Community & Economic Development
The mission of the Community and Economic Development Division is to improve the quality of life for all residents of the City of Flint by encouraging neighborhood stabilization through the creation of safe, healthy, and desirable neighborhoods supported by quality community services, promotion of a growing and diverse economy, one that spurs innovation and small business development, and preparation of the workforce, both for today’s jobs and those of the future.
The Division utilizes a number of federal, state and local grant and loan packages to aid in the community and economic development of the City, the primary source of of which is our annual entitlement allocation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Division receives approximately $4.5 million a year, the majority of which is sub-granted to organizations and city departments to implement programs benefiting the low- and moderate- income population of the City of Flint.
CED accomplishes its mission in the following ways:
- Acting as an idea center within city government to plan, develop recommendations, deliver services, and measure and openly communicate the impacts of city investments to residents;
- Providing financial support to youth, urban housing, and blight reduction initiatives by leveraging current federal funding sources;
- Serving as a convener of diverse stakeholders and acting as a catalyst for strategic planning and collective decision-making; and
- Using geographic, demographic and economic data to drive and support community development objectives.
The main programs of the Department include the following:
- Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
- HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME)
- Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
- Section 3 Certification – Application to become a Section 3 certified contractor or a Section 3 certified resident– click here
- Economic Development
a) Economic Development Corporation (EDC)
b) Brownfield Redevelopment Corporation (BRC)
What is a brownfield?
c) Oak Business Center (OBC) pictured at right
d) MEDC’s Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) program