for the communities of Genesee County, Michigan

The Forward Together process was launched in 2019 through a unique partnership between the City of Flint, Genesee County, and Flint & Genesee Group. This process was open, inclusive, and resulted in a new, shared vision for the economic vitality of the county and its communities.

Our Vision for Economic Vitality…

In 2040, Genesee County is a top-five community in Michigan based on jobs, talent, livability, and equity

Indicators for Success

We measure our progress toward our vision across five indicators and our community scorecard

Average Wages Icon
Average Wages have Increased from $879 per week to $957 per week between the year 2019 and 2021. Although the average wage rate has increased, the County’s ranking fell two spots compared to the other counties in Michigan. Average wages have increased due to increased demand for labor. With the Covid-19 infection rate decreasing, businesses can ease restrictions and conduct business at a more rapid pace, which requires more workers — hence the spike in average wage rate, to attract workers.

AVERAGE WAGES

$957

Per week average wage for workers in the county (2021)

24nd

out of the 83 Michigan Counties

Net In-Migration refers to the difference in the number of people who have moved into the County and those who have moved out. According to IRS taxpayer system, about 2,920 people have moved out of Genesee County in the past four years (2016-2019) due in large part to be closer to family and for better paying jobs.

NET IN-MIGRATION

2,920

People moved out of Genesee County between 2016-19

78th

out of the 83 Michigan Counties

Educational Attainment icon
Education Achievement is a measure of successful academic completion by residents in the County. About 32 percent of residents in Genesee County age 25 and over have a post-secondary degree. By the end of 2020, education achievement levels increased by 1 percent compared to 2018. However, the County’s rank in comparison to the 82 other counties fell from 29th to 35th position. Stimulus stipends subsidized education costs and more accessible online post-secondary classes encouraged people to complete their education, creating the slight rise in educational attainment, but not at the same pace as many other counties in the state.

EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT

32%

of residents over 25 have a postsecondary degree

35th

out of the 83 Michigan Counties

GDP icon
Genesee County’s GDP or Gross Domestic Product (the value of goods and services produced within a county) growth rate increased to 1.17 percent between 2019 and 2020. This means the County expanded by 1.17 percent in the fourth quarter of 2020, with its rank moving up to the 20th place out of 82 other Michigan counties. Michigan’s combined tax rate is 6 percent (includes state, county, and city tax), which is relatively low compared to other states. The low tax rate, coupled with increased wages, leads to higher demand (spending), and increased production to meet consumer demand, which yields GDP growth.

GDP GROWTH RATE

1.17%

Growth in GDP between 2019-20 / state change

↑ 20th

out of the 83 Michigan Counties

House icon
Family Poverty rate is a measure of families that live below the poverty line, which refers to the minimum level of income needed to secure necessities of life. The family poverty rate in Genesee County declined from 15 percent to 12.9 percent between 2017 and 2021, but our county has lost position in the county rankings (78th to 81st), meaning that other counties have seen a faster reduction in their poverty rates. Strong economic growth, stimulus support, and increasing wages contribute to this positive movement in family poverty rate. However, as the stimulus has gone away, wages have stabilized, inflation continues, and market corrections occur, this metric is at risk of trending backwards.

FAMILY POVERTY RATE

12.9%

Families living below the poverty line (2021)

81st

out of the 83 Michigan Counties

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*Indicators show increases or decreases from original scorecard published in 2019

Community Scorecard

Measuring the broader impact, ensuring greater equity

There are a broader set of statistics that will help the region monitor if the progress achieved over time is shared across all of the communities of Genesee County. This data can be tracked through the use of the community scorecard, organized by major topics of the plan. Additional metrics track community progress over time without comparison.

Metric

Score

Description

Comparison

Source

Economic Mobility

5.9%

Fraction In Top 20% Based On Household Income When Born In The Bottom 20%

Economic mobility measures the potential for an individual born in a particular location to rise up the economic ladder in his or her lifetime. The underlying data was assembled through the pioneering Chetty Study of American Economic Mobility and utilizes the Opportunity Atlas to determine the score for Genesee County.

National median
10% of people
The Opportunity Atlas, Chetty Study of Economic Mobility

Median Household Income

$50,269

While personal income identifies each individual’s financial stability, there are many families who have more than one person providing income. Household income represents the figure for dual or multi-income families to support the financial needs of the group, covering the essential and non-essential expenses that impact the local economy.

$59,234
State Median
U.S. Census Bureau

Workforce Participation

55.8%

Percentage of residents currently employed or actively seeking employment

The Workforce Participation rate measures the percentage of people who are currently employed or actively seeking employment. This number in conjunction with the unemployment rate, represents the total labor force for the county.

61.4%
State Median
U.S. Census Bureau

3rd Grade Reading Proficiency

36.9%

Average 3rd Grade Reading Proficiency

Reading proficiency is measured across the state through the standardized tests offered each year. These tests evaluate educational areas including math, reading, and language arts from grades 3 to 8 through two different standardized test programs.

42.8%
State Median
MI School Data

SNAP Recipient Households

33,321

The number of households in Genesee County receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. A SNAP recipient household has one or more of the current household members that received food stamps or a food stamp benefit card during the past 12 months.

536,536
State Total
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Total Jobs

124,106

Job growth is the annual increase of people who are employed, either with a public, private, or personal business. This figure represents the total number of employees in Genesee County and the ability to expand job opportunities annually.

3,998,223
State Total
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Change in Number of Businesses

+1.45%

Number Of Establishments – Average Annual Change

Establishments are the single businesses that provide goods or services within a geography such as Genesee County. These businesses directly influence the economy providing jobs, services, and building revenue for the County and its communities.

+0.58%
State Median
U.S. Census Bureau, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

*Community Scorecard data is from 2020 unless otherwise noted

How will we achieve our vision…

STRATEGY A

TURN COMMUNITY CHALLENGES INTO ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES

In the Japanese art of jiu-jitsu, the fighter manipulates the opponent’s force against themselves and harnesses this threatening energy for good.

STRATEGY B

CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON BUSINESS ATTRACTION AND RETENTION

There is no predicting the future anymore. Disruption is the rule, not the exception. We wake up each day knowing our advantages and marketing them.

STRATEGY C

EVALUATE AND EXPAND TOURISM OPTIONS

However they find you, they remember something. Big or small, they take you back home with them. You’re in their head and someday that might matter.

STRATEGY D

GROW AND COORDINATE COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

“It’s not an issue of ‘What’s missing?’, we have every community program you could imagine. For us, it’s about coordination, throughput, scaling. We need to take the next step, we need the 2.0’s”

STRATEGY E

BUILD GREAT PLACES

Genesee County is 650 square miles, there are 11 cities, 5 villages, and seventeen townships. From urban to rural, every lifestyle has a location in Genesee County, they all can, and should, be great.

STRATEGY F

INVEST IN 21ST CENTURY ECONOMIC INFRASTRUCTURE

Fix the roads … and while we’re at it, invest strategically in the underlying infrastructure that will enable our next chapter and support our communities today and in the future.