Michigan hopes to become land of OZ with launch of its Opportunity Zone website 

Michigan hopes to become land of OZ with launch of its Opportunity Zone website 

While many Michigan’s urban cities’ economic recovery programs have gained momentum, there is concern those efforts may not be moving fast enough or are far enough along. Visibility is often a problem. Investors, entrepreneurs, community leaders, developers, builders and other critical stakeholders need to “see” incentives, in order to “seize” them, according to development experts […]

Youth invitational keeps kids on the move

Youth invitational keeps kids on the move

Running isn’t typically viewed as a team activity, but the Crim Fitness Foundation takes a group focus when introducing children to one of the world’s oldest forms of exercise. Area youth running groups compete at the annual Crim Kids Invitational, which will be held on Friday, August 16, at Chevy Commons in Flint. The event […]

Wedded bliss: Flint entrepreneur draws on real-life experience to help couples achieve their dream day

Wedded bliss:  Flint entrepreneur draws on real-life experience to help couples achieve their dream day

Alexandra’s Creative Planning and Marketplace. It’s a name Alexandra Moore felt suited her business to a T. Despite its length, the busy Flint-based entrepreneur wanted something that encapsulated all that she does. Working a day job and tending to a family of five gave her more responsibility than is found in most job descriptions. She […]

Flint business takes fashionable approach to social cause

Flint business takes fashionable approach to social cause

Although Parker Nevicato has never been sexually exploited, it hasn’t stopped him from fighting for those who have. His weapon of choice isn’t a megaphone or protest march. Instead Nevicato uses a small shop at Dort Mall as his platform. Inside  Parfait Ink, a screen printing and embroidery company his mom operates, the young advocate […]

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 […]

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 […]

STRIVE helps at-risk individuals transform their lives

STRIVE helps at-risk individuals transform their lives

Life can be tough for returning citizens and other at-risk individuals. Finding and keeping a job can be hard for many and for those re-entering society, simply learning how to live in a world outside of prison can be daunting. They need help and support. STRIVE is there to help with training that leads to […]