John Paul Rea
Director, Planning and Economic Development, Macomb County
John Paul Rea is director of the Department of Planning and Economic Development for Macomb County. He is actively engaged in community planning services, cultivating comprehensive master plans and strategic investment strategies for many of Macomb’s local communities. He is also focused on developing Macomb County’s quality of life initiatives including parks and recreation planning, downtown development programs and incorporating placemaking.
Over the years, Rea has been engaged on capital improvement projects targeting infrastructure, transportation networks, non-motorized trails and regional transit, as well as economic development services by supporting the county’s business retention, expansion and attraction efforts.
Rea earned a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in public administration and a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in urban and regional policy and planning from Grand Valley State University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.