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Development News “I can’t overstate how significant this financial investment is,” says Sheri Faust, Chair of the Regional Trails Planning Committee.

Blue Water visitors bureau commits $200K to help close gaps in the Bridge to Bay Trail

“I can’t overstate how significant this financial investment is,” says Sheri Faust, Chair of the Regional Trails Planning Committee.

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New contest for small and emerging Michigan snack makers offers $50K in cash prizes and more

“The growth of new small craft and niche snack food companies in Michigan is exciting,” says Duncan Smith, President and COO of All Star Services, Inc. “All Star Services is a growing small business and we want to help bring more focus to the growing segment of snack food companies in Michigan.”

Development News Enter Stage Right at the Citadel Stage falls in the footprint of the newly minted Port Huron Theatre District.

Downtown Port Huron formalizes its Theatre District, festival to follow

“This collaboration is a perfect demonstration of the true spirit of Port Huron,” says Port Huron Mayor Pauline Repp. “It is exciting to have a dedicated area in our downtown spotlighting not only the physical buildings that make up the Port Huron Theatre District, but also the people that share their talents with showgoers to Downtown Port Huron.”

Development News The Port Huron Museum’s Carnegie Center.

Port Huron Museums offer free admission all year long

“We hope to welcome many tourists this summer, as well as give our local residents a chance to come see our shared cultural heritage at the sites. If you haven’t been to the Museums, this season is a great opportunity to stop in and see the history in your own backyard,” says Andrew Kercher, community engagement manager for Port Huron Museums.

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At BWROC, those who've battled addiction and won, shepherd others toward recoveryThe Nonprofit Journal Project

"We feel we are David going up against Goliath. Our need is greater than our current capacity, and our funding is limited," says Patrick Patterson, executive director at Blue Water Recovery Outreach Center. "Many people have turned to drugs and self-harm during these lonely months of isolation. We're here to offer our community hope, what everyone needs to push forward and be successful."

Feature Story Demiree Fultz, owner of Ruboo Boutique and organizer of the empowHER Conference.

Local entrepreneur to launch women’s empowerment conference in downtown Port Huron this April

“The goal of the event is to bring women together and make them feel empowered and encouraged, because I feel it’s really lacking in today's community,” says Demiree Fultz, owner of Ruboo Boutique and organizer of the empowHER Conference. “Hopefully this can become an annual event and change the lives of those who attend.”

Feature Story Daysha Woodley owns Daylicious Drinks and Treats and runs Thumb Coast Kitchens in Port Huron.

Success story: Daysha Woodley reflects on her small business success, running Thumb Coast Kitchens

Entrepreneurship isn’t some get-rich-quick scheme or fly-by-night success story, writes community correspondent Harold Powell.

Feature Story The Inn on Water Street in downtown Marine City.

How these two local businesses have formed a mutually beneficial partnership in downtown Marine City

“We grew out of our Broadway location so quickly and have been looking to expand for some time,” Steve Neiman says. “We really love the community and when the offer from the Inn came up — it was a beautiful view, great people, room for parking, and indoor and outdoor seating — it was a no-brainer for us.”

Feature Story The Port Huron Pub Crawl returns after two years of COVID-related cancelations.

‘People are rarin’ to go’: Port Huron Pub Crawl to make its anticipated return after two years away

“The last couple of years have been a little slow with the shutdowns and everything else. So I think this year’s going to be a helluva time. People are rarin’ to go and get out and see each other,” says Jon Skrip, co-owner of Captain Skrip’s Office Bar & Grill. “I think it’s gonna be a real good time for all of us.”

Development News The SC4 Fieldhouse at St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron.

Upcoming NJCAA Women’s Basketball tourney at SC4 could provide boost for Blue Water Area tourism

“We are thrilled to welcome the NJCAA championship to our campus and look forward to showcasing the SC4 Fieldhouse as well as our many great restaurants, hotels, businesses and activities,” says Dale Vos, SC4 director of athletics.

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Port Huron Museums puts out call for local artists to submit works for upcoming exhibition

“Everyone agrees that the last two years have been turbulent and out of the ordinary for everyone, but times of struggle can inspire great artistic endeavors,” says Andrew Kercher, community engagement manager for Port Huron Museums.

Feature Story Tammy Jae wrote her first book, “10 Steps Closer To God,” 11 years ago. Since that time, Jae has published seven of her own books. She’s also published the works of more than 100 other authors, all of them African American except for one.

How this Port Huron author is empowering others to become authors, too

“If children see people who look like them in positions they are not typically associated with, it will encourage interest and awareness,” says Tammy Jae, Port Huron author, CEO of One Faith Publishing, and leader of Books 4 Life.

Development News The new Emerge Fund - Port Huron small business grants are offered by the EDA of St. Clair County in partnership with The Underground small business incubator in downtown Port Huron.

New grant opportunity available for Port Huron-based small businesses

“Sometimes, a small amount of financial support is exactly what it takes to help get an entrepreneur to launch a new business, or to overcome a hurdle to their next stage of growth,” says Kanchan Wankhede, Director of Entrepreneurial Services at The Underground.

Feature Story Wild Green Winter Game Nights offer a unique way to learn about the world and ecosystem and help support future programs with Friends of the St. Clair River.

The outdoors inside: Friends of the St. Clair River hosts nature-themed game night series

Wild Green Winter Game Nights offer a unique way to learn about the world and ecosystem and help support future programs with Friends of the St. Clair River.

Development News Construction of the EDA Business Center is set to begin on Port Huron’s waterfront later this year.

EDA: More than 800 jobs, $167M in regional investments made in 2021

"During the continued challenges of a health pandemic in 2021, our organization is pleased to see our region continue to prosper with solid economic growth,” says Dan Casey, CEO of the Economic Development Alliance.

Feature Story This year’s Blue Water Music Awards will be their first award show since 2020, its 2021 show canceled because of COVID-19.

10th annual Blue Water Music Awards to celebrate area’s tight-knit music community and its fans

“We're bringing it back to the where the first-ever Blue Water Music Awards was,” says Tim Hunter, organizer of the BWMAs. The 10th annual Blue Water Music Awards is set to begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at Lynch’s Irish Tavern. The event is free and open to the public.

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Issue Media Group Launches Rural Innovation eXchange

Issue Media Group is excited to announce the company’s latest online media project – Rural Innovation eXchange (RIX). RIX will focus on the innovation, talent, entrepreneurship, social innovation and community development taking place in rural Michigan and feature the work of rural talent and content creators.   

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The show must go on, and safety is keyThe Nonprofit Journal Project

"Live theater is more than just a creative outlet for those involved. It provides a creative space and a sense of connection for the community as well," says Regina Spain, executive director of Enter Stage Right in Port Huron. "We’ve definitely lost some sales due to our strict masking policy, but those who still attend, and look forward to our events, have been thanking us for caring about their safety the way we do."

Development News Inside a Challenger Learning Center. Port Huron will be one of only 40 locations for the space-themed learning centers and the first and only in Michigan.

The countdown is on for the April launch of the Challenger Learning Center at SC4

“SC4 shares our vision and commitment to inspire the next generation. We’re proud to help play a part in that commitment with the addition of the Challenger Learning Center at SC4,” says Lance Bush, president and CEO of Challenger Center.

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This Port Huron hotel has been named one of the best wedding venues in the country

“This upcoming 2022 season is going to be the largest wedding season we’ve ever seen and we are so excited to help all of our couples’ wedding dreams come to life,” says Amanda Bushor, Assistant General Manager, DoubleTree by Hilton Port Huron.