A lightning fast summary of everything below:
- Get informed about Strong Towns (see getting started section)
- Show up for meetings (town meetings and Strong Towns meetings)
- Join the email list and Facebook page to stay informed
- Keep us in the loop of any issues you think are important (send to our email list: firstname.lastname@example.org or to conversation leader email@example.com)
Many of the folks in our local conversation have followed all 3 guides, but we recommend watching at least one, even at 2x speed! Not Just Bikes gives a super fast summary on how everything works, and even if it’s the only one you have time to watch, you’ll get a good idea of what Strong Towns is and what we stand for.
The Imagine Nashua master charter plan
The city of Nashua has put out a master charter plan discussing the future of Nashua developments for the next 20 years. Believe it or not, it is exceptional.
We strongly recommend getting oriented with it to understand where city officials would like to take the city of Nashua, as well as to get some inspiration for your own streets. There are lots of images and it is relatively easy to read. You can find the master charter plan here: imagine.nashuanh.gov
If you take a close look, you may notice a number of images from the master plan are on this page!
Getting involved locally
Join the community
Nashua city meetings
Additional resources for town meetings
If you see an issue you think we missed, feel free to send an email on our email list, or directly to your local Conversation Leader, all contact info can be found on our about us page.
For if you can’t make late meetings
Showing e/mail support for public meetings
For direct help on issues, we do need emails and letters a-plenty.
If there is an issue that is going to the planning board, or another city meeting – sending an email or a real, physical bit of mail showing your support for or against an issue is very important. We’ll do our best to provide pointers when sending these emails – the same as for folks who show up to meetings.
Where the email is sent will depend on the issue and where it is being discussed. We will make sure to clarify where the proper place to email is for each issue.
- For planning board issues, the email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
- For zoning board of adjustment issues, the email is: email@example.com
- For public works issues, the email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Keeping your eyes open for new and important public meetings
We do our best to scour the latest public meetings that are happening, but we can’t get them all! The town discusses a LOT of issues every week, some that may be important that we missed?
All public meetings in the town for all of the town can be found here: www.nashuanh.gov/Calendar.aspx
Many Aldermen also send out summarized lists of the latest meetings that are happening. The two that send some of the best and most comprehensive lists are ward 8’s Derek Thibeault and ward 3’s Patricia Klee.
If you’d like to get added to their weekly summarized list, send them an email asking to do so! All of their contact email addresses can be found on the Nashua Board of Aldermen page here: www.nashuanh.gov/514/Board-of-Aldermen
If you see a meeting you think is important or that we may have missed, feel free to email our email lists or our conversation leader directly – email@example.com
We have a list of community issues on our issues page sourced from Nashua Strong Towns members like you! We’re looking to go through each issue one by one. We send emails to the planning board on a semi-regular basis for each issue on the list and include templates for the current issue.
Have an issue you’d like to add yourself? There’s a Google Form included on the issues page where you can submit information about your issue. We’ll add it to the list shortly after!
Helping with public events
We do our best to do community outreach in public events. Getting the word out to local residents to grow our local conversation and increase the number of folks who are interested in making Nashua more walkable, livable, and fiscally responsible.
Generally our Conversation Leader – Darrien Glasser shows up at these events, but we could always use more folks helping out here!
Things that would be helpful for these public events:
- We could use more folks manning the tables
- We could use more folks providing supplies for the events (food, crafts, signs, etc.)
- We could use more folks spreading the word that we will be at these events
- Even just contributing towards our admission fee
- And so much more!
Each event is a little bit different, and requires different help. We’ll keep everyone in the loop when new public events are happening and the help we could use.
Don’t forget to tell your friends!
The more folks we add to the local conversation, the faster we’ll be able to make Nashua more walkable. If you have any friends you think would be interested in Nashua Strong Towns, make sure to send them our way, or have them come to one of our meetings. Or heck, even just show them the Not Just Bikes YouTube channel, we’ve found that’s pretty effective.
Even the smallest bit of advocacy helps our cause!
Whatever else you can think of!
At Nashua Strong Towns, we’re not omnipotent. We want community input for everything. Whether it’s our strategy, this guide, what you think we should be doing, or even how we run our local conversation.
Don’t be afraid to reach out and tell us what you think! Feel free to either post on our email list, or send our conversation leader an email. There are plenty of folks who email them regularly, so don’t be afraid to do so yourself if you have an idea. Whatever it is, we’d love to hear it!
All contact info and other info about subscribing to our email list can be found on our about page.
We’re glad to have your support!
All the best,
– Your local Nashua Strong Towns Conversation Leader