Economic development is not traditionally considered a job for engineers. HEB Engineers of North Conway is working to change that perception. For over a decade, the employee-owned consulting firm has worked with non-profit development groups to plan for and build incubator space for start-up companies and job training facilities.
HEB worked with the Mount Washington Valley Economic Council to build the Technology Village in Conway and continues to support the business park’s development plans. In 2009, the firm worked with the Northern Community Investment Corporation and other local stakeholders to develop a plan for a new business park in Groveton, and in 2011 developed a new master plan for the City of Berlin focused on revitalizing business in the downtown core. Most recently, HEB provided survey and engineering for the Grafton County Economic Development Council’s Enterprise Center at Plymouth, currently under construction.
Jay Poulin, civil engineer responsible for HEB’s business development, discussed the firm’s role in these development projects. “Most people think of HEB for bridge and road reconstructions, not for planning and development. We are proud of the space that has been created at the Tech Village and look forward to seeing GCEDC completed and in use. As a professional firm in the North Country, helping develop spaces for new businesses and generate professional jobs is extremely satisfying.”