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

$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.

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.

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.