Blue Meets Green announces new priorities

Posted on May 3, 2017

With feedback from 90 stakeholders at a half-day retreat held in February, Blue Meets Green recently announced its fourth round of regional priorities for St. Clair County. Among 13 possible new initiatives considered and evaluated by the group, the top seven new priorities will be:

  1. Michigan Stage Festival
  2. New regional brand and communication strategy
  3. Launch a coding school or boot camp
  4. New main library in Port Huron
  5. Countywide business plan competition for K-12 students
  6. New pre-seed investment fund for business start-ups
  7. Transloading and crossdock facility

“Having this clarity of focus in terms of what is important for regional prosperity allows multiple partners to be engaged in our growth,” said Dan Casey, president of the Economic Development Alliance.

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

One project on the new priorities list has already seen results. The pre-seed investment fund for start-ups, called the Emerge Fund, received $20,000 in support from the Community Foundation’s Community Capital Club. 

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 Michigan Stage Festival based out of Marine City and St. Clair. Modeled after the Stratford Festival in Canada, this project will bring actors, playwrights and theatre-goers to the region. But project lead Kathy Vertin said the stage festival will require significant financial support and could take a year or more to put into place.

Blue Meets Green will also carry over projects from its third round of priorities:

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

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