Community development fellow begins duties in Shelby.

June 10, 2020

Community development fellow begins duties in Shelby.

SHELBY — The Village of Shelby welcomes Emily Stuhldreher, who started Monday, June 8, as the community development fellow.

Emily will expand the village’s organizational capacity to:

• Draft and finalize a downtown plan and corridor plan and ensure coordination between those plans and the master plan and capital improvements plan.

• Help the village create and implement a façade grant program for downtown.

• Work on the revitalization of the historic Getty Park.

• Work on a plan to re-develop the main alleyway in Shelby, which connects downtown to the popular William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Rail Trail.

“The village is pleased and excited to welcome Emily to the team,” said Village Administrator Robert Widigan. “We are eager to hit the ground running with this additional resource and advance Shelby’s identified economic development goals.”

Emily recently graduated from Michigan State University and majored in environmental studies and sustainability and sustainable parks, recreation and tourism. Before starting her fellowship, she was the communications and events intern at the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance for two years.

A lifelong Michigander, Emily was born and raised in the small southeastern village of Pinckney. When she is not at work, you will find her hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and enjoying Michigan’s public lands. Emily cannot wait to bring her passion for sustainable community development and environmental conservation to the Village of Shelby.

The Village of Shelby is one of 10 communities chosen to host a fellow through the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan’s (CEDAM) Community Development Fellowship, which is made possible with funding and support from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

“Last year’s fellows made a significant impact in their communities, and we are excited to see how this year’s communities, all of whom are engaged in the Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) program, benefit from the fellowship,” said Sarah Teater, program manager at CEDAM. “The Village of Shelby has identified ambitious and impactful projects that will make a difference in their community.”

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