Folks in Littleton have a proud history of identifying a need, rolling up their sleeves and getting a job done.
In the 1970s townspeople, with their eyes on the future, wanted Littleton to be a North Country hub for job growth and created the Littleton Industrial Park. Today Littleton is the envy of many towns throughout the State of New Hampshire for the companies they've attracted and the jobs created.
During the early '90s, while the North Country was going through a difficult recession, the Economic Development Task Force was formed and banks banded together to provide low rates to residents to spur home improvement construction. A town promoter was approved by voters which garnered tremendous media coverage in southern New England helping fill retail shops, restaurants, and hotel rooms.
Later in the decade Littleton Main Street, Inc. was formed. It helped transform downtown by bringing together business and property owners to focus on aesthetics. Attractive street lights and flower baskets went in to provide a welcoming touch.
A couple of years ago the Littleton River District was founded. In a short period of time this organization has received local financial support of over $200,000 to develop the area along the Ammonoosuc River. You may have noticed the newly installed arches off Main Street, one heralding the River District, the other called "Pollyanna Gateway" -- named for the best-selling book written by Littleton native Eleanor Hodgman Porter. The main character of the book, Pollyanna, always found a way to "be glad," no matter the situation.
This weekend the Littleton River District will celebrate with a Grand Opening over three days. There's a lot to celebrate in the community's "can-do" spirit and penchant to "be glad."