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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





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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

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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








Public-Private Partnerships Presentation on October 25th!

September 27th, 2012 by CfRP

Public and Private PartnershipsPrivate-Public Partnerships


Note from the Director

September 10th, 2012 by CfRP

Dear Friends,


I hope the end of summer finds you well. As many of you know, on August 1 the Center for Rural Partnerships began a new era, with Thad Guldbrandsen moving on to become the Vice Provost for Research and Engagement. I’d like to congratulate Thad, and thank him for his leadership of the Center over the past 6 years. He has left the woodpile well-stocked, and all of us at the Center are inspired to continue his legacy of developing and supporting collaborative projects with Plymouth State’s many partners throughout the region.


At any time of transition, it’s important to take stock of past success and chart a course for new areas of achievement. Since its inception in 2005, the Center for Rural Partnerships has become known as a resource for facilitating relationships among community partners, developing workshops and educational opportunities both on-and-off campus, and conducting community-level applied research throughout the region. This is what we do best, and thanks to the vibrancy and hard work of our partners and staff, we will continue to develop and support fruitful partnerships across the fields of history, heritage and culture; health and social welfare; and recreation, tourism, and agriculture. I am excited to continue this work together.


Looking forward, I see a number of opportunities for the Center to expand its service to the region. First, we’ll be developing a strategic plan that will allow us to better listen to the needs of our partners and focus on meeting those needs. Second, in keeping with new campus initiatives for student engagement and service learning, the Center will help create a student-focused “rural laboratory” that will create opportunities for students to engage the region by conducting research, working on real-world projects, and applying coursework. Third, the Center will be expanding our communication efforts to better share and promote the collaborative success of our partners. We’ll be updating our web page, creating some visual materials, and expanding our social media presence. Be sure to visit often!


So, there’s a lot of work to do and a lot to look forward to. In the meantime, I’d like to leave you with a sample of some exciting projects coming to fruition in the coming months:


  • Thanks to the support of the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund, The Center will be continuing its Coos County Outreach Initiative, which provides technical support, cultural programming, and educational opportunities to businesses, entrepreneurs, and community organizations throughout the North Country.


  • With PSU’s College of Business Administration, the Center will be re-introducing the new-and-improved North Country Economic Index, which has been expanded to include new features and in-depth analysis that better serves the region’s policy-makers and economic development stakeholders.


  • In partnership with the Institute for New Hampshire Studies and the New Hampshire Department of Travel and Tourism Development, the Center will be co-hosting a tourism-marketing workshop designed to help motel owners create exciting and profitable travel itineraries.


  • Along with the Northern Forest Heritage Park and the Plymouth State Art Department, the Center will be organizing several showings of a documentary film detailing the creation and installation of murals on the Brown Company R+D Building.


And, thanks to you, there will be plenty more. Keep in touch, and I look forward to seeing you soon.





Ben Amsden

Interim Director

Old Man of the Mountain: Substance and Symbol

March 5th, 2012 by Melissa

Join the Plymouth Historical Society in welcoming Maggie Stier to Pease Public Library on Tuesday, March 13th as she discusses the “Old Man of the Mountain: Substance and Symbol.”

The story of the Old Man of the Mountain is a story of New Hampshire itself, reflecting our history, arts, literature, As the multi-faceted story of this icon unfolds, the audience will be challenged to think about the different and evolving ways that this image has touched the public imagination over its 200 year history.  The presentation will include images of paintings, literary passages, souvenirs, and film clips of interviews with those closest to the Old Man, and conclude with a discussion of current efforts to memorialize the state symbol.

This presentation is made possible through a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council and is part of their Humanities to Go! program.

Contact Us

Mailing Address:
MSC 68, 17 High St.
Plymouth State University

(603) 535-3275 (Voice)

Ben Amsden
(603) 535-3276

Marylynn Cote
Administrative Assistant
(603) 535-3271

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