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Attracting Young Talent (Back) to Michigan with Passenger Rail

Attracting Young Talent (Back) to Michigan with Passenger Rail

passenger rail | January 29, 2018 | By Jacob Wheeler

Owosso native and entrepreneur Alyson Caverson is excited about the Ann Arbor to Traverse City passenger rail project, which will run from the population centers of southeast Michigan to the emerging economies in the northwest, and pass through Owosso and towns like Howell, Durand, Alma, Mt. Pleasant and Cadillac—all opportunities for her to grow Happy Girl Granola.

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Culinary Medicine Gains Momentum in Traverse City

Culinary Medicine Gains Momentum in Traverse City

food & farming | January 28, 2018 | By Jacob Wheeler

Grand Traverse Internal and Family Medicine (Grand Traverse Internists), a clinic in Traverse City’s medical district, plans to hire a part-time Registered Dietitian — in part because its doctors were inspired after attending a Culinary Medicine conference last September. The conference also kicked into high gear Chip Hoagland’s plans for a culinary campus at the former Long Lake Elementary School.

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A Central Michigan University Student Moves to the Rhythm of the Rails

A Central Michigan University Student Moves to the Rhythm of the Rails

passenger rail | December 4, 2017 | By Jacob Wheeler

Andrew Vriesman, a 22-year-old senior at Central Michigan University, is excited about passenger rail that will one day connect Mt. Pleasant with Ann Arbor to the southeast and with Traverse City and Petoskey to the northwest. The route will travel through thriving downtowns that include growing businesses, tech sectors, and colleges that are collectively home to 90,000 students.

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Phelps Leads Taste the Local Difference on Local Food Expansion Statewide

Phelps Leads Taste the Local Difference on Local Food Expansion Statewide

food & farming | November 15, 2017 | By Jacob Wheeler

Meet Tricia Phelps, the new CEO of Taste the Local Difference (TLD), a social enterprise of the Groundwork Center, TLD was launched in 2004 as a print and online guide that helped match farmers with customers and was an early promoter of consuming locally grown food. Under Phelps, TLD is expanding its impact on local food economies statewide.

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Bob Russell Resilience Project features The Death and Life of the Great Lakes

Bob Russell Resilience Project features The Death and Life of the Great Lakes

Groundwork news | October 11, 2017 | By Jacob Wheeler

The Neahtawanta Center and the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities are co-sponsoring a community read and discussion in November as part of the Bob Russell Resilience Reading Project. The book choice is the Pulitzer Prize-nominated The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan.

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Introducing Fall Fellows, Tori Craig and Arcelia Moreno

Introducing Fall Fellows, Tori Craig and Arcelia Moreno

food & farming, groundwork news | October 4, 2017 | By Jacob Wheeler

Groundwork Fellows complete projects alongside our policy staff, attend conferences and networking sessions, and receive professional development training. Each fellow completes an independent project to complement Groundwork’s program areas based on their area of expertise, and presents this project to conclude their term.

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Dancing to Grupo Ayé, Afro-Caribbean salsa band with Grand Traverse roots

Dancing to Grupo Ayé, Afro-Caribbean salsa band with Grand Traverse roots

Groundwork news | October 3, 2017 | By Jacob Wheeler

Grupo Ayé has a bona fide local connection to the Grand Traverse region. Band founder Robert Mulligan spent part of his childhood in Omena in Leelanau County, where his mother lives. We caught up with Robert to learn more about the band, about his love for Latin music, and about his northern Michigan roots.

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Raw Potatoes to State Policy: Celebrating 15 Years of Farm to School Work

Raw Potatoes to State Policy: Celebrating 15 Years of Farm to School Work

food & farming | September 11, 2017 | By Jacob Wheeler

Nathan Bates and Boyne Falls Public School are a shining testament to the impact of northwest lower Michigan’s flourishing farm to school movement. It is a movement that is benefiting schoolchildren both nutritionally and academically and, at the same time, is giving small and mid-size farmers a growing market for their crops and helping them stay on their land.

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Celebrating Alice Waters with Local Harvest Restaurant Series

Celebrating Alice Waters with Local Harvest Restaurant Series

food & farming, groundwork news | September 6, 2017 | By Jacob Wheeler

To celebrate Alice Waters' visit to the National Writers Series, the first-annual Local Harvest Restaurant Series will feature a variety of Grand Traverse area restaurants, all of which will demonstrate their devotion to the local food community by featuring a “Harvest Week Special” menu item that is either 100 percent locally sourced or a recipe from one of Waters’ cookbooks.

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Introducing Groundwork’s Summer Fellows

Introducing Groundwork’s Summer Fellows

Groundwork news | July 5, 2017 | By Jacob Wheeler

Three fellows recently joined the Groundwork team for a nearly three-month period. Food Equity fellow Sarah Perez-Sanz is working with Food & Farming Director Meghan McDermott on food equity and access; Farms, Food and Health fellow Katie Wheeler is working with Senior Policy Specialist Diane Conners on Community-Supported-Agriculture (CSA) wellness programs, and Clean Energy fellow Abby Hackman is supporting Clean Energy Policy specialist Dan Worth.

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Harnessing Power of the Sun, with Stunning View of the Glen Lakes

Harnessing Power of the Sun, with Stunning View of the Glen Lakes

clean energy | June 19, 2017 | By Jacob Wheeler

When Gary Cozette and Joe Lada climb the ladder to the roof of their “Tower House” near Maple City, they behold a breathtaking view of the Glen Lakes, with the Sleeping Bear Dunes and Lake Michigan in the distance. In their immediate foreground is an array of recently installed, cutting-edge solar panels that harness the power of the sun, represent their commitment to the environment, and make them energy independent. Their solar investment represents both a moral statement and a smart utilitarian choice.

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Jim MacInnes, Northern Michigan's Renewable Energy Resort CEO

Jim MacInnes, Northern Michigan's Renewable Energy Resort CEO

clean energy | June 15, 2017 | By Jacob Wheeler

Crystal Mountain near Thompsonville is not your average four-season resort, and Jim MacInnes is not your average CEO. He is a former electrical power engineer and a well-respected environmentalist, known throughout the state as a renewable energy advocate—one who preaches “green,” not only for moral reasons but because clean energy makes economic sense.

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