As our communities address growth and development impacts on the provision of local services, there is a need for economic development both within and outside individual community’s borders. The SNHPC offers a variety of local and regional economic development planning services to advocate for housing choice and support development that will maintain sustainable communities. These services include fiscal impact analysis and Cost of Community Services Studies, the development of impact fee ordinances, capital improvement programs, economic development plans and tourism studies. Additionally, in the past SNHPC has provided support to the Community Development Finance Authority in generating regional economic data and housing reports.
Regional Economic Development Plan
The Regional Economic Development Plan offers a vision and provides a framework for putting into place an economic development planning process for the region. In addition, the plan sets forth core goals, key actions and priorities, including recommendations and new strategic initiatives, projects and programs to improve the region's economy and advance the health of the region and its municipalities.
Central/Southern NH Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy
The Central/Southern New Hampshire Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) represents a unique partnership between the Central New Hampshire Planning Commission (CNHRPC) and the SNHPC in developing and implementing a CEDS process for the Central/Southern Region of New Hampshire. This is the first time two regional planning commission in New Hampshire have joined together to collaboratively develop and implement a CEDS plan for one region
The CEDS project area encompasses 25 municipalities and town counties. Of the 25 municipalities, 21 are located in Merrimack County and 4 municipalities are located in Hillsborough County. Five of these communities (Bedford, Goffstown, Hooksett, New Boston, and Weare) are part of the SNHPC and the rest are in CNHRPC. In total, the region is roughly 950 square miles in size and contains a population of 181,650 (U.S. Census, 2010).
ReadySetGo! Certified Sites in Southern New Hampshire Program
The Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission (SNHPC) is pleased to announce their new and innovative certified site program for Southern New Hampshire known as ReadySetGo!
The purpose of this program is to present and market the availability of certain properties in the Southern New Hampshire region which have been pre-certified. ReadySetGo! designated sites are commercial, industrial or mixed-use sites and buildings that will be marketed to potential users on a local, regional, state and national scale primarily via the internet with a new website, www.ReadySetGoNH.com. As the first such certified site program created in New Hampshire and New England, ReadySetGo! will bring national and worldwide attention to the region and improve its standing among other states in the US, many of which have already implemented similar programs.
Access Greater Manchester Regional Economic Development Initiative
Access Greater Manchester - a Regional Economic Development Initiative is a partnership between the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development, and the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission. The mission of this initiative is to encourage communities to look beyond individual borders, foster positive relationship building and cooperation among individual communities, and to collectively promote the Greater Manchester region as a desirable place to “live, work, and play.”
Survival Through Regionalization: Effective Models for Intergovernmental Cooperation and Group Purchasing
In 2012, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation awarded SNHPC a statewide community impact grant through their Statewide Regional Partnership Fund to carry out this project. The purpose is to implement a pilot program and statewide advocacy to expand resource sharing and group purchasing within the state and to identify ways local government can save time, resources and money in the delivery of public services, programs and facilities. During the course of the project, a total of five advisory Committee meetings were held to identify and evaluate the most pressing sharing needs and opportunities among local government in the region. Through this effort, a comprehensive inventory of existing and proposed inter-governmental agreements was developed; a survey of high priority needs and opportunities was conducted; a series of innovative and successful mutual sharing and group purchasing models and programs were developed and endorsed by the Advisory Committee; and the project became the feature article in the March/April 2014 New Hampshire Town and City magazine. Dennis Delay, economist with NH Center for Public Policy Studies and Chris Porter, former research with Local Government Center participated on the project team with SNHPC.
Economic Impact of Higher Education
At the Manchester Development Corporation's Annual Meeting in April 2014, NH College and University Council President and CEO Tom Horgan gave a presentation on the important role higher education plays in New Hampshire, particularly here in Manchester, and its impact on the local and state economy.