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Our Mission

The Portsmouth Partnership is a group of volunteer business, professional and civic leaders who are committed to Portsmouth’s economic development in the broadest possible sense.  The mission of the Portsmouth Partnership is to promote economic growth, leadership and education within the city of Portsmouth.

In pursuing a path toward a rich and rewarding quality of life for all of Portsmouth’s citizens, the Partnership’s members work to:


The Partnership has created several affiliates to effectively address these efforts: the Greater Portsmouth Development Corporation, the Partnership Development Corporation, the Lefcoe Leadership Foundation, the Portsmouth Partnership Foundation, and PortsEvents. In a typical year the Partnership’s briefing room hosts more meetings for other non-profits and organizations than for its own affiliates.

  • Create job opportunities and tax revenue

  • Identify and groom future leaders within the city

  • Directly support worthwhile non-profit organizations

  • Bring underutilized properties to their highest and best use

  • Promote trade and tourism in Portsmouth’s historic Olde Towne district

  • And foster support for Portsmouth’s public schools and their innovative programs

Our Vision

The Portsmouth Partnership shall support its mission by effectively:​

  • Fostering leadership

  • Supporting education

  • Encouraging economic development

  • Helping to broaden the tax base in our city

  • Recognizing Portsmouth’s role in our maritime region

  • Being “issue driven” in seeking fulfillment of its mission

  • Acting upon other issues identified by the Board from time to time

  • Coordinating and cooperating with other localities on regional issues

  • Supporting public safety as an essential component of economic vitality and quality of life

Our People

The Portsmouth Partnership consists of volunteer business and civic leaders from across the community.








Dr. Alex Benitez

Edward Bland

Dr. Elie Bracy

Brian Donahue

Frankie Edmondson

Mayor Shannon Glover

Arial Jones

Peter Kopacz

Bruce LaLonde

Andy Sutter

Michael Voss

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