The past year could be described as one of unforeseen challenges, change and resourcefulness.

Kenosha County’s residents and business community faced a pandemic, project and economic slowdowns and civil unrest and yet still there were examples of positive and significant developments.

As we all know, health care workers were -- and remain -- front and center during the pandemic. And we celebrate their courage and stamina.

But many in the county continue to look ahead to brighter days. Indeed, business has not slowed despite the challenges of 2020.

Major developments are planned or underway in Kenosha and Somers. Pleasant Prairie continues to attract businesses from Illinois and beyond.

Attached are several stories that ran in the Sunday, March 28, special section, Forward Kenosha County.

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The city continues to move forward with its ambitious $400 million plan to revitalize Kenosha’s Downtown, a redevelopment which includes a new City Hall, a performing arts center and a public park.

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Distribution centers and more distribution centers, trucks, trucks, and more trucks are mushrooming in Kenosha and Racine counties. 

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Business growth does not always come easy. For some companies it can take years of planning and reworking that plan many times over.

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The COVID-19 pandemic tested all of us in so many ways.

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David Baugher, coordinating chaplain for Froedtert South, has always taken matters of faith to heart.

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SOMERS — Construction of more than 1,000 new housing units, mostly in amenity-rich multi-family subdivisions, are expected to be completed or underway in the Village of Somers in 2021 — and a host of new restaurants and service centers will be ready to serve the influx of residents

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When Susie Smith was hired on as a certified medical assistant at Advocate Aurora in February 2020, she says she brought a “sense of adventure” to the job.

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Editor’s note: In the past year as many as 600 people have been hospitalized for COVID-19 at Froedtert South, according to Linda Wohlgemuth, senior vice president and chief operating officer. In an interview at Froedtert Pleasant Prairie, we spoke with two nurses who have provided care during this intense year.

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For Rachel Novak, the best part of the past year has been the parades.

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Among the pearls of wisdom that the devastating global pandemic has left in its wake, the power and effectiveness of innovation gleams brightest.