The Keel News

China Township start-up devises new ways to secure delivery packages
June 25, 2020
- They call them porch pirates. Opportunists that spot a delivery package on someone’s front porch and then take it, long before the intended recipient ever even sees it. A China Township start-up is fighting back.

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‘I hope this is a spark’: Winner of the downtown Port Huron public art mural contest announced
June 25, 2020
- Jody Parmann was driving through downtown Detroit, admiring the murals that adorn the walls of city buildings. Why weren’t there more of these in Port Huron, Jody asked herself. Then she did something about it.

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Michigan Works! Partners with Local Agencies to Keep People Working
June 25, 2020
- Michigan Works! Macomb/St. Clair partners with numerous agencies and educators to help people find jobs and companies find workers.

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‘They couldn’t believe it’: $25K in grants awarded to area minority- and women-owned businesses
June 11, 2020
- Twelve area minority- and women-owned businesses have received a total of $25,000 in grants, this thanks to the work of the Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County and the Community Foundation of St. Clair County. Outreach efforts have proved critical to the process. "In our march toward progress, we left some behind. Now it’s catch-up time," says small business consultant Kanchan Wankhede.

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Port Huron businesses enroll in MEDC crowdfunding program to receive matching grants
June 11, 2020
- Port Huron businesses are enrolling in the MI Local Biz program, an extension of the state’s placemaking initiative Public Spaces Community Places. The MI Local Biz program was created by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to help Michigan small businesses get back on their feet as the state re-opens.

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Downtown businesses opt for more outdoor seating instead of shutting down Huron Avenue to traffic
June 11, 2020
- The Port Huron DDA and City Manager proposed shutting down a stretch of Huron Avenue to traffic, allowing restaurants to expand their outdoor seating and provide a safer experience for downtown pedestrians. "We were ready to go up against MDOT, to put on our boxing gloves and fight for it. But it wasn’t a bridge we had to cross," says Cynthia Cutright of the DDA.

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Racial equity and inclusion in St. Clair County: A conversation with Jazmyn Thomas
June 4, 2020
- Jazmyn Thomas leads the Community Foundation's Equity & Inclusion Committee in St. Clair County. We wanted to ask Jazmyn Thomas about her work with the committee. Considering the demonstrations occurring throughout the country, we asked her about police brutality through the lens of inclusion and equity, too.

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How these Port Huron Parks & Rec youth are staying fit and active during COVID-19
June 4, 2020
- May is typically the time of year when third grader Noah Brooks begins to eagerly look forward to the fun and excitement of going to camp. Much to Noah’s dismay, though, camp has been canceled this summer due to the coronavirus outbreak. Find out how area youth are coping with the coronavirus-related shutdowns.

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How Blue Water Area businesses are preparing to re-open as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted
June 4, 2020
- Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Clair County businesses have been adapting to rules and regulations as they come and go, offering curbside pick-up, online ordering, and improvising on the fly. It hasn’t been easy, but the community has often demonstrated the ability to modify their business models in order to stay in business.

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