Community & Economic Development

Community & Economic Development
Newmarket, NH river side businesses

Building Local Strengths


Our team helps New Hampshire communities, like yours, learn how to assess community needs, engage residents and businesses, make informed decisions, develop effective strategies and take action. The results, which include vibrant downtowns, a greater pride of place among residents and increased tourism, are creating a stronger New Hampshire for everyone.

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Community Leadership


Helping citizen groups stay focused, work together and take action that benefits their communities.

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Economic Development


Working communities to strengthen local businesses, promote entrepreneurship, build local leadership and a skilled workforce, and improve quality of life for all in ways that are sustainable and promote resiliency.

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Tourism, Outdoor Recreation & Nature Economy


We work with communities to leverage their natural and cultural resources to create resilient and sustainable economies that highlight the state's diverse natural resources and unique quality of life.  

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Community & Economic Development Newsletter

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Articles

From pick-your-own orchards and farm stays to corn mazes and other farm-based visitor activities, you don’t have to look far in New Hampshire to find ... Learn More
The Benefits of a Capacity Building Approach to Nature-Based Economic Development
On a recent sunny Saturday morning, a group of dedicated community volunteers gathered in the Village of Contoocook, in the Town of Hopkinton, NH, to ... Learn More
Four UNH Extension staff received a major accolade at this year’s National Association for Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) Conf... Learn More

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Resources

Cultivating Farm Experiences is a four-part Zoom webinar series that examines agritourism. Each session focuses on the different aspects of incorporat... Learn More
A story map is a web map that combines mapping with text, photos, multimedia and functionality to generate a stand-alone resource. Story maps use geog... Learn More
Showing a collective interest in the preservation and restoration trades workforce, four statewide preservation nonprofits (representing NY, VT, NH, a... Learn More
An increasing number of farms in NH and beyond are incorporating agritourism activities and/or event hosting into their business models. While these c... Learn More
The Nature Economy Collaborative, supported by UNH Collaborative Research Excellence, is pleased to share a brand-new information brief on the communi... Learn More