, A.A.E. “Enhancing our air cargo facilities with the introduction of Amazon Air underscores the economic development that is occurring not only in Manchester but throughout New Hampshire and Northern New England. I am proud of the efforts of our Airport team for delivering a high-quality facility, on-time and within budget, that makes a bold and impactful statement about the economy here in New Hampshire!”

MHT is recognized as a top 50 cargo airport in the United States and has seen several years of record-breaking cargo volume. This trend of higher cargo volumes is expected to continue with the opening of this new facility.

“We’re proud to expand our Amazon Air operations into New Hampshire as we continue to invest in the New England region,” said Chris Preston, Director of Amazon Air Gateway Operations. “This brand-new facility at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport will help us better serve our customers and ensure we deliver packages quickly and efficiently across New England.”

The 65,000-square-foot multitenant cargo building was built through a partnership with the Airport and real estate investment company Realterm. The new facility offers three widebody aircraft parking positions managed by the Airport, with the option to expand to a fourth.

This is Amazon Air’s first expansion into New Hampshire, and Amazon is the first tenant to operate from the new facility. Flights will be operated by cargo airline Atlas Air, with ground handling by Trego-Dugan Aviation and aircraft maintenance by Keenan Technical Industries.

"We are proud to be part in this historic project with MHT and Amazon,” said Alexi Lachambre, Vice President of Investments for Airport Infrastructure at Realterm. “MHT’s leaders have proven to be dynamic and visionary partners, able to capitalize on the surge of e-commerce and create economic opportunity for their broader community. As demand for air cargo continues to grow, exceptional infrastructure projects such as this will help to relieve pressure on the regional distribution network while also garnering the interest of major logistics players. We look forward to continuing our partnership with MHT and supporting future expansion.”

The new facility will drive economic growth in the region for years to come. In addition to creating hundreds of jobs in the Granite State, the multitenant facility will allow for better connectivity in the world of e-commerce, further positioning the Airport as an economic hub for the region.

“Business and commerce are booming here in the 603,” said Governor Chris Sununu. “This new Amazon Air operation will grow New Hampshire’s role in e-commerce and the global economy.”

“I’m thrilled to see the completion of the new cargo facility apron at MHT, which will nearly double the Airport’s cargo capacity and lower transportation costs while supporting local businesses and promoting job creation throughout the region,” said Senator Jeanne Shaheen. “When I fought to secure $7.8 million for this project in the fiscal year 2022 federal government funding law, I knew it was going to be a smart investment for our state. Through my role on the Senate Appropriations Committee, I’ll continue to advocate on behalf of transportation and infrastructure projects at MHT and across New Hampshire.” 

“Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is already an industry-leading cargo facility, so this new partnership with Amazon Air is a welcomed addition,” said Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig. “This project will provide more jobs for our residents in addition to boosting our local economy. Thank you to the entire Airport team and the project engineers, architects and contractors for your tireless commitment to making this project happen.”

“This facility will enhance the connectivity of New England with the world of e-commerce,” said Taylor Caswell, the NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs Commissioner. “According to the International Air Transport Association, 52% of consumers bought more online during the pandemic, fueling the value of e-commerce which is now expected to total $2.1 trillion in 2023 with 80% of cross-border e-commerce being transported by air. Having this facility in New Hampshire will allow the Granite State, and all of Northern New England, to tap into this growing sector of the global economy.”

Cargo activity played a vital role during the pandemic to help offset decreased air travel and passenger revenues. With the additional aircraft that this facility will accommodate, the Airport will be able to continue its trend of lowering airline operating costs.



Strategically situated in the heart of New England, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is located less than fifty miles north of Boston, Massachusetts, and less than an hour’s drive from the region’s most popular ski areas, scenic seacoast beaches and peaceful lakefront resorts. MHT is the premier aviation gateway for the region. For more information, visit www.flymanchester.com.


Amazon Air continues to expand globally to meet the needs of its growing customer base, while investing in jobs and sustainable solutions to power its network. Globally, we now operate more than 110 aircraft in our fleet, both leased and owned, flying to more than 70 air gateways and hubs. In 2021, we opened our first central air hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Since Amazon Air’s launch in 2016, Amazon has invested hundreds of millions of dollars and created thousands of new jobs at Amazon Air locations across the U.S.


Realterm is an independent global investment manager focused on the transportation industry. We acquire, develop, finance and manage differentiated real estate and infrastructure assets serving land, air, sea and rail networks in North America, Europe and Asia. Realterm currently manages over $13 billion in assets across six transportation logistics-oriented private equity fund series: Realterm Airport Logistics Properties (RALP), an open-end, core-plus fund investing into high flow through (HFT®) on-airport logistics real estate throughout North America; Realterm Logistics Income Fund (RLIF), an open-end, core-plus fund, and the Realterm Logistics Fund (RLF) Series, a closed-end, value-added fund series, both of which invest into HFT surface transportation logistics real estate throughout the U.S.; Realterm Europe Logistics Income Fund (RELIF), an open-end, core-plus fund, and Realterm Europe Logistics Fund (RELF), a closed-end, value-added fund series, both of which invest into HFT logistics real estate throughout Europe; and IndoSpace Logistics Parks (ILP), a closed-end, opportunistic fund series investing into warehouse and logistics real estate throughout the top industrial markets in India.

Applications now available for the second round of the Restaurant Infrastructure Investment Program

Published: 11/09/2022 12:33 PM

The Local Restaurant Infrastructure Investment Program provides awards to local restaurants seeking reimbursement for eligible equipment, infrastructure, and technology purchases up to an award cap of $15,000.

Such purchases must be a result of or in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to be eligible under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund.

This program is intended to help address workforce issues, consumer expectations, and overall restaurant safety challenges experienced by small, local restaurants across New Hampshire due to COVID-19.

Awards will be issued to applicants for reimbursement of eligible equipment, infrastructure, and technology purchased between November 1, 2021, and January 11, 2023, to help them adapt to service and technology changes due to COVID-19 in the market that can be costly and disruptive.

To receive an award, eligible restaurants must apply by January 11, 2023 at 4:00 P.M., but applications will be reviewed and funds awarded on a rolling basis, with monthly funding rounds. 

Please visit the Governors Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery (GOFERR) page to access the information and to apply. 

City of Manchester Announces 2022 Manchester Holiday Parade

Published: 10/21/2022 9:44 AM


October 19th, 2022




City of Manchester to Host Downtown Holiday Parade and HolidayTree Lighting  on Saturday, December 3rd

Parade begins at 4:00 p.m., following the BASC Santa Claus Shuffle at 3:00 p.m.


MANCHESTER, NH – Today, Mayor Joyce Craig announced the City of Manchester will host the annual holiday parade and a Holiday Tree Lighting on Saturday December 3, 2022.

Organizations interested in participating in the 2022 Holiday Parade can register here and individuals wishing to volunteer can email mhtholidayparade@gmail.com

“I am looking forward to joining all of our participants at this year's Holiday Parade,” said Alderman Bill Barry. “I want to thank our great city for coordinating this event and I am hoping that it will be even more successful than last year. This will give Manchester’s families a chance to get out and enjoy a day of joy.”

“The Holiday Parade is an opportunity for Manchester to attract visitors from outside the area who might consider moving here or starting a business in our great City,” said Jodie Nazaka, Director of the Manchester Economic Development Office. “We look forward to kicking off the holiday season with a boost of economic energy in our downtown.”

The Holiday Parade will begin at 4:00 pm immediately following the BASC Santa Claus Shuffle, presented by Millennium Running and a Holiday tree lighting will take place in front of Veterans Park at the conclusion of the Parade. 

For more information on the BASC Santa Claus Shuffle or to register, visit: http://www.millenniumrunning.com/santa and for a complete up to date listing of the Participants in this years Parade, see below. 

Street closures for the Santa Claus Shuffle and the Parade can be found here: /Portals/2/Departments/econ_dev/Santa Shuffle-Christmas Parade notifications 2022.pdf?ver=2022-12-02-125652-783

2022 Manchester Holiday Parade Participants: (registrations are on-going) 

- Bellami Fitness 

- Miss Manchester Scholarship Program

- Manchester Animal Shelter 

- Manchester Bears Youth and Senior Football League

- Diz's Cafe

- Londonderry Mini Motorsports Park

- Manchester Crimeline

- New Hampshire Fisher Cats


- Home Base Transportation 

- New Hampshire Roller Derby 

- UNH Manchester

- Emmanual Church of Hooksett

- Rhythmic Revolutions

- Dead River Company

- Powernights Robotics

- New Hampshire Party Bus

- Manchester Central High School Marching Band

- Manchester West High School Marching Band

- Manchester Memorial High School Marching Band 

- Manchester Radio Group

- South Jr. Deb Softball League 

- New England Skate Riots Jr. Roller Derby

- YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown Gymnastics Team

- Muchachos Drum and Bugel Corps

- Bangor Savings Bank 

- Manchester Moves

- The New England order of the Krampus

- Ms. Kathryn Barry USA Prime XX

- Mrs. New Hampshire Teresa Vigneault Prime XXXX

- Gospel Baptist Church

- National Charity League Inc. of Southern New Hampshire

- McIntyre Ski Area

- Shadow and Soul Emporium

- Safe Wheels LLC

- Manchester Bookmobile

- Kenyon Lawn and Property Maintenance LLC

- Miss Goffstown Outstanding Teen

- NH Merged Branch 44 National Association of Letter Carriers (Manchester)

- Double Midnight Comics

- Manchester Fire Department 

- Manchester Police Department 

- Manchestrer Salvation Army and the Union Leader Santa Fund

- Cub Scout Pack 100 and Troop 110 

- Harlan R Dickson Division of the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps

- Eagle and Son 

- MCTV (Peter White and John Clayton broadcasting the parade live from in front of Veterans park)



City’s first-ever Fall Festival Friday, October 28, from 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm in Downtown Manchester

Published: 10/07/2022 9:06 AM

City of Manchester Announces Fall Festival

Visitors and community members are invited to come downtown and celebrate the fall season in New Hampshire’s largest city. Meet Mayor Joyce Craig at City Hall and get a free book from Bookmobile. Stroll downtown and Trick-or-Treat at participating downtown businesses, then make your way to Stanton Plaza for fun and games! Activities at Stanton Plaza include a photo booth, kid’s games and activities, pumpkin carving, a coloring contest, a decoration station for a lighted display, and so much more! “Come have a wicked good time, goblin candy, and creeping it real downtown!” Said Mark Gomez, Chief of Parks.

The Fall Festival will take place at City Hall, and Stanton Plaza. “Every year I look forward to seeing families enjoying downtown, walking around, shopping, and visiting our restaurants for downtown trick-or-treating, and with the addition of our Fall Festival, there is even more of a reason to celebrate!” Said Mayor Joyce Craig.

City-wide Trick-or-Treating is scheduled in the City of Manchester for Monday, October 31 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Businesses and Organizations participating as a Trick-or-Treat locations include:


- The Granite YMCA - 30 Mechanic St. 

- DoubleTree by Hilton - 700 Elm St. (Stanton Plaza) - visit inside the hotel at "The Current" Restaurant for their famous Doubletree Cookie

- Diz's Cafe - 860 Elm St. 

- Framers Market - 1301 Elm St. 

- Moes Subs - 796 Elm St. 

- Ben & Jerry's - 940 Elm St.  

- UNH Manchester - 940 Elm St. (with Ben & Jerry's)

- Granite State Candy Shoppe - 832 Elm St. 

- The Smoothie Bus - 1000 Elm St. - Suite 17 (first floor across from Hop Knot)

- Tower of Curls & Beyond - 1000 Elm St. inside the Brady Sullivan Tower across from the Smoothie Bus

- The Terracotta Room - 1361 Elm St. Suite 102 

- Studio 550 - 550 Elm St 

- Thirsty Moose - 795 Elm St. 

- The Bookery - 844 Elm St. 

- Bonfire - 950 Elm St. 

- Piccola Italia Ristorante - 815 Elm St. 

- Runners Alley - 669 Elm St. (across from Stanton Plaza)

- Fidium (Consolidated Communications) - 770 Elm St

- North Elm Bistro - 1361 Elm St. 

- AR Workshop - 875 Elm St. 

- Congressman Chris Pappas's Office 889 Elm St. 

- The Farm Bar and Grille - 1181 Elm St. 

- Hop Knot - 1000 Elm St. 

- Thousand Crane - 1000 Elm St. Hampshire Plaza 

- Shadow and Soul Emporium - 22 Hanover St. 

- Lilac + Finch - 32 Hanover St. Location 

- Beeze Tees - 36 Hanover St. 

- The Palace Theatre - 80 Hanover St. 

- Sub Zero 119 Hanover St. (inside Prime Time Grilled Cheese)

- Prime Time Grilled Cheese - 119 Hanover St. 

- Firefly - 22 Concord St. 

- New Hampshire Fisher Cats - Stanton Plaza 

- Manchester Police Department - Stanton Plaza 

- Bookmobile - City Hall Plaza 

- Fall Festival - Stanton Plaza  (in front of the DoubleTree Hotel)

Organizations and businesses interested in participating in Downtown Trick-or-Treat should contact the Economic Development Office at 603-624-6505 or econdev@manchesternh.gov  

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