Beautify Flint: Alumna Maps Out a Path for Reducing Blight

Melissa Hertlein landed her dream job straight out of college two years ago. As a community planner with the Genesee County Land Bank, she contributes to reducing blight and improving vacant properties throughout the region.

Hertlein plays a key behind-the-scenes role in mapping out and managing the group’s Clean & Green Program, which unites community groups in beautifying vacant properties throughout the county. Hertlein updates maps to reflect what needs to be done in each neighborhood, and helps coordinate the community groups that do the work.

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