When the U.S. Department of Defense ordered the closing of the Pease Air Force Base, New Hampshire leadership was responsible for establishing a redevelopment plan for the 4,255-acre plot of land. What came from that effort was a successful transformation from a shuttered air force base to a booming economic hub.

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Pease, the then 4,255-acre home of Strategic Air Command’s 509th Bomb Wing, was closed as an air force base after 35 years in operation. The NH legislature enacted a law establishing the Pease Redevelopment Commission (PRC) to plan for the closure and redevelopment of the base.

Total withdrawal of the 509th Bomb Wing aircraft was completed. The PRC discusses options for use of Pease, including a music festival space, shopping mall or minor league baseball stadium. The PRC eventually approves the first phase of a three-phase planning process envisioning an international aviation hub and high-technology industrial development. The NH legislature drafts a law creating the Pease Development Authority (PDA), granting the PDA the power to implement the base redevelopment plan with the 3,000 acres it took on.

Pease opened for civilian use through an Airfield Joint Use Agreement (AJUA) with the United States Air Force, with a field-base operator offering services to general aviation. Zoning was adopted to provide for four different types of development: a 797-acre airport zone, a 448-acre airport industrial zone, a 333-acre industrial zone, and a 466-acre business/commercial zone. 781 acres were also set aside for natural resource protection and wetlands mitigation.

The name Pease International Tradeport becomes official, following several months of marketing through brochures and a multilingual video for both domestic and international distribution.

Businesses began coming to Pease, including Lonza Biologics, Red Hook Brewery and Two International Group

The remaining acres of the Pease property are transferred to the PDA.

Since the original transfer of property in 1992, the PDA has been able to bring more than 10,500 new jobs to Pease, develop more than 3,000 Acres of land, and attract occupants for 4.85 million square feet of existing building space.


Ensuring Pease continues to benefit future generations is a critical component of the work of the Pease Development Authority. That’s why we created the Engineering and Facilities Department, which is responsible for establishing and implementing environmental protection programs, administering land use controls, property repair and maintenance, and monitoring construction.



We provide the necessary planning, design and construction of infrastructure to maintain the attractiveness of Pease to potential tenants. The Facilities and Engineering Department has secured more than $30 million in Federal grants for upgrades at Pease, and works to obtain local and state approvals for construction, air emissions and other processes.


Utilizing Federal funding, the Engineering and Facilities Department has initiated several projects focused on improving surface water and air quality at and around Pease. We also have ongoing programs that are not federally funded, included monitoring stormwater discharges from Pease under the EPA’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.


The Engineering and Facilities Department develops and bids out several contracts to provide services in conjunction with property repair and maintenance. Most of these contracts are multi-year, but require a considerable effort in terms of monitoring and coordinating the services.


During the construction process, the Engineering and Facilities Department coordinates the activities of clients, utilities and city personnel involved in the project. The department also monitors the effectiveness of erosion control and other measures to protect the valuable wetlands throughout Pease, guard against excessive land clearing, and ensure a high degree of quality in landscaping.


Formerly a State Industrial Representative with the NH Department of Economic Development 1990 to 1998 became the Director of Marketing and Economic Development for the Pease Development Authority in October 1998. In 2003 took on the additional role as Deputy Executive Director and in 2009 promoted to Executive Director.

Board of Directors

David R. Mullen 
Executive Director
(603) 433-6088

Kevin Smith, CHAIRMAN
Executive Committee, Chair
Airport Committee, Chair
Zoning Adjustment & Appeals Committee
Capital Improvement & Land Planning Committee
Legal Bill Review, Chair

Peter J. Loughlin, VICE CHAIRMAN
Executive Committee, Vice Chairman
Marketing and Economic Development Committee, Chair
Zoning Adjustment & Appeals Committee
Capital Improvements & Land Planning Committee, Chair
Audit Committee
Port Committee, Chair
Legal Bill Review

Robert A. Allard
Executive Committee, Treasurer
Finance Committee, Chair
Golf Course Committee
Airport Committee
Capital Improvement & Land Planning Committee

Margaret F. Lamson
Finance Committee
Airport Committee
Transportation Management Committee, Chair

John Bohenko
Finance Committee
Golf Committee, Chair
Transportation Management Committee
Audit Committee, Chair
Port Committee

Franklin Torr
SAAC Representative
Marketing and Economic Development Committee
Zoning Adjustment & Appeals Committee, Chair
Port Committee
Transportation Management Committee
Capital Improvement and Land Planning Committee
Legal Bill Review 

Neil Levesque
Marketing and Economic Development Committee
Audit Committee
Golf Committee

Meeting Schedules

The Pease Development Authority holds meetings on a regular basis and they are open to the public. Unless otherwise noted all meetings are held at 55 International Drive, Portsmouth, NH.


Please call 603-433-6088 for any questions.

Board Meetings for 2018

January 18

March 15

April 20

May 17 ***START TIME IS 8:30***

June 21 ***START TIME IS 8:30***

August 16

September 20

October 18 *** START TIME IS 10:30 ***

November 15

December 20

Executive Committee Meetings for 2018

Finance Committee Meetings for 2018

April 16

June 18

August 13

November 13

Marketing/Economic Development Committee Meetings for 2018

Airport Committee Meetings for 2018

Noise Compatibility Committee (NCC) Meetings for 2018

June 7 @ 6:30 P.M.

October 10 @ 6:30 P.M.

Port Committee Meetings for 2018

January 4

April 5

July 5

October 3

Audit Committee Meetings for 2018

April 16

October 11
Golf Committee Meetings for 2018

June 18

August 13

November 13

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