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0510UBJJenniferOladipo1GregThumbnailThe various holidays are over, and please know that you were missed in your time away. The thoughtful out-of-office responses were appreciated, but also a touch depressing as they mounted in recent weeks. I’m glad we’re all back together and ready for the New Year.

Next week you’ll see what your fellow community members have to say about what they think the coming year will bring for us all. Our editorial staff will also offer our take on the near future, so I’ll save my predictions for then.

Instead I’ll stick to what I know for certain, which is that change (as usual) is afoot here at UBJ.

We’ll be welcoming a new writer, Joe Toppe. He will start Jan. 6, and I’m personally pretty fired up to see our team expanding. His arrival will mean some reshuffling of our beats, and from now on you can expect to see Joe’s name and face popping up when it concerns matters of economic development, transportation and manufacturing. He’s got some other exciting talents and interests, but I’ll let him tell you about those. Or maybe he’ll just show you.

I’ll be sticking with other beats like retail, hospitality, tech, biosciences and finance. To me our growth means better balance in our pages and some more opportunities to delve deeper into our beats. I wouldn’t call them resolutions, but there are certainly some leftovers from last year I aim to address. Stories that didn’t get the attention I would have liked, sit-downs I didn’t get to have.

For example, I had really wanted to spotlight the “reshoring” trend of manufacturing moving back to the United States from overseas. I touched on that just a bit in this week’s cover story, but there’s a whole lot more we can delve into there. I’ve also wanted to give our nonprofits more attention, which will happen this year.

Even though we’ve technically had a couple of holidays in the past week and a half, it was hard to register that amid the compressed deadlines needed to work around the festivities. My exhale and time for reflection really come now. I picked up a planner for myself along with a couple of last-minute Christmas gifts, and couldn’t wait to start filling it out. Yes, it’s paper. Yes, it’s slower. But I like it. There’s something gratifying about watching the year-to-come unfold, one date, one line, one pen stroke at a time.

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