A vibrant residential and commercial real estate market is important to the economic vitality in the Grand Traverse region, and the Chamber enjoys a strong relationship with the Traverse Area Association of Realtors. TAAR Executive Vice President Kim Pontius until recently served as a Chamber director, and Chamber President/CEO Doug Luciani is a new representative on the TAAR Board representing the business community.
The TAAR Board’s President-elect, Ken Kleinrichert, was also an integral part of the Chamber’s recent membership drive. Jamie Grace of Century 21 Northland, a graduate of the Chamber’s Leadership Grand Traverse Class in Fall 2013, was also recently named TAAR’s “Rookie of the Year.” Several other TAAR directors are with companies that are Chamber members.
The Chamber will also bolster its effort in the commercial real estate sector through creation of a site selection webpage for companies seeking commercial properties to expand or relocate in the Grand Traverse area. Requests for proposal to manage the service are being reviewed, and follow the Chamber Bulletin for updates on this new service.