What can we do?

What can we do?

“I knew what I wanted and where I wanted to go. I always wanted to entertain and help others.” —Khalid “I want to help others too and find the perfect French fry stand—are both possible?” ―Marcia Faye McGee I’ve asked this question before, but it is a question that may need to be asked again. In light of […]

Bolstering Flint’s small businesses

Bolstering Flint’s small businesses

What can one economic development expert do in 365 days? For the City of Flint’s Economic Development Director Roderick Miller, the question represents an exciting opportunity. For Miller, who developed a reputation as a turnaround expert with a passion for helping distressed communities, leading Flint’s redevelopment is a dream challenge. His plan for restoring economic […]

Flint’s economic development director readies for new investments

Flint’s economic development director readies for new investments

Investors wanted. That’s Roderick Miller’s mantra. The City of Flint’s incoming economic development director is assembling proof that Flint is more nimble, responsive and ready for development than many might think. The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce has, for example, supported more than $296 million in new investment and government contracts in 2017, according […]

Business growth in Flint’s downtown district shows promising signs

Business growth in Flint’s downtown district shows promising signs

There are promising signs of rising investment interest in Flint. There are fewer parking spaces and more open for business signs along Saginaw Street, the city’s downtown business corridor. The anticipated opening of Mott Community College’s $13 million Culinary Art Institute, the newly minted $31.4 million renovation of the Capitol Theatre and launch of the […]

Women-owned businesses are driving Flint’s small business boom

Women-owned businesses are driving Flint’s small business boom

You can make it. That was a central theme of Flint’s recent GoGetHER Conference, which showcased the success stories of women like Naturalicious Hair Care Products Founder & CEO Gwen Jimmere. As an unemployed, single mother, Jimmere launched her national business with only $32 in assets and a desperate mandate to support her young son. […]

Fun in Flint: New activities provide a great escape

Fun in Flint: New activities provide a great escape

Winter officially ended weeks ago, but Mother Nature clearly missed “that” memo. With last weekend’s ice storm, today’s snow and the cold week ahead it’s surely time to shake it off. Metaphorically, Flint’s Hot Shop opening couldn’t be better timed. A part of the Flint Institute of Arts‘ opening of its new Contemporary Craft Wing, […]

Residents encouraged to elevate neighborhood involvement and advocacy at May workshops

Residents encouraged to elevate neighborhood involvement and advocacy at May workshops

Talk of change is becoming increasingly common among Flint residents. From front-lawn chats to community meetings, neighbors are inspired by the progress they see in the city and they’re often more motivated to contribute their time and energy toward greater success. An ongoing series promoting organizing and leadership skills is one of the latest opportunities […]