The Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA), which provides bus service for the Grand Traverse area, will ask local voters for continued support during a May 2 millage. Groundwork fully supports this millage because we believe that BATA provides a crucial service for the future of the region.
A “green team” of renewable energy leaders will help Traverse City fulfill its pledge to wean the city off fossil fuels for municipal electricity use. The target date for going 100 percent renewable is 2020.
Several area entrepreneurs say they see another way to use PACE-which stands for Property Assessed Clean Energy and treats the loans, which are private, like property taxes. They believe PACE can help them grow their companies, which are manufacturing and selling a brand-new, innovative, high-efficiency classroom heater and ventilator known as Aristotle Air.
Schools throughout northwest Lower Michigan are cooking up locally grown food for lunch this October as part of National Farm to School Month.
Grand Traverse County is now one of just seven counties and two cities in Michigan to adopt the local ordinance, known as Property Assessed Clean Energy. PACE allows local governments to place private business efficiency loans on local tax rolls, collect repayment via special assessments on property tax bills, and foreclose on properties that default.
Local Motion, a new northwest Michigan program for improving transportation choices in the Grand Traverse region, is rolling out a series of fact sheets to outline our current transportation habits. This first sheet reveals the current reality: Most commuters in the Grand Traverse area drive very long distances to get to work.