Flint’s leaders are following in the footsteps of the those who helped make the city great by being at the forefront of economic and community development.

To sign up for any tour, please contact Cheryl Defrain at cdefrain@flintandgenesee.org or (810) 600-1457.

Edutours · August 16, Noon – 2:30 p.m.

By choosing one of our four “Edutours,” you can learn about the key pieces of an emerging economy that is Moving Flint Forward. You may participate in only one tour during this window.

All Edutours will originate from the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce offices located in the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Building at 519 S. Saginaw Street, Flint MI, 48502. Lunch will be provided.

TOUR 1 – Farm to Fork: A Food-Based Economy

Flint is quickly becoming known as a food destination. See how Flint is using this movement to create jobs, mentor youth, increase healthy food accessibility, and drive a locally sourced economy. Stops include:

  • Catholic Charities Mr. Gaines’ Garden Program
  • EmFlower Gardens
  • The Local Grocer
  • Flint Farmers’ Market
  • Food Bank of Eastern Michigan
  • Table and Tap

TOUR 2 – Higher Education: Economic and Community Development

Kettering University, one of the nation’s leading engineering universities, has been instrumental in creating world-class talent and innovative practices. On this tour, see what Kettering University has done to impact the overall economy, as well as the surrounding neighborhoods and community. Stops include:

  • Kettering University
  • Kettering / General Motors Mobility and Research Center
  • Kettering University Crash Test Lab
  • Kettering University Recreation Center
  • University Avenue Corridor Improvements and Land Acquisitions

TOUR 3 – Economic Diversification & Innovation

On this tour, see how Phil Hagerman, President/CEO of Diplomat Pharmacy, has made strategic business and philanthropic investments to become a leader in business, community development, and entrepreneurship. Stops include:

  • Diplomat Pharmacy
  • Dryden Building/Hagerman Foundation
  • Skypoint Ventures/Ferris Wheel Building
  • Atwood Stadium

TOUR 4 – Flint Riverfront Restoration Project

See the plans and progress for the exciting redevelopment of the Flint River that will return the waterway to its natural state. This tour includes a peaceful and beautiful kayak trip down a portion of the river in downtown Flint.

Capitol Theatre Renovation Tour · August 17, 6:30 p.m.

Just steps away from our HOT DOGS & HOT RODS event, all expats can see the transformation taking place inside the iconic downtown theatre. No open-toed shoes or flowing attire is recommended for this tour. The tour includes a special gift to commemorate your time at the Capitol Theatre.