International Students Have Significant Impact on State, Local Economy

Tim Herman, CEO

Tim Herman, CEO

July 20, 2016

For those of you who read my blog regularly, at one time or another you’ve read my thoughts on the skills gap – the disconnect between needs and expectations of today’s employers and the current skills of many workers in Michigan. As long as we have this skills shortage, many jobs will continue to go unfilled – and some employers say is stunting their company’s growth.

Just recently the Global Talent Retention Initiative (GTRI) of Michigan released a report – Filling the Talent Gap – that stated the number of international students studying in the state grew nearly 32 percent over the past five years and now tops 32,000, representing more than $1 billion in annual economic activity. Read More »



FACES of Flint & Genesee Business: Diana Phillips, Co-Owner, Knob Hill B&B

Things to Do in Flint, MI, Knob Hill owner Diana Phillips - Flint & GeneseeJuly 20, 2016

In 2011, a stately 1926 colonial home in Flint caught the attention of Diana Phillips and her husband, Allan Griggs. But it had been abandoned for years and needed work.

“We watched it sit on the market for six months and finally bought it,” said Diana, an Ohio native who has taught physical chemistry at Kettering University since 1990. “Then we wondered what to do with it.” Read More »



Capitol Theatre Kickoff Event

Business Development, Flint, MI, Capitol Theatre photo - Flint & GeneseeJuly 20, 2016

With the acquisition of the Capitol Theatre complete, restoration of the historic structure at Second and Harrison streets is well underway.

The Whiting on July 21 is hosting a free community event at the Capitol Theatre to mark the start of the multi-million renovation project in downtown Flint. It also the kickoff event for the Revival & Renewal Campaign for Live Performing Arts, which includes restoration of The Capitol Theatre and upgrades for The Whiting.

The news conference begins at 4:30 p.m. under the Capitol’s marquee on Second Street. Speakers include Jarret Haynes, Executive Director of The Whiting; Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, Steve Arwood, CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation; and Tim Herman, President of Uptown Reinvestment Corporation.

Following the news conference, building tours will be conducted until 8 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided along with entertainment during the course of the evening.



$3.9M Supports Year-round Youth Programs, Water Crisis Response Efforts

Things to Do in Genesee County, MI, YouthQuest student photo - Flint & GeneseeJuly 20, 2016

The Flint & Genesee Chamber’s afterschool and summer youth programs will continue to provide high-quality educational and enrichment opportunities thanks to more than $3.9 million in funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

“Summer may be here, but there’s no vacation from learning,” said Mott Foundation President Ridgway H. White. “We want to see every young person in Flint and Genesee County succeed in school, work and life. And we believe that now, more than ever, year-round academic, recreational and enrichment opportunities are essential to providing our kids with the tools and experiences they need to achieve that success.” Read More »



Hot Dogs & Hot Rods Member Appreciation Cookout

Things to Do in Flint, MI, Chamber Hot Dogs & Hot Rod Event Photo - Flint & GeneseeJuly 20, 2016

Once again, the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce on August 18 will host Chamber members at the annual Hot Dogs & Hot Rods event during the Back to the Bricks cruise. This year, we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the iconic Flint business, Koegel Meats. Read More »



3 Easy Ways to Fit in Physical Activity Today

July 20, 2016

The benefits of a physically active life are countless. It can help improve your mental health, boost your mood, increase your chances of living longer, strengthen your bones and so much more.

But as any busy professional can tell you: sometimes finding time to exercise is easier said than done, which is why the Flint & Genesee Chamber is teaming up with Hurley Medical Center to offer “Fitting in Fitness” on August 2. Read More »



Flint Bike Share Program Launched

Things to Do in Genesee  County, MI, Flint Bike Share Program photo - Flint & GeneseeJuly 20, 2016 

Nothing compares with the simple pleasure of a bike ride. So said President John F. Kennedy.

Genesee County Parks, in collaboration with local partners, is helping to spread the joy with the unveiling of a new Zagster Bike station, as part of the new Flint Bike Share Program. It’s the first station to open in the Flint area and will allow users to rent bikes on an hourly or daily basis. Read More »



Crim Festival of Races Partnership

Things to Do in Flint, MI, Crim Festival of Races Photo - Flint & GeneseeJuly 20, 2016

The Flint & Genesee Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is the Presenting Sponsor of the Michigan Mile USATF Masters One Mile National Championship at 2016 HealthPlus Crim Festival of Races.

As part of the sponsorship, the Flint & Genesee Chamber/CVB logo will be featured on the back of all Michigan Mile race t-shirts. It also includes the opportunity to start USATF Masters Championship Men’s and Women’s Races, among other benefits. The Michigan Mile USATF Masters One Mile National Championship will be August 26. Read More »



Leadership Reads: Workplace Creativity

July 20, 2016

Check out these articles that may prove helpful as you run your business, provide leadership tips and strategies or spur creativity in your organization. The articles were selected from a variety of publications and websites such as FortuneInc.Fast CompanyNew York Times and Wall Street Journal.

In this issue, Inside Business explores topics in workplace creativity.

For Workplace Creativity, Find the Right Dose of Competition

How To Prevent Your Office Culture From Crushing Your Creativity

To Build a Creative Team, You Need Insiders and Outsiders

5 Ways to Inspire Creativity in Your Employees



Good things are happening despite being in the middle of a storm

Tim Herman, CEO

Tim Herman, CEO

June 29, 2016

When you look at the news headlines these days, the water crisis is still very much the subject of the day.  But over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been able to share some success stories that also have caught the attention of the news media.

On June 14, we hosted the Moving Flint Forward Leadership Summit, with more than 100 of Michigan’s top business leaders – representing Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing and other markets. The purpose of the Summit was to educate participants on what’s currently happening in Flint – which included a community tour – and leverage their knowledge and expertise on urban renewal and revitalization.

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