FLINT TWP. — A newly formed committee is on a mission to put Flint Township on the map. Literally.
The committee formed by the West Flint Business Association (WFBA) in conjunction with township officials is working on printing a full-color map that will showcase township businesses and other points of interest.
The multi-media maps will be used as a marketing tool for local businesses, said Deb Nebraski, a township employee and committee member.
Local business owners are being sought to sign up for listings in the map, Fees start at $495 and go up depending on ad size, Nebraski said.
Right now, the committee is just reserving ad space and actual billing will occur later, she said.
There is no deadline to sign up at this point but the goal is to have the map done and ready by next spring, she said.
Speaking at the WFBA meeting last week, township supervisor Karyn Miller said it is an opportunity that she does not think will be come again for at least three years when the map gets updated. Nebraski, who has been working as Miller’s assistant, brought the idea to her and they got WFBA members involved, she said.
Phil Jackson, a longtime WFBA member is in charge of marketing and managing the ads.
“We have been trying to do this for a while now, to get it off the ground,” Nebraski said. “We hope to do it this time with support from Phil Jackson and others.”
While working in real estate, Nebraski said she has used similar maps at Open Houses to show nearby points of interests to potential home buyers.
Chambers of Commerce from Grand Blanc, Lansing and Ann Arbor are among Michigan municipalities already signed up with NovoPriint USA, a Wisconsin-based company, that will design and print the maps.
Maps for those cities and other samples can be viewed on the company’s website at www.novoprint.com.
The finished product will include an online interactive map and a hard copy map that will be publicly distributed, Nebraski said.
The online version will be interactive with links to both the WFBA and Flint Township websites. It will be Google integrated with driving directions and printable PDF files. Additionally, advertisements will include “hot links” to the business sponsor’s website.
Map listings are open to all area businesses including those outside of Flint Township who are doing business in the township, Nebraski said. Churches, schools and other groups can also sign up.
Points of interest that will be pinpointed on the map include Genesee Valley Center shopping mall, Baker College, Bishop International Airport and the Genesee Recreational Trail.
Deb Campbell, WFBA president said she expects a lot of businesses to take advantage of this opportunity.