Economic Development


Mayor Karen Weaver to Deliver Her First State of the City Address

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Flint Mayor Karen Weaver will give her first State of the City address before residents, community leaders and government officials Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at Flint City Hall. Mayor Weaver and her team have been meeting with top officials, stakeholders, and City employees to better understand the work being done by many dedicated individuals and what more needs to be accomplished to move Flint forward on the road to recovery. Mayor Weaver will present the goals of her administration to the resilient Flint community and her plan to rebuild Flint the right way.

When:     Thursday, August 4, 2016  5:30 p.m. 

Where:    Flint City Hall (Council Chambers)
1101 S. Saginaw St. Flint, MI  48502



Flint gets more than $1.4M for planning, anti-crime work

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FLINT, Mich. (AP) – (11/16/15) Flint is getting more than $1.4 million for planning and anti-crime fighting work.

The City of Flint and the Flint Police Foundation on Monday announced the funding from the Ruth Mott Foundation.

The grants include $320,000 for the Imagine Flint Neighborhood Planning Initiative and nearly $1.1 million for the North End Community Crime Strategy. The strategy targets changes in community infrastructure, culture and physical environment in order to reduce crime.

Both of the programs are focused on North Flint, an area recently identified by the foundation as a new focus for its philanthropic mission.

The grant funding periods run through 2017 for the Neighborhood Planning Initiative and through 2018 for the North End Community Crime Strategy.

Renovations for Kettering

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Kettering University bought Atwood Stadium over a year ago and promised to make improvements. That time for improvements is now. When Kettering University purchased Atwood Stadium, they were hoping to expand the use of the field.

Karen Williams Weaver is in full support and is excited about the new addition. “This will be great for the area.”

Kettering is trying to raise more than $2 million for the turf and other improvements. This project will not finish quickly, but with everyone’s support, it can get done.


Shea Lavelle Boutique Opening

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There comes a time in your life when you step out to do the thing that you’ve never done before. The thing that you’ve dreamed about but never attempted because you were consumed by the daily business of life.


For Karen Williams Weaver, the time is now. A lifelong resident, graduate of Flint Community Schools, lifelong member of Vernon Chapel, mental health professional, wife to Wrex, mother to Adrienne, Alana and Doug and friend too many, has embarked on a new journey with the opening of Shea Lavelle Boutique.


Shea Lavell Boutique is located at 3515 E. Court Street, between Averill and Center Road in Flint. The beautiful store space has a wide variety of pure shea products, including; shea butter, shea oil, shelow, 100% argan oil, al natural soaps, body scrubs and washes, hot oil hair treatments, natural sponge and brushes, and many more.


Karen’s entrepreneur spirit is inspired by her parents, Dr. Wendell and Marian Williams. Pioneers in the Flint community through medicine, education and community services. Now Karen is following in their footsteps by continuing to invest in Flint. As she is known to tell anyone “I Love Flint”. Her investment in this new small business is a statement of her belief that this is a community worth supporting and is hopeful that Shea Lavelle Boutique will support the local economy, while providing all natural and affordable products to its residents.


This article was originally published in the Courier of Flint, Michigan on September 23, 2012.

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