Flint businessman Steve Montle will be honored today by the White House as a Champion of Change. Montle, along with eight others from across the nation, is being recognized for the work he has done to serve and strengthen the community as part of President Obama's Winning the Future initiative. The event honors leaders using innovative approaches to promote energy efficiency, revitalize outdoor spaces, encourage transportation options, and improve the quality of life in cities and towns.

Montle is a Project Manager with the Center for Community Progress in Flint. His work there includes brownfield redevelopment, including the Chevy in the Hole greening project. Montle previously held leadership positions in governmental and non-profit organizations with a focus on sustainability and and environmental stewardship.

In a statement, Mayor Dayne Walling said "Flint is transforming into a sustainable 21st Century city. You can see the progress at the former Chevy in the Hole site thanks to Steve Montle's leadership and perseverance. It is vital that we clean up our brownfields and make them valuable again for our neighborhoods and business. It is encouraging to see Flint recognized for positive change."