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First Impressions in the Northeast

Stories from our newsletter and elsewhere that highlight implementation of the First Impressions program in our region.

This article by MSU Extension Toursim Specialist Andy Northrop describes how Michigan communities can apply for the 2018 MSU First Impressions assessment program. Published on August 16, 2017.

Several community development Extension professionals from the Northeast were honored by National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) and/or the Community Development Society (CDS) at their joint 2017 conference held last month in Big Sky, MT, and we'd like to congratulate them on the well-deserved recognition!

This article published on Fosters.com describes a student-led First Impressions implementation in Somersworth, NH. The students were members of the UNH Planning Student Organization, and received training from UNH Extension's Casey Hancock on how to conduct community evaluations. Published May 17, 2017.

This story, published on March 6, 2017, describes how four communities in Michigan’s Thumb region will undergo the MSU Extension First Impressions program to assess tourism strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in their community. Written by Andy Northrop for MSU Extension.

This story, published in the Caledonian Record on November 5, 2016, describes the findings of a UNH Extension team that conducted a First Impressions study in Littleton, NH.

This is the University of Connecticut's call for applications for communities to participate in their First Impressions programming. Published November 1, 2016

With funding from the Northeast Regional Center's small grants program, several Extension staff in the region learned from colleagues at West Virginia University Extension about how to implement the First Impressions program in their respective states. Casey Hancock (University of New Hampshire Extension) blogged about what she learned and how she and her colleagues are incorporating technology into their own implementation of the program. Read all about it at the UNH Extension blog.

This story, published in the Mineral Daily News Tribune on October 29, 2015) describes the First Impressions process carried out by WVU Extension in Keyser, WV.