FLINT, Mich. — Flint Mayor Karen Weaver announces the accomplishments of the City’s Economic Development department during the past year, in collaboration with Ascendant Global president and CEO, Rodrick Miller, who led the department this past year as part of a one-year contract.
The team has been aggressive in developing a clear strategy highlighting the value proposition of Flint, building on the rich history of the city, and identifying new opportunities for Flint’s next era of growth. To develop the strategy, the city hosted a series of roundtables with more than 200 Flint businesses and civic leaders. Their participation helped to refine best practices gleaned from case studies of other communities and examine local assets as a foundation for new opportunities.
Additionally, the department has strengthened its project management capacity by clarifying roles and increasing coordination with other departments and the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce. Activities which have furthered these objectives include, creating a streamlined project intake form and process, holding project review sessions between the Economic Development team and the Department of Planning & Development. The team has also refined an incentives policy to appropriately balance the need for city revenues with the market’s competitive position to demystify the abatement and other incentives process for prospective companies.
In March 2018, the City of Flint was awarded a $3 million grant from the Kellogg Foundation to plan, design and put in a place an economic development plan. Today, Mayor Weaver is excited to announce some of the signature wins from the first year and activities in the pipeline for 2019.
“We’ve had a great first year and have just begun to scratch the surface,” says Mayor Karen Weaver following the first year of this work. “We are encouraged by our accomplishments and the opportunities that lie ahead. While Roderick Miller is finishing his contract with the City of Flint, we appreciate his leadership on this effort.”
Some successes include:
Flint’s economic development team will continue to focus on corporate attraction, maximizing our real estate portfolio, small business programs and workforce development.