Economic Development

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Strengthening Local and Regional Communities

Cooperative Extension helps to strengthen local and regional economies by providing communities and organizations with programs and educational resources aimed at growing and sustaining existing businesses, cultivating an entrepreneurial ecosystem, enhancing Main Street, supporting diverse housing, enhancing the quality of life, and building community vibrancy. 

Business Engagement and Retention

Building the local economy by identifying and addressing the needs, challenges and opportunities of business.

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Business and Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs and small businesses are the backbone of our local communities and economies. We bring best practices and guidance for steps that communities can take to become friendly to entrepreneurs and innovators. We work with communities to engage entrepreneurs and innovators, identify areas of strength and opportunities, develop a plan and a framework to become more entrepreneur-friendly, and begin to tackle projects.

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Owners of Burnt Timber Tavern

Main Street Revitalization & Resiliency

Innovative programs for local leadership to look at assets, create a vision and focus on strengthening place. 

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Studley's Florist in Rochester NH


Bringing community members into the housing discussion will lead to a supported vision and solutions.
New Hampshire communities are feeling the housing crunch and are poised to start considering solutions. We can increase housing one unit at a time and... Learn More
UNH Extension’s Downtowns & Trails program helps communities utilize the natural and built world
NH Extension Community and Economic Development staff are available to help communities understand areas of improvement through the Downtowns & Trails... Learn More
It is with mixed emotions that we share with our community development partners that Penelope Whitman will be moving on from Extension to an exciting ... Learn More


New Hampshire is fortunate to have many natural assets that support our quality of life and economic vibrancy. In a new info brief we share eight spec... Learn More
Nature and access to natural assets can be important components of a downtown economy. In this new brief from the Nature Economy Collaborative, we det... Learn More
Over the past two years, interrupted but not deterred by the ongoing pandemic, we worked adaptively and creatively with the Ossipee Economic Developme... Learn More
Over six months, from Sept. 2021-March 2022, we worked with the City of Keene on how to better connect two rail trails with their downtown businesses.... Learn More
An entrepreneurial community is a community that intentionally acts to cultivate and support entrepreneurs. Focusing on building business and economic... 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