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Flint's new point man on economic development

Apr 16, 2018

Rodrick Miller
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The man tapped to lead Flint’s new economic development team brings experience helping another economically challenged city recovering from disaster.

Rodrick Miller previously worked in post-Katrina New Orleans.

Miller says, like Flint, New Orleans suffered through years of economic decline long before disaster struck.

He says there is a lesson there for Flint.

“The challenges that Flint has aren’t challenges that were developed overnight,” says Miller. “So they’re not going to be fixed overnight.”

Miller hopes to build on recent multi-million dollar business investments in Flint.

Flint’s new economic development effort is a partnership between the city and the Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce, funded by a nearly $3 million grant from the Kellogg Foundation.