A Whole New Ballgame

The story of John and Leslye Wuerfel was like was the unforgettable line from the cult classic baseball movie, Field of Dreams: "If you build it, [they] will come." The entertainment scene in the Grand Traverse region was dramatically altered – for the better – more...

Marsha Smith and Rotary Charities – A Dynamic Duo

Communities are in a constant state of evolution. They grow or regress, and the successful ones evolve with purpose, vision and inclusiveness. There’s little question over the direction of the Grand Traverse region’s evolution. The fortunes of our modest city by the bay have ridden a...

Wanted: More Business Voices in Local Governance

This month Traverse City’s elected officials will conduct interviews to fill a vacancy on the city commission. Our region is fortunate to have so many individuals willing to step up and serve their community by taking on the duties of elected and appointed officials. But from...

Be Careful What You Wish For

A community’s economic and social well-being is invariably linked to the strength of its institutions. Some are new; some have been around for decades or longer. When it comes to attracting talent and investment, however, some stand out as particularly important and need to be...

Complacency is Our Fork in the Road

There’s a consistent – and important – message emanating these days from business and political leaders across the state: Keep Michigan’s economic comeback moving forward. Michigan’s economy has gotten to a much better place in the past decade. It’s evident in traditional barometers like economic growth,...

Patience is a Virtue in Public Advocacy

Several well-worn adages extol the benefits of patience and perseverance in pursuit of major, long-term goals. And while it's true Rome wasn't built in a day, patience and perseverance are necessities in the political arena. It's more important now than ever in this age of precious...

A Big Thanks to Small Business

Some things can’t be overstated or emphasized enough. One of them is the importance of small business to northwest Michigan’s economy. As the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce ramps up its annual Small Business Celebration this month – culminating June 5 with the presentation of...

The Never-ending Campaign Season

Here at the Chamber, we think a lot about when people start paying attention to an upcoming election cycle. As political campaigns and issues become increasingly associated with information overload that can generate skepticism and even indifference among voters, the old adage that “timing is...

Alliance Builds its Influence Across Northern Michigan

German aristocrat and statesman Otto von Bismarck is credited with coining the famous 19th century phrase about laws and sausage – how it's best not to see them being made. Creating the rules and regulations that govern our daily lives, including those that impact our regional...

Education Commitment Needed at All Levels

by Doug Luciani Consensus is a simple concept but a difficult one to achieve. One topic most agree on, however, is the importance of a good education for our learners of all ages to keep our region, state and country competitive – even relevant – in...