In the News: Flint River Corridor Alliance, Inspire speaker series, Neighbors Changing Flint

Flint River Watershed Coalition merges with Flint River Corridor Alliance

Two stewards of the Flint River have consolidated their efforts to protect, promote and improve the watershed.

The Flint River Corridor Alliance became an official chapter of the Flint River Watershed Coalition effective Jan. 1, 2018, in a move to maximize organizational resources and revitalization efforts.

Under the merger, the Corridor Alliance chapter will continue its work along the river corridor in the City of Flint and host annual events including Cycling Circles and the Flint River Flotilla. The Flint River Watershed Coalition will maintain its broader focus on the seven counties of the watershed through such projects as water quality monitoring and the GREEN environmental education program, among others.


UM-Flint chancellor leads INSPIRE Leadership speaker series

Community leaders will share their motivations, journeys and lessons learned in the Flint and Genesee County Chamber of Commerce speaker series “INSPIRE Leadership.”
The six-part, yearlong series, sponsored by Diplomat pharmacy, kicked off Feb. 22 with speaker Dr. Susan E. Borrego, Chancellor of the University of Michigan-Flint. Future series event dates, and the featured speaker, are
  • April 19: Essence Wilson, Chief Strategy Officer, Communities First, Inc.
  • May 31: George Wilkinson, President, NorthGate
  • June 28: Kathleen Gazall, Business Manager, Gazall, Lewis & Associates, Architects
  • August 2: Rafael Turner, Program Officer, Ruth Mott Foundation
  • October 18: Shannon White, Founding Principal, FUNchitecture
All sessions are from noon to 1 p.m. at the Insight Institute of Neurosurgery & Neuroscience (IINN), 4800 Saginaw St., Flint, and are free to the public. A lunch is included. Registration is required.
Go online ton to register for a session and learn more about the series.


Grant aids Neighborhood Engagement Hub outreach

A $14,000 grant awarded to the Neighborhood Engagement Hub will support the addition of an AmeriCorp Neighborhood Project Assistant to increase service engagement in Flint.

The grant was awarded by the Community Foundation of Greater Flint’s National Service Fund, The new staff member will support the development of neighborhood action plans and workshops, including the Neighbors Changing Flint: The First Step is Yours series which begins in March.

For more about the Neighborhood Engagement Hub and the Neighbors Changing Flint: The First Step is Yours series, contact Hub Agency Director Ashley Everhart at or by calling 810-620-1299, ext. 2.

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