The combined effect of safe, drinkable water, a strong public safety presence, and attractive neighborhoods, coupled with effective schools, provide a solid foundation for economic development. We have to all understand that economic development of any significance in the city of Flint is going to be a marathon rather than a sprint. Considerable work has to be done in all of the above areas to lure manufacturing concerns to our city. It’s ironic that General Motors in Flint decided to switch to Detroit water rather than the corrosive Flint River water in its manufacturing processes. Water is a major problem that has to be fixed, along with crime, and crumbling neighborhoods.
Small business development in the city of Flint is a smaller bite of the apple that can be more readily accomplished, first by making certain we retain existing small businesses, and, secondly investing more into the development of additional small businesses. When one looks at the major employer in the country, small businesses far surpass large companies in number of employees.
Again, grant money may be a source here, where foundations may be willing to fund innovative approaches to spawning small businesses in our community.