Building a bridge to China, one business at a time

TRAVERSE CITY - In 2001 when consultant Patrick Mosley made his first trip to China, there were a lot of empty seats on the airplane. It was early in the year, before 9/11. Six years later, things have changed dramatically. "Now, those flights are packed,"...

National governors meeting to showcase Traverse City

TRAVERSE CITY - Cherry pie, fine wine and a view of the bay are all on the menu when the nation's governors meet here later this month. The July 20-23 National Governors Association (NGA) meeting is the second time in as many decades that state...

Breaking the fever: Area businesses rebound from economic ills

TRAVERSE CITY - There's a long-time adage in business circles in Northern Michigan: "When Detroit gets pneumonia, Traverse City gets a fever."That maxim encapsulates the delicate economic relationship between downstate and the Grand Traverse region, according to Traverse Bay Economic Development Corporation (TBEDC) Senior Vice...

Opponents will continue to fight Northport sewer

NORTHPORT - Opponents of Northport's $13 million sewer system will file an appeal of a 13th Circuit Court decision that failed to block its financing and construction, a source close to the group fighting the project said. In a hearing in Leland on June 20,...

World-class golf course designers tee off from TC

TRAVERSE CITY - Being a world-class golf course designer doesn't mean you have to live half way around the world.Traverse City works just fine, thank you.That's the feeling of two designers - Mike DeVries and Tom Doak - who go head-to-head against the likes of...

Leelanau institutions welcome summer

LEELANAU COUNTY - John VanRaalte, owner of Van's Garage in Leland, can tell you the exact moment that summer arrives in Leelanau County: It's when he takes Big Bertha out of storage. Big Bertha is the name of an antique Chevy station wagon belonging to...

Epicurean Classic more seasoned in fourth year

TRAVERSE CITY - For three days on the shores of West Grand Traverse Bay, some of the country's hottest chefs and renowned wine experts will gather to cook, pour, and share their passions for food and drink.The fourth annual Epicurean Classic will be held Sept....