President, Grand Blanc Chamber of Commerce
Executive Director, Back to the Bricks
August 18, 2021
As Genesee County demographics have continued to shift and flow, the southern end has demonstrated a propensity for innovation and this had fueled growth and development for over a quarter of a century. The commerce has proven to be invaluable and in places like Fenton, Lake Fenton, Holly, and most especially Grand Blanc and Grand Blanc Township this growth has been significant.
The Grand Blanc Chamber of Commerce has played a key role in fostering this growth and will be called on to help facilitate even more in the coming years. New President Leigh LaForest brings the dynamic energy, relationship skills, and unique personal skills to the job in a perfect dovetailing of person, place, and need. Her background and experience are crucial components.
Late of the Flint and Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce (FGRCC) she developed significant contacts, experiences, and successes. While working at FGRCC, she was responsible for new member acquisition and retention of its 1000 members, creating strong relationships with community partners, and consistently exceeded dues revenue goals.
So it should be no surprise that she is helping to expand the connection between southern Genesee County, Grand Blanc, and Flint. Making the Metro Flint/Genesee County and her 400,000 denizens a more coherent and complementary unit would develop in to a serious force to be reckoned with.
Given all of this it’s hardly a surprise that she is partnering with Back To The Bricks and long time friend of Fish and The Flint Chronicles, Director Amber Taylor to expand this year's festivities in to a more solid, vibrant and connected event. Amber joins us to talk about how this is being accomplished, what is happening in this comeback from the year of Covid. During last year's lock down Amber and her team kept things rolling - literally - with virtually events but this year it’s back to business as usual with a live monster event that she says will feature more than 70,000 single day visitors to the Saginaw Street locus. (The Genesee County Historical Society will also have its first ever presence on the bricks!) Amber and Leigh are a powerful one-two punch of community game planning. The point-to-point nexus of Grand Blanc to The Durant Hotel is the through lane to our collective motoring hearts. They promise to keep things rolling and rocking and there is every reason to think they are going to make that promise a beautiful reality. So rev 'em up and listen to the dual dynamos of Grand Blanc, Flint and Back To The Bricks break it down in the Aquarium!