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YoPros Fall Fireside Chat to feature Deputy County Executive John Paul Rea

-Posted on September 19, 2019


Today's Macomb Business blog features a story on Deputy County Executive John Paul Rea, the focus of the upcoming YoPros Fall Fireside Chat event.




John Paul “JP” Rea is the type of person who not only has insights about how to achieve professional success and enjoy life in Macomb County, he makes these thoughts readily available to anyone looking for a bit of motivation or hoping to find delicious Italian food in the area.  

His knowledge of Michigan’s third largest county is vast and his passion for making it a great place to live, work and play runs deep. He’s spent a majority of his life here. Only a brief stint in West Michigan for college and grad school kept him away; but he came back and put his talents to work in the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development (MCPED). He started as intern with MCPED 12 years ago and worked his way up to the position of director.

“Growing within Planning and Economic Development was one of the greatest professional joys of my life,” Rea said. “For more than a decade I was able to work with some of my dearest friends and colleagues, and help put the county on a more prosperous path. We helped build buildings that were never here before, we helped solve problems that folks thought would never be solved and we cultivated bold visions for what our community could become.”

And now, he’s stepped into the role of deputy county executive, where he uses his keen instincts and extensive community insights to continue making Macomb County a place where people want to build businesses, grow families and have some fun.

“At every step, from intern to deputy county executive, I’ve had incredible opportunities to learn more about myself as a person, colleague and leader,” he said. “Where I am today is the result of passion for the people and places that make up this great county mixed with dreaming big, taking some risks and having great mentors to guide me along the way.”

On Thursday, October 10, 2019 Rea will partner with the YoPros (a part of the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber) to share these life lessons, career insights, a few good laughs, recommendations for where to get the best pizza in Macomb County and so much more at a Fall Fireside Chat event. Full details and tickets are available now through Friday, September 27 here. We hope to see you there!


Amy Lafnear is a communications specialist for Macomb County Planning and Economic Development.