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Progress 2019: A look at region’s economic past, present, and future

News Photo by Julie Riddle New business owner Todd Chase poses in the retail shop of his recently-opened enterprise on Grand Lake. Assistance from the Alpena Small Business Development Center helped him turn an idea into reality.

ALPENA — Northeast Michigan’s economy — built on lumbering, manufacturing, and shipping, and booming now on more advanced manufacturing and tourism — is on the upswing.

To mark the occasion, The News dug deep into the past, present, and future of Northeast Michigan business in a special Progress 2019 edition.

Here are all of the stories:

WE BUILT THIS CITY: Stories of the businesses and entrepreneurs that made Northeast Michigan what it is today

* The wonder of water

* All in the family

* A tradition of giving

* Creating a draw

* A brief historical overview of local industries

YOUNG GUNS: Meet the up-and-comers transforming Northeast Michigan’s economy

* ‘Not slowing or stopping’

* Securing spinoff success

* A new way to pig

* Going above and beyond

* The state of the economy today? Alpena’s stock is rising

DAYDREAM BELIEVING: How Northeast Michigan is preparing for its economic future

* Communities ready for development

* The potential of pot

* Building a beacon

* Starting (and staying) up

* Wish you were here! Tourism and the future

* ‘The future looks great’

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