Main Street Revitalization & Resiliency

  • Main street of NH city

The Heart of the Community

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

First Impressions

Downtowns are the heart of New Hampshire's communities. First Impressions is an innovative assessment program that examines a downtown through the eyes of potential residents, visitors and businesses, helping communities to learn about their downtown’s assets and opportunities for improvement. Most important, the program provides local residents and business owners the skills to make their community a vibrant place to live, work and visit.

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Main Street Academy

Main Street Academy takes place in communities in different stages of revitalization. Sessions include opportunities to learn from experts and community leaders. We discuss, analyze and consider strategies for downtown revitalization and take a walking tour of each downtown.

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Resiliency Academy

Offered in partnership with NH Small Business Development Center, Resiliency Academy brings together small businesses and community leaders to work towards a resilient future. The academy will focus on the intersection of small business and community resiliency and is designed for community leaders and volunteers, municipal officials, small businesses, economic development professionals and those interested in economic recovery.

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The UNH President’s Embrace NH Tour included a stop in Franklin to feature the positive impacts of engaging the community. In 2015, Extension CED bega... Learn More
Michael Polizzotti, along with Extension Field Specialists Sue Cagle and Scott Slattery, attended the National Association for Community Development E... Learn More
Resiliency Academy, a partnership between NH SBDC and UNH Cooperative Extension, begins May 25 with a virtual educational session, continues June 1 wi... Learn More