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 […]

Understanding a shaky condition: Early Parkinson’s Disease treatment helps improve lives

Understanding a shaky condition: Early Parkinson’s Disease treatment helps improve lives

Each year approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disorder affecting the brain’s ability to control movement. My dad Norman Berg, is among the patients. He was healthy well into his 80’s and then suddenly, he was not. Most people are diagnosed with the condition are around age 60, although it does […]

Detroit mayor tells Chamber luncheon guests Flint should build on its assets

Detroit mayor tells Chamber luncheon guests Flint should build on its assets

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan recently told a sold-out crowd of 450 at the  Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce’s annual luncheon that cities should value their assets. Duggan told stakeholders who’ve seen their own share of disinvestment that Detroit’s three greatest assets have been its large parcels of land, housing stock and eager workforce. “When […]

Fashion 101: Kala Wilburn’s workshop will help new businesses avoid pitfalls

Fashion 101: Kala Wilburn’s workshop will help new businesses avoid pitfalls

There’s more to the fashion industry to than runways and glossy photos.  From noon to 1:30 p.m. April 18 at Ferris Wheel, 615 South Saginaw St., Flint designers and clothing retailers can attend a fashion business workshop. The event will be hosted by Kala Wilburn, founder of Fannie Lucille clothing and Vehicle City Fashion Week, who will share her insider knowledge […]