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Harry Crissy

Harry Crissy is the University of Florida Economic Resource Development Agent for Monroe County.  His academic research concentration (two MS degrees) at Penn State University focused on economic sustainability and consumer’s willingness to pay in tourism related  industries.  In addition, he holds a Professional Master Certification from Villa Nova University in Applied Project Management.

Harry works with communities, individuals, and government bodies to identify and implement strategies conducive to both economic growth and environmental health.  Harry is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional (LEED for Homes, LEED Building Design and Construction) and has worked domestically and internationally on development projects aimed at improving the circumstances of populations from all economic strata.

 

Experience Summary
Economic Resource Development Agent (Monroe County) – University of Florida, Key West, FL 2016 - current

Developed and delivered numerous business plan courses aimed at creative and experience related industries, worked one on one with many entrepreneurs to improve their operations, facilitated the establishment of a fishermen’s cooperative aimed at sustainable marina management and value added activities, developed and conducted community surveys designed to facilitate participatory development, worked closely with community leaders to incorporate common interests for collaboration, acquired Accrediting Professional Managers Globally (APMG International) ‘Project Management for Sustainable Tourism’ international certification
Selected Projects:

 

  •  Commercial Fishermen’s Cooperative (March 2017- current)  Facilitated the establishment of a much needed local commercial fishing cooperative in order to better enable local entrepreneurs to direct their own aims. Together, we developed an operations and business plan, HACCP Seafood Certification, and general communication programs that have enabled them to collaborate in ways that were not previously likely
  • Bio-digester (February 2017-current) Established a bio-digester that is currently using fish waste as fuel in order to learn the viability of scaling a similar project at a local fish processing facility. This project also facilitates learning for city officials in Key West who are considering the installation of a larger version near the primary restaurant district in Key West.
  • Business Plan Classes (October 2016- current) Developed and delivered a comprehensive series of entrepreneurship programs including; fundamentals of business planning, industry research, market research, strategic management, legal structures, benefit/cost analysis, financial statements, public data uses. These programs have resulted in successful startups, and improved operations for existing businesses.
  • Affordable Housing Development (September 2016- current) Using technologies developed while working with Clemson University, this project aims to use a new building technology to improve developer capabilities concerning resilient, low cost housing. The project also intends to introduce low-cost value-add seafood processing facilities to increase local product shelf life and market viability, based on similar projects developed for produce at Clemson University. The building methods are currently under review with University of Florida’s Building Science program as well as the State of Florida’s Building Department.
  • Participatory Project Development (June 2017- current) Conducted secondary data research for a distressed community in the Lower Keys in Monroe County.  Conducting individual surveys aimed at assessing local perceptions of current local deficiencies, while gaining participatory input from residents. Implementation of projects based on outcomes (including public workshops promoted during the survey process) will follow. Questionnaire distribution is conducted door to door, based on census block distribution, in order to maintain economic strata integrity.

Community Development Agent – Clemson University, Charleston, SC 2008 - 2016
Developed and delivered numerous business plan courses, worked one on one with many entrepreneurs to improve their operations, conducted design charrettes and public workshops, assisted in workforce development initiatives, conducted extensive community surveys, successfully engaged community members in participating in project planning and implementation, established a public community computer lab in a distressed neighborhood designed to enhance the capabilities of the local population, facilitated data gathering for the EPA’s Environmental Justice efforts using Clemson students, worked closely with community leaders to incorporate common interests for collaboration

Selected Projects:

  • Farm Incubator (May 2011- June 2016)  Led the development of a new farm incubator at Clemson Sandhill Research and Education Center in Columbia, SC.  Assisted (heavily) in the development of a farm incubator on Johns Island in Charleston, SC.
  • Computer Lab Initiative- December (2008- June 2016)  Upcycled refuse computers to development public computer lab project in the City of North Charleston’s Latino community to enable skills development in a distressed neighborhood. The project is flourishing.
  • Good Agriculture Practices  - Developed a low-cost semiportable packing facility for tenant farmers Ongoing low-cost implementation training and development program (2012- June 2016). This project has enabled many farmers, who would not have otherwise pursued it, to become GAP certified.
  • Low-cost shared-use commercial kitchen (2014-2016). developed a low-cost semiportable USDA certified commercial kitchen for food entrepreneurs.
  • Sea Captains Training Program (2010-2014). Partnered with private industry to develop and deliver a sea captain’s training program that is now EZ Waves, a national tour company.
  • NxLevel Business Planning training (2011- current): Conducted numerous business plan training courses with emphasis on; creative business, agribusiness, food entrepreneurs, and experience entrepreneurs

Regional Community Development Agent (Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester Counties), Assistant State Program Team Leader, County Coordinator(Charleston County) – Clemson University, Charleston, SC 2008 – 2016

Conducted design charrettes, established public computer labs and education programs in distressed neighborhoods, conducted entrepreneur training, established affordable strategies for small farmers to obtain Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) crop certification in order to create access to markets, hosted two international conferences, worked with architects to develop a low-cost commercial kitchen program aimed at enabling entrepreneurs in low-income areas to improve their business viability. Secured funding for two of these ($120,000) with two more expected to be funded. Hosted two international community development conferences (CDS and NACDEP). Acquired HACCP auditing certification. Developed a sea captains training program to enable captains to remain economically viable during the off season.

Community Development Agent – Clemson University, Barnwell, SC 2007 - 2008

Conducted design charrettes and public workshops, assisted in workforce development initiatives, conducted extensive community surveys, successfully engaged community members in participating in planning, secured funding for a local farmers market ($96,000), worked closely with community leaders to incorporate common interests for collaboration. Enabled a community to preserve its chief retail intersection using ‘green’ development strategies to convince the DOT to work towards sustainable strategies.
Impact Assessor - Engineers for a Sustainable World. University Park, PA 2006
Led an impact assessment project for a proposed water supply project in Morazon, El Salvador. This assessment identified strategies crucial to plan implementation.

Social Impact Assessor - The Pennsylvania State University. University Park, PA 2006
Conducted an impact assessment for a landfill project in rural Pennsylvania using NEPA guidelines
Community Development Intern - La Asociación Pro Mejoras de Playa Tamarindo. Costa Rica 2005
Acted as a General Intern for a community development organization in a community under considerable stress from tourism development
Ecotourism Project Leader - The Pennsylvania State University. University Park, PA 2005
Developed and implemented a community assessment program that aided members in strategic planning in Monkey River Town, Belize
Project Leader - The Pennsylvania State University. University Park, PA 2004
Guided students in several survey design/implementation classes in Negril, Jamaica

Instructor's Assistant - The Pennsylvania State University. University Park, PA 2003 - 2005
This was an instructor's assistant position for seven different sections of the senior level Strategic Management class at Penn State University's School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management.
Self-employed - Franklin and Jacob Builders. Myrtle Beach, SC 1990 - 1997
Residential Builder


Education
Master Certificate, Applied Project Management 2011
Villanova University. Villanova, Pennsylvania
M.S., Community and Economic Development 2006
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
Concentration on economic development for communities pursuing tourism as a sustainable economic strategy

M.S., Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management 2006
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
Concentration on the hospitality industry as an economic driver for communities pursuing tourism as a sustainable economic strategy

B.S., Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management, Minor: Recreation and Park Management 2002
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
Concentration on Sustainable Tourism Development Planning

Leadership

  • 2015 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Extension Agent of the Year for the State of South Carolina
  • Planning committee member for Penn State University’s ‘Community and Economic Development Summer Institute’
  • Planning committee member for the Southern Rural Development Center’s ‘SERA 37’ Latino outreach effort- domestic immersion program
  • Board member for ‘Nuevos Caminos’, a 501c3 Latino outreach organization
  • Current representative for the southeast U.S. for Partners for Rural America
  • Developed curriculum for the ‘Rules of Engagement’ graduate class for Clemson University’s graduate Architecture and Landscape Architecture programs
  • Developed a working community and economic development participatory planning program in rural South Carolina
  • Led a pilot project for the impact assessment of a proposed water supply project in rural El Salvador
  • Established a chapter of an environmental NGO in Guanacaste, Costa Rica in the fall of 2005 whose presence remains strong
  • Developed a course program and led a study group in Central America to study economic development
  • Created a business development program aimed at local benefit development in Costa Rica. The program is current.
  • Leading the development of an incubator farm in Columbia, SC
  • Urban Land Institute- Sustainable Leadership Certificate
  • Board member for The Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Gardens


Vital Skills

  • APMG International: ‘Project Management for Sustainable Tourism’ international certification
  • Certified NxLevel instructor
  • HACCP verification, validation, and auditing certified
  • HACCP Seafood certified
  • Strong background in business development for service industries and tourism
  • LEED AP++ Building Design and Construction, LEED for Homes
  • Research: extensive data analysis and survey administration, and design experience
  • Software skills: Vensim, Stella, GIS (ArcInfo and Business Analyst), Java, html, Bootstrap, Node.js, Microsoft Project, Access, Excel, Power Point, and Word, basic Autocad, as well as Minitab statistical software for data analysis, Macromedia Dreamweaver for web design and Adobe Photoshop for planning documents
  • Languages: conversational Spanish
  • Planning: proficient in strategic planning, project development, tourism planning, and accustomed to international settings
  • Management: extensive university level management and strategic management training, skilled in construction supervision and project implementation
  • Extensive experience in conducting participatory appraisals and public workshops
  • Instruction: teaching skills in both informal and university settings
  • PADI Open Water SCUBA certified 

 Professional Organizations

  • United States Green Building Council
  • System Dynamics Society
  • National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals
  • Epsilon Sigma Phi
  • Kappa Omicron Nu
  • Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals
  • Florida Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals


Publications

  • Hughes, D., Crissy, H., Boys, K. (2014)
  • Limehouse Produce: A Unique Wholesaler of Locally Sourced Produce. Journal of Food Distribution Research Choi, Y. & Crissy, H. (2009)
  • Does Tourist Satisfaction and Perception Change Over Time? A Study on Spring Break Tourists in Negril, Jamaica. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism