Local Chief Frey Wins Prosperity Indiana Honor


Community development and housing leader Eric A. Frey II of Columbus was honored by Prosperity Indiana with one of its top statewide awards, which also includes a local charitable donation.

Frey, executive director of the Columbus-based Southern Indiana Housing and Community Development Corporation, received the John Niederman Rural Development Leadership Award at the 2022 Prosperity Indiana Summit in February. He was one of four Hoosiers honored.

Each winner selected a nonprofit beneficiary for a cash donation from Prosperity Indiana. Frey, who is a board member of the Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Center, chose that organization as the recipient of the $1,000 prize donation.

Frey said he was humbled and honored to receive the award. “Community development is a team sport. This award recognizes the hard work of my team, the support of my two boards of directors and the commitment of our community partners. I am grateful to Prosperity Indiana and Fifth Third Bank for this award.

Prosperity Indiana stated that “With over 28 years of experience acquiring and administering federal, state, and private grant programs in rural communities, Eric Frey knows the ins and outs of administering the community development block grant program and how to lead industrial and economic development. , housing rehabilitation and capital improvement projects, and commercial, industrial and microenterprise loan programs.

Frey has been described for rewarding judges as someone who always finds creative ways to achieve goals and orchestrates the right people at the right time to do so.

The Summit Awards Ceremony celebrated leaders and innovators in the field of community economic development. The winners were nominated by their peers and chosen by a judging committee.

“Eric’s innovative thinking and passion for providing affordable housing and home ownership opportunities has made him a leader in our region and across the state of Indiana,” said Diane. Doup, SIHCDC board member and LCNFC staff member. “He is strategically innovative in creating partnerships that create affordable living opportunities, that build thriving communities. The SIHCDC Board of Directors is proud of the work done by Eric and appreciates Prosperity Indiana recognizing this good work through this award.

The Indiana Association for Community Economic Development, doing business as Prosperity Indiana, provides advocacy, mobilizes resources, and engages members to create inclusive opportunities that build assets and improve lives. Since its founding in 1986, Prosperity Indiana’s network has grown to nearly 200 organizations, representing thousands of practitioners statewide from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

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