Effective Planning: Quality of Thought is What Matters

When making any number of important life decisions, such as moving to a new neighborhood or taking a new job, we tend to mull over the potential scenarios ad nauseam. We think about it lying in bed at night. We think about it during our...

VIKRON Energy Solutions

Instead of becoming victims of the common corporate downsizing, co-workers Kathi Wagner and Jeff Weymouth decided they could put their 38 years of combined experience in the natural gas industry to good use by founding a company of their own. During the 15-month transition from...

Q&A with Donald Ponniah

Donald Ponniah became the new general manager of the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in July. Previously he led the Los Angeles Hilton, and has also led resorts and hotels in British Columbia and Yosemite National Park.BN: When you first arrived, what was your...

Roundabouts: Proceed with Caution

It seems as if we woke up one morning to discover that someone, somewhere, decided it would be a good idea to build five roundabouts on Division Street. For those who did not attend a design charrette, or follow the process, it was a bizarre...

The Push for Affordable Housing

REGION - Housing officials across the region are taking aggressive measures to provide affordable homes, condos and apartments, tapping into tax credits and subsidies and incentivizing developers to build more low-cost units into their projects.The tools they are using vary greatly from one community to...

Inside Cone Drive

TRAVERSE CITY - The year was 1950 when President Truman first sent troops to Korea, Walt Disney released his 12th animated film, Cinderella, and cartoonist Charles Schulz launched a kid-based comic strip called Peanuts.That same year a small, but energetic company named Cone Drive moved...

Above the Line

While manufacturers around the state and nation struggle to hang on, many northern companies are putting the last years' recession behind them, diversifying, expanding and boosting big profits.REGION - There's been a bit of optimism coming out of the manufacturing industry as of late. Take...