Chip Harper Pioneers Micropolitan Community Development As Part Of Harvard University Program


Harrison, Walker & Harper CEO Chip Harper recently graduated from the Advanced Management Development Program (AMDP) in Real Estate at Harvard University. During the two-year program, in which Chip was elected class president, he focused on refining his leadership skills and developing a strategy and business plan for his passion, real estate development.  He completed the course with an independent project narrative, design and plan aimed at revitalizing historic downtown centers in emerging “micropolitan” communities of under 50,000 population.  The concept applies adaptive reuse and renovation techniques typically implemented in larger cities to smaller towns.  Its goal is to reverse patterns of decline, and create environments where millennials and others can thrive—with a mission of first proving it in Paris, Texas and then replicating it in other, similar locations throughout the country.  Last year, as part of their course work, Chip and fellow students developed a similar redevelopment plan for Boston’s East Bay neighborhood.  They also participated in various one-week elective classes such as Leading Organizations (pictured here with his class).  Chip is now several steps ahead in making a dream a reality, and putting new concepts, knowledge and networks into action.

Chip Harper, HWH CEO (second from right in back row) is shown with Harvard classmates in the Advanced Management Development Program in Real Estate.

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