Research Team

Will M. Burns

Assistant Director

Will Burns joined the Center for Regional Development as its Assistant Director in June of 2006. He has been focusing his efforts at CRD on increasing technical assistance programs and bridging the gap between the communities of our region and the University, and brings an extensive practical economic and community development experience to the CRD. He spent the last 16+ years working in community and economic development primarily in Northwestern Ohio. He most recently served the Maumee Valley Planning Organization (MVPO) as its Director of Community and Economic Development where he assisted both new and existing companies throughout the five county region with financing packages for capital expansions and funding for infrastructure improvements.

Will is a member of the Ohio Department of Development's Economic Development Advisory Committee, an affiliate board member of the Northwest Ohio Regional Economic Development agency and a member of the Northwest Ohio Development Assistance Corporation. He is a past executive board member of the Ohio Conference on Community Development (OCCD) and previously served as a member of the State Programs Committee.

Will is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a BA in Political Science and a MA in Geography. He is also a certified development financing professional through the National Development Council.

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