is located in the southeastern part of the lower peninsula, traversed by I-69, I-75, I-475, and U.S.23. The county contains 642 square miles and is the 33rd largest in the state. The county seat is Flint. Just over a third of the land is farmed. The economy is largely dependent on manufacturing, particularly auto and auto-related products.
The major employers of Genesee County:
General Motors Corp
Genesys Regional Medical Center
Flint Metal Fab
Hurley Medical Center Inc
McLaren Regional Medical Center
Delphi Automotive Systems Corp
Genessee County Family Services
Patsy Lou Williamson Gmc Inc
Childrens Protective Services
Venture Industries Corp
Local officials see a new economic engine that will drive the Flint & Genesee County area in the next century: transportation and trade. Three major projects are underway including; Bishop Airport expansion, adopting the Intelligent Transportation System and the rebuilding of I-75 in Genesee County.
General Motors has built a $500 million engine plant in Flint. This new facility could be the future of manufacturing and labor relations for Genesee County and possibly other industrial communities.
Automotive Component Carrier Inc. has built a 300,000 square-foot $20-million automotive warehouse facilityand has created at least 100 jobs. ACC, is part of the Detroit-based Penske Corporation.
Bishop International Airport-which won several design awards-is growing again! The airport is currently under construction on an addition that will add 22,800 square feet. This will allow the airport to add two luggage carousels and two car rental spaces. The addition is expected to be completed in December 2006.
Enterprise and Renaissance zones have been established in and around the central city to encourage private investment and development through tax abatements.
The University of Michigan has invested $35.6 million in a new classroom building which opened in 2002. The building houses two of UM-Flint's three schools, a health clinic, and UM public television station Channel 23, a child care center, and a multi-media instructional center.
Flint has the opportunity to redefine itself as a center of excellence in higher education. Within a 2½ mile radius are four prominent educational institutions-Kettering University, U of M-Flint, Mott Community College, and Baker College
The largest of Baker's nine campuses, Baker College of Flint completed a $2.5 million expansion and renovation designed to serve their students. The new, 27,000 square-foot facility houses labs for the college's Automotive Technology, UNIX, Computer-aided Design, and Microsoft and NOVELL programs.
Due to higher salary levels within the Oakland County area and the reasonable commute time, over 25,000 Genesee County residents commute to jobs in the out county area.
Flint is ideally positioned at the crossroads of Michigan's major highways and on the NAFTA corridor to Port Huron. Also situated near these major arteries is our state-of-the-art Bishop International Airport.
With the intersection of I-75 and I-69 in Genesee County, it is favorable positioned on the I-69 corridor which is one of the country's major north-sough interstate highway systems.
Bishop International Airport is the first major air transportation and freight facility on I-69 after crossing the Canadian Border.
Flint has an advantage to being in the middle of the largest bilateral trading relationship in the world, U.S. and Canada. Intermodal transportation is the key to Flint's economic growth and revitalization. It is projected that by the year 2015, trading between U.S. and Canada will increase by as much as 180%. Flint is a prime location for a transportation network, especially with pending infrastructure improvements which will revitalize the I-69 trade corridor.