Economic Development

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Strengthening Local and Regional Economies

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 Retention and Engagement

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

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Business and Entrepreneurship

Bringing best practices and guidance for steps that communities can take to become friendly to entrepreneurs and innovators.

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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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Workforce Development

Research and programs that bring to light workforce needs and opportunities within communities. 

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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
During the final weekend of September, just as the maple trees were starting to turn red up north, hundreds of outdoor enthusiasts gathered in Francon... Learn More
New research confirms that arts and culture is not only good for you, it’s good for your community, and good for business. Nationally, the Arts & Econ... Learn More
Winchester Pickle Festival: Example of community engagement and an opportunity to catch up on municipal housing policy in small-town New Hampshire
Winchester Pickle Festival: Example of community engagement and an opportunity to catch up on municipal housing policy in small-town New Hampshire Learn More
Downtowns and Trails program helps communities utilize the natural and built world
Extension state specialist and professor Shannon Rogers and Extension field specialist Jada Lindblom have worked with the City of Keene on developing ... Learn More
Lyla Boyajian, Public Policy Fellow, met Ryan Pope, Housing Navigator for the City of Dover, NH, at Flight Coffee in Dover for a discussion on communi... Learn More



Many communities have trails in close proximity to their downtowns/village centers/business districts. We share the opportunities and challenges of wo... Learn More
Over a series of months, we worked with the Hopkinton, New Hampshire community on how to better connect its trails with its business center, the Villa... Learn More
The town of Antrim, New Hampshire conducted a two-day community visioning session on Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14, 2023. The forum utilized... Learn More
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