Mayor Weaver hopeful $3M grant will help attract new business to Flint

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FLINT (WJRT) (02/19/18) -- C3 Ventures Founder Bob Schaffer was one of the many people in attendance for Monday morning's announcement the City of Flint has received a $3M grant for economic development.

Schaffer decided to move C3 Ventures to Flint over a year ago.

"It was actually suggested by a government person that we take a closer look at Flint, so actually it's kind of neat how we're all working together, democrats, republicans, white, black, it's a great community, a lot of diversity, but there's so many opportunities going on here," he said.

Shaffer is hopeful that the grant will help with economic development in the coming years, especially for people who are on the fence about setting up shop in the city.

"They need to talk to us, the city, city council, the chamber, the chamber's been phenomenal, everybody's been very welcoming," he said.

It's been a number of year since the city of Flint has had an economic development department.

"Making sure that Flint's able to attract businesses but also retain them as well too, but also making sure that residents who are here in the city, who love this city are able to participate in moving forward," said W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Yazeed Moore.

The grant will be spread out over the course of 4 years.

The team that's hired will work collaboratively with other agencies in assessing the city's infrastructure needs.

"The CS Mott foundation, the chamber, the Ruth Mott Foundation, Community Foundation, so this is a project that's bigger than one person," he said.

Mayor Weaver says the next step will be the hiring process.

The city is looking to hire around 4-5 people to build the economic development team.

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