Economic Development

Economic Development
Newmarket, NH river side businesses


Building Local Strengths

With the help of our team, New Hampshire communities like yours are learning how to assess needs, engage people, 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.



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
UNH Cooperative Extension is pleased welcome Michael Polizzotti to the Community and Economic Development team. Michael recently started his role as a... Learn More
We have been teaching about community economic resilience as a response to the disruption of the pandemic. This includes resources for small business ... Learn More


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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 cit... 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