Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Economic Development

BY Terry Bankert
A Flint Divorce Lawyer sharing his opinion on what may be important to you!

" If you want to be seen, show up! If you want to be heard, stand up and speak. Don't wait to follow, just lead."

fyi, from my email.....
Be part of the future of Genesee /Flint, get involved in your communities planning prpocess. We cannot do it without you.The time has come for greater involvement from the public, including the business community. Flint Talk post *****************
please attend the Broome Center meeting December 11.

You may or may not be aware that in the spring of 2009, Genesee County, organized by Staff from the Metropolitan Planning Commission, and City of Flint, but lead by a Steering Committee comprised primarily of representatives from private companies began an effort to create a document known as the Genesee County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).

Staff from the Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission and the City of Flint applied for and received federal funding to complete this document. The CEDS document will provide a road map to direct economic development and improvement to the economy.

The CEDS document is intended to be a living, dynamic document, and to be revised every 5 –years. Completion of this document, will at the very least, open doors for Genesee County and its communities to access federal funds through the Economic Development Administration (EDA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce. In the summer of 2009, this project suffered a setback, where the lead consultant was dismissed.

The new consultant from Economic Resource Associates (ERA/AECOM) was awarded the contract and the chemistry has been great since their involvement began in October. The funding for the project must be utilized by the end of January, 2010.

Because of this short time schedule, a lot of work has been completed in a short period of time to collect the necessary data, analyze that data and develop a picture of the existing conditions in Genesee County.

Thus, the time has come for greater involvement from the public, including the business community.

Therefore, Genesee County, the City of Flint and the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce have come together to organize public meetings a focus groups to discuss the recommendations that will go into the CEDS document.

The following is a schedule of those meetings and locations:

December 10th – Grand Blanc Township Hall 5371 S. Saginaw Street, Flint MI 48507 from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.

December 11th – Clio Senior Center 2136 W. Vienna Road, Clio, MI 48420 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

December 11th – Broome Center 4119 North Saginaw Street, Flint, MI 48505 from 3:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Please encourage your colleagues, the public and especially business owners to participate in one or more of these meetings.

I know the schedule is tight and the notice quick, but the community must get this document right to chart the course for economic development in Genesee County.

Karena Hamlet Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce 519 S. Saginaw, Suite 200 Flint, MI 48502 Phone: 810-600-1411 Fax: 810-600-1461 E-mail:

P Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail -- "There is no hierarchy of oppressions." - Audre Lorde Nayyirah Shariff (810) 610-3681

Posted here by Terry Bankert
Thank You Nayyirah

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