Distractions Do Not Long-Term Solutions Make

“Divide and rule, the politician cries; Unite and lead, is watchword of the wise.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German author and statesman There are a vast number of structural and operational challenges facing our local communities, the state of Michigan and our great nation – some of...

Charting a New Course … Again

Communities are often like businesses in that they can go years – even generations – with many of the same people in leadership roles. In others, the door at the top can be revolving all the time. Neither is an ideal scenario. Businesses, like communities, can...

Don’t Shrink From Big Thinking

“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood….” American architect Daniel Burnham is known for helping design some of the country’s most notable structures and majestic cities, including Chicago and San Francisco. His time-tested words from more than a century ago are...

Plenty Of Work To Do In 2015

By Doug Luciani It was nice to see – people exiting the Traverse City Area Chamber’s Economic Outlook breakfast last month with some upbeat business data and trends to feel good about. It was a welcome change from the forecasts that ranged from tepid to downright...

Resolved For Positive Things In 2015

The coming year is a significant benchmark for the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce as it celebrates its 100th year of operation. The Chamber’s been blessed over the decades by the many pioneers of business who took on major roles in the organization –...

Who is TraverseCONNECT helping?

By Doug Luciani A few months back the Traverse City Business News published a story about the new TraverseCONNECT brand here at the Traverse City Area Chamber. It’s been slowly rolled out over the past year to reflect the economic development, business financing and other initiatives...

Education: A Regional Cornerstone

By Doug Luciani Strong institutional infrastructure is a common thread among communities that grow – places that sustain through lean economic times and become even more bustling and vibrant when the economy perks along. It’s a bedrock that goes beyond roads, rails, airports and utility lines –...

A “To-Do” List For Attracting Top Notch Workers

There’s an increased focus in recent months on an issue that’s been a concern of business leaders for some time – the challenge of developing and drawing workforce talent to the state of Michigan. As more and more companies come forward publicly to lament their inability...

Chambers Build Community Leaders

The Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce kicked off its 26th class of Leadership Grand Traverse last month. These 25 leaders join the more than 750 alumni of the program. That's an extraordinary number of people exposed not only to leadership training, but also the...

Childish Arguments Close Door on Discussion

I am a Yooper, raised in Hancock. My dad was raised in Iron Mountain. My mother, though, was born and raised in Natchez, Mississippi. Growing up, our vacations meant driving to Natchez to visit Mom's side of the family. Ten minutes after seeing...