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Business leaders hope to encourage people to #ChooseFlint

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Steve Carmody
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Michigan Radio

Flint area business leaders are turning to social media as a way to counter negative publicity about the city’s drinking water crisis.

The Flint/Genesee Chamber of Commerce has launched a #ChooseFlint campaign, where it encourages people to share images of Flint on Facebook and other social media.

Heather Kale is with the Chamber. She hopes #ChooseFlint will persuade people to visit Flint.

“We’re just hoping it catches like wildfire and really makes an impact in our community,” says Kale.

Kale says the recent Democratic presidential debate had an affect on the local economy with out-of-town journalists and others filling hotel rooms and restaurants in Flint for several days.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.