Blight Fight: Metro program will renovate 37 North Flint homes, employ area youth and strengthen neighborhoods

Blight Fight: Metro program will renovate 37 North Flint homes, employ area youth and strengthen neighborhoods

Metro Community Development is taking steps to battle blight on Flint’s north side in a big way thanks to major support from the Consumers Energy Foundation. This week, Consumers Energy Foundation awarded Metro Community Development with a $250,000 grant to bolster Metro’s new and innovative Back @ Home program. Through this grant and other funds, […]

Kids love of devices is center at Kettering’s robotics demo 

Kids love of devices is center at Kettering’s robotics demo 

Getting kids inspired about the so-called ‘hard skills’ of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) isn’t as difficult as many think. Watch any kid engage with a gaming or other device and you get the picture. That’s the idea behind Kettering University’s Robotics demonstration scheduled to take place at the Moving You Forward Opportunity Expo, […]

Moving You Forward Opportunity Expo explores ways to support financial health for the whole family

Moving You Forward Opportunity Expo explores ways to support financial health for the whole family

On Oct. 9, there are few places that Malinda Baker would rather be than the “Moving You Forward Opportunity Expo” taking place at Kettering University. She says she’s planning on attending the large-scale resource fair, “because it’s an opportunity to efficiently learn about so many different local programs. So often services go unused, because people simply […]

The “Opportunity Expo” is set to connect residents with resources to take part in Flint and Genesee County’s resurgence

The “Opportunity Expo” is set to connect residents with resources to take part in Flint and Genesee County’s resurgence

When the going gets tough, Grace Taylor has never been one to sit out on the sidelines and she knows that, like her, Flint and Genesee County residents are the same. They’ve seen plenty challenges. But, more recently, residents are beginning to see ever larger, and more positive, signs of recovery. Proof lies in the opening […]

Good Things are Brewing at Flint City Hard Cider

Good Things are Brewing at Flint City Hard Cider

Twenty-nine-year-old Charlie Burt was previously the general manager at Porter’s Orchard in Goodrich, handling all the day-to-day operations and the business side of the company. The orchard was the only job he’d had, having worked there since he was 17-years-old. He began by picking apples and bagging them for sale. He also helped make cider. […]

From Boots to Business: VetBizCentral’s support of entrepreneurial veterans translates to success stories

From Boots to Business: VetBizCentral’s support of entrepreneurial veterans translates to success stories

Allan Griggs wants to see more veteran-owned businesses in Flint. Because, there are two things he knows firsthand: People who have served in the military know how to serve their communities and their military training makes them good company leaders. The 74-year-old Flint resident served in the United States Army from 1967-1969 and runs Knob […]

A look at how the Metro Flint YouthBuild program is creating hope and opportunity for local youth

A look at how the Metro Flint YouthBuild program is creating hope and opportunity for local youth

For more than a decade now, Metro Flint YouthBuild, has been a stepping stone to sustainable careers and meaningful employment for hundreds of Flint’s most needful youth between the ages of 16 -24. The YouthBuild movement began in Harlem, New York in 1978. The program was created to revamp decaying housing stock while providing education […]

Monday’s Illuminating Community Change Forum Promises to Shed Light on Economic Development for North Flint

Monday’s Illuminating Community Change Forum Promises to Shed Light on Economic Development for North Flint

This coming Monday, July 22, Sandra Johnson is going to be at the North Flint Food Market from 5-8:30 p.m., and she’s inviting everyone in her community to join her for a special meeting. As manager of Hamilton Community Health Network’s Illuminating Community Change (IC2) project, Johnson has been at the forefront of organizing the […]