Traverse City can compete with any city on quality of life, and is well positioned to recruit companies that pay higher wages. But what size of new companies could we handle? Five thousand employees? A thousand? We’re a long way from consensus in this community on the answer.
Newly-released data from the United Way shows that nearly 40 percent of people in northwest Michigan struggle to meet a basic standard of living. United Way defines the working poor as living at or below a “household survival budget” of $19,872 for a single adult and $58,740 for a family of four.
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Citizens should encourage the Traverse City Light and Power board to invest in citywide high-speed fiber Internet, which is critical to the economic development of the region and will help attract talented workers.
The innovative pop-up tent maker TentCraft is a leader in attracting knowledge-based talent to Traverse City. The company has also created dozens of manufacturing jobs, has an “infants in the workplace” program, and recently launched a CSA-based employee wellness plan.
Brianne Farley is the latest profile in Groundwork’s New Economy series about creative young professionals who are making their impact on the Traverse City region. Farley is a Grand Traverse native who recently returned from New York City.