On This Spot: Celebrating PSU’s 250th Anniversary!

May 3rd, 2013 by mcote9

Check out, On This Spot, a walking tour and exhibit in celebration of PSU’s 250th Anniversary!
Click here for more info: On This Spot

In the News: Haverhill Civic Forum

May 3rd, 2013 by mcote9

Follow this link to read the recent article featured in the Bradford Journal Opinion showcasing the Haverhill Civic Forum, a community based research initiative.


Student Employee Sean McGlynn Recieves the Ron Meade “On the Track to Tourism” Scholarship

April 25th, 2013 by mcote9

We would like to congratulate Sean McGlynn, a student employee at the Center for Rural Partnerships for earning the the Ron Meade “On the Track to Tourism” Scholarship which is offered by the Lakes Region Tourism Association.

Sean also received the Okrant Family Annual Scholarship in Tourism Studies!

Sean received this award based on merit as well as campus involvement and participation in CRP projects. Congrats Sean!

Under Construction!

April 9th, 2013 by mcote9

Please excuse our appearance as we are currently under construction. Please check back for updates! Thank you.

PSU plans civic forum for Haverhill area

March 29th, 2013 by mcote9



March 29, 2013
Contact: Tim Kershner
Chief PR Officer
(603) 535-2476

Plymouth State University plans civic forum for Haverhill area

PLYMOUTH, N.H. –  A two-year community engagement process in Haverhill Corner, North Haverhill and Woodsville will bring together citizens for discussions on a variety of issues focused on the quality of life in the towns.

The project, known as the Haverhill Civic Forum, is organized by Plymouth State University’s Center for Rural Partnerships (CRP).

As part of the project, small-group discussions will identify topics of wide community importance. The issues raised with the small groups will form the basis of a community wide discussion through public meetings throughout the area. Several meetings are expected over the fourteen-month project.

The project, known as the Haverhill Civic Forum, consists of community conversations led by PSU faculty and undergraduate students enrolled in PSU’s Rural Field Studies course. Project leader Professor Fran Belcher says the process has local residents choosing topics and priorities for discussion. “We’re hoping to have a lot of constructive dialogue,” she said. “Our goal is to have residents set the agenda, identify challenges, set achievable objectives, and ultimately enhance quality of life in the Haverhill area.”

Dates for public meetings will be announced in the newspaper and other venues in the coming weeks.

Belcher adds that underrepresented groups, such as high school students, senior citizens and others, are a special focus of the forums.

In addition to strengthening the community, the project introduces PSU students to issues facing rural communities and teaches them how to engage citizens to find solutions.

The Center for Rural Partnerships dedicates Plymouth State University’s research, outreach, and educational capacities to foster collaborative projects that promote community resilience, opportunity, and a high quality of life in rural New Hampshire.  For more information on the Haverhill Civic Forum, or to join or host a local conversation, please contact the Center for Rural Partnerships at crp-haverhill@plymouth.edu. 

For more information about this release, contact Tim Kershner, PSU Chief Public Relations Officer, (603) 535-2476 or tlkershner@plymouth.edu





CRP Strategic Plan

March 11th, 2013 by mcote9

CRP Strategic Plan 2013-2015

Join Us! Occasional Visitor Series: The Legacy of Gunstock, Cannon, & Cranmore

February 18th, 2013 by mcote9


PSU Community Research Experience, Presentations

November 15th, 2012 by mcote9

Join PSU students as they present their original projects with off-campus organizations!

Tuesday December 4th

3:30pm- 6:00pm

Heritage Commons, Samuel Read Hall Hall, PSU Campus
















Community-Based Multifunctional Farms in New England and their Relationship to Regional Food Systems: Report of 2011 Farm Surveys

November 6th, 2012 by mcote9


Tuesday, December 11, 12:00-1:00pm EST

Presenter: Kathleen Liang, University of Vermont

Moderator: Lisa Chase, University of Vermont Extension

Given the growing interest in understanding the relationship between food
systems and small/medium-sized farming operations, this webinar will share
results from surveys of farms in the New England region.

Summarized results will include farm profiles,
multifunctional activities (agritourism, direct sales, value added, and off
farm income), financial outcomes, expectations, challenges, and entrepreneurial
assessments.  This survey is the first segment of a study on multifunctional farms funded by the USDA AFRI Program (project # 2011-67023-30106). Collaborators include Drs. Mary Ahearn (USDA ERS), Stephan Goetz (Penn State University), and Jason Brown (USDA ERS).

To access the webinar on December 11, please follow the link below ten minutes
before the webinar begins:


If you have not used Blackboard Collaborate before, please visit www.uvm.edu/extension/bb-collaborate/newuser
at least one day before the webinar.

For technical assistance before or during the webinar, contact Lucy Carrasco at
(802)656-3698 or Lucy.Carrasco@uvm.edu

For more information about the webinar, contact Kathleen at cliang@uvm.edu or Lisa at lisa.chase@uvm.edu

The recorded webinar will be posted online at http://www.uvm.edu/tourismresearch/agritourism/
a few days after the webinar.


To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program,
please contact Lucy Carrasco at (802)656-3698 or Lucy.Carrasco@uvm.edu
by December 1, 2012 so we may assist you.

How to Develop Successful Travel Itineraries: The Route 3 Retrotour Case Study | October 17th

September 27th, 2012 by CfRP

 How to Develop Successful Travel Itineraries

The Route 3 Retrotour Case Study

Wednesday, October 17th, 9am-12pm

Savage Welcome Center, Plymouth State University


Travel Poster 



  • Ben Amsden, Center for Rural Partnerships, PSU
  • Tai Freiling, NH Division of Travel and Tourism Development
  • Lori Harnois, NH Division of Travel and Tourism Development
  • Mark Okrant, Institute for New Hampshire Studies, PSU
  • Alice Pearce, Ski New Hampshire, Inc.
  • Maggie Stier, New Hampshire Preservation Alliance
  • Judi Window, Granite State Ambassadors



9:00-9:15       Coffee and introductions

9:15-9:20       Opening remarks—The NHDTTD Tourism Toolkit Series Okrant

9:20-9:30       Goals for tourism regions, communities, chambers, and properties Okrant

9:30-9:50       The importance of partnerships and building collaboration Amsden & Pearce

9:50-10:15     Travel itineraries—Why? and How? Freligh

10:15-10:30   Break and informal discussions

10:30-10:45   The Retrotour as a travel itinerary Okrant

10:45-11:05   Funding Sources Harnois &  Stier

11:05-11:20   Social Media Window

11:20-closing  Itinerary Development: Retrotours for New Hampshire attendees








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