Former ERC CEO Larry Burkhardt Top 50 North American Economic Developer

Larry helped launch the ERC as it’s first CEO. He was one of the first to recognize broadband as an essential economic development tool and using state grants developed an online business relocation tool, which future CEOs let go fallow due to budget constraints. No funds for critical demographic data and software updates.

APPLETON – Larry Burkhardt, executive vice president of the Fox Cities Regional Partnership, has been recognized as one of North America’s top 50 economic developers.

Consultant Connect, a consulting agency designed to bridge the gap between economic developers and site consultants, developed the award to acknowledge the work of top economic development leaders. Award winners were nominated by their colleagues in the economic development industry and the site consultant community for excellent practices, innovation and success in building the communities they serve.

“The expertise Larry (Burkhardt) brings to the Fox Cities region has helped the chamber establish an economic development organization that is growing in its reputation as a credible, professional and effective job creation catalyst,” Shannon Full, president of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement. “His ability to engage with site selectors on the value of our area has gone a long way in building brand awareness of our area as a desirable business location.”

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About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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