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  • Lisa Blondell

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    Paula L. Nas Director, UM-Flint Outreach and Lecturer of Economics

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What are the top THREE issues currently facing your community? If elected, how will you address them?

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City/Town residence: City of Grand Blanc work: Flint
Education B.A., Economics, UM-Flint; M.A., Economics, MSU; J.D., Wayne State Law School
Experience I have been a Lecturer of Economics at UM-Flint for nearly 25 years. For the past two years I have been the Director of the Office of Outreach at UM-Flint, and as of last year, I am the Director of UM-Flint's EDA Center for Community and Economic Development. I have served on the Grand Blanc City Council since 2013. I am also the Grand Blanc City Council Representative of the Grand Blanc Parks and Recreation Board.
Community Involvement In my roles as Grand Blanc City Council member and Director of Outreach at UM-Flint, I have the pleasure of working with a number of community, economic development, business, and municipal leaders. In that capacity, I am involved with several local initiatives that will serve as a catalyst for economic growth in the region. I am also a member of the Grand Blanc DDA events committee, which brought the recent series of food truck events to the City as well as plans for future events.
I think the top three issues currently facing the City of Grand Blanc are: (1) expanding on economic development, (2) creating an identity for our community, and (3) working effectively with our Grand Blanc Township partners. I will continue to work with the City to explore avenues to attract new businesses to the City using innovative strategies for economic development. Part of that will include continued meetings with Grand Blanc City, Township, and Chamber of Commerce to create a vision and marketing strategy to promote our area. Because we are stronger together, while acknowledging and appreciating our unique identity, I will continue to work with the Township to strengthen our ability to attract businesses and improve the business climate and quality of life for our residents
In making decisions for the City, the desires of our residents are always my guide. I have conducted two Grand Blanc resident surveys since I was elected 4 years ago. One was to gauge residents' perceptions regarding a wide range of issues, ranging from City services and taxes to parks and recreation. The other was specifically aimed at gathering information about how residents feel about the availability of shopping opportunities and restaurants in the area. I truly believe the only way to fix problems is to listen to residents and business owners to find out where there is room for improvement, so I will continue to gather information to help inform our decisions.
To ensure transparency in governance, I always encourage residents to attend public meetings and to view our meeting minutes on the City of Grand Blanc website. In addition to that, I support the City's decision to provide information via social media. There is also press coverage of our meetings, which helps to inform the public of issues that are being discussed.
Having had the opportunity to serve on Grand Blanc City Council for the past four years, I have learned a great deal about the decision making process, budgeting, zoning, and City services. I have served on the Finance Committee, Personnel Committee, Public Works Committee, Economic Development Committee, and Parks and Recreation Board. In addition to that, my educational background in law and economics gives me a strong grounding in legal and economic issues. Finally, as the Director of the Center for Community and Economic Development at UM-Flint, I have a great deal of applied experience with economic development issues and best practices.
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