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City of Manchester to Begin Utilizing Recycling Carts Made from Ocean-Bound Plastic

Published: 01/19/2022 8:12 AM

Manchester is the second city in the nation to utilize 100% recyclable cart


Today, Mayor Joyce Craig and the Department of Public Works announced the City of Manchester has partnered with Rehrig Pacific to roll out new recycling carts made from ocean-bound recycled plastic.

Manchester is only the second city in the nation to utilize ocean-bound recycled plastic in their recycling carts. The OceanCore carts will replace broken or new carts for Manchester residents across the city.

“We’re thrilled to be the second city in the nation to partner with Rehrig Pacific in using their 100% recyclable cart,” said Mayor Joyce Craig. “Distributing recycling carts composed of reusable ocean-bound plastics is another way the City of Manchester is working to ensure our community remains healthy and sustainable for future generations.”

“We are undoubtedly excited to be taking another step into sustainability by issuing Rehrig Pacific’s OceanCore carts for our curbside collection,” stated Chaz Newton, Solid Waste and Environmental Programs Manager, Department of Public Works. “Partnering with Rehrig Pacific on their OceanCore cart signifies the commitment that the City possesses to achieve our waste goals.

The OceanCore cart is made from a blend of 40 percent post-consumer recycled material, 10 percent of which is recycled ocean-bound plastic found in and near lakes, beaches, and waterways on the way to the ocean.

Utilizing OceanCore carts is one of many ways the City is continuing to invest in environmentally-friendly practices and has made significant progress in recent years.

This includes the City’s recent sale of $46.5 million in green bonds, which will finance a portion of the City’s program to remove combined sewer overflows into the Merrimack River, resulting in cleaner water. These green bonds must be used to finance projects that have a positive environmental impact.

In addition, The City of Manchester recently finalized construction of a solar array on the former landfill. This project is now the largest municipal solar array in the state with more than 8,000 panels that will supply approximately 3.8 million kilowatt-hours of clean energy to the power grid on an annual basis

Over the past few years, the City has also added energy-efficient buses to the Manchester Transit Authority fleet, cutting emissions from diesel buses by 96% and converting city lights to LED, reducing the city budget and eliminating 2,000 tons of CO2 emissions.

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Mayor Craig, Department of Public Works Announces Solar Array at Former Landfill is Fully Operational

Published: 01/11/2022 8:15 AM

Solar array is now the largest municipal array in the state

Today, Mayor Joyce Craig, the Manchester Department of Public Works and partners announced the City of Manchester’s newest solar array is operational after over two years of preparation and planning. 

This project is now the largest municipal solar array in the state with more than 8,000 panels that will supply 3.8 million kilowatt hours of clean energy to the power grid on an annual basis.

Covering 12 acres of underutilized land at the former Dunbarton Road landfill, the solar array is expected to offset more than 2,700 metric tons of CO2 per year—equivalent to the emissions from burning three million pounds of coal.

“We began this project back in 2018, and after years of planning I’m thrilled to announce the solar array is operational,” said Mayor Joyce Craig. “The electricity produced by these solar panels will be enough to power hundreds of homes annually across the city. I want to thank the hard work of the Manchester Department of Public Works and our partners, for their commitment to this project.”

“The Department of Public Works is proud to be part of another sustainable initiative,” added Tim Clougherty, Deputy Public Works Director. “When coupled with energy efficiency initiatives, Energy Star compliance, and participating in the EPA Better Buildings Challenge, this project represents the latest example of the City’s forward-thinking regarding conservation.”

In September 2021, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm visited the site, praising the decision to place solar panels on non-productive land. 

Key partners in this project, in addition to the Manchester Department of Public Works include Kearsarge Energy, Competitive Energy Services, AEGIS and Kingsbury Co.

Over the past few years, the City has made continued investments in clean energy. This includes adding energy-efficient buses to the Manchester Transit Authority fleet, cutting emissions from diesel buses by 96% and converting city lights to LED, reducing the city budget and eliminating 2,000 tons of CO2 emissions.

Manchester Solar Array

City of Manchester Releases Holiday Lights Contest Map and Voting Forms

Published: 12/14/2021 10:48 AM

Today, Mayor Craig announced the final map for the City’s Second Annual Holiday Lights Contest.

Judging forms are available now and must be completed and returned by Monday, December 20th at 5:00 pm. The Holiday Lights Displays will be judged by any Manchester resident.

A full map of the holiday lights is available here. Residents who would like a suggested route can use the following pre-routed map links: West Side to Downtown, North End to East Manchester, East to South Manchester.

The winner will be announced on Wednesday, December 22nd.

Voting forms are available here.

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City of Manchester Named as Finalist for Build Back Better Regional Challenge

Published: 12/13/2021 1:17 PM

City’s application was chosen in top 11 percent of applicants

Today, Mayor Joyce Craig announced that the City of Manchester was named as a finalist for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA)’s Build Back Better Regional Challenge. 

The Build Back Better Regional Challenge is designed to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to build back better by accelerating the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and building local economies that will be resilient to future economic shocks.
In partnership with the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI), Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), the University of New Hampshire (UNH) - Manchester, the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT) and the Manchester-Transit Authority (MTA), the City’s Build Back Better Regional Challenge application leverages New England’s investments in the life sciences and aerospace industries by anchoring two job tracks in this space: Tissue Engineering and Advanced Aerial Mobility. The proposal has the potential to create from 7,500 to 15,000 direct jobs in the region, and increase the rate of GDP growth by over 30%.

“I am thrilled the City of Manchester was named a finalist for the Build Back Better Regional Challenge, along with our partners at ARMI, SNHU, UNH, MHT and MTA,” said Mayor Joyce Craig. “Through this grant, we’ll strengthen the connections between the world-class institutions of higher education, industry, and transit that exist in our region to create high-paying jobs, comprehensive job training programs, and equitable infrastructure.”

This is the first time the City has been awarded a grant from the EDA. 

“Over the last decade, our region has become a leader in BioFabrication, fostering state-of-the-art innovations in biomaterial and cell processing, bioprinting, and automation. ARMI is honored to continue this partnership to further not only this emerging industry but our community, said Dean Kamen, Founder, Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute. “I want to thank Mayor Craig for leading this application and ensuring that Manchester is a city poised for the future.”

“We are pleased to see the U.S. Economic Development Administration has shown interest in Southern New Hampshire’s Build Back Better regional challenge application,” said Steve Thiel, Assistant Vice President of Community Impact, SNHU.  “Greater Manchester is poised to benefit from these critical investments in workforce, education, and the economy, and SNHU is proud to play a leading role in expanding access to higher education for public school students in Manchester as part of this work.”

529 projects were submitted from all 50 States and five territories, with 60, including the City of Manchester, making it into the final round. Each finalist will receive approximately $500,000 to further develop their proposed projects. They will also compete for Phase 2 of the Challenge, which will award 20-30 regional coalitions up to $100 million each to implement 3-8 projects that support an industry sector. The deadline for Phase 2 is March 15, 2022.

The City of Manchester Build Back Better Regional Challenge Application contains overviews on the following projects:

BioFabrication Manufacturing Facility: Develop a facility to support the manufacturing of cells, tissues, and organs.

BioFabrication Training Facility and Innovation Center: Develop a well-trained workforce to anticipate the needs of the emerging BioFabrication cluster, and build equity in the industry by providing opportunities to underserved populations in Southern New Hampshire. Program elements include BioFabrication training programs, and veteran and career and technical education (CTE) career pathways.

BioFabrication Accelerator: Serve as an incubator for emerging therapies, translating research into a medical product ready for manufacturing.

BioFabrication Cluster Work & Learn Program: Create a program to study relevant to the BioFabrication cluster, with options to participate in industry placements. Grants will allow disadvantaged students to attend college and secure a career pathway into the BioFabrication cluster.

A Teaching Airport (MHT): Deploy workforce development programs that better integrate apprenticeship models to create the leading aerospace training program in the region.

Vertiport Logistics Network: This project would establish an organ delivery network that would serve a population of 40 million people (the Northeast U.S. & Southern Canada) by augmenting existing hospital helipads between research centers, technology parks, and manufacturing bases.

Infrastructure for Equitable Economic Growth: Construct a pedestrian crossing the Merrimack River near the Millyard and improved pedestrian and multimodal transit infrastructure improvements throughout the center city, to safely and sustainably connect Manchester’s most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods to the high-quality BioFabrication cluster jobs.

Multimodal Transit Station: Locate a multimodal transit station in close proximity to a potential passenger rail station. MTA is the only transit authority in New Hampshire, servicing the City of Manchester and nearly a dozen communities along the Capitol transportation options will ensure equitable access to industry jobs and create a sustainable path for increased job growth within an already built-out community.

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Mayor Craig, Board of Aldermen Allocate $2.3 Million to Affordable Housing Projects

Published: 12/07/2021 8:10 PM

Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved funds at tonight's board meeting

Tonight, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved $2.3 million to develop affordable housing units in Manchester. These funds were made available through the federal HOME program from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

The three organizations receiving loan funds are Manchester Housing and Redevelopment Authority (MHRA), NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire, and Waypoint -- which will build or upgrade 152 affordable housing units in Manchester.

“Affordable housing is one of the biggest challenges facing Manchester residents. This significant investment puts people first while at the same time addresses the critical need in our community,” said Mayor Joyce Craig. “I’m so thankful for the work MHRA, Neighborworks Southern New Hampshire and Waypoint does every single day to help Manchester residents. With these projects, we’re focusing on addressing homelessness and making sure families, seniors on a fixed income, and those with disabilities have access to safe, affordable housing.”

The approved projects are as follows:

  • MHRA was approved for a project that covers the construction of 48 one, two, and three-bedroom units in two 24-unit buildings on the existing Kelley Falls Apartment Campus, located at 315 Kimball Street.
  • Neighborworks Southern New Hampshire’s approved project is the rehabilitation and upgrade of 101 one, two, and three-bedroom units of existing affordable housing units located in the Elm Street Brownstones, located at 1426 Elm Street and 1382 Elm Street, and the Straw Mansion Apartments, located at 15 Temple Court.
  • Waypoint was approved for the renovation of the former Employment Security Building, located at 298 Hanover Street, which will result in the development of three studio apartments for young, at-risk adults aged 18 to 25.

This investment represents the most funding the City has allocated toward the development of affordable housing since the HOME program’s creation over 30 years ago.
 

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Mayor Craig, MTA Release Additional Dates for Free Holiday Lights Trolley Tours

Published: 12/06/2021 12:45 PM

Today, Mayor Joyce Craig, along with the Manchester Transit Authority (MTA), announced the opening of four additional times for free holiday lights Trolley Tours for families on MTA’s Molly Trolley. 

The trolley will offer additional tours of holiday lights on four dates in December: Saturday, December 11th, Sunday, December 12th, Saturday, December 18th and Sunday, December 19th. All tours will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Initially, Mayor Craig and MTA announced free holiday lights Trolley Tours on those four dates at 4:30 p.m., but tickets sold out within two hours. 

“We saw an overwhelming response to our first round of tickets we released for the holiday lights tour. I’m so grateful to everyone at MTA who worked to double the amount of tours families can take to see the holiday lights displays across Manchester,” said Mayor Joyce Craig

The Trolley Tours will depart from JFK  Coliseum (300 Beech Street) and take participants to select holiday lights displays around Manchester. Tours are expected to take approximately one hour. 

Tickets are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Reserve tickets.

Anyone interested in showing off their holiday light decorations can sign up to enter the Second Annual Manchester Holiday Lights Contest. Nominations are open until Thursday, December 9.

 

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Manchester Trait Authority, Mayor Joyce Craig Announce Free Bus Route to Mall of New Hampshire for Holiday Season

Published: 12/01/2021 8:17 AM

Today, Mayor Joyce Craig and the Manchester Transit Authority (MTA) announced that for the entire month of December, all stops along Route 8 will be offered free of charge.

Mayor Craig and MTA began this offering during the holiday season in 2018, and are pleased to continue this tradition for the entire month of December.

"Downtown Manchester, the businesses along South Willow Street and the Mall of New Hampshire are all excellent places to do holiday shopping. By making travel free along Route 8, we’re hoping to give people riding the bus to go to work or shopping a stress-free experience for the holidays,” said Mayor Joyce Craig. “I’d like to thank everyone at MTA for working with my office to offer free travel along this route during the holidays since 2018.”

MTA’s Route 8 begins service at 5:30am and the last return to downtown Manchester is 6:25pm. 

“Just this year, our South Willow St route is offering 30 minute frequency, eight times a day, on the hour from 7:00am to 5:00pm. This is one of MTA’s first routes to have increased frequency and the passenger ridership counts are proving successful,” said Ryan Renauld-Smith, Assistant Director, MTA.

MTA is encouraging Manchester residents to use the bus to access shopping on South Willow St. to mitigate traffic congestion. MTA also has pushed out their app, RouteShout 2.0, which allows passengers to have bus arrival time and bus location in real-time. In conjunction with a Free Fare on 8, there is no need to stand around wondering when the bus will arrive, download the app and hop on the bus.

MTA Route 8 makes thirteen regular loop stops -- the Downtown Manchester Doubletree Hotel, Michaels/Burlington Coat Factory Plaza on South Willow Street, Walmart on Gold Street, the Mall of New Hampshire, South Willow Street, and Downtown Manchester.  

Full list of route stops and times.

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Mayor Craig, MTA Announce Free Holiday Lights Trolley Tours

Published: 11/29/2021 2:58 PM

Today, Mayor Joyce Craig, along with the Manchester Transit Authority (MTA), announced free Holiday Lights Trolley Tours for families on MTA’s Molly Trolley. The trolley will offer free tours of holiday lights on four dates in December: Saturday, December 11th, Sunday, December 12th, Saturday, December 18th and Sunday, December 19th. All tours will begin at 4:30 p.m.

“This is a fun opportunity to celebrate the holiday season -- ride the trolley and see the holiday lights displays across Manchester,” said Mayor Joyce Craig. “This is just one of many free, family-friendly activities happening across the Queen City this holiday season, and I want to thank Manchester Transit Authority for making this festive activity possible!”

The Trolley Tours will depart from JFK  Coliseum (300 Beech Street) and take participants to select holiday lights displays around Manchester. Tours are expected to take approximately one hour. 

Tickets are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Reserve your tickets

This is the latest holiday event announced by Mayor Joyce Craig, following last week’s announcements of the Manchester Holiday Parade on December 4th at 4:00pm and the Second Annual Manchester Holiday Lights Contest.

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Mayor Joyce Craig Announces Second Annual Manchester Holiday Lights Contest

Published: 11/22/2021 1:19 PM

Today, Mayor Joyce Craig announced the second annual Manchester Holiday Lights Contest. Run by the Mayor’s Office and sponsored by Manchester Radio Group, this friendly contest encourages Queen City residents to decorate their homes and show off their holiday light displays for all to enjoy.

“After all the great holiday lights we saw around Manchester last year, we’re excited to continue this new tradition in 2021,” said Mayor Joyce Craig. “I’m looking forward to seeing all of the decorated homes throughout the city!”

All those interested in participating in the Manchester Holiday Lights Contest, can complete a registration form beginning Monday, November 22nd and ending at 5:00pm on Thursday, December 9th. Forms can be completed online, or printed and returned by email to mayor@manchester.gov or by mail to ‘Mayor’s Office, 1 City Hall Plaza, Manchester, NH 03101’.

All participating lights displays will be included in the public Manchester Holiday Lights Map, and prizes will be awarded to the top vote-getting holiday lights displays.

Judging forms will be available starting on Friday, December 10th, and must be completed and returned by Monday, December 20th at 5:00 pm.

The winner will be announced on Wednesday, December 22nd via Facebook Live.

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City of Manchester to Host Downtown Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 4

Published: 11/18/2021 4:33 PM

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

Today, Mayor Joyce Craig announced the City of Manchester will host the annual holiday parade on December 4, 2021. The parade was about to be cancelled earlier this week, but the City, in partnership with various community organizations and the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, stepped forward to ensure the parade continues.

“The Holiday Parade is a great way to kick off the month of December,” said Mayor Joyce Craig. “The parade didn’t happen during the pandemic, so we’re looking forward to bringing one of Manchester’s beloved holiday traditions back downtown.” 

John Clayton and Peter White will emcee the parade from Veteran’s Park in downtown Manchester. Currently, Memorial, West and Central High School marching bands will be participating and The National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 44 will be on hand to collect letters to Santa. Other participants include the Palace Theatres, the Manchester Fire Department, the Manchester Police Department, UNH Manchester, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Manchester Transit Authority, Santa Claus and more!  

“We look forward to participating in this parade every year,” said Tim Roberts, President, National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 44. “We’ll have letter carriers walking the route collecting letters to Santa. We hope many people come downtown on December 4th to participate in the fun!”

Click here to sign up to participate in the 2021 Holiday Parade

The Holiday Parade will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 4. The parade will begin immediately following the BASC Santa Claus Shuffle, presented by Millenium Running.

“Our team at Millennium Running is excited to continue the tradition of having thousands of santas running and walking on Elm Street in the BASC Santa Claus Shuffle,” said John Mortimer, Owner and Founder, Millennium Running. “Kicking off the City’s Holiday Parade with the Santa Claus Shuffle that benefits the Safe Sports Network is a great way to kick off the holiday season.”  

More information on the BASC Santa Claus Shuffle

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