Under new management... that's McMorran Place, with the Port Huron City Council having recently approved a professional management contract for the SMG company to take over day to day operations for the sports and entertainment facility. The St. Clair County Board of Commissioners are close to signing SMG to also manage the still to come Blue Water Area Convention Center, with McMorran Board Chair Patti Samar saying SMG will make use of cost savings strategies for both facilities. Samar says with SMG managing both facilities, McMorran and the convention center will complement each other, without having to compete with each other. The convention center is expected to go up this year along the Thomas Edison Parkway, with the county Board of Commissioners looking to sign an agreement with SMG as soon as final negotiations are completed. A special meeting of the commission is expected to be held for that purpose on Thursday morning.