State Senate Committee for Economic Development to host committee meeting in Flint

From by Jeremy Allen

FLINT, MI – Representatives from the political, business, health and education sectors will converge on St. Luke’s New Life Center on Friday, Sept. 13, as the Michigan Senate Committee for Economic Development hosts a committee meeting in Flint to discuss the general economic outlook of the city and its surrounding areas.

The committee chairman, Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, said Flint was chosen as a host city for the committee’s meeting because it represents a part of the economic engine that runs the state.

“Some of the complaints I get when talking to people start out with ‘You guys in Lansing.’ Well, we meet in Lansing, but we’re really a group of people who represent the entire state,” Kowall said.

“By taking our show on the road and out of Lansing, we really get a chance to bring Lansing to the people.”

Local representatives such as Flint Mayor Dayne Walling, Sen. Jim Ananich,D-Flint; Sen. David Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township, and U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Township, are all expected testify about the economic outlook of Flint and Genesee County, as well as provide introspection on the master plan and how the area hopes to bring manufacturing jobs back to the area.

“(This Flint meeting) is going to be based about a lot of manufacturing and spurring economic development,” Kowall said.

“It’s really important to focus on the businesses that have been here and weathered the economic typhoons here. Those are the ones that are overlooked sometimes, but we’re trying to change that.”

Kowell said that the committee has been hosting its meetings all across the state – from Detroit to Escanaba – meeting with communities and business leaders in hopes of showing people what it has been working on and how it impacts the state economically.

“While we’re in the different cities we try to get out and tour local business,” he said.

The committee will hear testimony from Kildee, Walling, Genesee County Drain Commissioner Jeff Wright; representatives from the University of Michigan-Flint, Mott Community College, Baker College of Flint and Kettering University, Hurley Medical Center, Genesys Health System, McLaren Health Systems, Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy, the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, Goodwill and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.