Investing in Futures

Investing in Futures

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan lauded 41-year-old Brian Jones’ extraordinary record at the ribbon cutting of his east side 102030 clothing store last month. Jones, a paralegal who graduated summa cum laude from Oakland Community College, is well on his way toward achieving a bachelor’s degree at Eastern Michigan University. The typically reserved business owner fought […]

Business stakeholders stand behind push to extend job training to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated

Business stakeholders stand behind push to extend job training to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated

As a healthcare leader and employer of more than 33,000 employees, many would assume that Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) must actively minimize, if not eliminate, risks whenever possible. Nevertheless, Robert G. Riney, president of healthcare operations and chief operating officer at HFHS, says eliminating the requirement that job applicants state whether they’ve been convicted […]

Forward Together asks: What would it take (for you) to prosper in Flint and Genesee County?

Forward Together asks: What would it take (for you) to prosper in Flint and Genesee County?

Our region’s next move may prove its most important one, according to Forward Together partners, who want not just some but as many people as possible to benefit in future job and wealth creation throughout the region. It’s an unprecedented thought and effort, according to organizers, who say the initiative represents the first time Genesee […]

Flint educational advocacy organization names new executive director

Flint educational advocacy organization names new executive director

Ashnee Young will take the helm of New Evolution Educational Center (NEEC), a community agency devoted to academic improvement and support for North Flint. Young, who served eight years as NEEC’s board president, was named successor to founding executive director Joyce Piert. “My time serving our youth as NEEC’s board president has been rewarding, but […]

More “hard hats” needed to fill record-breaking job growth (talk to your kids)

More “hard hats” needed to fill record-breaking job growth (talk to your kids)

Not long ago, Michigan families encouraged their kids to get into the high-growth construction industry. Over time, interest in blue-collar jobs diminished as white-collar jobs skyrocketed. Today, the tide has turned reversing a decades-long trend in the U.S. jobs market. Companies are now having a more difficult time finding blue-collar workers than white-collar workers, according […]

Flint Handmade’s Annual Spring Craft Market returns Saturday

Flint Handmade’s Annual Spring Craft Market returns Saturday

There’s a rule about success. If it works, repeat it. And, that’s exactly what Flint Handmade founder Crystal Pepperdine  is doing with the 12th Annual Spring Craft Market Saturday, April 27th – repeating success. “We were so excited about the momentum around our post Thanksgiving Small Business Saturday event last year that we decided to host […]

Michigan will have more skilled workers, less unemployment with passage of new legislation

Michigan will have more skilled workers, less unemployment with passage of new legislation

Michigan has plenty of jobs and job seekers. The problem is workers are not getting the skills and training needed to qualify for open posts, and that hurts our economy, according to Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Joined by a bipartisan group of legislators, business, education, and labor leaders to announce their support for House and Senate bills creating […]

On Board: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer taps Isaiah Oliver for CMU’s Board of Trustees

On Board: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer taps Isaiah Oliver for CMU’s Board of Trustees

Flint’s Isaiah M. Oliver has been appointed to the Central Michigan University Board of Trustees by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The CMU alumnus and president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint will succeed Joseph B. Anderson. “It’s an honor for me to serve as a CMU Trustee. I hope to continue the university’s legacy of growth and excellence […]

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