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Going Local: The Lakes Region

Credit NH Dept of Resources and Economic Development / Division of Travel and Tourism Development
Division of Travel and Tourism Development

The Exchange explores the Lakes Region as part of our ongoing series, Going Local

The Lakes Region is a huge tourism draw, featuring outdoor recreation from boating to bike week. Yet the region struggles with maintaining a strong workforce and providing affordable housing for people living and working there year-round.

This show originally aired on August 9th, 2018. 


  • Karmen Gifford - President of the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce. 
  • David Levesque - Principal of Pleasant Street School in Laconia; he created a schoolwide mentorship program called We Connect to help address childhood trauma.
  • Kara LaSalle - Real Estate Project Development Manager for Lakes Region Community Developers, and president of Governor Sununu's Millennial Advisory Council. 

TheLakes Region Tourism Association provides information for visitors. 

The Laconia Daily Sun covers news for the region. Also check out the Weirs Times for news and events in that part of the region. 

Related Reading:

"Laconia agency targets need for starter homes," from NHBR. 

"Local businesses frustrated by worker shortage, limit on visas," from the Laconia Daily Sun. 

"Winnisquam forum to discuss elementary school options," from the Laconia Daily Sun. 

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