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Flint businesses to receive help on projects as part of initiative

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Some high-speed help is coming to the Vehicle City.

A group of Michigan business leaders will lend their services for free as part of the new Flint Sprint initiative.

It brings together the city, non-profit groups and corporate partners to improve life in Flint.

"The water crisis is taking a lot out of us. So this is a way to re-energize us," said Jamie Gaskin, CEO of Genesee County's United Way.

Businesses have partnered with local organizations to help them with a project for free. These are short-term projects.

"This gives us a chance to partner with Baker College professors to work through a strategic planning and formally organized launch of the volunteer center," Gaskin said.

He said it's a project that's been on the back burner for about a year. Right after the volunteer center launched, it found a new purpose with the Red Cross to help the city through the water crisis.

"It was really by the seat of our pants. We just really gathered together and put our team into that for months. Now, we're able to take deep breaths and launch it as we planned in," Gaskin said.

Some other groups getting help include the MTA, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, the Flint Community Schools and the city of Flint.

"One is with their phone system. So Choice Tail is helping their phone systems. With their Wi-Fi system, AT&T is coming in to help with that," said George Wilkinson, with the Chamber of Commerce.

Flint Sprint's business partners will work with the organizations on their projects until Nov. 20.

The chamber hopes more groups can receive the free help next year and for years to come.

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