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Don’t Just Vote for Public Transit, Try Riding It

Don’t Just Vote for Public Transit, Try Riding It

strong cities and towns | December 4, 2017 | By Jim Lively

Affordability is often discussed as a housing issue, but in mostly rural, sprawling northwest Michigan, affordability is inextricably linked to the costs of transportation. We strive to provide affordable transportation alternatives for our workforce and celebrate when those options are made available. BATA’s regional bus service is an underutilized asset that is well positioned to address the region’s affordability and affordable housing dual conundrums.

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TentCraft Innovates, Creates Local Jobs, Now Offers Farm to Workplace Benefits

TentCraft Innovates, Creates Local Jobs, Now Offers Farm to Workplace Benefits

strong cities and towns, food & farming | April 20, 2017 | By Jacob Wheeler

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.

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Rail to Ann Arbor Project About to Roll Down the Tracks

Rail to Ann Arbor Project About to Roll Down the Tracks

strong cities and towns | March 13, 2017 | By Jacob Wheeler

A passenger rail study that will evaluate the feasibility of running regular train service between Petoskey, Traverse City and Ann Arbor is set to leave the station this spring, the Traverse Ticker reported in February. The “A2TC Train” study is a partnership between the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Groundwork Center.

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A Place to Raise a Family: Shelli DiFranco's Move to Traverse City

A Place to Raise a Family: Shelli DiFranco's Move to Traverse City

strong cities and towns | March 8, 2017 | By Jacob Wheeler

Shelli and Joey DiFranco got the 'itch' to move to Traverse City from Chicago after falling in love with the region's natural beauty and a vibrant culinary scene. Shelli initially got a job with Hagerty Insurance, which allowed them to make the leap. They live outside town, in Leelanau County, with their son Renzo.

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Back to the Land: Farmer Jess Piskor and Leelanau’s food-based New Economy

Back to the Land: Farmer Jess Piskor and Leelanau’s food-based New Economy

strong cities and towns | December 6, 2016 | By Jacob Wheeler

Jess Piskor, who turns 35 on Dec. 30, is now a leader among northern Michigan’s young farmers — who play an important role in northern Michigan’s local food-based and restaurant economy. The Traverse City region of today is celebrated for its beaches and breweries, but just as much for its classy restaurants and vibrant farmers markets.

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