FYI, regarding the air service comments above:
MHT (Manchester, New Hampshire) does have a significant amount of air service. In my air service report I ranked Boise #1 and Manchester #2 for airports in state but it's a tough call between the two of them. Both offer a range of mainline jet, regional jet, and turboprop service. I gave the nod to Boise simply because of the fact there are two additional low-fare carriers there v.s. Manchester (Frontier and America West). Otherwise, Manchester is a great choice for air service.
Yes, Boise and Manchester both offer excellent airports. NH and ID are both excellent states for the FSP, with both having vibrant, entrepreneurial economies--and WY offers a great place for a Free County Project.
Many people may not be aware how much the Manchester airport
improved since it underwent a major terminal, ramp and hanger expansion in 1999. State-of-the-art technology was incorporated, including audio communication systems with optimized acoustics, airport visual paging systems, emergency notification fire alarm systems, and an efficient baggage-claim area designed to minimize hassles. The airport also offers easy road access and plenty of affordable parking. There are nearby hotels that offer state-of-the-art conference rooms and shuttle buses to and from the airport.
A fly-over or drive-by of Manchesterâ€™s old-fashioned-looking mill buildings does not do the city justice, for it has industrial parks
with state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities. Also, nearby Bedford, NH is home to inventor Dean Camen
â€™s assembly plant and company HQ. Camen is the world-famous inventor of the Segway and the stair-climbing I-bot wheelchair. After doing extensive research and site exploration, Camen chose the Manchester area over anywhere else in the U.S. to situate his innovative company. Greater Manchester is developing into a world-class small city with a high-tech entrepreneurial spirit.
Despite the national economic slowdown, venture capitalists
invested $40 billion
during a recent 12 month period (ended in 2002) in entrepreneurial businesses. And thatâ€™s DOWN 10-15% from 2001! NH has not seen the sharp decline in business funding that other MSAâ€™s in the country have experienced. The diverse economic base has helped NH weather the storm.
Also, the brand-new, state-of-the-art Verizon Wireless Arena
in downtown Manchester offers minor-league hockey, arena football, concerts, circuses, Boston Celtics and Bruins pre-season games, and a host of other events. In only its first year of operation, the arena added $43 million
in new direct, indirect and induced spending to the Manchester economy.
There is even a state-of-the-art recording studio
in Derry, NH, the owner of which holds patents in the development of stereo television transmission and reception.
Are you getting the sense that NH is a state-of-the-art state yet?