North Country Listens' vision is to support NH's North Country as a region of engaged communities that build on local knowledge and resources to get 'unstuck' and solve public problems.


We are a civic engagement initiative in greater Coos County, NH. North Country Listens is a Local Listens partner of New Hampshire Listens of the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. North Country Listens is committed to a mission of creating and sustaining a fair process of public engagement for all walks of life.

Since founding in 2014, North Country Listens has worked to support civil, public deliberation of complex issues affecting North Country residents' everyday lives. We partner with municipalities, organizations, and leaders in all sectors to gather broad input that can lead to improved practice and policy.


North Country Listens is supported by the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation, strengthened by its partnership with NH Listens, and encouraged by local partners' financial and in-kind contributions to project costs.

​We believe engaging all voices in a community can have transformative effects:

  • Increasing effectiveness of decisions that get made

  • Adding legitimacy to the work of public leaders

  • Increasing equity as more voices are included

Our Principles:

  • Bring people together from all walks of life

  • Provide time for in-depth, informed conversations

  • Respect differences as well as seek common ground

  • Achieve outcomes that lead to informed community solutions

Our Impacts:

  • Engaged and equitable communities

  • Increased participation in public life

  • Improved community problem solving

North Country Listens



Project Coordinator

Courtney Wrigley




New Hampshire Listens

Huddleston Hall
73 Main Street
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH 03824-3532
V: 603.862.0692
F: 603.862.3878