The City of Flint was founded in 1819 by fur trader Jacob Smith. It is located in Genesee County, about 60 miles north of Detroit.
Flint has historically been known for its huge contributions to the American auto industry; it is the birthplace of General Motors and played an integral part in the formation of the United Automobile Workers.
With the decline of the auto industry, Flint has moved into a phase of reinvention, including diversifying its economy, renovating historic downtown buildings, and transforming vacant buildings into business, entertainment, and housing centers.
In fact, downtown Flint now is known as one of the new cool" places in Michigan. It is home to the Flint Farmers Market, considered one of the best farmers markets in Michigan. Flint also boasts a thriving academic community that includes some of the best colleges and universities in the country—Kettering University, Mott Community College, University of Michigan–Flint, and Baker College. These community partners continue to play a vital role in the area's redevelopment.
Flint also is a destination point when it comes to arts and entertainment. Every year, thousands come to Flint to participate in the Crim Festival of Races, the Back to the Bricks car show, the Flint Jazz Festival, and the Michigan Storybook Festival. The Flint Cultural Center also is a big draw for local and out-of-town visitors with a wide range of concerts, performances, events, and exhibits at the Whiting Auditorium, Sloan Museum, Longway Planetarium, the Flint Institute of Arts, the Flint Institute of Music, the Flint Public Library, and the Flint Youth Theater.