Here's your chance to have a say in Flint, Genesee County's economic development plans

FLINT, Michigan — Any member of the community interested in improving the economic vitality and quality of life in Flint and its surrounding areas is invited to attend the Forward Together Visioning Summit — and help shape the future of the community.

This first public meeting being hosted by the Forward Together Steering Committee is set for 6-8 p.m. May 14 at Baker College Gymnasium. The event will feature a presentation from the planning team, but will focus primarily on fostering an open discussion among attendees.

The goal is to gather suggestions and ideas for economic vitality and moving the community forward. 

The Forward Together Visioning Summit is an opportunity for people who live, work, or contribute to Genesee County to contribute directly to the Economic Vitality Action Agenda, and the committee is actively seeking to get a diversity of views and input to explore. 

With this input, the Forward Together Steering committee will develop an Action Agenda — a document focused on the long-term changes needed so that existing institutions (such as government, nonprofits, etc.) can respond to the needs and aspirations of the community.

The ideas shared during the meeting could be used in the community’s vision statement, shared as a goal of the Action Agenda, or inspire a specific followup action. Each comment will be recorded, databased, categorized, and analyzed by the Planning Team. This process will be documented in summary memos after each engagement round.

As part of this eight-month process, a second public forum will be planned for later this summer after the Economic Vitality Action Agenda has been drafted but before it is finalized in the fall. 

Pizza and light refreshments will be served during Visioning Summit. To RSVP or for more information, visit the Forward Together website.

Forward Together is led by a 24-member, citizen steering committee and is managed by the City of Flint, Genesee County and the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce.

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