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Harry Burkholder

Harry Burkholder

Executive Director

Harry was appointed as the Executive Director of LIAA in October 2015, following 11 years on LIAA's community planning team. Working with the Board of Directors, Harry helps to set the strategic direction and policies for the organization and leads the organization in corporate planning, project management, program design and development, and day-to-day operations. 

In his prior role as the Director of Planning, he was responsible for developing and implementing a portfolio of community development and planning projects including Resilient Michigan, work on guiding trail town communities and the development of a network of coastal water trails in Michigan, and Partnerships for Change. Prior to joining LIAA in 2004, he earned a B.A. in political science from Western Michigan University and a Masters in urban and regional planning from Michigan State University. Harry is credentialed by the American Institute of Certified Planners and serves on the Downtown Development Authority for the City of Traverse City.  

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