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Code Michigan returns for second year, grows

LANSING — Software developers are invited to participate in the state’s Code Michigan event this October for an opportunity to build mobile and web applications and win cash prizes.

“Code Michigan is an exciting opportunity for civic-minded developers and designers to help reinvent Michigan’s government by creating mobile and web apps for the public good,” said David Behen, director of the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) and state chief information officer.

Code Michigan, a free “civic coding event, is scheduled to begin on Oct. 3 at 5 p.m. and run through Oct. 5, at 5 p.m. at three locations across the state – at the Grand Circus in Detroit and The Stream Center in Newaygo in the Lower Peninsula, and on the campus of Northern Michigan University in Marquette in the Upper Peninsula.

Individuals interested in participating may register for the free, three-day event by visiting the Code Michigan website at: Only 65 slots for each location are available.

First, second and third place prizes will be awarded at all three locations. First prize is $5,000, second prize is $1,500 and third prize is $500. — G.G.

PNC Foundation awards Genesee County Habitat for Humanity $20,000

FLINT — Genesee County Habitat for Humanity has been awarded $20,000 from the PNC Foundation , which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (, to support the construction of Work/Live projects in downtown Flint, MI. Key members from the PNC team visited Genesee County Habitat for Humanity, located at 101 Burton St. in Flint to deliver the awarded funds.

The Work/Live projects are located at 706 W. Court St and, 608 W. Court St. in the Grand Traverse District Neighborhood in Flint. Genesee County Habitat is the first Habitat for Humanity affiliate in the United States to incorporate the Work/Live concept in its Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy having created a pilot program to transform vacant buildings into a Work/ Live structure combining storefronts and residential living space. The work/live model breaks new ground in Habitat for Humanity’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative by pairing its homeownership program with small business development. Low-income families now have the ability to manage small businesses, while creating increased employment and income opportunities.

This development will provide a pivotal piece in revitalizing neighborhoods. Work/Live development will complete the elements needed for neighborhood revitalization and further stabilize the area. The owners will receive a 20-year zero percent interest rate mortgage. — G.G.

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