• U.S. Sen. Shaheen visits Franklin with an eye on economic development

    Posted on Jun 01, 2017

    U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen visited Franklin on June 1,2017, where she toured local storefronts, learned about the city’s renewed focus on its rivers, and attempted to calm business leaders in a community facing the turmoil of steep funding cuts in the Trump administration’s proposed budget.

  • Franklin’s Revitalization Project Picking Up Momentum

    Posted on Apr 28, 2017

    This is the first time there’s been all the right people at the table to lead the revitalization efforts in Franklin. That includes city officials, local businesses, the nonprofit PermaCityLife and members of the public.Through collaborative efforts, new businesses have opened up in downtown, an old mill building has been renovated for affordable housing, and plans have moved forward for a whitewater play park.

  • Chamber Community Hero Awards Recognize Franklin Developer, Others

    Posted on Apr 13, 2017

    Todd Workman, executive director of PermaCityLife, received the James R. Irwin Award for leading efforts in the revitalization of downtown Franklin, NH.

  • School-downtown partnerships are a win for everybody in Franklin

    Posted on Mar 05, 2017

    Area high schools and colleges are partnering with the nonprofit PermaCityLife to work on the laundry list of projects to make the city more attractive for businesses, tourists and new residents. In return for providing logos and “identity systems” for marketing, eco-park designs, ecological mapping and films – all for free – the students get something invaluable: work experience in a real, live community.

  • Downhill Kayaking at Boat Bash Snow Crash

    Posted on Mar 04, 2017

    Downhill kayaking debuted at Veterans Memorial Recreation Ski Area in Franklin on Saturday during the first annual Boat Bash Snow Crash. Crews worked around the clock the previous couple days to make enough snow to build the course. The all-day event featured casual sledders, competitive races, food, vendors, raffles and live music. About 30 racers had signed up for the competition by 3:30 p.m. and attendance was pushing 80. Proceeds from the event went to both the Franklin Outing Club and Mill City Park project.

  • Moving Forward in Franklin

    Posted on Mar 03, 2017

    Slowly but surely, the city of Franklin is undergoing a transformation. The goal: to become a tourist destination for outdoor enthusiasts and a home to millennials looking to make an impact on their community.

  • Reed: I rode backwards down a ski hill in a kayak. On Saturday, you can too.

    Posted on Mar 03, 2017

    Outdoor New England owner and paddler Marty Parichand lent me a boat for a “test-run” before today’s Boat Bash Snow Crash event at Veteran’s Memorial Ski Hill. For 12 hours, people can sled using kayaks provided by Parichand or canoes provided by Blackfly Canoes of New Hampton, listen to music, visit vendors and, starting at 3 p.m., compete in a downhill elimination race.

  • CATCH Comedy Show Funds Housing

    Posted on Feb 28, 2017

    CATCH Neighborhood Housing will host the Capitol Steps for an evening of political musical satire at the Capitol Center for the Arts. Todd Workman will be awarded the Helen M. Greene Visionary award.

  • Franklin Savings Bank Buys $100,000 in Tax Credits to Revitalize Franklin

    Posted on Feb 07, 2017

    Franklin Savings Bank announced that it will buy $100,000 in tax credits to help PermaCityLife in efforts to upgrade some of the city’s downtown facades. “We are pleased to support PermaCityLife with their revitalization efforts in downtown Franklin,” said Ronald Magoon, Franklin Savings Bank president and CEO.

  • Franklin Future: Is it the river?

    Posted on Jan 08, 2017

    Franklin has formally decided to incorporate the Winnipesaukee River into the city’s economic future. City councilors voted to amend the 2008 “Franklin Falls Mixed Use Tax Increment Finance District” to include a large chunk of city-owned land along the river banks.