Community Engagement

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Bringing Communities Together

Helping communities expand their reach, employ inclusive strategies, and hear diverse perspectives.

Community Engagement Academy

Strong, vibrant communities have active and engaged citizens. That is why we are committed to teaching innovative and proven techniques that reach and engage all New Hampshire residents. In the Community Engagement Academy, we explore the practice of local communities who have used citizen input to influence their revitalization efforts while teaching a variety of engagement tools.

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Community Profiles

The Community Profile program provides an opportunity for communities to affirm strengths, identify opportunities, envision a vibrant future, create action plans, and develop local leaders and action groups to pursue this vision for the future. One of the major outcomes of the Community Profile is more citizen participation in the community.

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Community Profiles program assembly in Northfield NH

Housing Academy

Housing Academy is a training program for InvestNH Housing Opportunity Planning (HOP) Grant and Community Housing Grant recipients to help build and further develop local capacity related to housing matters. UNH Cooperative Extension will provide housing education and community engagement training and support grantees as they develop their local community engagement strategies.

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A conversation with Peter Nichols, New London Housing Commission Chair
Peter Nichols is Chair of the New London Housing Commission and is also a retired developer. He attended the first in-person Housing Academy session i... Learn More
UNH Extension partnered with NH Housing to develop a curriculum that teaches HOP grantees, and others working to address housing in communities, about... Learn More
Stakeholders at the table included state policy makers, utilities, municipal staff, and representatives of local energy committees, area businesses, nonprofits, and schools
New Hampshire is grappling with energy challenges ranging from affordability and reliable supply to climate change and building a trained workforce to... Learn More


A vibrant community relies on several key components, including economic vitality, community health, natural resources and recreation, community engag... Learn More
Why Conduct a Community Assessment? A community assessment gathers data from community members to assess the current situation in a city or town. As p... Learn More
In the summer of 2020, the Town of Derry began the process of engaging the community to determine the future of Hood Park. Goals included creating a c... Learn More
Healthy communities have an active and engaged citizenry. Public engagement is involvement in local decision-making — decisions that have an impact on... Learn More
There are many ways to engage your community. Communities can consider forums, storytelling, posters  and many other ways to get more people involved ... Learn More
The Business Retention program promotes a thriving economy by helping communities identify the challenges and barriers to the survival and growth of l... Learn More