Don’t Just Vote for Public Transit, Try Riding It

Despite our region’s natural and cultural attractions, affordability remains a major challenge for businesses seeking qualified, dependable workers. Or maybe it’s because of the region’s attractiveness that the workforce we need struggles to live here. The new term ALICE (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) describes what...

What ‘Brown’ Has Done For Us

Does effective public policy become poor policy when it crosses a street? Is a bad idea in one part of town a good idea when it’s implemented a few blocks away? Those seem like odd questions. But they’re pertinent given the evolving attitudes among many local...

A ‘Desert’ Surrounded by Water

A “desert” isn’t something you’d expect to find in a region that’s home to the world’s largest fresh water supply. But it’s a serious reality to hundreds of area families and their children faced with a barren landscape of quality child care options. It’s a...

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...