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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

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Flint Mayor Dayne Walling To Begin A Series Of Neighborhood Meetings

The Mayor will begin hosting a series of Neighborhood Action Sessions in each of the city's 9 Wards. The first session is scheduled for October 1, 2009 in Ward 1 at the Hasselbring Center.

The Neighborhood Action process is designed to allow residents the opportunity to help guide the deployment of limited city resources in ways that best meet their needs and desires. In addition, residents will, by ward, help identify ways to build upon our community assets while developing and implementing solutions to address our challenges. Our goal is to work together with citizens to create a prosperous and vibrant community. It’s all a part of the Mayor’s vision to create a 21st century city that includes New Jobs, Safe Neighborhoods, and Great Schools.
Neighborhood Action Sessions Meeting Schedule

Ward 1
October 1, 2009 5:30PM-7:00PM
Hasselbring Center - 1002 Home Avenue

Ward 2
November 11, 2009 5:30PM-7:00PM
Urban League of Flint – 5005 Cloverlawn

Ward 3 December, 7, 2009 5:30PM-7:00PM
Berston Field House – 3300 N. Saginaw Street

Ward 4
October 14, 2009 5:30PM-7:00PM
Asbury United Methodist Church -1653 Davison Road

Ward 5
October 28, 2009 5:30PM-7:00PM
Job Corp Center – 2400 North Saginaw Street
Ward 6
December 16, 2009 5:30PM-7:00PM
McLaren Regional Medical Center
Ballenger Auditorium
401 South Ballenger Highway

Ward 7
November 30, 2009 5:30PM-7:00PM
Brennan Center – 1301 Pingree
Ward 8
November 16, 2009 5:30PM-7:00PM
Zimmerman Center Room 109
2421 Corunna Road

Ward 9
December 3, 2009 5:30PM-7:00PM
Insight – 1110 Eldon Baker Drive

The Neighborhood Action Sessions are sponsored by the City of Flint Mayor’s Office and the Department of Community and Economic Development in partnership with the Neighborhoods Small Grants Program Advisory Committee of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, The Ruth Mott Foundation Applewood Initiative for Gardening and Community, Resource Genesee, and UM-Flint Outreach.

Bikes On The Bricks In Downtown Flint

Thousands of Motorcycles lined Saginaw Street in Downtown Flint this past weekend for the 3rd Annual Bikes On The Bricks event. Flint Mayor Dayne Walling welcomed the bikers on Friday night, before they took off on a 30 mile ride around the greater Flint area.

A $5.00 entry fee was charged for each bike. The Proceeds from the event help support the Flint Police Activities League (PAL). They work with the Flint Public School system to help provide positive activities for the youth.

Friday, September 25, 2009

City Of Flint Recognized By Back To The Bricks Organizers

2009 marked the 5th year for the "Back To The Bricks" car show. This year the event was expanded to 5 days. It included a rolling cruise, an outdoor concert with the Contours and the Flint Symphony Orchestra and a drive-in movie. By all accounts this year's Back To The Bricks was bigger and better than ever. It's estimated that more than 250,000 people attended and pumped nearly 20 Million dollars into our local economy.

The event touched down in several communities along a 10 mile stretch of South Saginaw Street, with Flint being the largest community. The City's Public Safety Department along with the Parks and Recreation department were instrumental to the success of this event.

Al Hatch, founder of Back To The Bricks, recognized the city's contribution and awarded the Parks and Rec department a Gold Level Sponsor plaque. Mayor Dayne Walling accepted the award during the Back To The Bricks awards ceremony Thursday night.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

An Afternoon With Political "Powerhouse" Donna Brazile

Tuesday afternoon Mayor Walling and I had the opportunity to hear a dynamic presentation from Political Strategist Donna Brazile. Ms. Brazile was the keynote speaker for The Foundation for Mott Community College Women in Education Fellowship Program.

I, like most people, had only heard Ms. Brazile speak on television. While I enjoy her television political commentary, I was really impressed by her live presentation. Ms. Brazile delivered a smart, inspiring, motivating speech.

She shared some personal stories about growing up as 1 of 9 children in Louisiana, and beginning her political career at the tender age of 9. She charged those who stood for change and voted for change to now fight for change. " The sidelines are full, we need people on the field," she said.

Great Pie In Downtown Flint!

Thursday afternoon when the Mayor and I left the WNEM studios we headed over to Rolls R Ready, a bakery shop in Downtown Flint. TV-5 Reporter Tia Ewing was telling us about the "White Potato Pie" and just how delicious it is. Never being one to turn down a good piece of pie, I suggested to the Mayor that we check it out. Evelyn is the very enthusiastic owner, she greeted us with her usual level of excitement and then-she served up the pie. It was pure delight for my taste buds! I think everybody should try a slice of "White Potato Pie" from Rolls R Ready at least once. Click here for location and menu options for Rolls R Ready.

Flint Mayor Dayne Walling Begins "Ask The Mayor" Segment on WNEM TV-5

Thursday, September 24th Flint Mayor Dayne Walling began his new "Ask The Mayor" segment on WNEM-TV-5. The segment will run every Thursday-Live in the Noon news. The Mayor will answer viewer questions on any topic about Flint and City Hall. This is just another opportunity for the Mayor to connect with the residents of Flint. Today Mayor Walling answered questions about the plans for Chevy in the hole and the status of the redevelopment of the Buick City property. To watch today's "Ask The Mayor" click here.

If you would like to submit a question a link has been provided on this site to WNEM-TV5's question form.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Nearly 100 People Turn Out For The Open For Business: Small Business Neighborhood Forum

Flint Mayor Dayne Walling hosted his first Small Business Neighborhood Forum Tuesday Night at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. It was a great success with nearly 100 people in attendance. The Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) joined with the City of Flint in this effort. Presenters included: Derrick Jones, City Of Flint Purchasing Director; Stan Blood, VP GRCC; Nell Taylor, Business Manager GRCC; Robert Goodman, Director of Flint Enterprise Community; and Dustin Frigy, Director of Procurement Technical Assistance Center at the GRCC.

Those in attendance received information on how to start and grow a business, how to secure government contracts, how to find funding sources, and they learned of the benefits of being a member of the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Mayor Dayne Walling Talks Public Safety on SuperTalk 1570

Flint Mayor Dayne Walling was a guest on this week's "Conversations From The Well" hosted by David Galbraith on SuperTalk 1570am radio. The Mayor discussed his public safety agenda, which includes a return to community policing and the opening of a police mini-station in every ward of the city. "Conversations From The Well" airs Sunday's at 10 a.m.

Mayor Dayne Walling Welcomes The Cast And Crew of "Alleged"

Lights, Camera, Action: Filming begins in Flint on a new Hollywood feature. Flint Mayor Dayne Walling was there to welcome the all-star cast and crew of the new feature film "Alleged." Filming began September 14th at the Historic Stockton House in Flint.

Nathan West and Ashely Johnson co-star in the movie about the historic Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925.

Dr. Ed Montgomery Talks Redevelopment With Flint Mayor Dayne Walling

Dr. Ed Montgomery, President Barack Obama's auto recovery chief, made a brief stop at Flint City Hall Friday, September 18, 2009. The auto recovery czar spent 2 hours meeting with Flint Mayor Dayne Walling. This was the first face to face meeting between the two.

There were many items of discussion on the agenda, including the proposed redevelopment of Buick City. Mayor Walling and Dr. Montgomery talked about ways the city and the federal government can work together to move the project to the next phase. Future development of the site is pending as environmental concerns are worked out.

Mayor Walling and Dr. Montgomery are scheduled to meet again later this month.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Rebuilding The Local Economy One Small Business At A Time

Flint is Open For Business!

Flint Mayor Dayne Walling will host an Open For Business: Small Business Neighborhood Forum, September 22, 2009 from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 1083 East Stewart Avenue.

The purpose of the Small Business Neighborhood Forum is to provide resources and information that can help small businesses grow and prosper in our community. It also provides an opportunity for business owners to share their challenges, concerns and needs as it relates to operating a business in the City of Flint.

The Mayor will discuss how his administration is working to get rid of some of the red tape, making it easier to own a business in the city. The Genesee County Regional Chamber of Commerce, the city of Flint’s Purchasing Department and the Flint Area Enterprise Community are among the agencies that will be represented.

Please R.S.V.P. by Noon September 22nd to Rhoda Matthews, Director of Citizen Services at (810) 766-7346 or e-mail rmatthews@cityofflint.com