economic development

NHARPC CORNER: Economic Resiliency Planning

Across the state and beyond, the Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of integrating resiliency efforts to enhance a community’s ability to respond more quickly to unprecedented circumstances while lessening the impacts to our local and regional economies. With support from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) through the CARES Act, several of New Hampshire’s Regional Planning Commissions were able to implement a variety of programs aimed to assist member communities with economic resiliency planning.

Economic Forecast for Local Governments Webinar

Local governments are facing a number of fiscal challenges and a fair amount of economic uncertainty in having to develop the next annual budget. Inflation remains at a 40-year high, with the cost of capital projects and even routine service delivery increasing and supply chain issues continuing. The current labor market has compelled governments to increase salaries to remain competitive, which in turn puts upward pressures on the operating budget. Rising interest rates are limiting the ability of municipalities to issuing taxable bonds or perhaps enter into lease purchases agreements.

Local Airports Offer Many Benefits to New Hampshire Residents

New Hampshire’s public airport system consists of 24 public and private use airports. These airports range from Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, New Hampshire’s largest public airport handling the majority of New Hampshire’s commercial airline service on its 9,250’ paved runway, to Colebrook Airport, with a 2,450’ grass runway. Not only do these local airports serve as an important infrastructure (particularly in times of distress); they also serve as public gathering places, family activity centers, and are an economic engine for tourism and businesses. 

Informational Webinar on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

Join us in this informational session hosted by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen and the New Hampshire Municipal Association to learn more about the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, historic legislation signed into law last year that invests in our nation’s core infrastructure priorities – including roads and bridges, rail, transit, ports, airports, the electric grid, water systems and broadband.

Local Economic Development - You're Not Alone

In addition to contributing financially, small businesses often help define the identity and economic health of a city or town.

Sidewalks, Bike Paths, and Public Policy Encourage Spontaneous Play, Daily Activity

If you think the best way to lose weight, get fit, and improve your diet is to join a gym or hire a personal trainer, you're not alone. But you're not right, said Mary Collins, author of American Idle: A Journey Through Our Sedentary Culture, the keynote speaker on November 14 at the New Hampshire Local Government Center's 71st annual conference, held in Manchester.

They Made a Comic About Workforce Housing

How can you explain workforce housing to people without losing them halfway through?" asked Anne Duncan Cooley, executive director of the Upper Valley Housing Coalition. Anne has worked for years as a housing advocate and developed many successful education and outreach programs for a broad range of audiences. She is also on the Orford's selectboard and encounters another set of challenges when she is working on municipal matters. "We have to be experts in everything, understand many issues, and clearly communicate the concepts to the public.

A Granite State Future Depends on Working Together

In New Hampshire, every town receives technical support for making decisions about land use from one of nine Regional Planning Commissions (RPCs). The RPCs were formed by the Legislature to aid and advise municipalities and prepare a coordinated plan for the development of the region. The planning support is used by municipalities for local decisions and to address the many issues that cross municipal borders. With a new three-year, $3.37 million grant from the U.S.

Regional Planning Commissions: Supporting New Hampshire Communities

In 1969 the State of New Hampshire demonstrated support for local control by enabling municipalities to create regional planning commissions. Prior to then, a number of nonprofit organizations such as the Upper Valley Development Council, Inc. (1963) and Nashua Commission (1959) began forming around the state to meet the growing need to plan for development across municipal borders.

Municipalities: Stewards of New Hampshire’s Water Infrastructure

While much of the water infrastructure is "out of sight," it can't be "out of mind," as New Hampshire's environment and economy depend too much on it.

New Hampshire residents are dependent on an array of infrastructure that moves, stores and treats water. To make this happen, cities and towns own and operate a lot of water infrastructure in New Hampshire. These municipal systems provide public drinking water, centralized wastewater, storm water and dam infrastructure.