Promising Trends in Local Housing Policy

Traverse City – northwest lower Michigan’s business and cultural capital – is at a defining moment in its history. Faced with skyrocketing home prices and swelling rents, we can sit back and watch as the housing issues escalate, or we can take action to create...

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...

New Incubator Making an Impact

20Fathoms, our community’s new business incubator and center for entrepreneurship, opens its downtown office at the corner of Front and Park streets this month. Its mission is to cultivate a thriving community of entrepreneurial start-ups and growing companies. It’s all about impact. The young companies working at...

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...

Debt-Free Education is Still Possible

How do you fill 9,000 open construction jobs in the state of Michigan in one year? Or 500,000 skilled professional trade jobs by 2024? According to the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development, those staggering numbers are reality. Why? The Great Recession exodus, birth...

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...

When it Comes to Attracting Great Workers, Health Is Wealth

Our culture is pretty unhealthful. A third of Michiganders are obese. That’s the tenth worst in the U.S., tied with Indiana. Colorado, with which we often compete for highly productive and creative workers and businesses, weighs in at 22 percent obese, the lowest in the...

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...