Developing a strategic direction with goals and objectives.

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 is a preliminary framework for goals and objectives. In this draft form, the framework establishes an organizational structure and categories of issues that the goals and objectives should address. The framework will continue to be shaped by data collection and public engagement over the coming months. If you’d like to provide input on the draft framework, you can do so using the online contact form.

Sustain our rural population

  • Attract and retain young people

  • Tourism

  • Welcome people of diverse backgrounds

Physical infrastructure & Transportation

  • Broadband

  • Energy

  • Housing

  • Main street and village centers
  • Water and sewer

  • Transportation

Social infrastructure

  • Childcare

  • Education

  • Public health
  • Arts, culture, and recreation
  • Economic mobility
  • Civic engagement

Business infrastructure

  • Business support services

  • Workforce

  • Business recruitment, retention, and expansion

  • Entrepreneurship and small business

  • Development of regional economic specializations


  • Agriculture and food systems

  • Climate mitigation and adaptation

Collective capacity & Regional Coordination

  • Systems for sharing resources (people, equipment, services, facilities)
  • Rural advocacy