Links to stories in the media about the First Impressions program.

First Impressions group looks at good, bad in Keyser (West Virginia)

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.

UConn Extension’s First Impressions Community Exchange Program accepting applications for Spring 2017

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

Littleton (NH) First Impressions: What’s Working, What Can Be Improved

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.

UNH study: Downtown Somersworth has welcoming vibe (

This article published on 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.

What are visitors’ first impressions of your community? (MSU Extension)

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.

MSU recruiting First Impressions communities for 2018

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.

Downtown Danbury (CT) seeks to make a good first impression

This article in the News Times describes the First Impressions work carried out in Danbury, CT, which was the result of a partnership between University of Connecticut Extension and the Connecticut Main Street Center. Published September 16, 2017.