August 2021 Issue
Big Blue Future: TC a potential hub for freshwater research, policy and technology
Could Traverse City become the world’s leading hub for freshwater research, policy and technology?
Entrepreneur Casey Cowell has been wondering about that question for years. Or, perhaps more accurately, he’s wondered why Traverse City wouldn’t be a global leader in the freshwater economy.
All the ingredients are right there: A location just a stone’s throw from the shores of one of the world’s richest freshwater resources; a community college with highly respected programs in freshwater studies, marine technology and maritime activity; and a growing business community with a thriving startup climate.
With the right approach, Cowell says he is confident …
Making It in Northern Michigan: Quantum Sails
One of the largest – and arguably most innovative – manufacturers of boat sails in the world is headquartered in Traverse City.
The reason is simple. When industry veteran Ed Reynolds was asked to become president of Quantum Sails by majority owner Doug DeVos, who is an avid sailor in addition to being Amway board co-chairman, he accepted – but only if he could remain in Traverse City.
Reynolds grew up in Fenton, but …
Ripple Effect: How Interlochen Center for the Arts impacts the local economy
With an alumni list that includes more than its fair share of superstars – not to mention a track record for drawing world-renowned talent to northern Michigan for concerts, performances, residencies, and exhibits – what does Interlochen Center for the Arts' reach and impact look like as part of the broader northern Michigan community?
How does having hundreds of students and campers flock to northern Michigan each year – or having big crowds converge upon the 4,000-seat Kresge Auditorium for summer concerts – affect the local economy? The Traverse City Business …
Book Review: How to Change
Reviewed by Chris Wendel
In a world where self-improvement messages come at us constantly, a book labeled “How to Change” might need more than a simple title to stand out. Fortunately, behavioral economist Katy Milkman uses motivating, well-researched approaches for working through the challenges that can keep us from reaching our goals.
“How to Change” opens with the story of tennis star Andre Agassi. In 1994, Agassi was a fledgling player with raw skill but …