Solar Express: Businesses, utilities lead the solar charge

The ever-increasing demand for renewable sources of energy, combined with growing interest in local power generation, has made for some key developments in northern Michigan’s solar industry this year. Whether its consumers investing in residential systems, businesses installing large solar arrays or utilities figuring out...

Cheap Oil and Gas Comes at a High Price

Good news at the gas pump is mostly bad news for the Northern Michigan oil and gas industry. Fill up at a Grand Traverse area station today, and you’ll pay from $2.11 to $2.20 per gallon. Adjusted for inflation, that is roughly on a par with...

Women and Philanthropy: Giving groups equal big impact

Sondra Shaw Hardy remembers when women’s philanthropy was a foreign concept. Today, she celebrates the “power of the purse.” “Reaching out to and recognizing women as having money and being philanthropists is a given now,” Hardy said. “(But) 30 years ago almost no one thought that...

Local Philanthropies Seek Greater Community Impacts

Gordon Brown and his wife, Susan, were passionate boaters and active for years with the Inland Seas Education Association in Suttons Bay. When Brown died in 2012, he left a gift of more than $40,000 to the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation to invest with the...

Arts, Culture Organizations Point to Economic Impact

Stormcloud Brewing serves up craft beers while the Benzie Symphony plays inside the pub. Traverse City Chamber of Commerce members confer during Leadership @ the Movies at the Bijou. Downtown art walks add vitality to the streets, showcasing artists while driving retail sales. These are just...

More Powerful MRI Machine Reduces Patient Trips Downstate

Munson Medical Center's 3T MRI is saving patients time and money. The machine, installed a year ago, is four times more powerful than Munson's 1.5 MRI machines and provides clarity that previously was unavailable locally, meaning patients had to go downstate. It can be adjusted to...

Making It In Northern Michigan: Coding Products

With a positive, 25-year record of production and jobs, folks at Coding Products in Kalkaska might be excused if they got a little complacent. But instead, they always seek to improve. And that goes for the front office just as much as the shop floor. Such...