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02 Dec 2016 (EST) • Red Jacket in North Conway, NH
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Visit the NNECAPA 2016 web page for more information. We'll see you next September in Manchester, Vermont!

New Hampshire Direct Marketing Conference-  New Product Marketing - November 2

 Do you have a great idea to bring a new product to market to grow or expand your agriculture business? Before investing money, good planning and networking are essential. Entrepreneurs, growers, farmers, and faculty  who have successfully brought a new product to market, will be speaking on growing and marketing unusual specialty crops; value added products & services and food preparation. Keeping up with social media presentation and discussion will help you promote your business and increase sales by getting the right information to the right customer at the right time. At the conference you will also understand the challenges, and see opportunities during the speaker panel from several state agencies and local officials. The conference will take place in Greenland, NH  at the Portsmouth Country Club on Wednesday, November 2 from 12:30 pm till 6 pm. Registration is $20 per person. Register at    For more information contact Food and Agriculture Field Specialist, UNH Extension,   or 603-679-5616  . The event is presented by UNH Cooperative Extension and co-sponsored by USDA Risk Management Agency and the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food. Check out the flyer.

Apply for Free Technical Assistance from EPA


EPA invites communities to apply for targeted technical assistance to help overcome barriers to implementing smart growth development approaches. Communities can choose from tools to help them make development more equitable, attract infill development, assess policies in small towns and rural areas, improve resilience to floods, or promote streets that are safe for all users and provide environmental benefits.


The Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program provides quick, targeted technical assistance to selected communities using a variety of tools that have demonstrated results and widespread application. EPA delivers the assistance using teams of experts who conduct one- to two-day workshops in the selected communities. After the workshop, the community gets a next-steps memo with specific actions it can take if it chooses to implement the ideas generated in the workshop.


·       Eligibility: The applicant can be a local, county, or tribal government, or a nonprofit organization that has the support of the local government on whose behalf they are applying.

·       Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on October 12, 2016.

·       How to apply: Submit a two-page letter of interest signed by a mayor, city manager, elected official, or other representative of the community (see the Request for Letters of Interest for details).

·       Tools offered:

o   Tool 1: Creating Equitable Development

o   Tool 2: Planning for Infill Development

o   Tool 3: Sustainable Strategies for Small Cities and Rural Areas

o   Tool 4: Flood Resilience for Riverine and Coastal Communities

o   Tool 5: Green and Complete Streets

·       Timeframe: EPA expects to select 25 recipients by November 2016 and provide all technical assistance by July 2017.


Read the 2016-2017 Request for Letters of Interest to learn how to apply:


Learn more about the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program:


NHDES Conservation and Drinking Water Workshop!

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Stormwater Finance Forum

The New England Environmental Finance Center (NEEFC) is hosting a stormwater Finance Forum on November 15-16 at UNH. Click here for more information on topics and registering.

Be sure to read the brand new Spring 2016 Newsletter!!

The UNH Cooperative Extension is now accepting applications to the 2016 Economic Development Academy (EDA).  Over the past two years, many NH planners have taken advantage of the program to advance their respective economic development programs.  For more information about EDA click here.

Jeff Taylor Bean Pots to Bell Towers Fund  

Colleagues and friends of the late Jeff Taylor are creating a memorial fund to provide continuing support for the kinds of projects that benefited from his amazing creativity, energy and ability to bring diverse interests together.  

The fund will be held at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and be administered by a group of his colleagues and family members.  Grants from the fund will be made to any of Jeff’s diverse areas of interests including but not limited to: sustainable community planning, economic development, reuse of historic buildings,  community betterment, cultural stewardship, mentorship and natural resource conservation. 

Jeff was an active member of the NH Planners Association, a supporter of planning at all levels, and a recipient of many awards for his work in the planning field. The fund originators are in process of inviting contributions to the fund through both personal meetings and mailings to many of the people who knew and worked with Jeff. 

For more information about the fund and how you can contribute, see .  

NHDES' Potable Water Guide

The 2016 Potable  Water Guide  is developed through a collaborative effort of the New Hampshire Building Officials Association, NH Health Officers Association, NH Planners Association, and NH Department of Environmental Services. This document provides guidance to municipalities that wish to incorporate a refined definition of “potable water” into their building codes. For more information, contact Pierce Rigrod at NHDES (603) 271-0688

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