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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. 

Keeping Up With The Committee of 50


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.

GPCC has four areas of focus which include: YOUTH, COMMUNICATION, EDUCATION, and ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. 

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 GOALS:
  • Increase Community Participation.
  • Increase the number of local, corporate,
    and business supporters.
  • Increase Safety & City Image.
  • Increase Youth In Government and Business.
  • Identify scholarship’s for youth.
  • Strengthen downtown business growth through the Coalition’s 
  • Curb Substance and Physical Abuse
  • Assist in the prevention of substance abuse.
  • Promote educational excellence and family values.


OUR PROGRAMS & AFFILIATIONS

  • Committee of Fifty
  • Annual Healthy Affair
  • Youth Conference
  •  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Event Luncheon
  •  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Week
  • Youth In Government and Business Career Planning
  •  Pontiac Youth Assistance Annual Meeting
  • Woodward Dream Cruise Event
  • Pontiac Alumni Association
  • Teen Drug Court Review
  • Walk for Warmth
  •  Banking Forum/ Financial Planning
  • Community Clean-up
  • Community Gardens
  • 12-14 Week Financial Literacy Workshops

Monthly President's Letter: SEPBEMBER 2022



“Pontiac’s Opportunity is Bright”

Pontiac is a city on the move with an increase in Housing ownership and home values. New Business Development and Expansion. An upgraded school system with a building expansion, an energetic young group of progressive young adults, a group of non-profits, a new and exciting recreation department, and Director, Tanesha Taylor, a focus on our Parks, and a vision for the future. All of this indicates that Pontiac is in the midst of a great comeback, and the outlook is bright. The work Eisha Branner and Family Empowerment; Deleah Sharp, Identify your Dream; Lisa Washington, Event and Marketing Specialist; Phoenicia Glinn, Business Support; All Women on the move. A lot is happening in Pontiac, with opportunity for many. All of this creates a positive outlook for Pontiac. It is time for us to stop the duplication, come together as groups, support each other, and work on unification, not separation. There is enough opportunity for all. Let's join in making Pontiac a city of destination with opportunity.


Pastor Douglas P. Jones
GPCC


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

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Statement of Purpose

Mission Statement

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

  • Creating, developing, and sustaining new and existing businesses.
  • Opening the door for minority and majority business.
  • Bringing the residents of Pontiac to downtown.
  • Renewing a sense of pride, ownership, and participation.
  • To encourage the development of housing within our respected boundaries to include lofts, condos, etc.


Committee of 50 Meeting Dates

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



Civic Engagement


The Greater Pontiac Community Coalition (GPCC)
, alongside The Committee of 50 and OU | Pontiac Initiative announces the development and partnership of the Civic Engagement Pillar to bring forth the 1st Annual Economic Summit.

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 Civic Engagement pillar works with multiple entities in Oakland County and Oakland University to encourage community discussion regarding prevalent issues in Pontiac.

PILLAR LEADS

David Dulio, Ph.D.
Professor, Political Science & International Relations
Oakland University

Dr. Thomas Kimble
AARP, President Emeritus & Co-Chair, OU-Pontiac Initiative
Angela Powell 
County Commissioner
Vernita Duvall
Vice Chair of GPCC /Committee of 50 Chairman Main Street Pontiac 


Civic Engagement Objectives

  • Increase civic literacy.
  • Increase multicultural experiences.
  • Conduct civic engagement events important to Pontiac.

INITIATIVES

  • PUB Students join OU Students at 50th District Court.
  • Community Conversations/Speaker Series
  • Voter Information Cards


OUTCOME DATA

  1. 180 individuals from Pontiac and Oakland University gathered to re-engage and come back to the public square.
  2. Over 90 people (campus and community) attended a discussion on race in our communities.
  3. Over 100 people (campus and community) gathered for discussion on the 2018 elections, which increased civic literacy and engagement in the city of Pontiac.
  4. 20 people (campus and community) attended a candidate forum on Oakland University’s campus sponsored by the Political Science Department’s honor society that included candidates seeking to represent the city of Pontiac.
  5. Nine Public School and Public Academy students interned at City Hall.
  6. Hosted and engaged 10 state legislative candidates in Candidates Forum.

THE FIRST ANNUAL
ECONOMIC SUMMIT COMMITTEE MEMBERS

 
 Pastor Douglas Jones

President Greater Pontiac Community Coalition / Committee of Fifty 

 
Teresa A. Rodges
Senior Director, Community Services, Oakland University
 

David Dulio, Ph.D.
Professor, Chair of Political Science & International Relations
Oakland University


Dr. Thomas E. Kimble

AARP, President Emeritus & Co-Chair, OU-Pontiac Initiative

 

Glenn McIntosh
Senior Vice President for Student Affairs & Chief Diversity Officer
Oakland University



 
Dr. Michael Mazzeo
Dean of the School of Business Administration 
 
Willetrea Washington

Corporate Event Specialist
Washington Events, LLC



 

Wayne Thibodeau
Senior Director Career Services
Oakland University




The Greater Pontiac Community Coalition Committee of 50

1st Annual Economic Summit
Presenting Sponsor Oakland University

Saturday, November 20th, 2021
7:45 AM - 3:30 PM
OAKLAND UNIVERSITY - OAKLAND CENTER

- EVENT IS INVITE ONLY -


Contact Washington Events for more information. 


Young Progressives


The Greater Pontiac Community Coalition (GPCC)
, along with the Committee of 50 are engaged in creating and supporting leadership projects, efforts, and programs that will prepare (3) three tiers of citizens for future personal, family, educational, government, and business success; from mentor to shadowing, to training, sharing of knowledge, experiences, and wisdom. All designed for a better city, community, state and nation. This program is open to all based on the core belief.

“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! 

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Community Engagement

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
Fa├žade 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

Motown Museum

Committee of Fifty 

Saint Joseph Mercy Regional 

PNC Bank

Oakland County

Comerica Bank

Pontiac Housing Commission


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