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 partnerships with federal, state and local program stakeholders. We strive to create safe, healthy, and desirable neighborhoods near quality community services and promote a growing and diverse economy that spurs innovation and small business development and prepares the workforce 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 funding for the Department is annual entitlement allocations from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Division receives approximately $4.5 million a year, the majority of which is subgranted to organizations and city departments to implement programs that benefit the low- and moderate- income population of the city of Flint.
CED accomplishes its mission in the following ways:
- CED acts 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;
- CED provides financial support to youth, urban housing, and blight reduction initiatives by leveraging current federal funding sources;
- CED serves as a convener of diverse stakeholders and acts as a catalyst for strategic planning and collective decision-making; and
- CED uses 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 (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?
Click here for an overview.
c) Oak Business Center (OBC) pictured right
d) MEDC’s Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) program