Flint selected for national Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative

The City of Flint was selected nationally to be part of the Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative (SC2).

SC2 is a program launched by President Obama that has federal experts work with city leadership, community organizers, local businesses and philanthropic foundations for the purpose of economic growth and development.

Federal officials will start to arrive this month in Flint.

Flint will receive technical assistance from different federal agencies and at least one federal expert will stay in Flint in order to help with the implementation of the city's Master Plan.

"It is an honor for the City of Flint to join the next group of Strong Cities, Strong Communities,â?? said Mayor Dayne Walling. â??SC2 will bring additional capacity to the implementation of the new Master Plan for a Sustainable Flint and to the innovative work being done here to improve economic opportunity, neighborhood safety and community quality of life for all of Flintâ??s residents, businesses and students. Flint is transforming into a diverse 21st Century city and SC2 engagement will speed our progress."

Flint was selected for this program, along with St. Louis, Missouri; Gary, Indiana; Macon, Georgia; Brownsville, Texas; Rockford, Illinois and Rocky Mount, North Carolina.