(FLINT, Mich. – March 20, 2014) The following statement regarding Diplomat’s new Internship and fellow program should be attributed to Tim Herman, CEO, Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce.

“This is great news, and not surprising coming from an inspirational company like Diplomat.  Phil Hagerman and the Diplomat team continue to impress me with their unwavering commitment to revitalizing Flint & Genesee. Their new internship program is another great example of their focus on strengthening the region.

“Recruiting college students from throughout the country to be part of a strategy for social change is an outstanding idea. These students will bring diverse thoughts, ideas and experiences that could result in an enhanced quality of life in the Flint area. The internship and fellow programs could also lead to innovative solutions to address joblessness, urban revitalization and critical needs in our community; and be a catalyst for new businesses, new partnerships and collaborative efforts. I see nothing but upside. Just as important, I believe it’s an opportunity to showcase Flint & Genesee in a holistic manner… in a way that many people have not experienced. We are more than our challenges.  Flint & Genesee is a great place to run a business, work, attend college, live and play.”