Main Street Revitalization & Resiliency

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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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Many communities in New Hampshire have traditional downtowns or village centers; places that are the heart of the city or town. These areas are define... Learn More
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


As a result of increasing interest in craft breweries for community revitalization in New Hampshire, the Community and Economic Development team has p... Learn More
The pandemic has disrupted the economy, employment, and community vibrancy. Small towns and main streets have been especially hard hit by the impact t... Learn More
Over the summer and fall, many businesses expanded their outdoor dining and retail options by using sidewalks, parking spaces, and surface lots. As ca... Learn More
UNH Extension is working with NH cities and towns to move toward economic recovery. While things are uncertain, it is important to look to the future ... Learn More
A downtown assessment collects data and information to provide a deeper understanding of the situation to help determine where to focus efforts to str... Learn More
On May 1, 2020, Governor Sununu issued Executive Order #40 (also referred to as “Stay at Home 2.0”), which extends the Stay at Home order to May 31,20... Learn More