Flint & Genesee Economic Alliance applauds state support for advanced manufacturing campus in Genesee County
16 Apr 24

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Michigan Strategic Fund investment will help position Advanced Manufacturing District as premier location for new business

(Flint, Mich., April 16, 2024)  The Flint & Genesee Economic Alliance is applauding today’s decision by the Michigan Strategic Fund Board (MSF) to make an important investment in efforts aimed at attracting a job-creating project to the Advanced Manufacturing District of Genesee County.

The Advanced Manufacturing District, a 1,000-acre campus located in Mundy Township, is well positioned to be home to a high-tech manufacturing company that will help grow the local talent pipeline and bring the supply chain back to the United States.

The MSF awarded $9.2 million to the Flint & Genesee Economic Alliance to support site readiness activities that will best position the campus to attract an advanced manufacturer.

“We applaud the MSF Board for its decision to invest in this incredible opportunity for Genesee County and our entire state,” said Tyler Rossmaessler, the executive director of the Flint & Genesee Economic Alliance. “Today represents a significant step forward in our efforts to attract an employer that would bring thousands of new jobs to our community. We sincerely appreciate our community stakeholders who voiced support during today’s meeting for this important grant and the potential for a once-in-a-generation project here.”

More than 20 organizations and employers in Genesee County, including Hurley Medical Center and Flint Bishop International Airport, have signed a public letter of support for efforts of local and state leaders to attract an advanced manufacturer to the region. The letter is on the Economic Alliance’s  website at GeneseeJobs.org.

“It’s exciting to be part of an effort to bring new opportunities to Genesee County,” said Kellogg Dipzinski, business agent and organizer for IBEW Local 948 in Flint. “We’ve seen this region lose jobs over the decades and now we are positioning ourselves to attract a project that will create new jobs, including those that don’t require a college degree.”

“New jobs that come with a new project attract new residents and families, creating more demand for housing and increasing property values,” said Kristy Cantleberry, a Linden resident who owns a boutique real estate business in Grand Blanc. “Such a project will offer opportunities for our young people, so they won’t have to move away to find good-paying jobs.”