Strengthening New Hampshire: Creating Equitable Opportunities for All Granite Staters

NHFPI’s Seventh Annual Conference, Strengthening New Hampshire: Creating Equitable Opportunities for All Granite Staters, was held Friday, February 21, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord.

Despite a strong state economy, many Granite Staters continue to struggle to make ends meet. There are large disparities in who achieves economic security, and in levels of access to housing, health care, and educational opportunities across the state. The conference examined these areas through a variety of lenses, including considerations of income and demographics.

Presenters reviewed data at the state, regional, and local levels showing variations in opportunity and discussed potential implications of these inequities for different groups, including older adults, individuals with disabilities, individuals from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, and children.

A panel discussion addressed levels of access and opportunity in the areas of housing, health, and education, and the connections to economic stability and mobility as well as a strong workforce. Presenters discussed ongoing initiatives, recent policy changes, and state budget investments designed to enhance support for residents in these areas.

Over 140 New Hampshire business, nonprofit, and community leaders, policymakers, and engaged residents gathered for important conversations about how to strengthen New Hampshire and create equitable opportunities for all Granite Staters.


New Hampshire’s Demographics, Economy, and Access to Opportunity
Phil Sletten, Policy Analyst, NHFPI

Examining Local Economic Conditions and Community Challenges
Phil Sletten, Policy Analyst, NHFPI

The Whole Picture of Public Education in New Hampshire
Evelyn Aissa, Executive Director, Reaching Higher NH
Liz Canada, Director of Policy and Practice, Reaching Higher NH

Using Data to Engage and Transform New Hampshire Communities
Katherine Easterly Martey, Executive Director, NH Community Development Finance Authority
Kevin Peterson, Director of Economic Development, NH Community Development Finance Authority