Who’s Afraid of the Driverless Car?

  Local insurance agency executives say it’s a matter of when, not if, driverless cars will begin appearing on the nation’s highways. And when they do, the $200 billion-a-year auto insurance premium market will be turned upside down. “If you’re getting rid of the driver, it could...

Acme Is Open For Business

When the Acme Business Association first formed in 2009, it was a community divided. A battle to bring a Meijer store to the township had resulted in strong opposition, a recall campaign of so-called “anti-growth” township officials, lawsuits, investigations and bad feelings among residents and...

Despite Labor Shortage, Big Season Ahead

New projects and a continued vitality in that sector of the economy have those in the construction industry optimistic. “It seems to be cranking right now,” said Steve Eveleigh, head of Northwest Carpentry and current president for the Home Builders Association Grand Traverse Area (HBAGTA). “It’s...

Book Review: The Misfit Economy

Lessons in Creativity from Pirates, Hackers, Gangsters and Other Informal Entrepreneurs By Alexa Clay and Kyra Maya Phillips Simon & Schuster, 2015 286 pages   In a Nutshell: People living on the fringe create unique and profitable business models because they aren’t afraid to bend the rules of the...

Commentary: Flint, Line 5 And Restoring Trust In State Government

It’s hard to fathom the people of Flint were poisoned by lead-tainted water for 17 months while government officials ignored evidence and downplayed the problem. Unfortunately, the culture of denial and inaction brought to light by the Flint disaster has been around a long time...

Roofing Company Keeps on Top of Safety, Innovation

Most roofing companies do fine work, but they just put on roofs. They don’t concentrate on insulation or have a safety division that works with clients to provide them with dependable and reliable access to roof areas. And they probably don’t receive patents for their...

Ballot Box Politics Equate to Poor Economic Policy

Catch phrases take hold because they supposedly advance common sense ideas in a concise way that’s easy to remember. But more and more they’re used to mask actual intent and likely outcomes, making it imperative that people look beyond seemingly straightforward words and phrases to...

Newsmakers: People On The Move

APPOINTMENTS/ACCOLADES Doug Mansfield, supervisor of Union Township in Grand Traverse County, has been elected president of the Michigan Townships Association (MTA). He brings to his new position an extensive background in planning and land use as president of Mansfield Land Use Consultants. His experience in local...

Briefly: Big News In A Small Format

TWO LOCAL COMPANIES NAMED TO ‘WATCH’ LIST Cash n Carry Flooring in Traverse City and Three Speed Ales – owners of Stormcloud Brewing Company – in Frankfort are two of the 2016 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch. The award recognizes growth-oriented businesses based on market expansion,...