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2018 Predictions


01/11/18



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2018 Predictions
Predicting what will happen in the future is a skill I have not yet perfected, though I keep trying. Here are my predictions for 2018. 
• Former Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas will not retire from politics. Expect to see him run for executive councilor if current Executive Councilor Chris Pappas wins the Democratic primary for Congress (NH District 1). I could also see Gatsas return to the state Senate. 
• Just when you thought you had forgotten about former Congressman Frank Guinta, he is appointed to a position in the Donald Trump administration. My guess would be something to do with oversight of the banking industry. Yes, one could see some irony in that appointment, but snark aside, it fits with his experience in Congress. 
• Construction will finish up on I-93. Just kidding. That project will be done in, like, 50 years. 
• However, parts of the Woodmont Commons development in Londonderry will be almost completed in 2018, creating a serious competitor to downtown Manchester as a place to live, work and play (and no parking meters). Development like Woodmont Commons will challenge traditional downtown in the future, drawing jobs, nightlife and residents out of Manchester, Concord and Nashua. 
• Bedford finally gets a Trader Joe’s. Seriously. It’s going to happen. Really. 
• No, Amazon won’t be coming to New Hampshire, though the shot wasn’t as long as some joked. New Hampshire has the physical infrastructure to attract a large employer like that but doesn’t have the people. A more likely choice for Amazon will be larger metropolitan areas like Washington, D.C., Boston, Atlanta and Charlottesville because they have the workforce. Nothing trumps companies’ needs for qualified workforce. That explains Citizens Bank’s recent move to downtown Boston, as well as General Electric’s. 
• I think I’ve said this before, and though Adam Sandler wouldn’t move back to New Hampshire to open a Happy Madison studio, he will set more of his films back here. What’s more interesting than a story about a local race for state rep or selectman? I can already see the plot. Doofy guy is inadvertently elected, smart attractive girls helps him make a difference, boy and girl end up together. 
• Dean Kamen, who created the Segway and then a few years ago opened a restaurant in Manchester, will now complete the circle by opening a hybrid golf course with former Gov. Craig Benson where players play on hoverboards kept aloft by electromagnets embedded in the sod and boards. 





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