Economic & Community Development

Economic & Community Development
Newmarket, NH river side businesses


Building Local Strengths

Our team helps New Hampshire communities, like yours, learn how to assess community needs, engage residents and businesses, make informed decisions, develop effective strategies and take action. The results, which include vibrant downtowns, a greater pride of place among residents and increased tourism, are creating a stronger New Hampshire for everyone.

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Tourism & Outdoor Recreation

We work with communities to leverage their natural and cultural resources to create resilient and sustainable economies that highlight the state's diverse natural resources and unique quality of life.  

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Nature Economy

We help communities connect  environment and natural resources with community goals to create vibrant economies and high quality of life for all.

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Main Street Resiliency

We partner with communities to deliver innovative programs for local leadership, businesses and residents to review community assets, create a vision and focus on strengthening place.

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Business & Entrepreneurship

Our economic development work focuses on promoting solutions for New Hampshire's communities, to strengthen local businesses, build local leadership and improve quality of life.

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Community Leadership

Helping citizen groups stay focused, work together and take action that benefits their communities.

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Monthly newsletter about New Hampshire community and economic development programs, workshops, events and resources.



Growing Economic Opportunity in New Hampshire
The link between broadband and economic opportunity is clear. Those who do not have access to broadband internet find themselves at a disadvantage whe... Learn More
New Hampshire’s Entrepreneurial Commercial Fishery
While fishing has had its ups and downs, it remains an important part of Seacoast New Hampshire’s economy. Over the past two decades, the number of co... Learn More
Summer reading conjures up a feeling of relaxation and enjoyment. Summer gives us more time and places to read. We are interested in new theories and ... Learn More


  • October 6th, 2022
    9:00am - 11:00am, We welcome community volunteers, professionals, interactive panel and walking tour to explore how access to nature supports a community’s economy and
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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