CMNH moved to Dover from Portsmouth 5 years ago. The move was, in some ways, a happy accident - CMNH had been searching for space to expand in Portsmouth for a decade. Location after location was evaluated and plans drawn up but nothing panned out until a surprise call from the city of Dover invited CMNH to renovate an historic armory in the middle of town. This was clearly positioning the Museum as an anchor in a larger urban renewal effort for the city. Since that time, CMNH has made a point to pay attention to both the cultural value we add, and to the ways we serve as part of the economic infrastructure of Dover. The larger issue is how we make deliberate choices as an arts agency to influence conversations that affect us - to be an integral part of the decision making process.