NEWS RELEASE   4/13/2010

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Flint, Michigan – April 13, 2010 – Flint Mayor Dayne Walling will host a citywide neighborhood action and public safety summit. The summit will be held Saturday, April 24, 2010 at Ballenger Field House on the campus of Mott Community College from 8:30am until 12:00 Noon. The event includes free admission, free parking and a free continental breakfast. Every City of Flint resident is encouraged to attend this citywide summit.

The purpose of the summit is to inform residents of the priorities that were identified during Neighborhood Action Phases I and II. More than 300 action items were developed during these phases. Mayor Walling and his staff will outline the plan for implementing the action items and discuss how these items will help guide the deployment of limited city resources.

Another component of the summit is to introduce the Community Police officers who have been assigned to patrol each of the city’s nine wards.
This will give residents an opportunity to make personal contact with their community police officer. Public trust and familiarity with the community officers will be critical to the success of the Community Policing program.

Mayor Walling began the first phase of neighborhood action on October 1, 2009 in the city’s First Ward. He and key members of his administration held a series of 9 meetings, 1 in every ward during the phase I. A total of 30 meetings were held in the second phase, 3 in each ward plus a youth, college, and downtown session. More than 1,000 residents came out during both phases to participate in activities and discussions about how to improve the quality of life in Flint, one ward; one neighborhood at a time. “My goal is to work together with citizens to create a more prosperous and vibrant community,” said Mayor Walling. “This citizen engagement initiative is critical to achieving my vision of transforming Flint into a sustainable 21st Century City with new jobs, safe neighborhoods and great schools.”

Neighborhood Action Sessions are sponsored by the City of Flint Mayor’s Office in partnership with the Department of Community and Economic, the Neighborhoods Small Grants Program Advisory Committee of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, The Ruth Mott Foundation Applewood Initiative for Gardening and Community, Resource Genesee, and UM-Flint Outreach.

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