Plymouth State University Plans Civic Forum for Haverhill Area

March 29th, 2013 by blyndes

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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