Reps appointed to Aerotropolis board

FLINT TWP. — With two opposing, the township board of trustees appointed representatives to the newly forming Michigan Next Development Corporation Board (MNDC) that will oversee an aerotropolis business development corridor hubbed at Bishop International Airport.

Township Supervisor Karyn Miller was named the MNDC appointee and Tracey Tucker, economic enhancement director, was named alternate.

Trustees Belenda Parker and Barb Vert voted no to the appointments.

Before the 5-2 vote, Parker asked why another board member was not selected as the alternate.

Miller responded that Tucker has attended all the meetings in the past year and been involved in the creation of the aerotropolis zone.

Miller also announced that the MNDC board has scheduled a media briefing and its first meeting at 5 p.m. on Feb. 16 at the airport. She said Gov. Rick Snyder recently approved the aerotropolis designation — one of only five in the state. When it meets, the aerotropolis board will be selecting four officers.

Flint Township is among several local communities in Genesee, Lapeer, Oakland and Shiawassee counties to sign up for membership in the MNDC. Others in Genesee County include the County Board of Commissioners, the cities of Burton, Fenton, Grand Blanc and Flint and Grand Bland Township and Mt. Morris Township.

In December, the Flint Township Board approved annual dues of $3,000 for the next three years to join the aerotropolis.

Each municipality signed up gets a a seat on the MNDC board that will be charged with creating incentives to attract business and promote the aerotropolis zone.

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