The year that ended last Monday was the year of talking the talk, which this area did spectacularly well.
The new year has to be the year of walking the walk.
Many good things got underway in 2007. The Chesapeake condo project got tenants, and more people are buying units. Voters in Sandusky and Port Clinton gave the go-ahead to substantial reorientations of their waterfronts.
Sandusky and the Put-in-Bay Port Authority began working together to chase a shipyard for property west of the Geo. Gradel property on the west end of the downtown waterfront.
Talks began in earnest to see how the area could benefit from an airstrip NASA Plum Brook wants to bring in heavy equipment for space environment testing.
Sandusky and Perkins Township began talking, seriously, about locating their respective police departments in one building -- and combining emergency dispatch operations even sooner than that.
A common thread that runs through many of the projects that began, or at least began in earnest, in 2007 is the degree of regional cooperation they involve. Really, how many of us could have imagined, a few years ago, Sandusky and Perkins Township would talk together about anything, as equals? Let's keep that up, and be wary of the need by one side or the other to be "in charge" -- and extend that to other entities in this area. Huron County, in particular, must be brought to the table as an equal partner in any talks about the NASA airstrip.
More basic than that, though, is the reason we need the cooperation:
Seeds were sown in 2007, seeks of cooperation and potential. These ideas need to be nurtured, championed, worked. They need strong leaders to continue the daily work to move them to completion. We can have a future, and these seeds can get us there, but they need focus and hard work to make them bear fruit.