First Impressions is an assessment program that examines a downtown through the eyes of potential residents, visitors and businesses, helping communities learn about their downtown’s assets and opportunities for improvement, and empowering leaders and volunteers to take steps to improve their downtown.
UNH Cooperative Extension is currently accepting applications from communities who are interested in starting the First Impressions program in the Spring of 2017.
Please contact Casey.Hancock@unh.edu for more questions.
Training for community leaders and volunteers to gain an understanding of the local economy and identify what the community can do to enhance local economic development efforts.
UNH Cooperative Extension will provide in-person trainings sessions with your committee or board. Topics include:
Understanding your local economy, What are the components of economic development: business retention, attraction, and expansion – what is the difference and why this matters, Quality of life factors and why they are key for economic development, Economic development partners – who you can be working with, How to effectively run an Economic Development Committee- facilitation, meeting management, leadership and community engagement, An inventory of your businesses and how to determine what their needs are to stay and grow in your community, Steps to take to engage your community and determine your economic development priorities, What location factors are important to businesses looking to relocate to your community and how to market what you have.
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The Economic Profile allows communities to identify local and regional economic assets and opportunities, prioritize needs, and develop and implement effective strategies to strengthen the community's economic base. The process results in the creation of an action plan and working groups to pursue that vision.
We're currently working on Business Retention and Expansion in Wilton, Hillsborough, Portsmouth and Bethlehem.
New application information available Fall 2017.
The Economic Development Academy (EDA) is an intensive, practice-based course designed to build the skills of community and economic development leaders and practitioners.
We are currently focusing on the launch of our 2017 Community Engagement Academy. Please check back later in the year for more details on the Economic Development Academy.
Check out our new on-line broadband learning resources. This module provides information for communities and small businesses to better utilize high speed internet to increase efficiency, grow jobs, and improve quality of life.