What a difference a year makes.
It was just over a year ago that The Keel went live, telling the stories of what's next in in Port Huron and St. Clair County.
We've met a lot of amazing people along the way and definitely have many more tales to tell.
It's been exciting to hear about The Underground, as work began, and the business incubator opened, helping entrepreneurs break out and really hit the ground running.
We've shared the story of Gro-Hoop, a small business helped by a grant from the Emerge Fund. We're currently working with other recipients to share their successes.
In the last 12 months The Keel has shared stories of progress, as plans for CityFlats boutique hotel were announced, Sperry's Movie House opened, and county leaders pushed efforts to make walking biking and kayaking even easier.
I haven't been with The Keel since its inception, only since the beginning of 2017, but I love being a part of this project and sharing the stories of the difference-makers across the area like:
Natalie Watson, who is making a splash as director of the downtown development authority in Port Huron, sharing all the reasons why people should spend a day, evening or weekend downtown.
Matt Brooks is a driving force in the community, lending a helping hand to everyone who is working hard to succeed in business.
Carol Hall at The Hallway Escape, didn't let a layoff get her down, in just a few short months, she went from losing her dream job, to realizing her dream and opening her own business in Port Huron.
There's also Tom and Kathy Vertin, who've been a key part of Marine City's revitalization.
We've also learned a lot from our readers, who really enjoy learning about great food across the county. It's fun to see extra suggestions when someone's favorite didn't make our list. From burgers, bars, coffee and hole-in-the-wall dining St. Clair County residents are loyal to their favorites.
St. Clair County is no exception when it comes to the growing popularity of wineries and breweries, even in an area known for manufacturing roots.
We've also explored development along the St. Clair River and toured some popular travel spots in the Thumb.
In the next year, we'll have plenty of new stories to share as we watch the Blue Water area continue to grow and thrive.
Of course, I would be remiss if I didn't thank our partners who have supported us from day one: The Community Foundation of St. Clair County, the Blue Water Area Chamber of Commerce, The Blue Water Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, St. Clair County and the Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County.
We are always open to hearing your thoughts and ideas, as well. Know someone making a big difference? Let us know. Have a bright idea? Share it. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your news.
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