As the Traverse City region markets itself as a great place for young professionals to move, impact this vibrant community, and enjoy a fantastic lifestyle, childcare remains a critical obstacle, alongside housing, transit and diversity.
Fernando Meza, CEO of the digital marketing company OneUpWeb, represents Traverse City’s growing tech scene. As a Mexican-American born in Los Angeles, Meza also reflects on Traverse City’s tolerance and inclusiveness, despite this region’s racial homogeneity.
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.
The New Economy project is a multimedia storytelling series that highlights talented millennials in the Traverse City region, and raises awareness about their contributions to the local economy and community.