Harry is the Chief Operations Officer of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority (DDA).
Harry is responsible for developing and implementing a variety of on-going programs and initiatives for the DDA, including efforts to increase pedestrian and public transportation within the downtown and exploring new ways to connect downtown Traverse City to the Boardman River. Harry is also responsible for helping to spur new opportunities for economic development and infill development, implement important capital improvement projects within downtown and manage two TIF Districts.
Prior to his job with the Traverse City DDA, Harry served as the Executive Director of the Land Information Access Association (LIAA), a non-profit organization located in Traverse City Michigan. Harry was responsible for setting the strategic direction and policies for LIAA and led the organization in business planning, project management, program design and development, and day-to-day operations. Harry was responsible for developing and implementing a portfolio of local, regional and state-wide community development and planning projects, including LIAA’s Resilient Michigan Program. During his time at LIAA, Harry established himself as one of the foremost authorities in Michigan for water trails and recreation authorities. In addition, his Trail Town planning efforts resulted in collaborations with over 50 communities throughout the Midwest as well as the North Country Trail Association and National Main Street Program.
Harry is trained and certified by the American Institute for Certified Planners, the National Charrette Institute and the Form-Based Code Institute. Harry earned a B.A. in Political Science from Western Michigan University and a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from Michigan State University. In addition to Paddle Antrim, Harry serves on the board of the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance (MTGA) and is a member of the Michigan Sense of Place Council.