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City Publishes The Performance 2020

by Colleen Paveglio
Wednesday, January 20, 2021

January 20, 2021 - 

The City of Traverse City has released its 2020 annual report, The Performance, which provides insight into major accomplishments and significant projects completed during the past year, and also a glimpse into what’s next. Throughout the report many achievements for the City are highlighted, among many other topics.

“Over the past year, the employees that make up the city team have met unprecedented challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, due to the diligence and resourcefulness of the City Commission, city staff, and various members of our boards and committees, the City is healthy in terms of financial stability and through careful planning, we are poised to have a strong 2021,” say City Manager Martin Colburn.

An overview of achievements related to infrastructure improvements, green initiatives, mobility, community enhancements, governance, and public safety are outlined within the report. The City Commission’s adopted strategic goals with action steps related to five issues; housing, transportation, water related infrastructure, tax revenue, and economic development are also defined in the report. 

“I am pleased with the City’s progress this past year. Despite the circumstances of an ever-changing environment surrounding the pandemic, the City continued to provide top quality municipal services and make investments toward a more sustainable future,” says Traverse City Mayor Jim Carruthers.                            

While The Performance serves as a progress report for the City’s past year, each individual department will present their annual reports to the City Commission with greater detail in the upcoming months. 

To learn more and view the full report, visit the link at



Join a City Board or Commission!

by Katelyn Zeits
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Get Involved and Make a Difference in Your Community – Be a Volunteer!

Are you passionate about your City and have a desire to give back?

The City welcomes your active participation on a volunteer City board. Join other volunteers in shaping policy initiatives and services affecting your community!  

The City is seeking applications for the following boards: 

  • Board of Zoning Appeals – Regular Member
  • Election Commission
  • Historic Districts Commission
  • Traverse City Light and Power Board
  • Arts Commission
  • Grand Traverse Commons Joint Planning Commission 

As a potential Board member, you will serve as an ambassador to the community, helping our City Commission move forward with services affecting the community. No matter your interests, we have a Board to fit your passion. All Boards help us build a great community together.

For more information on these boards and other City boards, or to find our “Application to Become Involved, please visit

If you are interested in serving, please submit your application to the City Clerk’s Office at your earliest convenience by email: or by dropping your application packet in the red drop box in front of the Governmental Center.