Raising More Boats

“A rising tide lifts all boats” is a phrase made famous by President John F. Kennedy borrowed from a chamber of commerce in his native New England – an aphorism that suggests pretty much everyone benefits from a growing economy. It’s also a saying often panned...

Looking Back On Ten Years

On January 6, 2003, two guys started their jobs as presidents of chambers of commerce in two of northern Michigan's most dynamic cities. I was one; the other was Carlin Smith in Petoskey. What follows is a look back at the work I have watched...

Fiscal Voodoo and Planet Earth

The fiscal cliff is a crisis to scare the public into accepting failed policies. Instead, we need to focus on how the economy is linked to the environment.The Economy, we are told, is a machine. It churns, slows, and heats up. It drives political discourse...

We have a great product; here’s how we’re selling it

Despite facing some of the toughest challenges that the tourism industry has had to face here in Michigan, there is a feeling of optimism among Michigan's tourism industry. Although we are confronted by a weak economy, record gas prices, low consumer confidence and eroding discretionary...