Port Huron is evolving. These are the people shaping its future: #PeopleofPortHuron
This week's feature:
#PeopleofPortHuron, Gordon Whitney, champion of community spirit When Gordon Whitney is in the room, you can feel his enthusiasm. He's excited for the future of Port Huron and everything that is about to happen. While downtown Port Huron has been growing and springing back to life for the last several years, Gordon believes it's only the beginning, and historic things are about to develop, "I think this is just the tip of the iceberg," he says. "A lot of cool things are going to happen and it's just going to blow our minds." And he's eager to be a part of it all. In fact, the growth and excitement is part of what brought Gordon back to Port Huron. A Port Huron native, Gordon left the area to attend college in California and had no intention of returning. But he really started to miss home and wanted to take his knowledge and bring it to the region. "I missed everyone, and started seeing a spark of cool things in the area, and I wanted to be a part of that." So, he returned to Port Huron in 2014 and has had his hands in many projects that help boost the area. Gordon works with Matt Brooks and several companies, like @TheRoost co-working space and @ContinueMedia. "I do a little bit of everything," he says, mostly website design, graphic design,and video editing. Being downtown gives him a front-row view of all the growth and change happening in Port Huron. "It used to annoy me when people would say it's hard to believe something like that is happening in Port Huron-like Sperry's," he says. But he's learned to see it as more of a compliment and a sign of great things to come for the city. One of the aspects he loves most is that downtown is being revitalized. Instead of tearing down old buildings, companies are investing in the historic buildings and breathing life back into them. And they've created some beautifully unique businesses to patronize, like The Raven, Exquisite Corpse Coffee House, Sperry's Movie Theater and more. Now, he says, friends come to visit and there are so many places to hang out. That wasn't the case 10 years ago. "Now there are so many great places, it's almost hard to decide, each one is so unique."