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Bethlehem Reimagined

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We Have the Power to Impact Our Future, and We’re Doing Something About It

Since late Spring 2017, our group has been meeting with landowners, business owners, financial groups, and officials from New Hampshire’s Department of Economic Development to begin the work of helping grow Bethlehem’s business community.

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Bethlehem Reimagined Receives Donation from The Autosaver Group

Bethlehem Reimagined Receives Donation from The Autosaver Group

Bethlehem Reimagined Receives Donation from The Autosaver Group December 2, 2022 BETHLEHEM, NH - Bethlehem Reimagined, Inc. (BRI), parent company of BRI Development, LLC, today announced as it has received a $20,000 donation from The Autosaver Group to support cleanup...

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Paul Greenlaw

Paul Greenlaw

President

Paul has owned and operated a promotional products and apparel company since 1995 and is a lifelong resident of the North Country. After retiring as a 29-year high school basketball coach he decided that community/economic development was something he could devote some time to. “Bethlehem is a wonderful community, and good things are starting to happen. We want to keep that momentum going into the future.”

Paul lives in Bethlehem with his wife Sue and has two grown children, Travis and Ashlea.

Eric Raichle

Eric Raichle

Vice-President

Eric is a proud, 20+ year resident of Bethlehem, and though forever a “flatlander”, he raised his family here and has a deep admiration for the strength of our community. After 30 years in the corporate world, Eric retired and is focused on new economic development opportunities locally. “Our family has felt welcome in Bethlehem from day one. This is a great place to live and I’m excited to work with this amazing team to help make a positive difference in our future.”

Donald Lavoie

Donald Lavoie

Director

Donald Lavoie was born in Bethlehem & can trace his ancestry to Amos Blandin who came to town in 1780 upon leaving the Continental Army. He graduated from Littleton High School & Colby College. He has Worked in the Ski & Resort Industry, The food manufacturing & distribution industry, & now owns & operates P&S Equipment, Inc in Littleton which sells, repairs & rents outdoor power equipment & construction tools.

Donald was first elected to the Bethlehem Select Board in 1987 and since then has served on the ZBA, Planning Board, Revolving Loan Fund, Trustee of Trust Funds, Profile Building Study Committee & Bethlehem School Moderator. Regionally he has served on the Board of Upper Grafton Solid Waste District, North Country Council, Littleton Regional Hospital, North Country Community Radio and Littleton Industrial Development Corporation. He also served on the Board of Directors of Loon Mt Recreation Corporation.

Donald is passionate about thoughtful Land Use Planning and preserving the rural character of the North Country. He believes good planning is directing/encouraging community development in town centers and designated commercial zones and keeping our beautiful back roads quiet & beautiful. He is willing to offer his years of experience in Bethlehem to any Bethlehem business or potential business to understand Bethlehems’ ordinances, regulations & procedures to help save time & expense in the permitting process.

Michelle Moren-Grey

Michelle Moren-Grey

Director

Michelle Moren-Grey has a strong dedication to Bethlehem and passion for not only the physical aspects of the region but the individuals that live and work here. Although raised in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire her roots are deep seeded in the North Country originating from Coos County. Her adult life has been spent living, learning, and working in the North Country. As a person that is intimately familiar with North County culture, one of her unique strengths is her ability to creatively address issues in a resilient manner; always taking the initiative to find a path to success. Over the last 10 years Michelle’s on-the-ground and grassroots dedication to community and economic development has a proven track record of getting projects off the ground and bringing success to communities.

Michelle ‘s experience has allowed her to understand both the realities and potential in the North Country. Her passion brings her to making a positive contribution to community that results in innovative solutions to challenges no matter the size. She believes that building strong communities in all aspects comes from empowering individuals at all levels to find outside the box solutions to common challenges.

Les Apple

Les Apple

Director

Les has been part of Bethlehem for much of his life. His professional career was as a business lawyer involved in mergers and acquisitions and providing strategic business and financial advice to companies as well as mentoring entrepreneurs and start-ups. He is involved in supporting the Colonial Theatre, WREN and various local artistic endeavors. In recent years,  he has invested in Main Street Bethlehem property with the objective of developing his property to support BRI’s vision. Les has been a longtime North Country golfer and is also an active hiker, biker and kayaker.

Carol Kerivan

Carol Kerivan

Director Emeritus

Carol and her husband Michael moved to Bethlehem in 2004 to build their dream bed & breakfast – Bear Mountain Lodge, a beautifully handcrafted log cabin. Originally from Massachusetts, Carol graduated from Dedham High and then Boston College with a degree in business management. Back in Massachusetts, Carol had years of experience as a real estate agent, software trainer and technology consultant. She served on the Bethlehem Elementary School Board for 6 years as she wanted to work to maintain the wonderful school that her two kids attended. She resumed her real estate career in the Bethlehem area and enjoyed helping buyers and sellers in her hometown and beyond find their special piece of the White Mountains to call home.

The hospitality industry is a big part of Bethlehem and Carol had plenty of knowledge of what worked in the area. She used that hospitality, business and sales experience to help budding entrepreneurs start and grow their own businesses in Bethlehem. Her hope was that all of the vacant lots on Main Street are bustling with activity by the end of 2019.

Featured Initiatives

BRI Secures EPA Brownfields Clean-Up Grant  for Sinclair Lot

BRI Secures EPA Brownfields Clean-Up Grant  for Sinclair Lot

BRI Secures EPA Brownfields Clean-Up Grant  for Sinclair Lot May 16, 2022 BETHLEHEM, NH - May 16, 2022. BRI Development, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bethlehem Reimagined, Inc., a 501(c)3 corporation, today announced it has been awarded a $500,000 Brownfields...

Our Top Priorities

Bethlehem has a rich history dating back to the 1800s when it became internationally famous as a summer tourist destination. With over 30 “Grand Dame” hotels, Bethlehem attracted world leaders, dignitaries and celebrities. Today, Bethlehem is poised for growth.

The revitalization of the Colonial Theatre and the addition of Rek-Lis Brewing brought a new vibe to the Village. Recent additions, including the new Chandler Hotel and Presidential Mountain Resort, bring visitors here to experience our wonderful town and add much-needed tax revenue to help stabilize our tax rate. Developing our empty lots will further enhance our economy and strengthen our community.

Helping Businesses Grow

We advise and bring resources to existing businesses so they can expand and grow, creating new jobs and increased tax revenue.

Filling in the Gaps

Our first goal is to help commercial property owners on Main Street get in contact with entrepreneurs looking to come to Bethlehem or help a resident take a home-based business to the next level.

Financial Resource Coordination

Grants, low-cost loans and interested investors are all available. Our goal is to be a resource and provide guidance for entrepreneurs so they can take advantage of funding opportunities.

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$500,000 Raised

Sinclair Lot Project

The Sinclair Hotel was destroyed by fire in 1978 which similarly left behind lead, asbestos and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) contamination in its soil and groundwater. For the last forty-three years, the 4.8-acre site has been an empty, largely unused, overgrown eyesore that has been a blight on our downtown.

Our primary goal is to remediate the site for development, mitigating any and all public health concerns due to site exposure. Enticing commercial and residential development, including expansion of a senior housing complex adjoining the site will be our next area of focus.

Get Involved

Over the course of several months to several years of planning, designing, and operating Rek-Lis Brewing Company, there are a couple of great local people who have made the journey much easier. Don Lavoie has been extremely helpful in guiding and leading us through the town planning and zoning boards, which can e an intimidating experience for someone who has never done it. Paul Greenlaw has also been a great help in regard to connecting us to land and business owners in town, and to people and institutions who have been helpful in the area of financing our business. These guys want to see Bethlehem be the best it can be and they are showing it by helping new business owners through the difficult process of starting up. Thank you Paul, Don and Bethlehem Reimagined!

- Ian Dowling

Owner, Rek-Lis Brewing

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