Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 1:15 PM EDT
Friday, October 19, 2018 at 3:00 PM EDT

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Keene Courtyard 
75 Railroad Street
Keene, NH 03431

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Robin H. LeBlanc 
Plan New Hampshire 

The Power of Local Businesses and Economies

in creating healthy and vibrant communities


       "Locally owned businesses matter: they create communities that aremore resilient, prosperous, entrepreneurial, and connected."  (Stacy Mitchell, Institute for Local Self Reliance)

In this two-day conference, we will look at different perspectives of fostering a local economy, and its powerful influence on the social, environmental and yes, economic fabrics of New Hampshire's neighborhoods, towns and regions. 

Thursday and Friday, October 18 and 19  2018
Keene Courtyard

Local, state, regional and national thought leaders will share their wisdom, informing and inspiring attendees to think differently about how they can be a part of creating a healthy and vibrant future for all of us.


Stacy Mitchell
Institute for Local Self Reliance

Paul Bruhn
Preservation Trust of VT
Dar Williams, singer/songwriter and author
What I Found in a Thousand Towns

Intended audiences: municipal planners and leaders, real estate professionals, economic development people, landscape and building designers and developers,employers and entrepreneurs, lawmakers and decision-makers and interested citizens.

credits pending

AGENDA (in progress)

Thursday October 18

11:00  – 12:30    OPTIONAL walking tour of Keene. (confirmed)  Participants will then have  lunch in town on their own

1:15                  Doors open.  Registration and networking

2:00                   Welcome and introductions

2:15 – 3:30        Growing a local economy: how to strengthen independent businesses and build communities that are more resilient, prosperous, entrepreneurial and connected.An interview with Stacey Mitchell, co-director, Institute for Local Self Reliance.  Interviewer:  Matt Mowry, Editor, Business NH Magazine.

3:30 – 3:45        BREAK

3:45 – 5:00        The Monadnock Story. *  Hear from Medard Kopczynski and Rhett Lamb of the City of Keene, Mary Ann Kristiansen of the Hannah Grimes Center in Keene, Jack Dugan, Monadnock Economic Development Corporation and Jennifer Risley, co-founder of Monadnock Buy Local and Marketing Manager at the Monadnock Food Co-op,

5:00 Reception (cash bar and appetizers)

6:00 Dinner in Keene

Friday, October 19:

8:00-8:30 Breakfast and networking

8:30 Welcome

8:45 - 10:30 Hawk Talks related to fostering a strong local business environment from Laurel Adams of the Regional Economic Development Center of Southern NH, Nancy Pearson of the Center for Women & Enterprise, Carol Miller of the Divsion of Broadband Technology in the NH BEA and Sarah Wrightsman of the Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast.

 10:30 Break

10:45 - Noon General Stores, Community Cafes and local services - an interview with Paul Bruhn, Preservation Trust of VT.  (Interviewer not yet confirmed.)

Noon - 1:00 Lunch

1:00 - 2:30 The Power of Positive Proximity: What I Learned in a Thousand Towns - Dar Williams, singer/songwriter, will integrate music and storytelling to inspire us.

2:30 Wrap up

3:00 Depart

* Introducing Plan NH's "Hawk Talks", a short-presentations format named for Roger Hawk, a planner and supporter of Plan NH who passed away in 2016.


 And more, just for YOU:

  • As you can see, on Thursday there are three optional events.  If you are planning to attend any or all, we would deeply appreciate it if you could please register for each so that we can have an idea of numbers. Thank you!
  • IF YOU PLAN TO STAY OVER ON THURSDAY:  we have reserved a block of rooms at a reduced rate.  If you wish to take advantage of this, please reserve your room no later than September 17.
 Go here to do so.


Thanks to





as well as the Monadnock Economic Development Corporation, Millwork Masters, AW Hastings, the NH Planners Association, DEW, and RPF Environmental 


for their support of this conference.                        

11:00  – 12:30   OPTIONAL walking tour of Keene. (confirmed)  Participants will then have lunch in town on their own

1:15 -2:00             Doors open.  Registration and networking

2:00                        Welcome and introductions

2:15 – 3:30            Growing a local economy: how to strengthen independent businesses and build communities that are more resilient, prosperous, entrepreneurial and connected.   An interview with Stacey Mitchell, Institute for Local Self Reliance.  Interviewer:  Matt Mowry, Editor, Business NH Magazine (confirmed)

3:30 – 3:45            BREAK

3:45 – 5:00            The Monadnock story –  4 - 5 presenters in “Hawk Talks*” (finalizing)

5:00 – 6:00            Reception (cash bar)           (confirmed)

6:00                        Optional dinner and socializing in town (location tbd) (confirmed)