Issue 2 | February 5, 2020
In recent weeks, you can hardly go anywhere without seeing messages about the 2020 Census and the importance of everyone completing a questionnaire. Clever, impactful and poignant messages can be seen on social media, on the screens at the gas station pumps, grocery stores, at meetings and through advertising of all types – practically everywhere; and it’s necessary.

So, I know there’s a high probability that you have been exposed to the census calls to action but, I’m asking you to give me a few minutes on the subject as well.

Flint’s Downtown Development Authority recently hired Kady Yellow as director of placemaking. In the newly created role, Yellow will work to increase both the number and types of activities that take place downtown while strengthening a culture of inclusion. Her work begins Feb. 10.

Inside Business spoke briefly with Yellow about her goals for the new position as well as the discipline of placemaking. Yellow’s upbringing along with her hands-on work in the arts fuels her passion about the importance of placemaking, as cities like Flint are transformed.

Sixteen local professionals have been selected to participate in Lead Now Flint & Genesee, an introspective leadership development program offered through the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce.

The participants in the sixth cohort, which kicked off Jan. 24, work and/or live in Genesee County and have experience in the private, public or nonprofit sectors.

Participants in the 2020 cohort include:

The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce is seeking proposals from Genesee County employers interested in hiring graduates of the TeenQuest pre-employment training program this summer.

As part of the Summer Youth Initiative (SYI), local employers who participate in the SYI Job Fair in April will be paired with teens, ages 14-19, for 10 weeks starting in June.

Feb. 12 Chamber Luncheon
  • Community Spotlight Speaker: Ellen Patnaude, Lead Quine