Issue Media Group launches new publication ‘The Helm’’ serving Greater Sandusky Region

Issue Media Group is excited to announce the company’s latest online news platform – The Helm Sandusky. This publication will connect, inform, and grow the local population and was created in partnership with Greater Sandusky Partnership. The Helm will focus on telling the stories of investment, innovation, entrepreneurship, and individuals that are shaping the Greater Sandusky Ohio region.

The Helm is excited to showcase the unique culture and beauty of Sandusky, its people and the surrounding area. We want to be at the forefront–the helm if you will–of the latest in local innovation, from food and beverage and education to manufacturing and arts and culture. The Helm is for lifelong, new, and future residents to learn and share about those who are innovating, inspiring, and moving the Sandusky area ahead. 
The Helm and Issue Media Group outlets focus on what’s next for places. Each week readers will see feature stories, profiles, news, and original photography highlighting innovative entrepreneurs, talented people, solutions, dedicated organizations, and devoted community builders. Additionally, stories will be promoted through Issue Media Group’s national network of sites in support of talent attraction and economic development efforts. 

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The Helm will convene quarterly advisory sessions that will include a cross-section of community thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and grassroots organizers to inform its coverage and foster a connected network of organizations interested in advancing community change.

When asked why this effort is essential to grow the population and bolster enthusiasm for the community, Greater Sandusky Partnership president, Joe Roman, said “Sandusky and Erie County have great assets and all the ingredients for a great life for those of us already here and for the next generation of people who choose to relocate. It is high time we start putting the whole portfolio out there for all to experience and understand.”
"Issue Media Group is honored to launch this publication, and to be welcomed into the Sandusky, Ohio, community for this milestone," says Brian Boyle, co-CEO of Issue Media Group. "There is real transformation and talent-led energy taking hold in the region. We look forward to documenting the story of community change, new businesses, emerging communities, and the passion of people driving change. Drawing from our work in other cities around the country, we are looking forward to telling the Sandusky story both locally and nationally. Sandusky will be the 25th publication to join the Issue Media Group family.”
Issue Media Group’s work in Sandusky is underwritten by support from the following partners: The Greater Sandusky Partnership, Destination Sandusky, The City of Sandusky, Erie County Chamber, Shores & Islands Ohio, Cedar Point, CiVista Bank and Firelands Health.  
About Issue Media Group:
Incorporated in 2005 in Detroit, Michigan, Issue Media Group (IMG) operates a national network of online media outlets leveraging the power of solutions-based and narrative journalism to enhance attachment to place and inspire community change. Our publications aim to connect readers to their communities’ most visionary and innovative people, projects, businesses, and organizations – fostering civic capacity, improving understanding of key issues, amplifying underserved voices, and building community attachment during a time of local media decline. 
IMG works with like-minded stakeholders across public, private, nonprofit, and grassroots organizations whose values and missions align with ours through an underwriting model of publishing. Our journalists connect with community stakeholders through regular listening sessions designed to build trust and shape authentic community stories.
IMG's work has been recognized and supported by leading journalism organizations nationally including INC Magazine, Knight Foundation, Columbia Journalism Review, Facebook, Lenfest Institute, Google, Solutions Journalism Network, Ground Source, and Society for Professional Journalists.

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