WELCOME TO PONTIAC | THE CENTER
TThe Pontiac Marketing & Promotion Bureau acts as the extended arm or leg of The Greater Pontiac Community Coalition,
a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.|143 Oneida, Pontiac, MI 48341, In the area of communications.
The Greater Pontiac Community Coalition, founded by Reverend Douglas Jones, mission is to collectively exercise actions and advocacy to generate individual, social, and institutional change. His outreach sews the fabric of the religious, social, educational, business, and artistic communities together with the steadfastness of a person of faith and foresight of a true leader.
Under the umbrella of GPCC in the area of Economic Development The Committee of Fifty (50) was formed and holds a meeting on the fourth Tuesday of each month. The entire membership is invited but generally, a core group of 40 to 50 attendees representing different segments of government, businesses, other nonprofits and community members. The Greater Pontiac Community Coalition/Committee of 50 moves quickly to resolve or aid issues facing our community.
OUR PROGRAMS & AFFILIATIONS
Monthly Presidents Letter: MAY 2022
POSITIVE THINGS ARE HAPPENING
Hello Pontiac- Hello Pontiac
Last month I voiced how upbeat I was and am about what is happening in Pontiac.
From every corner of the city great and positive things are happening. The outlooks, openness, and honesty of our Mayor, Tim Greimel, the positivity and quality of our council meetings, how they together are addressing the issues; it is a New day at City Hall.
As a Pastor I see so many positive and great things happening in our religious community, a cohesiveness between pastors, churches, members, and visitors. A united effort to make things better in our churches and city while addressing family needs.
There is a deeper respect between our many groups and organizations. A coming together on projects, programs, and the many issues facing our Youth, Young Adults, Seniors, our School System, and those needing Mental and Emotional support and help. Groups like Pontiac United, Identify the Dream, PCIP, Pontiac Community Foundation, PAL, Power Company Kids, Quest Athletics, and Parent Empowerment Center.
IN THE AREA OF BUSINESS….
I am so energized by our youth and adults getting involved in the working and needs of our city. The new businesses and entrepreneurs, the Dreamers, the improved graduation rate, and college bound, things are moving in the right direction. I think we all can say, Hello Pontiac!!
Pontiac is No longer asleep, No longer the hole in the Donut, No longer the stepchild, Pontiac is on the move and there is so much more on the way and to look forward to SUCCESS, ACHIEVEMENTS AND GROWTH that is in the Air.
So, Let’s Stay Positive, continue to build partnership and relationships and watch Pontiac come ALIVE!!!
AND I BELIEVE WE ARE ON OUR WAY!!
Pastor Douglas P. Jones
GPCC Board of Director
Rev. Douglas P. Jones | Chairman
Vernita Duvall | Co-Chairperson
Ann Porterfield | Secretary & Outreach
Sharea Chappelle | Treasurer
Kathy Galloway | CPA
Derinda Shaw | Youth Director
Committee of 50 Members
Statement of Purpose
The Committee of Fifty voices its support for the continued growth and the development of the City of Pontiac, and in particular, the revitalization of downtown Pontiac. We support all individuals, citizens and groups who share in the efforts to implement the recommendations of the 2001 Updated Downtown Development Plan prepared by the Smith Group, the Main Street Recommendations as contained in the Needs assessment Report of November 2002 and 2003 Preservation Development Initiative (PDI) Assessment Report.
The Goal of the Committee of Fifty
January 25, 2022 | 8:30 AM
February 22, 2022 | 8:30 AM
March 22, 2022 | 8:30 AM
April 26, 2022 | 8:30 AM
May 24, 2022 | 8:30 AM
June 28, 2022 | 8:30 AM
July 26, 2022 | Program Work Month
August 23, 2022 | Program Work Month
September 27, 2022 | 8:30 AM
October 25, 2022 | 8:30 AM
This project is our first outreach to support our Civic Engagement Initiative. The Civic Engagement pillar works with multiple entities in Oakland County and Oakland University to encourage community discussion regarding prevalent issues in Pontiac and the development of future leadership roles. We plan to provide leadership development, in the areas of Business, Government and Nonprofit entities, in Pontiac and the surrounding Oakland County area.
THE FIRST ANNUAL
The Greater Pontiac Community Coalition Committee of 50
1st Annual Economic Summit
Saturday, November 20th, 2021
- EVENT IS INVITE ONLY -
Contact Washington Events for more information.
“Grow the people and you grow the Nation.”
Tier three (3), of the three-tier plan are our Young Progressives, a group of 25 to 50 plus year-old men and women interested in being a successful part of the mainstream business success model. Additionally, having high family values, ethnic values, and a vision encouraging: educational improvement, entrepreneurship, self-determination, and community participation. Tier one is young 12–24-year-old's, Tier two are young men and women who are socially and civically involved for social change.
The Young Progressive Business Forum is a three part course that is dedicated to improving the effectiveness of business in contemporary society. The first forum will help cultivate fresh ideas, impactful research, and possible solutions to business challenges. This course will focus on how to close the gap between research and practice and enable evidence-based business management.
Business Development Workshops
Join the Young Progressives for their FREE Business Development Forums, as we discuss ways to multiply our income sources and increase job opportunities for the people we serve. We will study what others are doing to diversify their services and markets, and we will brainstorm ways for us to do the same—for both private and public sectors. We will also discuss strategies for communicating with our various audiences through email, social media, video and more.
Now is the time to diversify our thought process, and redefine our vision! With so much uncertainty on our future, we want to multiply our lines of income and boost up our resources. Unpredictable factors like increasing minimum wages, political opposition to workshops and the threat of an end to commensurate wages should not cause rehabilitation industries to hold back new development but, instead, should serve as the impetus to become more entrepreneurial.
Pontiac Plug Networking
Find out more exciting ways to expand your contacts and get the word out about what you have going on than with the Young Progressives Professional Networking Mixer. The Pontiac Plug | NETWORK WITH PERKS takes place three months out of the year.
Join us Wednesdays or Tuesday nights starting at 6 PM for a night to Mix and Mingle with local Professionals, Business Owners, Entrepreneurs, Aspiring Government Leadership, and MORE. Light Hors Devours and CASH BAR available. Join our mailing list to find out when the next event will take place. Register for the Free Business Forum today!
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Luncheon
The Dr. Martian Luther King Jr. Annual Luncheon is one of many community driven programs, projects, forums, and other meetings GPCC and the Committee of Fifty convene, and coordinate for a better community, economic growth, literacy, diversity and a safe city. Each year we select themes that can be realized by the change we all hope for and bring to action. People make the difference and committed people create the change.
Pontiac Supportive Businesses, Organizations, Programs & More
|(2021) Amazon||Common Ground||Pontiac Youth Recreation Enrichment Center (P.Y.R.E.C.)||Pontiac Tribe|
|General Motors (GM)||Community Network Services (CNS)||Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency (OLHSA)||The Art Experience|
|George W. Auch Co. (Auch)||Gary Burnstein Clinic||Pontiac Public Schools||Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society|
|M1 Concourse||Henry Ford Medical Center (2020)||Washington Events LLC.||Golden Opportunity Club Organization|
|Michigan Works!||Pontiac Honor Community Health||Oakland Community College||Oakland County Employment Diversity Council|
|Pontiac Regional Chamber||McLaren Oakland Hospital||Oakland University||Pontiac Soup|
|Rubicon Capital (Investor)||Oakland County Community Mental Health||Oakland University-Pontiac Initiative||Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County|
|United Wholesale Mortgage||Pontiac Optimist Club||Pontiac Promise Zone||Greater Pontiac Community Coalition (G.P.C.C.)|
|Williams International||OU Symphony Orchestra||Pontiac Public Library||Hope Hospitality and Warming Center|
|Flagstar Bank (Investor)||Golden Opportunity Club Organization||Read to a Child||Lighthouse of Oakland County|
|Genisys Credit Union||Pine Grove Historical Museum||Accent Pontiac||Main Street Pontiac|
|Façade Grant Program||Pontiac Alumni Association||Pontiac Sun Time Bank||Oakland Family Services|
|Crofoot||City of Pontiac||Conservation Group||Pontiac Transportation Museum|
|“Pontiac’s Big Idea” Grant Program||Ascend Foundation||Build Institute||Reading Buddy By Genisys|
Spirit of Main Street Micro Business Grant
Pontiac Collective Impact Partnership
Talent Development Coalition (T.D.C.)
Dobrusin Law Firm
Committee of Fifty
Saint Joseph Mercy Regional
Pontiac Housing Commission