The Monadnock Region encompasses Keene and Cheshire County. It has been called the Currier and Ives corner of New Hampshire. Geographically situated in the heart of New England, residents and visitors have easy access to and from several popular metropolitan areas. In a few hours or less you can be in Boston, Hartford-Springfield, Montreal, Portland, or New York.
Keene is the regional center for commerce, employment and entertainment. Our business community represents the full spectrum of enterprises from Mom and Pop companies to world-wide leaders in their fields. The Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce is proud to represent this diversity.
Although Keene is tucked away in the quiet corner of New Hampshire, we still offer residents and visitors a wide range of cultural and educational opportunities. The Monadnock Region is home to two respected liberal arts colleges and a nationally-recognized graduate school. It is also home to an international music school, an artist colony and numerous individual writers and artisans. Music and theater is presented in many forms and venues, often showcasing Grammy award winning performers and national touring companies.
Shoppers and diners find a broad array of shops and cuisines. Shoppers can run the gamut of experiences from exploring the nooks and crannies of local antique or craft shops to ranging the wide aisles of national merchandisers. When it comes to dining, there is an abundant selection of menus from traditional hot dog vendors and family restaurants to fine dining and international fare.
Our area employers are on the leading edge of the technologies to stay on top in a global marketplace. From new robotic designs, agricultural research, state-of-the-art optical and medical devices, aerospace and computer components to advanced labeling systems, furniture, polishing supplies, filtration systems, non-woven fabric and custom packaging, our thriving economy possesses a vitality and stability that has made the region a model for others in New Hampshire to emulate.
It is this diverse quality of life that brings vibrancy to our towns and villages. People live here because they want to. We hope you will, too.