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What the Heck is Vacancy Rate?

If you’ve been following along with New Hampshire’s housing crisis, you’ve probably heard the experts talk about the state’s vacancy rate. Have you ever wondered what “vacancy rate” means or why we care so much about it? Put very simply, vacancy rate refers to the percent of rental units that are unoccupied. According to New […]

Durham's first hybrid Planning Board meeting

Local Government Goes Digital

Coronavirus has posed a particular challenge to municipalities since public meetings require a public location where the meeting is “open to the public” and public bodies cannot prohibit people from attending the meeting at the public location. The NH Municipal Association encouraged municipalities to cancel or postpone meetings, if possible, or provide an alternative means […]

Photo submitted by Jenna Anand; taken at Loon Mountain

Our Strength is Our Communities

Every five years, the Regional Economic Development Center Serving Southern NH (REDC) hosts visioning sessions to give folks in its service area an opportunity to participate in the creation of the goals that will guide their Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the next five years.  Among other things, participants at each of these visioning […]


Meet Local Leader Mike Giacomo of Keene

Here on the Stay Work Play blog, we’re celebrating young leaders across the state who have stepped up to participate in the political process! “Meet Local Leader…” is a series highlighting the people under forty who are leading their communities at the local level! Meet Mike Giacomo! A chemical engineer by day, Mike Giacomo is […]