Pathways to Prosperity

New Hampshire is facing a continuing skilled workforce shortage that stifles economic growth and business success. Pathways to Prosperity is a transformative program aimed at highlighting the synergistic benefits of businesses stepping up and taking a proactive leadership role in addressing critical societal issues that affect the workforce and communities around them.

Building Strong Communities for Business Success

By leveraging their resources, influence, and innovative approaches, businesses can play a pivotal role in creating positive and sustainable change in areas such as affordable housing, childcare availability, quality education, affordable healthcare, creating inclusive welcoming workplaces and communities, and financial sustainability for employees. Thus creating an environment where business and community thrive together!

Key Objectives

Raising Awareness

The program seeks to inform business leaders and employees about the pressing social issues affecting communities in New Hampshire. By highlighting the extent of these problems and their far-reaching consequences, the program aims to inspire collective awareness and solution-oriented action.

Business-Community Partnerships

Emphasizing the importance of collaboration, the program will highlight examples of local and regional partnerships between businesses, nonprofits, and communities that resulted in mutual benefit in solving societal challenges. Where possible, NHBSR will help to build those collaborations and provide information on such opportunities to our members.

Innovative Solutions

Through the program, businesses will be encouraged to think creatively and develop innovative solutions that address the root causes of societal issues with initiatives that go beyond traditional philanthropy. Businesses will be encouraged to integrate social considerations into their strategic outlooks, aligning business success with positive societal impact.

Empowering Employee Engagement

Recognizing that employees are instrumental in driving change, the program will promote workplace cultures that are intergenerational, family-friendly, recovery-friendly, caregiver-friendly, inclusive, and responsive.

Advocacy and Policy

The program will follow and inform members about policies, such as those that increase affordable housing, accessible childcare, and equitable education systems, with the hope to engage business leaders, employees, and stakeholders to shape a positive narrative and drive systemic change in the state

Pathways to Prosperity Programs

    Monthly Webinar & Workshop Series

    Building Strong Communities for Business Success...

Upcoming Pathways to Prosperity Events

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May 22, 2024

Policies Supporting Granite State Workers

New Hampshire’s businesses and economy thrive because of the Granite State workforce. Who are New Hampshire’s workers, and what state-level policies are available to support them and their families? This... Read more »

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Past Webinars

October 2023

An introductory session by The Good Jobs Institute on how to improve business performance and employee experience simultaneously by combining investment in people with operational choices that raise the productivity, contribution, and motivation of frontline employees. We will explore four operational choices that help companies improve frontline team performance to better win with their customers. You will come away from this session with an understanding of the financial and competitive costs of operating with high employee turnover and learn about the types of changes that other leaders have made to build a good jobs system.

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November 2023

A partnership that successfully created a fund capitalized with investments from eight major Upper Valley employers. Dubbed the Upper Valley Loan Fund (the Loan Fund), this fund will loan money to developers and other entities to build affordable apartments targeted to renters with moderate incomes.

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December 2023

There’s a massive pool of untapped talent that small businesses can benefit from using second-chance hiring. Here’s how to do it.

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Pathways to Prosperity Resources

Reports & Studies
Reports & Studies
NH Quality of Life Survey

In January 2023, Stay Work Play commissioned the Saint Anselm College Survey Center to conduct a quality of life survey of 20-40 years old in New Hampshire. The aim of the survey was to answer the question of what are the relative advantages and disadvantages with regard to young people staying, working, and playing in the Granite State.

Reports & Studies
Workforce Study

Creating pathways for tomorrow’s workforce today, Beyond reskilling in manufacturing. In 2021, the National Association of Manufacturers commissioned a workforce study that outlined a growing shortfall in skilled labor. “The manufacturing skills gap in the U.S. could result in 2.1 million unfilled jobs by 2030,” the trade group warned.

Reports & Studies
2022 New Hampshire Kids Count Data Book

This report includes New Hampshire-specific data about child health and wellbeing, including key takeaways and policy recommendations.

Reports & Studies
New Hampshire Developmental Services

The latest edition of the Employment Data Report on employment information of individuals with developmental disabilities and acquired brain disorders served by the Area Agency system of New Hampshire. Area Agencies and contracted service providers and employment vendors record employment-related data for adults aged 21-64 who receive community care waivered services. Employment data is recorded to include demographics, hourly wages, weekly hours worked, job titles, industry codes and more. This data is analyzed and reported to stakeholders who have a vested interest in the labor force participation of people with disabilities in New Hampshire.

Reports & Studies
Early Childhood Equity Movement (ECEM)

Early Childhood Equity Movement (ECEM) is a collaboration that aims to address and improve access to services such as early care and education, health care, and other family services (e.g., housing or SNAP/EBT) for racially and culturally diverse families in New Hampshire across three phases.This report will detail the process and findings from Phase 1, which aimed to highlight what is working, what is not working, and what families identify as needs in accessing services.

Reports & Studies
2023 NH Statewide Housing Needs Assessment

NH Housing's 2023 NH Statewide Housing Needs Assessment

Toolkits
Toolkits & Resources
The Work and Well-Being Initiative

A joint Harvard and MIT research-for-action initiative, Employer Toolkit: Work Design for Health

Toolkits & Resources
Reentry & Employment Resources

Reentry and Employment Resources for Justice-Involved Individuals, provided by Library of Congress.

Toolkits & Resources
Tools for Community Engagement

UNH Extension: Tools for Community Engagement

Toolkits & Resources
Developing Employer Assisted Housing

A Guide for NH Businesses: NH Housing

Local & Regional Resources
Local & Regional Resources
Partnerships and programs supported by NH Charitable Foundation.

Local & Regional Resources
Working Fields

Working Fields is a staffing agency with a unique peer support model born from our founder’s experience in socially responsible business, recovery, and incarceration.

Local & Regional Resources
Affirming Spaces Project

Affirming Spaces Project is on a mission to help businesses create more welcoming and affirming spaces for all, starting with New Hampshire!

Local & Regional Resources
Diversity Workforce Coalition

The Diversity Workforce Coalition stands ready to assist you with all things diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. Leveraging best practices in this space, they bring you exciting and motivating programming in an effort to ensure your competitiveness through networking, conference, and training.

Local & Regional Resources
MaineWorks

MaineWorks is an innovative employment company with a social mission: to dignify the experience for people who face real barriers to workforce reentry, including people recovering from substance use disorder and people with felony convictions.

Local & Regional Resources
SOS Recovery Community Organization

The mission of SOS Recovery Community Organization is to support all people affected by substance use with peer-based solutions and advocacy to reduce the harm and stigma of drugs.

Local & Regional Resources
NH School Funding Fairness Project

NH School Funding Fairness Project, advocating to make school funding more equitable and fair for students and taxpayers alike.

Local & Regional Resources
New Futures

New Futures is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates, educates, and collaborates to improve the health and wellness of all New Hampshire residents through policy change. New Futures envisions State and local communities where public policies help keep New Hampshire a healthy state to live, work, and raise a family.

Local & Regional Resources
Vital Communities

Vital Communities engages Upper Valley people, organizations, and communities to create equitable solutions to our region’s challenges.

Local & Regional Resources
Endowment for Health

The Endowment for Health works to improve the health and reduce the burden of illness for the people of New Hampshire, especially the vulnerable and underserved.

Local & Regional Resources
WorkReadyNH

WorkReadyNH is a practical, tuition-FREE professional development program that builds the skills that help employees succeed in the workforce, and that NH employers highly desire.

Local & Regional Resources
CDFA Tax Credit Program

To help businesses participate in the Tax Credit program, CDFA provides resources to evaluate donation opportunities, including background on projects currently fundraising, a tax credit calculator to estimate the return-on-investment for a donation, as well as an Overview of the CDFA Tax Credit Program and Tax Credit Frequently Asked Questions.

Local & Regional Resources
CDFA Tax Credit Program

To help businesses participate in the Tax Credit program, CDFA provides resources to evaluate donation opportunities, including background on projects currently fundraising, a tax credit calculator to estimate the return-on-investment for a donation, as well as an Overview of the CDFA Tax Credit Program and Tax Credit Frequently Asked Questions.

Other Program Focus Areas

Mental Wellness in the Workplace

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Storytelling

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Measuring Impact

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Peer Impact Networks

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