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Going Local: The White Mountains

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Credit NH Dept of Resources and Economic Development / Division of Travel and Tourism Development
White Mountains Region

We look at the White Mountains as part of our regional series, Going Local.

The White Mountains have some of the best hiking, ATV trails, skiing, and other outdoor sports opportunities in the country, and the region features plenty of attractions for families and adventurers alike. However, sustainable workforce opportunities and affordable housing remain a challenge for the area, and the ever-growing popularity of tourist attractions like Mount Washington present problems for both traffic, and conservation. We'll talk about what makes the White Mountains region unique, and what is on the minds of people who live there. 

GUESTS:

  • Jac Cuddy - Executive Director of the Mount Washington Valley Economic Council, and he serves on the board of the MWV Housing Coalition and MWV Regional Collaboration. 
  • Mike Dickerman - Writer, publisher and former news reporter and columnist  for the Littleton Courier newspaper. He has lived in, worked in, and been writing about the White Mountains for more than.30 years. He is best known as the co-author of popular hiking guide, The 4000-Footers of the White Mountains, and was also co-editor of the award-winning anthology, Beyond the Notches: Stories of Place in New Hampshire's North Country.
  • Jesse Wright - the Local Food Systems Advocate at the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust. A MWV native, she is also the chair of the MWV’s Young Professional organization STAY MWV, and sits on several boards including the UNH Cooperative Extension Advisory Council in Carroll County, the Mt. Washington Valley Eaters and Growers (MWVEG), the NH Food Alliance Education Action team, and Governor Sununu’s Millennial Advisory Council. 

Resources and recommendations:

Check out the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce for business and recreation information. 

The STAY MWV page has blog entries and event announcements for young professionals. 

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