In brief

Forward Together meeting planned

FLINT — The Forward Together Steering Committee will host its first public meeting; a Visioning Summit on Economic Prosperity. The event will be held May 14, from 6-8 p.m., at Baker College, Flint Campus in the gymnasium.

It’s open to the public and community members are encouraged to invite their full network to attend. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

During the two-hour session, the planning team will introduce the Forward Together process, share initial findings from the economic research, and engage participants in a series of fun and interactive discussions and activities. Free pizza and light refreshments will be provided for attendees.

At the summit community members can expect to receive information on the county’s economic potential based on the real-world conditions in 2019. Nationally recognized economist Kevin Hively, with Ninigret Partners, will deliver a keynote address focusing on the Ten Points of Potential.

While the summit is free and open to the public, the Steering Committee requests that participants register for the event. This will help the planning team prepare for the evening.

Details: Visit visioning-summit. — G.G.

MEDC expands opportunities for business attraction and community growth in Michigan

LANSING — The Michigan Strategic Fund approved updated tools and changes to two current Michigan Economic Development Corporation programs that will bolster the state’s business attraction efforts and provide additional opportunities for Michigan businesses and communities to thrive and grow, the MEDC announced recently.

“Jobs Ready Michigan allows us to address the talent needs of companies looking to expand in the state in a targeted and impactful way as part of an overall attraction effort,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “As we continue our efforts to train up our state’s workforce, Jobs Ready Michigan will better allow us to adapt to changing industry demands and prepare our workforce with the skills they need to compete for the jobs of the future. Today’s actions also highlight a commitment to assisting smaller communities and projects in targeted industries, opening up the door for more job growth and economic vitality throughout our state.”

Two new opportunities to support business growth and promote opportunities in Michigan fall under the existing Michigan Business Development Program (MBDP), which provides grants, loans, or other economic assistance for highly competitive projects in Michigan that create jobs and/or provide investment.

The Jobs Ready Michigan Program is designed to provide grants for business expansion and location projects that lead to job creation and investments in Michigan that have a demonstrated training need, particularly in pursuing new opportunities for high-tech, high-demand, and high-wage jobs.

“The end result is a more robust toolkit to allow us to continue our momentum in bringing new jobs, investment and development all across Michigan,” said Jeff Mason, CEO of MEDC, the state’s chief marketing and business attraction arm that administers programs and performs due diligence on behalf of the MSF. — G.G.

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