Southwest NH’s regional economy is a complex system. It has many moving parts, many of which interact with one another in ways that are constantly evolving. In addition to being a complex system, the regional economy is an open system. It shares a wide and changing array of connections with national and global markets, people and communities in other places, and our planet’s ecological well-being.
Given this complexity, how can individuals, organizations, and communities steer change in positive direction at the regional level? Our Economy proposes that creating a clear framework of regional economic development goals and objectives is an important step in the process. Such a framework helps lay out the various issues that affect regional prosperity. It provides solid footing for identifying where economic development activity is already taking place and where further action may be needed. It also provides a map for collaborating across economic sectors and how individual projects fit into the bigger picture. Contextualizing economic development projects in this way helps inspire confidence in potential supporters and funders instrumental to implementation.
Below are draft for goals and objectives reviewed by the Our Economy Strategy Committee. (For more about the Strategy Committee, see the about page.) The draft goals and objects may evolve as the project progresses. If you have thoughts or comments regarding the goals and objectives, let us know via the online contact form.