Finally, a list Flint is proud to be on.

After all those worst cities lists, Flint has made a list of Comeback Cities published by

Kiplinger ranked Flint a Comeback City for its recent improvements in its downtown and for its other growth.

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Kiplinger noted the growth in Flint’s life sciences industry — specifically, the move of Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy headquarters from suburban Swartz Creek to the south side of Flint in an abandoned former General Motors building.

On the Web site, Kiplinger stated: “The health care and life sciences industries are giving long-suffering Flint a shot in the arm. Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy relocated its headquarters from the suburbs to the city, using a former auto assembly site for its offices, while both the city’s public hospitals, Hurley Medical Center, and McLaren Regional Medical Center are bulking up.”

Said Diplomat president and CEO Phil Hagerman: “We definitely agree with Kiplinger. Life sciences is now a catalyst in bringing new jobs to Flint and Diplomat is committed to playing a major role in that job creation. Moving our headquarters to the former GM Tech Center has been a game changer for us and a tremendous benefit on many levels. The excitement of a new facility is great alone, but the pick-up in capabilities the new headquarters offers — both for now and in the future — has the entire company focused on growth.”  

Kiplinger is a Washington, D.C.-based publisher of business forecasts and personal finance advice, available in print, online, audio, video and software products.

Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy, founded in 1975, is the nation’s largest privately held Specialty Pharmacy and focuses on complete medication management programs for patients with serious and chronic conditions.

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