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Slideshow: Best counties for wages (September 2014)

May 12, 2015 | Bridge Staff

Here are the best counties for average weekly wages as of September, 2014

Slideshow: Worst counties for wages (September 2014)

May 12, 2015 | Bridge Staff

Here are the worst counties for average weekly wages, as of September, 2014

State struggles to boost lives of the working poor

May 12, 2015 | Chastity Pratt

Four-in-10 Michigan families can’t afford life’s basics, according to a report by the United Way. The report contends that helping struggling workers will ultimately benefit the state as a whole.

Up North, isolation impedes health care for seniors

March 12, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

In far-flung rural Michigan, hardly anything is close by. It can be a problem for those in need of medical attention.

Poverty in paradise: Halting the exodus of young workers from northern Michigan

February 19, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

After growing up in Pure Michigan, millennials say they must leave a land they love to fulfill their career ambitions. Second of two parts.

How posh Aspen and Jackson Hole make housing affordable for year-round workers

February 19, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

Michigan’s northern resort counties could learn from these swanky ski towns in Colorado and Wyoming.

Postcards from paradise: A daughter of Petoskey finds homecoming a real page-turner

February 19, 2015 | Bridge Staff

Like lots of smart young natives, Katie Capaldi thought her destiny lay far from the northern Michigan town where she was raised. But she’s writing another chapter. Plus, five other looks at people and life Up North.

Postcard from paradise: In the inky dark, a glimmer of starshine – and tourism

February 18, 2015 | Bridge Staff

The Headlands is drawing stargazers to a 550-acre park at the very tip of the mitten, officially designated an International Dark Sky Park.

Postcard from paradise: Custom skis, made by hand

February 18, 2015 | Bridge Staff

Jeff Thompson figured he could make his own skis as easily as buying them. Then mom and dad sold their house to come work for him.

Postcard from paradise: At Coolhouse Labs, a native son incubates startups in Harbor Springs

February 18, 2015 | Bridge Staff

Internet-based companies can live anywhere. One twenty-something hopes giving entrepreneurs a great northern Michigan summer might turn their heads.

Postcard from paradise: Needing to get out, a young man looks to the water

February 18, 2015 | Bridge Staff

His parents always warned: In a small-town economy, the pie is too small for everybody to get a slice.

Postcard: Luxe life at Bay Harbor reflects changing economy

February 15, 2015 | Bridge Staff

A luxury playground grows where an abandoned cement plant once stood on the shores of Little Traverse Bay.

See which Michigan regions are growing the fastest

November 11, 2014 | Ted Roelofs, Mike Wilkinson

While the Detroit region is beginning to emerge from recession, the Grand Rapids, Monroe and Benton Harbor areas posted strong GDP gains in 2013.

Michigan’s economic comeback promising, but incomplete

November 11, 2014 | Ted Roelofs

Amid promising signs of growth, Michigan still has not reached its peak GDP from a decade ago.

Grand Rapids growth invites civic pride

November 11, 2014 | Ted Roelofs

The Grand Rapids region is strong in virtually every economic sector, and is the closest of any Michigan region to returning to pre-recession levels.

Lansing and Ann Arbor staging a battle of economic might

November 11, 2014 | Ted Roelofs

The Lansing and Ann Arbor regions are closely matched in GDP. Ann Arbor is just ahead in 2013. But will it last?

Recovering Detroit region still drives the state

November 11, 2014 | Ted Roelofs

The Detroit region, digging out from a tough decade, still wields manufacturing might. But its future may well hinge on health care.