Flint & Genesee story told through many venues

Tim Herman, CEO

Tim Herman, CEO

Branding a city or county is important and challenging work. And when it’s done well, branding strategies can positively impact a city’s or county’s ability to achieve its desired economic, social and cultural objectives. So here in Flint and Genesee County, our goal is to promote the region as an excellent area in which to seek success – whether that’s to start a business, host a conference or sports activity, live in one of Genesee County’s great neighborhoods, attend a great college/university, or to have access to high-quality cultural amenities.

Just this past weekend, the Flint & Genesee Convention & Visitors Bureau, a group within the Flint & Genesee Chamber, hosted the third-annual Be a Tourist in Your Hometown event.

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Renovation Work on 600 S. Saginaw Street Set to Begin

Artist rendering – Earthwise Design

The effort to renovate vacant property at 600 S. Saginaw St. under the state’s Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Act (OPRA) has been given the green light. The redevelopment project, led by Uptown Reinvestment Corp., will transform the property into eight storefronts with separate entrances for small businesses.

The OPRA request, approved July 15 by Flint’s Receivership Transition Advisory Board (RTAB), will freeze property taxes at the site for 12 years. Once the renovation is completed, the project is estimated to create 10-25 jobs and generate from $1,872 to $4,617 annually in income tax revenue for the City of Flint.

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TeenQuest/SYI a Finalist for Prestigious Industry Award

TeenQuest/SYIThe Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce’s TeenQuest/Summer Youth Initiative (SYI) program is a finalist for the Regional Innovation Award, sponsored by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). The program is one of four selected for the prestigious award.

TeenQuest and SYI are companion programs to improve the employment prospects for teens in Flint & Genesee. TeenQuest is a free afterschool pre-employment and leadership training program that teaches area teens important skills that employers demand. Teens that successfully complete TeenQuest are eligible to participate in the SYI Job Fair and obtain summer employment. TeenQuest and SYI are generously funded by the C. S. Mott Foundation along with other grants.

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Request a Chamber Speaker for Your Next Event

Cheryl DeFrain, DirectorDid you know that the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce has a Speakers Bureau available to area organizations?  The free service is ideal for nonprofit, professional, educational, business and civic associations with an interest in Flint and Genesee County, said Tim Herman, CEO of the Chamber.

“The Speakers Bureau is a great resource for local organizations looking to book speakers for upcoming meetings, events and conferences,” Herman said. “Our employees are deeply involved in the business and investment community, and can provide significant insight into some of the activities driving this region forward.”

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Less is More When Designing a Successful Advertisement


Photo by Asif Akbar

Simplicity is key when it comes to advertising for your business, says Steffany Hillis, one of two designers leading a Lunch & Learn seminar about advertising design and layout in August.

“We’re exposed to so much advertising in a given day,” said Hillis, marketing communications specialist at Hurley Medical Center. “One of the best ways to stand out is to be concise in your message and delivery.”

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GM to Celebrate 500 Millionth Vehicle with Plant Tours

GM’s Flint Assembly PlantGeneral Motors celebrated the production of its 500 millionth vehicle this summer, and now Flint & Genesee residents are invited to help the automaker commemorate the occasion. GM’s Flint Assembly Plant on August 11 will host public tours and other activities to mark the milestone.

The Flint & Genesee Convention & Visitors Bureau will be on hand during the 8 a.m.-5 p.m. “500 Million Thanks” open house. From 8 a.m.-2 p.m., visitors will have the opportunity to tour the facility at 3100 Van Slyke Road.

“The CVB recognizes the tremendous role GM has played, and continues to play, in Flint & Genesee. We’re honored to help coordinate bus logistics and provide other volunteer services during the celebration,” said CVB Director Cheryl DeFrain.

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Flint & Genesee Gets Spotlight during ‘Super Bowl’ of Conventions

ASAEThe Flint & Genesee Convention & Visitors Bureau will be among hundreds worldwide working to catch the attention of association executives during the 2015 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition on August 8-11 in Detroit.

The Flint & Genesee CVB booth will be in the main expo hall at Cobo Center, but the conference is spread across Detroit in what is commonly referred to as the “Super Bowl of Conventions.” More than 5,000 association executives are expected to attend.

“ASAE is the big one,” said CVB Director Cheryl DeFrain. “We will be marketing Flint & Genesee to the entire world. There’s nothing bigger than ASAE when you consider its potential for future conventions, hotel bookings and visitor traffic.”

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Health & Wellness in the Workplace: Up Your Game with Simple Decorating Tip

Peace Lily - Photo Credit Janet Ramsden

Photo by Janet Ramsden

Want to increase your productivity in the workplace? Buy a fern.

In a series of three studies, a team of UK-based researchers monitored the productivity levels of two large companies over a period of three-plus months. They found that the simple addition of plants to a relatively no-frills office could increase productivity by up to 15 percent.

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New Members: July 2015

To become a member, contact Heather Kale at hkale@flintandgenesee.org or (810) 600-1427.

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Spud software honored by Corp! Magazine

Spud SoftwareThe latest headlines tell of a markedly improving Michigan economy, including a drop in the state’s unemployment rate to levels not seen in years. That resurgence is at least in part thanks to the types of success stories told by the 2015 winners of Corp! magazine’s Economic Bright Spots awards. This year’s 82 winners can tell of innovation, resilience and, in some cases, reinvention in the face of economic turmoil.


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