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

Engaging students in the First Impressions process at the University of New Hampshire

At this summer’s NACDEP meeting, University of New Hampshire (UNH) Extension’s Community and Economic Development Program Coordinator Casey Hancock described how she and her colleagues involved undergraduate student members of the UNH Planning Student Organization in First Impressions programming, which turned out to be a winning partnership.

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.

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.

Congratulations to our Northeast colleagues honored by NACDEP and CDS!

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!

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.

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.

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

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.