“From the Publisher” – June 2015


Dear Readers, It seems like we just blew out the candle on our First Anniversary cake and here we are again … welcome to Volume 3 of My City! We’re still having a great time creating this magazine each month and are so grateful for the support of our advertisers and subscribers. We love the positive feedback about the quality of our content – we’re pretty passionate about it. This month, we start a three-part series – “Flint: Collegetown USA?” – that highlights the city’s evolution from a single-industry automotive economy to a growing college campus community. Investments in Flint by our institutions of higher learning have been monumental and their growth and expansion significantly impacts the local economy, setting the stage for change in the dynamics of our city. Another investment in Flint that will pay off in a big way is the recently completed renovation of Longway Planetarium. People will be amazed by what the new technology will offer to education and business, and the truly spectacular experience it provides. We also take a look at the Flint Farmers’ Market one year after the new facility opened Downtown. There are still big things in its future. My City is proud to highlight area businesses and this month, we’re all thinking about golf … so, our “My Business” subject is Flint icon, King Par Superstore. Did you know it’s the seventh largest golf specialty store in the Midwest? And, everyone loves our “My Eats” features and it’s definitely time to enjoy some great barbecue – check out the piece on Fenton’s Beale Street Smokehouse BBQ. Over the last two years, we’ve covered well over 100 events around town, most of them fundraisers for various local causes. This month is no exception. One event that I was happy to attend is the third annual “Tux & Tennies” fundraiser for Whaley Children’s Center. We got a look “behind the scenes” with my good friend Dave Isbell of Grand Blanc Motorcars, the host of this very successful event. A lot of people don’t realize that philanthropy like that of Dave and Josie Isbell and the GBMC team represents a major investment of time and resources, and there are many local people doing great things to help others. We can never shine enough light on those who serve the public. Our photographer went for a helicopter ride around the city with Michigan State Police Pilot, Trooper Don Zinz and Tactical Flight Officer, Mike Roth. There was a lot going on and it’s all in a day’s work for these guys – check out the “My Day” piece. Our history features have always been very popular with MCM readers. This month, we look back at the Beecher Tornado of 1953 from the perspective of a gentleman who experienced it – great story. And, our “Destination” series continues with Traverse City – Flint’s great, but you gotta get away sometimes! We’re not only writing about these cities, but also sending them thousands of copies of MCM to broaden our reach and promote the great things about Greater Flint. The months ahead will be exciting – keep up with our website and Facebook for coverage and details. We’re ready to bring you all the summer fun in our city and beyond. Thanks for reading,

vince3 Vince Lorraine, Publisher & Editor in Chief vince@mycitymag.com

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