For most outsiders, New Hampshire is well known for its presidential primary – the first in the nation every four years. Politics may be the state’s most popular sport and, while the world peeks in on NH every four years, the people of New Hampshire are active and engaged citizens every day. If you’ve never been to one of our famous town meetings – usually held in the spring – we invite you to do so. And we invite foreign visitors to experience this unique democratic tradition.
New Hampshire is a more diverse state than many realize. Geographically, one can easily experience our Seacoast area, our White Mountain National Forest, and our famous Lakes Region in a single day.
Ethnically, our southern tier of cities (including Manchester), is home to many ethnic and religious groups. And we have excellent institutions of higher learning throughout the state, attracting students from all over the world.
We are excited to welcome international visitors to New Hampshire! Here's what our state has to offer:
It’s Easy to Get to New Hampshire
New Hampshire is easily accessible by air from Washington, D.C., and from throughout the U.S., via Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. Most intra-state travel is within 2 hours of Manchester.
It’s Easy to Get around the State
In a day or two, visitors can get a good flavor of the history, culture and geography of New Hampshire–most locations in the state can be reached by car or van in less than two hours.
It’s Easy to Engage State/Local Officials and the NH Political Scene
The NH legislature is the fourth largest in the world – known for part-time “citizen representatives,” who are paid $100 per year. NH is one of only two states still requiring gubernatorial elections every two years. Visitors often meet with William Gardner, Secretary of State, who manages the famous N.H. Primary.
At the local level, many WACNH members and board members come from small towns, where government is very local, and where visitors are welcome as guests. Most towns have open annual town meetings, where anyone can be heard on issues ranging from school budgets to what kind of snow plows a town might buy. Registered voters then vote on “articles” in the town “warrant” – truly democracy in action.
It’s easy to Engage Institutions of Higher Education
• University of New Hampshire—More than 15,000 students; one of only nine land, sea, and space grant institutions in the U.S., also known for its nationally ranked ice hockey and football programs; the Durham campus on the Seacoast is the flagship of the University System of NH, which also includes UNH’s Manchester campus, Plymouth State University (more than 6,000 students and home of the Judd Gregg Meteorology Institute) in the northern part of the state, and Keene State College (more than 5,000 students) in the western – Monadnock – region of the state;
• Dartmouth College—More than 6,000 students; Home of the Dickey Center for International Understanding and world famous Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center;
• Southern New Hampshire University—More than 6,400 students; known for its International MBA program robust distance learning programs; also home of WACNH;
• UNH Law School (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center)—Internationally known for its expertise in Intellectual Property Rights;
• Saint Anselm College—Almost 2,000 students; Home of the NH Institute of Politics (NHIOP);
• Antioch University New England—More than 1,000 students; one of the first schools in the U.S. to offer graduate degrees in Environmental Studies, Education, Management, and Psychology that focus on sustainability and social justice, including its “Green MBA;”
• Daniel Webster College—More than 1,000 students; specializing in aviation technology.
It’s easy to Engage New Hampshire’s Unique and Historic Cultural Sites
NH has a political and military history going back prior to the Revolutionary War. The first shots in the Revolutionary War were fired in NH at Fort William and Mary, in New Castle, on the Seacoast. The British powder seized was used by the colonials at Bunker Hill, the traditional first battle of the Revolutionary War.
NH offers international visitors the opportunity to visit several museums and cultural sites; including:
• Fort Constitution—Historical site upon which Fort William and Mary was located;
• Strawberry Banke—This living museum in Portsmouth offers a glimpse into the life of NH’s oldest Seacoast neighborhood and the people who called it home from the 17th to mid-20th century;
• Portsmouth Athenaeum—Library and museum in Portsmouth that maintains over 40,000 volumes and an archive of manuscripts, photographs, and objects related to NH Seacoast history;
• Currier Museum of Art—Located in Manchester, this newly refurbished gem is the largest art museum in northern New England. It received national acclaim for its Warhol exhibit in 2008;
• Manchester Historic Association—Exhibits include the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company, which at its peak was the largest textile mill in the world;
• NH Historical Society—An independent nonprofit museum in Concord that saves, preserves, and shares NH history;
• Canterbury Shaker Village—A national historic landmark and museum located in the town of Canterbury, a short drive from Concord;
• Fort at No.4—Pre-Revolutionary War wooden fort located in Charlestown, NH.
It’s Easy to Engage the State’s Business Community
New Hampshire is known for low taxes (no state income or sales tax), making it an attractive place for workers to live – many have come from Massachusetts in recent years. The state is home to facilities of well-known large corporations, hundreds of small manufacturing and high-tech companies, a robust non-profit sector (more than 7,000 organizations), and is a leader in environmental sustainability. Well-known companies and business organizations include:
• Liberty Mutual Insurance;
• BAE Systems;
• The Timberland Company;
• PC Connection, Inc.;
• Bottomline Technologies, Inc.;
• Osram Sylvania
• Thermo Fisher Scientific;
• Lonza Biologics;
• Markem Corporation;
• Velcro USA Inc.;
• Lindt and Sprungli USA Inc.;
• Stonyfield Farm;
• C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc.;
• NHBIA – NH Business & Industry Association (statewide chamber of commerce);
• NHHTC – NH High Technology Council;
• NHBSR – New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility;
• NHITRC – NH International Trade Resource Center;
• NHCUC – NH College and University Council.
• SBA – Small Business Administration
• NHSBDC – New Hampshire Small Business Development Center
• Amoskeag Business Incubator
• DEKA Research and Design
It’s Easy to Engage Media Outlets
Electronic and print media outlets, include:
• Manchester Union Leader-New Hampshire’s only statewide newspaper;
• New Hampshire Public Radio—NHPR is part of the National Public Radio network, and is the primary statewide source of radio news;
• New Hampshire Public Television—Seen throughout the state/region;
• WMUR—ABC Affiliate with statewide/regional coverage;
• Local Newspapers, Radio & TV outlets.