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Thursday, September 19
 

10:00am EDT

Diverging Views Producing Positive Change
Limited Capacity seats available

Disrupting entrenched Community habits to find healthier and more productive ways to reach short and long term goals. Look beyond traditional views of community conflict.  Traditionally, downtowns have viewed conflict as a negative force which needs to be eliminated by imposing more structure or uniformity. Today, though, successful towns are more likely to embrace diverging views, realizing that they can lead to increased creativity, opportunities to improve, and greater productivity.  Rather than eliminating conflict, the goal is to better manage the conflict that inevitably comes with the open exchange of ideas.

Speakers
avatar for Carole Martin

Carole Martin

Independent Consultant, Carole Martin Consulting
Carole Martin works to maximize opportunities that accompany planned and unanticipatedchange. Her thirty years of experience include serving as an advisor for, facilitating and leadingcomplex change initiatives of all types in for-profit, nonprofit, governmental, philanthropic andcommunity... Read More →


Thursday September 19, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Old Cheshire County Courthouse 33 Winter Street Keene, NH 03431

2:00pm EDT

Rural Downtown: The Land of Opportunity
Limited Capacity seats available

Rural Regions offer inexpensive and attractive places to live with a quality of life one can enjoy. The majority of the United States remains rural yet research shows we are preparing our gifted young people to leave their small towns, never to return. Meet a group of individuals who chose rural and in the process transformed their downtown into a vibrant economic hub! Recognizing a need or lack of belonging, these entrepreneurs thought radically, pushed social boundaries, capitalized on geographical opportunity and embraced change and their community! Get ready to take inspiration and ideas back to your community!

Speakers
avatar for Geoffrey Sewake

Geoffrey Sewake

Community & Economic Development Field Specialist, University of NH Cooperative Extension
Geoffrey Sewake is a Community and Economic Development Field Specialist for University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. As a Field Specialist, he provides support to state-wide programming, including the NH First Impressions Program, a program he co-developed and founded with... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Breanna Neal

Breanna Neal

Master Barber Instructor/ Owner, Polished and Proper
Breanna Neal (Master Barber Instructor/ Owner): Breanna is a transplant from the midwest. Eager to acquire and share knowledge of the profession, she is happy to contribute to the industry in any way she can. She specializes in all hairstyles, but her #1 favorite thing to do is Straight... Read More →
avatar for Emmett Soldati

Emmett Soldati

Owner, Teatotaller
Born and raised in Somersworth, NH, Emmett Soldati is a small business owner, activist, and occasional provocateur. A graduate of the London School of Economics, Emmett spent the last decade working to connect and uplift the community he knows and loves: his hometown. He founded Teatotaller... Read More →
avatar for Marty Parichand

Marty Parichand

Founder, Outdoor New England
I received my first job out of college, after I received a strong referral from a high level executive that went whitewater rafting with me.​Eight years later, I was definitely “broken in” to corporate life and living what I thought was my only reality. I had a family I cherished... Read More →


Thursday September 19, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Old Cheshire County Courthouse 33 Winter Street Keene, NH 03431
 
Friday, September 20
 

9:00am EDT

Crazy Good: First Impressions
Limited Capacity seats available

A newspaper contains pages of news and information, important stories and happenings from the first page to the last, each page worth reading. But what page gets the most attention? The front page, of course. The bold print headlines, top stories and most intriguing photos...the first impression. Main street is your community’s front page. Does your main street represent your community to the best of its ability? Does it engage and inspire further exploration into the streets and neighborhoods beyond?

A vibrant downtown serves as a gathering place, a place for people to dine, shop, and conduct business. First Impressions is an assessment program that examines your main street through the eyes of potential residents, visitors, and businesses, helping communities learn about their opportunities and empowering them to take steps to improve their downtown.

Attendees will learn skills to assess their own main streets for vibrancy and will hear examples of how communities have revitalized their downtowns through art, business retention, and connecting with trails.

Speakers
avatar for Casey Porter

Casey Porter

Community & Economic Development Program Manager, UNH Cooperative Extension
      Casey works with communities to build their capacity to gather input, develop strategies, and move to action, resulting in downtown revitalization, community vibrancy, and a strengthened economy. She coordinates and implements programs around downtown revitalization and community... Read More →
avatar for Molly Donovan

Molly Donovan

Community Economic Development State Specialist, UNH Cooperative Extension
Molly works with citizen volunteers and leaders to build resilient communities and a strong economy. This work is focused on revitalizing downtowns, retaining and growing business, enhancing quality of life and creating a vision for communities. She specializes in community engagement... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am EDT
Old Cheshire County Courthouse 33 Winter Street Keene, NH 03431