Visit 1 Recap

The first visit to Nashua (July 8-10) as part of the Define Nashua project was both productive and inspiring. Along with a workshop with City staff leaders, five engagement pop-ups were hosted across the community to reach people as they went about their day and gather insights on what they love about Nashua and their vision for its future. The pop-ups were held at Nashua Community College, Nashua PAL, Barnes & Noble, the Library Walk in Downtown Nashua, and the Nashua Public Library. The Library Walk pop-up featured music, free ice cream from SubZero, chalk art and more.

The workshop focused on discussing the community’s vision and values with City staff. Meanwhile, the community engagement pop-ups provided valuable feedback, revealing a deep affection for Nashua and a shared enthusiasm for its future growth. This visit marked a significant step in defining Nashua’s identity and aligning the city’s efforts with the community’s aspirations.

The Define Nashua project recently held an in-person workshop with leaders from various city government departments. The focus of the workshop was to discuss and align on community values and organizational values and how they collectively shape the vision for Nashua’s future.

During the workshop, we engaged in dynamic discussions to identify and understand the core values that are important to both the community and the organization. Participants then collaborated on creating diagrams to illustrate how each department’s efforts and initiatives support these shared values and contribute to the overarching vision for Nashua. This exercise helped clarify specific actions each department can take to embody and promote these values.

The session concluded with an exploration of Nashua’s “brand” and its significance. We discussed the reciprocal relationship between the brand and departmental actions, highlighting how the brand supports departmental efforts and how, in turn, these actions reinforce and enhance the brand. This comprehensive approach ensures that all departments are unified in their mission to foster a cohesive and vibrant future for Nashua.

You can view the slides used during the workshop here.

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