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 the Flint Genesee County Chamber of Commerce. 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 will measure our progress toward our vision across five indicators and our community scorecard

AVERAGE WAGES

$879

Per week average wage for workers in the county

22nd

out of the 83 Michigan Counties

NET IN-MIGRATION

↓1,000

People moved out of Genesee County in 2018

78th

out of the 83 Michigan Counties

EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT

31%

of residents over 25 have a postsecondary degree

29th

out of the 83 Michigan Counties

GDP GROWTH RATE

.88%

Growth in GDP between 2017-18 / state change

49th

out of the 83 Michigan Counties

FAMILY POVERTY RATE

15%

Families living below the poverty line

78th

out of the 83 Michigan Counties

COMMUNITY SCORECARD

7

Additional metrics tracking community progress over time without comparison. Includes topics like economic mobility, workforce participation, reading proficiency, and other.

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.