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Community Development


Community Profiles

Acworth Community Profile Report    

Acworth Community Profile Report

Auburn Community Profile Report    

Auburn Community Profile Report

Barnstead Community Profile Report    

Barnstead Community Profile Report

Barrington Community Profile 2014    

2014 Community Profile

Derry Community Profile Report    

Derry Community Profile Report

Epping Community Profile Report    

Epping Community Profile Report

Greenland Community Profile Report    

Greenland Community Profile Report

Hampstead Community Profile Report    

Hampstead Community Profile Report

Henniker Community Profile Report    

Henniker Community Profile Report

Landaff Community Profile Report    

Landaff Community Profile Report

Rumney Community Profile Report    

Rumney Community Profile Report


Engaging Citizens in the Community

Best Practices, Community Building, Engaging Citizens in the Community    

Strong communities recognize the need for, value of, and strength in a broad and inclusive engaged citizenry. There are major benefits of an involved citizenry in a community’s decision making processes. Implementing a strategy to achieve this will take time and likely be challenged by individuals and organizations. The following are important points to consider.

Best Practices, Community Building, Helping Action Groups Succeed    

Being part of an action group working on a community-defined project can be extremely rewarding. It can also present many challenges, including those related to leadership, communication and/or coordination, resource development and planning. In light of all the challenges, the following are important points to consider.

Best Practices, Community Building, Mapping Community Assets    

When implementing an asset mapping activity in your community, the following are important points to consider.

Best Practices, Community Building, Strengthening Sense of Community    

Developing a sense of community is a challenging long-term endeavor, requiring the hard work of many people. To develop and/or strengthen sense of community, the following are important points to consider.

Best Practices, Community Building, Working with Volunteers    

Volunteers are the lifeblood of many communities. Many communities address issues and accomplish tasks solely using volunteer help. Often, projects, events and activities wouldn’t happen without the time, commitment and support of volunteers. To sustain and expand the volunteer base in a community, the following are important points to consider.

CAW Summer 2013 Newsletter    

CAW Summer 2013 Newsletter

CAW Winter 2013 Newsletter2    

CAW Winter 2013 Newsletter2

Climate - NH Resilient Coasts    

NH Resilient Coasts Application 2014

Communication, Community Building, Effective Community Communication    

Information on how to facilitate communication in your community in order for citizens to become more involved.

Community Building Through Increasing Citizen Participation    

In many communities across the country, the majority of citizens are not engaged in the decision making processes in their communities. Though aptly illustrated by the current historically low percentage of individuals voting in national, state, and local elections, the issue goes much deeper than voting. Though they are often active volunteers in community organizations, many community members feel powerless
when it comes to the decisions made that directly affect their lives. They want elected officials and administrators to listen to their concerns, to share the power and responsibility of governance, and to help develop a sense of belonging to the community.

Community Building, Engaging Citizens in the Community    

In many communities across the country, the majority of citizens aren’t engaged in the decision ?making processes in their communities. Though aptly illustrated by the current historically low percentage of individuals voting in national, state, and local elections, the issue goes much deeper than voting.

Community Building, Helping Action Groups Succeed    

Effective leadership, open communication, coordination of efforts, celebration and participatory planning are just a few elements of healthy communities. The same principles apply to effective action groups working on community defined projects.

Community Building, Mapping Community Assets    

Community assets are the physical and non?physical resources in a community used to improve the quality of community life. They can be anything from people to places to organizations. Any community asset can be applied to a community project. Assets are easily forgotten if they aren’t written down and accessible to project leaders. To avoid this, mapping community assets is the practice of identifying, listing and analyzing these resources for use in community building work.

Community Building, Strengthening Sense of Community    

A sense of community is an intangible yet vital component of a healthy community. It encompasses elements such as image, spirit, character and pride, along with processes such as communication, inter?group relations, and networking. In many communities across the nation, people are losing their sense of community. With current trends of out migration, sprawl, rural?flight, urban decay, and increased mobility, many community members do not feel strongly connected to their communities.

Community Building, Working with Volunteers    

Today, many communities are managed in large part by volunteers. Volunteers hold elected positions in government, lead and run community boards and organizations, operate fire departments, raise funds for schools, and are stewards of a community’s natural resources. The time, energy and resources they bring are critical to the community’s existence. As financial and paid human resources are allocated to address complex and critical community issues, volunteer resources step in to fill the gap. More and more in rural communities, volunteers are the lifeblood of a community’s day ?to?day functioning.

Community Gardening in NH: From the Ground Up    

Written by UNH Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners.

Conducting Effective Meetings    

One of the best ways to involve people in a community is to encourage them to participate in community meetings. Knowing how to set up and conduct meetings is an important tool. How YOU act before, during and after the meeting will determine how successful you are at maximizing citizen participation. Here are some points to keep in mind:

Effective Community Communication - Best Practices    

Developing effective communication in your community takes time and the involvement, commitment and support of key individuals and organizations. However, the results will be worth it for all members. The following are important points to consider.

Environmental Impact Statements and Citizen Involvement    

Aids decision-makers in evaluating both the positive and negative environmental impacts of potential projects.

GRANIT GIS Data    

Website containing raw GIS data and other online tools for mapping of natural resources and other community resources in New Hampshire.

Great Bay Nitrogen Sources Newsletter Fall 2012    

The Great Bay Nitrogen Sources Newsletter provides science-based information on non-point sources of Nitrogen to local decision-makers, resource managers, organizations, and the public. This newsletter is the result of a National Estuarine Research Reserve-funded project aimed at generating a clear understanding of which sources of nitrogen, under which land use conditions, pose the greatest threat to Great Bay's water quality, since nitrogen levels in Great Bay have increased significantly in recent years.

Ideas for Action - COMMUNITY BUILDING; EFFECTIVE COMMUNITY COMMUNICATION    

COMMUNITY BUILDING; EFFECTIVE COMMUNITY COMMUNICATION

Ideas for Action

Ideas for Action - COMMUNITY BUILDING; Engaging Citizens in the Community    

COMMUNITY BUILDING

ENGAGING CITIZENS IN THE COMMUNITY

Ideas for Action - COMMUNITY BUILDING; Helping Action Groups Succeed    

COMMUNITY BUILDING

HELPING ACTION GROUPS SUCCEED

Ideas for Action - Community Building; Mapping Community Assets    

COMMUNITY BUILDING

MAPPING COMMUNITY ASSETS

Ideas for Action - Community Building; Strengthening Sense of Community    

COMMUNITY BUILDING

STRENGTHENING SENSE OF COMMUNITY

Ideas for Action - Community Building; Working With Volunteers    

COMMUNITY BUILDING

WORKING WITH VOLUNTEERS

Taking Action for Wildlife Andover Press Releases    

Taking Action for Wildlife Andover sample Press Releases from 2013 program


Local Leadership

Best Practices    
Community Outreach and Engagement (PPT)    

NH Office of Energy and Planning Planning & Zoning Conference Presentation by Molly Donovan; May 11, 2013

Community Profile and Master Plan Visioning Program    

Information and details describing the programs and their processes.

Equity and Engagement Checklist    

Developed by Engagement and Equity TASC, December, 2012. In order to assure maximum and equitable participation by all residents of a community or region, the Equity and Engagement Technical Assistance Subcommittee of the Granite State Future project has developed the following suggestions for conducting planning initiatives.

Ideas For Action - Community Building; Effective Community Leadership    

COMMUNITY BUILDING

EFFECTIVE COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP

NH Broadband Mapping and Planning Program    

Broadband Technical Assistance and Training Sector Surveys 2012 Final Report, August 2012

NH Community Planning Grant Program    

Steering Committee Meeting Notice

Public Engagement for Granite State Future    

This executive summary provides an overview of the process and results of an extended public engagement process conducted by New Hampshire Listens of the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire and the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, on behalf of the nine Regional Planning Commissions (RPCs) in New Hampshire. The work was carried out under contract with the Nashua RPC, using Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant funds administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The primary purpose of the public engagement process was to elicit a wide range of views from diverse residents of New Hampshire, representing all geographic regions of the state, to the question: How can we make our community the best place to live, learn, work, and play?

Techniques for Dealing with Difficult People    

Helpful hints for Effective Facilitation

The Facilitation Laboratory    

An exploration of community meeting facilitation

The weTable    

A tool for Participatory GIS.  Setup and Configuration for Tabletop Planning at Public Workshops


Visioning and Planning

An Introduction to Cost of Community Services Studies    

A cost of community services (COCS) study is a type of fiscal impact analysis that determines the fiscal impact of current land uses on a municipality’s budget.

 

Plan Reading & Analysis, Part 1.    

Plan Reading and Analysis modules one and two will provide the top “musts” in plan review and analysis. The modules include understanding dimensional plans, engineering terms, analyzing plans using color and understanding the elements of a plan to ensure the best development.

 


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