A Visit from the US Secretary of Labor

By Joel | August 6, 2010

Wow! Wow! WOW!

It’s been a whirlwind couple of days for the team at Regeneration Park.  From the first phone call from Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter’s office to the visit that just took place from US Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis, we haven’t stopped until right now. And, all we can say is “Wow!”

Regen Park on WMUR

If you haven’t seen the video above on WMUR-9 or in the Portsmouth Herald or on the front page of Foster’s or even in the Boston Globe, the Park has gotten some high-profile visitors this past week.

Andrew Kellar of Simply Green Biofuels, Shannon Alther of TMS Architects, and Tim Russell of TR Russell Builders showed Secretary Solis and Congresswoman Shea-Porter around the site.  The two were impressed with the scope of the project, taking special note of the basketball flooring as it goes in! The build-out is going well, and having the two politicians on site was really a remarkable experience. Hearing them articulate the vision of Regeneration Park, to be a showcase for the green economy, really sparks a fire for us to bring this project to reality even further. The Secretary addressed the crowd and said that she is always asked by people “Where at the green jobs in my community?” And, she says that places like Regeneration Park are “where.”

As part of the visit, we also unveiled our intention to have the largest array of solar thermal and photovoltaic panels on a privately owned building in the state of New Hampshire.  Our partners for the solar portion of the project were also present and had the opportunity to interact with the Secretary and Congresswoman as well!

If you want to see the visit as it happened, check out this search on Twitter to see the live updates from Simply Green and Regeneration Park: #DOLvisitsRegen

And, check back next week for pictures from the visit!

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