When the City of Flint, Genesee County, and Flint & Genesee Group came together in 2019 to identify a community-owned vision for economic vitality, the result was the following statement: “In 2040, Genesee County is a top-five community in Michigan based on jobs, talent, livability, and equity.” Since then, the Group has adopted the Forward Together vision statement as its own and aligned strategic efforts accordingly.
Using Forward Together’s key indicators as guideposts, significant work was done in 2022 to understand community rankings and analyze economic changes. Findings from internal research were shared with stakeholders, including the Forward Together steering committee, municipal partners, community groups, and local businesses. This shared look at economic figures led to further investigation and plans for additional data monitoring and reporting—essential resources for the collective work of advancing economic prosperity in Genesee County.
Forward Together’s progress is measured across five key indicators: Average wages, net in-migration, educational attainment, GDP growth rate, and family poverty rate. While the Flint & Genesee Group cannot directly influence all five of these indicators, this data is informing work and programming design.