The Village was incorporated in 1957, but the community’s character remains closely linked with surrounding Atlas Township. Over the years downtown had been described as “sleepy, but thriving.” However, the age of the automobile allowed residents to shift their buying patterns to other towns. Though the downtown has experienced mixed fortunes in the past, Goodrich has retained its rich tradition of community spirit, with active volunteer organizations, and generous community fund-raising and support for schools, library, several churches, and many civic-minded organizations. Goodrich’s location near the Oakland County border, coupled with the accessibility provided by M-15 to I-69 and I-75, provides convenient access to employment and population centers in both Genesee and Oakland County. Goodrich’s leaders must guide the village through the 21st Century, honoring the past while creating a future that all residents can appreciate and enjoy.