Mission, Vision & Values Grand Traverse Band of the Ottawa & Chippewa Indians
We, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians, a Sovereign Nation, honor our ancestors and strive to empower the well being of our present and future generations.
Traverse City is in a unique phase of its development in terms of the robust investment community, the burgeoning IT community, the substantial manufacturing community, the necessary and very strong service industry community, and now through the leadership of the Grand Traverse Band (GTB), the federal government contracting arena. The GTB contributes to the local economy through many jobs in their gaming operations and their government offices, including their payroll contributing to the economic well-being of the community, their 2% community outreach grant program, their cultural diversity, and now through business development in the federal and state contracting arena. We see this as a collaborative effort allowing us to ascertain federal and state contracting solicitations using local talent and companies to build our scope and capability to complete for contracting opportunities. The GTB using their non-gaming economic development entity (GTED) has committed to being certified by the SBA for the Tribal Section 8 (a) Business Development program, HUBZone, as well as DBE and MBE certifications. Collectively, GTED and our subsidiaries look to lead the local effort into the federal and state contracting arena.
GTED’s vision is to provide opportunity for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, empowering current and future generations to be culturally centered, physically and mentally healthy, economically successful, and unified within our community. We envision a future in which all of our people, in part because of the successes of GTED, will have access to vast career opportunities, and have the ability, confidence, and courage to advance and achieve their goals.
The GTB contributes to the local economy through many jobs in their business operations and their government offices, including their payroll contributing to the economic well-being of the community, their 2% community outreach grant program, their cultural diversity, and now through business development in the federal and state contracting arena.
News & Updates
TRAVERSE CITY — Healthy recreation or an economic engine? The planned $30 million Traverse City to Charlevoix Trail aims to create both. TART Trails organization and Top of Michigan Trails Council spearhead the multiyear project spanning Grand Traverse, Antrim and Charlevoix counties and seven townships. The proposed 46-mile Traverse City to Charlevoix route closes an […]
By Luke Haase | July 9, 2018 The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians, already one of the region’s economic powerhouses, has a big new goal: contracting with the federal government, the world’s largest buyer of goods and services. The Band’s non-gaming arm, Grand Traverse Economic Development Corp. (GTED), was created in 2012 […]