The Clio Area Regional Planning Board will introduce a vision they adopted at the end of March in order to start the conversation in the community about the year 2020. Notice that this has a very heavy emphasis on the economy:
BY THE YEAR 2020, THE CLIO AREA COMMUNITY WILL HAVE EVOLVED INTO AN ECONOMICALLY SUCCESSFUL COMMUNITY THAT SUPPORTS LOCAL BUSINESSES, EFFICIENT AND RESPONSIVE GOVERNMENTS, SUPERIOR EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES, AND ACCESS TO RECREATION, HEALTH CARE, AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES.
When we think about the past in the Clio Area, we remember that GM provided us the work - making us a bedroom community for the Flint Area plants. We are no longer a bedroom community for GM, so now we have to reinvent ourselves as a economic entity.
Not that we turn our back on Flint or Saginaw...just the opposite. We will have to build new partnerships in Flint - and in Saginaw - and in Birch Run - and in Chesaning - and in the Lakeville District - and maybe even across the state and nation!
Who knows what 2020 will bring. With the pace of change moving so quickly, when a two year contract on a cell phone is way too long, the future is hard to predict.