At a time when economic growth is often directed toward reviving commercial corridors and downtowns, many neighborhoods, families and small business owners are being left behind. As several key barriers to economic mobility are rooted in neighborhood conditions, cities need tailored, comprehensive strategies for economic growth that ensure opportunities to prosper are extended to distressed neighborhoods and the families that live Center for Impact Finance (CIF) at the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey School of Public Policy has been selected to receive $222,000 from JPMorgan Chase & Co. to provide customized assistance to three Community Development Financial Institution (CDFIs) Collaboratives that applied to their 2017 Partnerships for Raising Opportunity (PRO) Neighborhoods annual competition .
The School of Business and the COCE have won multiple "Best of Business" Awards, for Best MBA Program and Best Online Degree Program, respectively. These awards are presented annually by the New Hampshire Business Review .  The university's community economic development program received a 2007 New England Higher Education Excellence Award, the Robert J. McKenna award, named for the former Rhode Island state senator and New England Board of Higher Education chair. It is presented each year to an outstanding academic program.