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Aug. 27, 2022

Hal Hutchinson - Community Planning

Hal Hutchinson - Community Planning

In this episode I sit down with Hal Hutchinson. Hal originally hails from Denver CO. He headed east and attended Syracuse University and then went on to the University of Vermont where he received a Master’s of Science in Historic Preservation. Hal has


In this episode I sit down with Hal Hutchinson.  Hal originally hails from Denver CO. He headed east and attended Syracuse University and then went on to the University of Vermont where he received a Master’s of Science in Historic Preservation.  Hal has been involved in the world of community planning, land planning and land conservation for the past 30 years.  

Hal served as the Planning Director of Telluride, Colorado where he focused on protecting historic and natural qualities of Telluride while developing affordable, workforce housing for residents.  In 2006 Hal and his family headed north to JH.  At that time he was reunited with his identical twin brother Ned aka the Kracken who also resides in JH (which we will explore more thoroughly) Upon his arrival in Wyoming, Hal worked as a land planning consultant before becoming the first Executive Director of the LOR Foundation, a private family foundation focused on community-based land conservation.     

Hal is currently the president of HH Land Strategies where he works on land planning projects that provide both financial returns and community benefits.  Additionally, Hal sits on the Teton Advisory Board at the LegacyWorks Group a group that accelerates community driven impact.  Hal and I have traveled internationally together extensively. Adventures that revolve around fishing and quests to attempt surfing.  Oman, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua, to name a few.  Throughout my years of knowing Hal, I knew what his job title was but didn’t necessarily comprehend what he did for work.  It wasn’t until I had the opportunity to work directly with Hal and additionally experience some of his work in the community that my understanding of the gravity and stewardship of his work struck me.  I have a tremendous amount of respect for the work that Hal does and his fortitude, that seems to go hand in hand,  it can not be easy.  Hal has an amazing ability to see the forest through the trees.  

Hal currently resides in Wilson, WY with his wonderful family, his wife Robin, daughters Lucy & Elliot and son Fin.  Without further adieu please welcome my good friend Hal to the show.

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