GLADWIN COUNTY – Most in the community have yet to meet Joe Frey, but he will soon be making a significant impact on both the cities of Beaverton and Gladwin as the official Community Development Fellow for Project Rising Tide. Project Rising Tide is the year-long project through the state of Michigan that gives assistance to communities to complete projects that further economic and community development. Frey will serve as the Fellow for 2019, during this time he will help guide the cities through Project Rising Tide.
“My job is to work with community stakeholders,” Frey said. As the Fellow he will be working throughout the year to create connections between the town and state and funnel the state’s answers to the cites questions. “I’m a go between for everybody,” Frey said.
The position fits well for Frey, who has worked with different local governments, both urban and rural, across the state for the last five years. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Public Administration and has his certification as a Citizen Planner from Michigan State University.
Originally Frey is from Grant, Michigan, a small town on the west side of the state. His small town upbringing has made him feel right at home in Beaverton and Gladwin. “I love it here, everyone is super friendly,” Frey said.
Frey is excited to already be working on Project Rising Tide, and can’t wait to see what the new year brings. “Right now we’re in the initial steps. In January we’ll work on moving forward and digging deep. Hopefully by the end of the year some projects will be done, and other projects will have the ground work laid,” Frey said.
According to Frey both communities seem ready to go with their projects. “Everyone that I’ve talked to is really excited about the opportunity. I feel that with the excitement level we’ll do great things,” Frey said.
Frey welcomes suggestions and comments from anyone in the community. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com. Frey says people are also welcome to stop by either City Hall. “We’re public servants – we’re here to serve,” Frey said.