Featured photo: Doneen McDowell answers questions by Flint & Genesee Group COO Kristina Johnston
(Flint, Mich.)-On March 22, the Flint & Genesee Group reported on its accomplishments in 2022 and shared its priorities moving forward. The organization’s annual meeting – themed “Meeting What’s Next” – was held before an audience of more than 350 attendees at the FIM Capitol Theatre and included a keynote address from Doneen McDowell, manufacturing executive director of the truck and components sector at General Motors.
“For the Flint & Genesee Group, 2022 was the second year of our three-year strategic plan,” said Group CEO Tim Herman.
“It was also a year with many successes, including the launch of new programs and a continued emphasis on partnership, both with internal and external stakeholders,” Herman added. “Looking back on what we achieved, there is good reason to be optimistic about business, talent and place in Flint & Genesee.”
In 2022, the Group worked to build awareness around Forward Together, which is a shared vision for making Genesee County a top-five community in Michigan based on jobs, talent, livability and equity by 2040. Other initiatives from the Group and its divisions included the roll-out of the 40 Under 40 recognition program and the launch of the Flint & Genesee Business Bridge, an online directory and resource for minority-owned businesses in Genesee County.
Following are some key numbers highlighting last year’s accomplishments of the Group and its divisions in the areas of professional development, economic development, business advocacy, education and talent and tourism.
Flint & Genesee Group
- 930 participants in professional development workshops; 115 employers represented
- 23 Genesee County interns in the Flintern program
- Eight Lead Now graduates
Flint & Genesee Economic Alliance
- Five economic development projects that generated $363 million in private investment and 393 jobs
- 250 connections made between employers and job seekers
- 271 Small Business Help Desk meetings with entrepreneurs and small business owner
- $63.7 million in federal, state, local and subcontracting contracts
Flint & Genesee Chamber
- 124 new Chamber members
- 99.2% Chamber member retention rate
- 650% membership growth in the African American Advisory Committee
Flint & Genesee Education & Talent
- 1,433 students received afterschool and/or summer enrichment programming through YouthQuest
- 323 teens graduated from TeenQuest
- 205 teens employed through the Summer Youth Initiative/Michigan DNR Summer Youth Employment Program
- 150 Flint Promise scholars enrolled in local colleges and universities
Explore Flint & Genesee
- 7,524 hotel room nights contracted in Genesee County
- 53.7% hotel occupancy rate—down from 57.9% in 2019 but up from the 2020 low of 46.6%
- Average Daily Rate of $91.35 and total hotel revenue of $46.3 million surpassed the pre-pandemic figures of $75.95 and $37.7 million, respectively
Looking forward, the Group will stay focused on its goals and strategies. According to Herman, some of these efforts will include securing transformational investments that grow the local economy and create jobs; executing ideas that help bring new talent to Genesee County; and increasing existing support for small businesses and creating new partnerships that will reduce barriers to capital, technical capacity and growth potential.
“We’ll identify new opportunities for businesses and individuals, work to remove barriers to success and keep listening to our partners to understand their needs as they evolve,” Herman said.
A full copy of the Group’s Annual Report is available online at AnnualReport.FlintandGenesee.org.