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At stops in North Conway and Berlin, Shaheen discusses jobs supported by tourism and biomass

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) discussed jobs supported by tourism and clean energy today at stops in the North Country. Shaheen toured the interactive science exhibit at the Mt. Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center in North Conway where she discussed New Hampshire’s tourism industry, and later met with employees at Burgess BioPower in Berlin. At both locations, Shaheen discussed how to create and support North Country jobs.

“Burgess BioPower has made exceptional progress in transforming a former paper and pulp mill into an up-and-running clean energy production site that’s supporting New Hampshire jobs,” Shaheen said. “The clean energy investments I saw today at the Burgess BioPower plant are what we should be encouraging, and that is why Congress needs to extend the Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit and the Investment Tax Credit, which support biomass power and expired at the end of 2013.”

In addition to Shaheen’s support for renewable energy sources, she is the sponsor of the bipartisan Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, which would help the United States transition to a more energy-efficient economy while driving economic growth and private sector job creation.

Also in North Country, Shaheen highlighted jobs supported by tourism while visiting the Mt. Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center. Tourism is one of New Hampshire’s largest industries supporting more than 60,000 full and part-time jobs. Direct spending by people visiting New Hampshire was $4.48 billion in 2012 producing more than $151 million in revenue for the state through meals and rooms taxes.

“In New Hampshire, we are lucky to have an abundance of natural treasures and destinations like Mount Washington that draw visitors from all over the world and fuel our local economy,” Shaheen said. “With the holiday travel season upon us, exhibits like the Weather Discovery Center continue to make New Hampshire and the North Country a great travel destination.”