May 2023 Issue
The Copper Age: How Copper Ridge became Traverse City's healthcare hub
by Craig Manning
Today, it’s one of Traverse City’s foremost healthcare hubs – a thriving business park where many local physicians, dentists and other health professionals keep their offices.
Not too long ago, however, the development known today as Copper Ridge was a vacant piece of land with a lot of possibilities – and perhaps even more construction and engineering hurdles.
Connie Deneweth is the owner and developer of Copper Ridge, LLC, which continues to manage the development today. Prior to that, Deneweth was a banker and CPA by trade. It was through a conversation with one of her banking …
Connections for Growth: Inside Traverse Connect's many education and training programs
by Craig Manning
While Traverse Connect might be known best for its efforts to recruit new businesses and professionals to the area, the organization also offers a lengthy list of training and education programs aimed at everyone from local middle school students to established business leaders.
According to Brenda McLellan, director of investor engagement for Traverse Connect, the organization has a professional development committee that meets regularly to formulate new training and education programs, as …
Game Changer: Hybrid Robotics making waves with 'smart winch'
by Clark Miller
There are lessons to be learned from local startup Hybrid Robotics (HR).
HR’s founders – Matt Goddard, Aaron Bottke and Ryan Mater – envisioned a company that would design, build and sell a new kind of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), one that could deliver underwater robots to a watery worksite. There were many reasons to be optimistic it would work. They had solid technical skills picked up at Northwestern Michigan College and …
The Draining Talent Pool: Upskilling and reskilling can help with looming shortage
By Jennifer Ewing
Korn Ferry, a widely recognized global consulting company, recently completed a study indicating that, if left unchecked, by 2030, there will be a global human talent shortage of more than 85 million people.
What does this mean locally? That the talent shortage and recruitment woes are here to stay.
With the continued tight labor market, creative talent attraction and retention has become even more critical. Two new buzzwords being used on the …