Promoting Livability Through Age Friendly Design

Franklin, New Hampshire,   affectionately known as “The Three Rivers City,” is a small rural community (pop: 8477). Today, like many other post-industrial communities, Franklin is seeking to bolster its employment opportunities, revitalize its downtown, and retain its senior population. "Franklin for a Lifetime," focused on creating a healthy and vibrant community and a reinvigorated downtown for all ages to enjoy. The workshop, held on April 9 – 11, 2015, was hosted by the city of Franklin in partnership with University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Community and Economic Development Program (UNHCE CED) and Plan New Hampshire.

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  • Franklin for a Lifetime: Promoting Livability through Age-Friendly Design.

    July 15, 2015
    Franklin, New Hampshire, affectionately known as “The Three Rivers City,” is a small rural community (pop: 8477). Today, like many other post-industrial communities, Franklin is seeking to bolster its employment opportunities, revitalize its downtown, and retain its senior population. "Franklin for a Lifetime," focused on creating a healthy and vibrant community and a reinvigorated downtown for all ages to enjoy. The workshop, held on April 9 – 11, 2015, was hosted by the city of Franklin in partnership with University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Community and Economic Development Program (UNHCE CED) and Plan New Hampshire.
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    June 24, 2015
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Established in 1991, the Citizens' Institute on Rural Design has convened more than 60 workshops in all regions of the country, empowering residents to leverage local assets for the future in order to build better places to live, work, and play.

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