Uncertainty Surrounds the Farmland and Open Space Preservation Act

When Governor Snyder unveiled his fiscal year 2011-2012 budget last March, one controversial feature was the elimination of tax credits for various industries (film industry, Brownfields, etc.). While the elimination of the Farmland and Open Space Preservation Act (PA 116) did not find its...

Watershed Center to Tackle Suttons Bay and Traverse City Runoff

TRAVERSE CITY - The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay has been awarded three grants totaling $2.2 million to install improved runoff filtration systems in Suttons Bay and Traverse City, and to manage sediments as two dams are removed on the Boardman River.The funding comes from...

Junior Achievement: The little nonprofit that could

TRAVERSE CITY - How many nonprofits could survive several months without a leader? Or, miss out on the "bread and butter" of the fundraising year - the end-of-year ask?One thing is certain, you don't do it without a passionate board. Just ask Junior Achievement of...

Game On

TRAVERSE CITY - Lining up his shot from the tee, Brandon Theophilus glances out over the fairway, assesses his target, then pulls back his club. The iron slices through the air, driving the ball through the air and over the undulating fairway in one swift...

We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Ombudsman

The Traverse City Commission, after eliminating a few staff positions in the new budget, may now create a brand new position: the Traverse City Ombudsman. All seven commissioners reacted positively to the idea proposed by Mayor Chris Bzdok - after all, who could criticize...

40 Under Forty 2011

How do you define impact? Influence? Power? Visible, tangible change that's measured by dollars or miles or jobs? Or the evident but unquantifiable stuff that makes up - and improves - a community's quality of life? Judgingby the number of nominations made to this year's...

Automation Innovation

TRAVERSE CITY - TranTek is on track to bring in $11 million in revenue this year - nearly four times more than two years ago.Two years ago? "We were going bankrupt, just like everyone else," says company president John Wenden. "We were intent on the...

Magna to invest in Benzonia plant

BENZIE COUNTY - It's been three months since Magna International of America Inc. took over struggling Continental Industries in Benzonia, retaining some 85 jobs.And now, the stage has been set for an even brighter future for the auto supplier.In June, the Michigan Economic Growth Authority...