USDA Rural Development State Director and Staff meet with G.A.L.A.

Picture Caption from GSN: USDA Rural Development State Director for New Hampshire and Vermont Anthony Linardos and District 1 Executive Councilor Joe Kenney visit the G.A.L.A. Community Center on Bay Street in Wolfeboro. Josh Arnold, Executive Director of G.A.L.A., gave a tour of the facility and explained to federal and state officials the vision and the mission of GALA to include maker space concept, business incubation, workshops and community engagement. USDA Director Linardos explained various rural development programs and was impressed by the efforts of G.A.L.A. thus far. Left to right: Becky Merrow, Wolfeboro Town Manager, Heather Malone, USDA Community Programs Specialist Rural Development, Bev Mason USDA NH State Area Director, USDA VT/NH State Director Anthony Linardos, G.A.L.A. Executive Director, Josh Arnold, Beno Lamontagne, North Country Industrial Agent and District 1 Executive Councilor Joe Kenney.

Steady but certain progress moves along at 23 Bay St, most recently with a meeting of the minds to explore ways that G.A.L.A.’s envisioned Makerspace & Incubator can build upon existing state efforts for workforce development, career pathways, and substance misuse prevention. In attendance, but not included in the photo, was Director of WEDCO, Denise Roy Palmer, and G.A.L.A. volunteer Mark Hempton. G.A.L.A. is currently working with Scott Simons Architects, Leslie Benson Design, and Steven Hoffman on a renovation costs estimates, code compliance, life and fire safety plan, and preparing for a site plan with White Mountain Engineering in the spring. Anyone interested in helping to move this project forward either through volunteering time and/or financial support can contact G.A.L.A. Director, Josh Arnold at 603-569-1500 or email

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