When Kettering University undertook a mission and visioning process beginning in 2011, engaging in helping shape a brighter future for the city of Flint was something that was universally important to students, faculty and staff who participated in that process. The entire university has a vested interest in making Flint a vibrant, dynamic, safe, and economically diverse community.
The Community Vitality Pillar was established out of this process, along with Kettering's other strategic objectives. MLive.com recently did an in-depth profile of the University's considerable efforts to be an active partner in creating a thriving Flint. From the story:
"So, why do they do it?
The end goal is to eliminate crime in the area and make it an economically viable community, (Kettering director of external relations Jack) Stock said.
And, they do it because they have to: Flint must succeed for Kettering to succeed.
And, they do it because they can.
And, they do it because they are one of the few with the brains and financial brawn it takes to do it.
"We have an amazing capability to have an impact to play a part in the economic revitalization in Flint -- but we have to engage," McMahan said."
Kettering President Robert McMahan was also featured by MLive in an in-depth interview on Kettering's role in the community. Kettering was also featured prominently in a segment on NPR/Michigan Radio's Stateside program.
More recent support for the Community Vitality pillar:
Kettering University students have created a transformational business plan to launch St. Luke N.E.W. (North End Women) Life Enterprises, Inc., from six part-time employees to 100 full-time, then eventually 1,000 full-time employees, responding to contractual agreements for medical facilities all over the region.
University Avenue Corridor Coalition
The University Avenue Corridor Coalition seeks "to transform the University Avenue corridor into an attractive and crime-free community that is conducive to sustainable development."
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