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MI New Economy tour stops in Flint

State officials join local economic and talent leaders to discuss plans to implement governor's economic vision for Michigan

October 26, 2021
Media Contact: Austin Fox, 517-526-2632

State officials met today with local business, workforce development and community leaders in Flint to discuss the ways Michigan can achieve the goals laid out in Gov. Whitmer's MI New Economy Plan. The event is part of a statewide tour designed to bring stakeholders together to discuss a comprehensive strategy to utilize American Rescue Plan funds to support small businesses, grow the middle class and invest in our communities.

"We continue to build momentum on our economic recovery and our commitment to carrying out the governor's economic vision that tackles structural challenges in an effort to grow Michigan's economy, create good-paying jobs and build industries of the future," said?Susan Corbin, director of the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO). "It is critical that we work together and hear from a diverse set of?voices throughout the state, so that we can continue our economic jumpstart and build Michigan back better."

The goal of these events is to share the governor's vision with key stakeholders and thought leaders and highlight local projects that demonstrate how the MI New Economy plan can move the state's economy forward.

The Flint stop of the tour included presentations from LEO and an open discussion with other local leaders to highlight their initiatives - current and on the horizon - that align with the MI New Economy plan.

"Governor Whitmer's MI New Economy plan will be instrumental in helping communities all around the state to stabilize, grow and thrive," said Glenn Wilson, President and CEO of Communities First, Inc. "The three pillars align with the priorities of Communities First, Inc., and we look forward to seeing how we can support the governor's vision. Times like this requires bold vision and leadership and this plan is an example of that in action."

"We stand ready to support the Governor's MI New Economy proposal and together, with our partners, create an even stronger economic future for the region, and all of Michigan," said Jody Kerbyson, Chief Executive Officer of GST Michigan Works!.

Last month, Gov. Whitmer detailed her economic agenda, including the unveiling of the three pillars of her $2.1 billion MI New Economy plan with specific and ambitious goals that will help state officials track progress on efforts to build a stronger and more resilient Michigan. The governor's vision features three central pillars focused on economic development, workforce and community investment.

Pillar 1: Grow the Middle Class - No economic vision for the state can be complete if it doesn't focus on eliminating poverty and lifting families into the middle class. 

  • Goal: 60% of adults with a postsecondary credential by 2030  
  • Goal: Lift 100,000 families out of working poverty during the next five years (FY22-FY26)  
  • Goal: Provide access to low or no cost child care for 150,000 more families by 2024  

Pillar 2: Support Small Business - To supplement the great economic development work our state already does, Michigan needs a focus on creating and growing more Main Street businesses. 

  • Goal: Top 10 state for small business job growth and revenue growth from 2022 to 2026  
  • Goal: Top 10 state for household income growth during the next five years (FY22-FY26)  
  • Goal: Top 10 state for growth in venture capital funding over the next five years (2022-2026)  

Pillar 3: Build Strong Communities - Michigan's residents deserve to live in vibrant communities with the kinds of services and amenities associated with a high standard of living. 

  • Goal: 100% access to high-speed internet and 95% adoption by households during the next five years, while continually investing in higher quality access (FY22-FY26)  
  • Goal: 75,000 new or rehabilitated housing units in five years (FY22-FY26) 

Additional stops of the MI New Economy Tour are being planned for many communities across Michigan.

To learn more about the MI New Economy plan, the state's economic and workforce challenges and successes the state has seen to date, visit