Growing the Economy in Our Own Backyard (or Garage)

There are many ways to grow a region’s economy. Venture North is one critical piece of the economic development puzzle. But there is no one silver bullet. All of these need to work together to develop and advance our economy. All of us aim to see...

Amazon’s Second Headquarters: Why Not TC?

Amazon has decided it has outgrown Seattle and wants to establish a $5 billion second headquarters to house 50,000 employees in a new city, and this month CEO Jeff Bezos will review dozens of bids from eager cities across the country. I've formed a committee of...

TVC Continues Runway Improvements

Orange barrel season is upon us all – our roads throughout the region are under construction. The season is similar at our region’s airport as grant funding has been released, enabling our team to begin our final phase – a $13,914,056 Runway 10 project. Runway 10-28 is...

The Myth of ‘Overdevelopment’

It didn’t take long for hot button issues to emerge as candidates began to come forth for this year’s Traverse City election. The city’s so-called “overdevelopment” was among the first talking points in the election run-up – making it an issue that deserves a closer...

Economic Development is Everyone’s Job

When the top choice for the Grand Traverse County administrator job recently emerged, it was an encouraging sign – one that underscored the importance of effective economic development strategies in moving the community forward. Among the curious and sometimes frustrating aspects of local government in northern...

Your Most Pressing TVC Questions Answered

Every year when TVC announces the summer schedule with all the great opportunities to travel throughout the world we still receive questions inquiring why we don’t have…So I thought this would be a great time to answer the top three questions. Why don’t we have this...

Business and Politics: Both Better When Working Together

A recent report in a state business publication by former Traverse City-based reporter Lindsay VanHulle asked if business interests are losing their “clout” in Michigan’s state capitol. It suggested that “Lansing’s new GOP leadership is ignoring the priorities of business to pursue its own anti-tax...

Succession Planning is Successful Planning

Among the many positives of northern Michigan’s business community is the vast number of local and family-owned companies across our business landscape. That’s important as local and family ownership often brings various assets to a region that extend well beyond a company’s bottom line. Local...