Business View Magazine | November 2020

286 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2020 nor is sales tax added to their purchases, further enhancing the lure of the area. Property, fuel, meal, and boarding taxes help fund infrastructure projects such as roads and bridges. While the city enjoys the fruits of its foresight, Dover hasn’t come this far in order to now sit on its laurels. Dover is the largest city in the New Hampshire seacoast region and the fastest growing city in the state. Barufaldi explains, “What keeps me excited is that we have over $100 million worth of development going on currently, with more in the wings. We also have one of the lowest median age populations in New Hampshire. We have 17 current developments underway, or recently completed, and we have done some rather extensive strategic planning for the long haul in terms of rezoning.” The recent completion of a new police station and parking garage is credited with bringing in enough revenues to keep those structures self- financed. Dover also boasts two industrial parks and Enterprise Park – a newer business park that currently houses 17 companies and employs upwards of 800 people. A lot of those people live in downtown apartments. With the Downeaster Amtrak in the center of the city, people can be in Boston in 55 minutes. The transit service offers free Wi-Fi in both directions, so commuters can catch up on work or social issues during the trip. “Boston salaries are considerably higher. So, we have a number of young professionals living in our converted mills and a number of our luxury apartments,” Barufaldi notes. “We put in over 500 apartment units in the past three years and they’re fully booked. As every apartment project comes to fruition, it’s booked before it’s finished, so we have been very fortunate there. The Downeaster has been a very important part of that for us.” Businesses thinking of relocating to Dover, or entrepreneurs thinking of opening a new business, are met with open arms in this bustling community where there is always room for more