Former Tazewell administrator named downtown Peoria president

Staff Writer
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin

The Board of Directors of the Downtown Development Corporation of Peoria (DDC) has announced the appointment of Michael Freilinger as president of the newly formed DDC. Freilinger will assume responsibilities beginning on June 9.

Freilinger has been serving as Tazewell County administrator since April 2012. During his time at Tazewell County, Freilinger developed the first strategic plan for Tazewell County, successfully negotiated an expansion agreement with Monsanto for a $25 million expansion, and helped develop a solution for the Pekin landfill. Freilinger’s career over the last 25 years includes more than 10 years in executive leadership positions covering economic development, strategic planning, fiscal management, and downtown redevelopment. Prior to serving in Tazewell County, Freilinger served as Senior Partner at Strategic Solutions Partners, County Manager for Osceola County, Florida and County Administrator for Polk County, Iowa. In Osceola County and Polk County, Freilinger is credited with recruiting new and expanding existing businesses, generating hundreds of new jobs in Osceola County and over 2,500 new jobs in Polk County.

Chris Glynn, DDC Board Chairman, is confident Freilinger has the leadership and experience needed to drive transformation in Peoria’s downtown and warehouse district. “His knowledge of the Greater Peoria region partnered with his background in economic development makes him the ideal candidate to lead the DDC.  As a recognized area leader, Michael’s ability to collaborate well with others will help drive the changes needed in Downtown Peoria.”

Freilinger is looking forward to this opportunity and sees the potential for redevelopment in Downtown Peoria. “I am grateful for this opportunity and am excited to join the newly formed DDC. A lot of hard work has been done to get us to this point. We now have the resources to turn that vision into a reality by fostering a vibrant and thriving community in Downtown Peoria and the warehouse district.”