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Can Engineering Work and Marketing Help to Repopulate the Former Buick City Site?

Posted August 23, 2017 9:00 AM by dstrohl

From the air, the stark gray remains of Buick City, a sprawling Flint, Michigan, plot roughly bordered by East Pierson Street, East Wood Street, Industrial Avenue/North Street, and James P. Cole Boulevard, stand in contrast to the residential neighborhoods and commercial properties that surround it. Once, its 390 acres churned out new Buicks and employed nearly 30,000 workers, but today the space sits largely vacant and forgotten. Thanks to a $197,000 federal grant that focuses on remarketing the land, that may soon change.

Neither the rise nor fall of the property, which wasn’t known as Buick City until 1985, happened overnight. Construction began on the facility, then known as Buick’s north Flint complex, in 1906, and by 1908, Buick (then under the GM umbrella) was producing nearly 9,000 automobiles annually. Two years later, production had expanded so much that there simply wasn’t room to house all the new workers, prompting construction of temporary tent cities as a cost-effective solution.

Can something go right in Flint, Michigan for once?

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08/24/2017 8:54 AM

A multi-prong approach. ... maybe.

Building it does not mean they will come. It has to be a collaborate coalition between local/state government and industry.

  • First you have to execute a viable marketing plan. Your first have to shed the cloud of a failed city and infrastructure ruin by generations of failed bureaucrats.
  • Then analyze the costs of modernizing the infrastructure, and how to raise this money.
  1. which will also be a multi-prong approach such as selling bonds,
  2. modestly raising taxes, stream-lining government,
  3. state and federal funding, guaranteed incentives to draw in in the business.

the guarantee incentive would be similar to what Wisconsin did and are doing for FOXCONN, such as (Briefly);

FOXCONN responsibility

  • Minimum hiring of employees (quantities) (!0,000 employees)
  • Minimum Wages and salaries for the employees, I believe the average salary is at about $57,000.00/year
  • Minimum company investment in the area. (10 billion)

Wisconsin Responsibility

  • Tax incentives
  • supplying a educated and competent workforce (the technically college in the state are really gearing up)
  • Supporting Infrastructure for the new industry

Now with Flint, Michigan it will be more difficult because its infrastructure has been basically run into the ground. the past 2-3 Generations. One can estimate recovery will take at least (1) generation.

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08/24/2017 9:27 AM

A little about FOXCONN and one area Technical College.

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