Community Foundation advocate hopes to help transform food access, general neighborhood health

Community Foundation advocate hopes to help transform food access, general neighborhood health

An answered prayer could become the city’s blessing. Artina Sadler, food system navigator for the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, wasn’t sure how interested she was the first time she learned about the Culture of Health Leaders, a nationwide advocacy program. But she was curious enough about opportunities it might present that she shared a […]

Flint, Pontiac win eligibility approval for Opportunity Zone investment initiative

Flint, Pontiac win eligibility approval for Opportunity Zone investment initiative

Flint and Genesee County are among areas in 18 states approved for federal support that could help boost job creation and economic improvement. The U.S. Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service approved Michigan’s application for Opportunity Zones, communities eligible for tax benefits designed to improve the quality of life for their residents by […]

Fashion effort designed to boost Flint’s economy

Fashion effort designed to boost Flint’s economy

It was Thanksgiving Day and the spirit of gratitude filled many Flint homes in 2016, despite a health threat that frightened the city. News of the water emergency that contributed to lead poisoning, sickness and even some deaths was at the forefront of families’ minds as they prepared their holiday dinner. This year’s feast would […]

Mayor applauds decision to remove financial manager, return local control to Flint

Mayor applauds decision to remove financial manager, return local control to Flint

After years of economic decline and unforeseen challenges including a water emergency from which Flint’s still recovering, the city will govern itself again. Gov. Rick Snyder recently announced his support of a recommendation that Flint be released from state receivership status. The recommendation by the Receivership Transition Advisory Board will mark the first time in […]

Sickle cell awareness advocate Jeremy Cornelius hosts April 15 fundraiser

Sickle cell awareness advocate Jeremy Cornelius hosts April 15 fundraiser

Jeremy Cornelius spent the afternoon before his 31st birthday on April 6 awaiting discharge from the hospital. The fashion consultant and runway model coach was recovering from what he describes as a “flare-up” of sickle cell anemia. Having suffered from the painful blood disease that often requires medical attention by those it affects, Cornelius’ hospital […]

Flint & Genesee Chamber TeenQuest program to honor 120 graduates

Flint & Genesee Chamber TeenQuest program to honor 120 graduates

Success is nothing new to participants of a popular Flint youth program. The goal of TeenQuest, an initiative of the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, is to promote succeeding as a lifelong habit for every student it reaches. TeenQuest,  a free afterschool pre-employment and leadership training program, will graduate 120 high school students on […]

Hispanic leader envisions opportunity and success for Flint Latinos

Hispanic leader envisions opportunity and success for Flint Latinos

Asa Zuccaro never bought into negative mythology about Mexico. Stereotypical depictions of an impoverished nation where filth and violence were plagued every corner just didn’t resonate with his experience as the product of proud, hard-working Mexican immigrants who positively contributed to Flint. After college he visited the nation to see things for himself. The self-discovery […]

Salads with Sass: Flint entrepreneur satisfies consumer preference to eat green and clean

Salads with Sass: Flint entrepreneur satisfies consumer preference to eat green and clean

Tamara Mathis knows more about the color green than the average person. From thick celery stalks and moist, leafy lettuce to fresh, farm-grown spinach, the owner of Tee’s Plentiful Salads & Catering has spread vegetables on plates throughout Flint for the past five years. A former culinary arts instructor for Flint Community Schools, she’s skilled […]

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