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Community leaders focus on I-69 Corridor to boost economy

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Interstate 69, between Genesee County and the Thumb area, is vital for traffic traveling east or west.

On Wednesday, several groups gathered at the I-69 Thumb Regional Summit to brainstorm how to attract more businesses along the expressway, and attract more jobs.

"We're always working on new prospects, and part of this effort is to increase the size of the pie, to identify folks, companies and decision makers who feel that the region offers them something and then each of the economic development partners work to put their best products on the table," said Janice Karcher, Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce.

A couple of things are unique about the I-69 Corridor which makes it attractive to companies who want to locate here for business. 

There is Flint, an urban area, but there is also the rural areas in the Thumb.

"The thumb part of Michigan is some of our most vibrant farm ground with many different kinds of commodities from sugar beets to beans and wheat and corn, soy, dairy that can be processed into finished products that people here in Michigan can eat and also can be shipped across the country," said Jaime Clover Adams, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

All of that movement has to start on I-69.

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