If you walk down the streets of downtown Flint, you can feel the momentum that is fueling the revitalization of the area.

Tim Herman, CEO

Just this past week – after nearly 20 years – the historic Capitol Theatre opened and a ceremonial program and ribbon-cutting was held as a crowd of nearly 800 people cheered on. It was one of the most exciting days in my career. As I looked across the stage and out into the audience, I saw the partners – the state of Michigan and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the City of Flint, The Whiting, Uptown Reinvestment Corporation, Uptown Developments, and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and Hagerman Foundation. it was a great reminder of what can be accomplished through strong, private-public partnerships.

The importance of the Capitol’s restoration extends far beyond the building itself. The theatre is a symbol of the transformation occurring in downtown Flint and is part of an epicenter of commercial, residential and public space. It will also contribute significantly to the quality of life for Flint and Genesee County residents and beyond. And now that the Capitol is open for business, it’s expected to draw thousands of people for a great show, as well as to dine or shop, creating a strong economic impact, over time.

The equally great news is that the revitalization doesn’t stop with the Capitol.  Work will continue in 2018 on several projects including a mixed-income housing complex, Mott’s culinary school and café, and potentially a new hotel.

As always, I ask that you help the Chamber communicate good news and watch for more project updates. In the meantime, enjoy the holidays. I’ll see you in the New Year!