Port Huron, MI –May 2  2017---   With feedback from 90 stakeholders at a half-day retreat held in February, Blue Meets Green (BMG) has announced their fourth round of regional priorities for St. Clair County.  Among 13 possible new initiatives considered and evaluated by the group, the top 7 new priorities will be;

  1. Michigan Stage Festival
  2. A new regional brand and communication strategy
  3. Launch a coding school or boot camp
  4. A new Main Library in Port Huron
  5. County-wide business plan competition for K-12 students
  6. A new pre-seed investment fund for business start-ups
  7. A Transloading & Crossdock facility

In addition to these seven new priorities, BMG will carry-over the following projects from the Phase 3 Plan;

  • Marysville DTE site development
  • St. Clair Inn development
  • Redevelopment of the site occupied by the former Art Van store in downtown Port Huron
  • Development of a new Amtrak Station in Port Huron Township

Blue Meets Green was launched in 2009 as a large collaboration of representatives from the private, government, public, education and nonprofit sectors who came together to create a road map of prosperity and growth for St. Clair County.

“That was a first for this region,” said BMG Co-Chair and County Board Chair, Jeff Bohm.  “Our region had never had such a large collaborative effort such as this,” Bohm added. 

Dan Casey is the CEO of the EDA, and has already seen results from this new list of priorities.  “The new pre-seed investment fund for businesses start-ups has already received $20,000 in support from the Community Capital Club (C3) of the Community Foundation,” Casey said.  “Having this clarity of focus in terms of what is important for regional prosperity allows multiple partners to be engaged in our growth,” he added.

While every project has a specific champion or lead organization, they are all at different phases of development and timing.  The project receiving the most votes is the concept of Michigan Stage Festival based out of Marine City and St. Clair.  According to Kathy Vertin, the Stage Festival will require significant financial support and could take a year or more to put into place.