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.
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.