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We Love Where You Live is the Michigan Municipal League’s exciting new venture into the world of podcasting! We’ll be bringing you insightful interviews on city innovations and politics, delving into the challenges of local government finance, sharing our members’ amazing accomplishments, and taking a fresh look at stories in the League’s magazine.

Listen in on our favorite device—smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop—any time it's convenient for you!

NEW! We Love Where You Live podcasts are now available on iTunes and Google Play.

The Review Déjà vu Podcast Segment: We take a fresh look at stories that appear in the League's magazine, The Review.

Host: Lisa Donovan, Communications Specialist/Editor, Michigan Municipal League



Episode 13: Innovative Environmental Projects Grow Out of Michigan Green Communities Challenge

Guest: Shanna Draheim, Director, Policy Development, Michigan Municipal League

Sustainability is a key issue for many Michigan communities. The Michigan Municipal League, along with our partner organization Michigan Green Communities, brings together local governments and university staff to collaboratively learn from each other about how to move sustainability forward and participate in the annual Michigan Green Communities Challenge. The League's Shanna Draheim shares some of the amazing environmental success stories from communities across the state.


Episode 12: Finalists for the League's 2018 Community Excellence Award

Guests: Municipal leaders from Muskegon, Owosso, and Saginaw

Innovative projects from the cities of Muskegon, Owosso, and Saginaw were in the running for the League's 2018 Community Excellence Award. Learn how these communities brought new life to their downtown through the unique development of retail, office, and community space. Read more about each project on the Community Excellence Award website and in The Review magazine: Muskegon (Jan/Feb 2019), Owosso (March/April 2019), and Saginaw (May/June 2019).


Episode 11: MEDC Partnerships with the League

Co-Host: Luke Forrest, Director, Civic Innovations, Michigan Municipal League

Guest: Katharine Czarnecki, Senior Vice President, Community Development, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Michigan Municipal League partners with Michigan Economic Development Corporation on a variety of projects. MEDC's Katharine Czarnecki shares her thoughts on two of those partnerships: Public Spaces Community Places crowdgranting program and Redevelopment Ready Communities®, MEDC's flagship program to get communities in a good position to accept new development. Some of those partnerships are highlighted in The Lab Report column in the Nov/Dec 2018 issue of The Review magazine.


Episode 10 - Fraser, 2018 Community Excellence Award Winner

Michael Lesich, Fraser Councilmember and member of Fraser First Booster Club
Christina Woods, Director, Fraser Parks & Recreation Department
Sherry Stein, President, Fraser First Booster Club

The city of Fraser was honored with the League's 2018 Community Excellence Award at our annual Convention in Grand Rapids. They won for McKinley Barrier-Free Park and Playground. Hear how this 12-year volunteer effort, led by the Fraser First Booster Club, transformed an underused park into a place that children and adults of all abilities can enjoy. And look for the complete story in the Jan/Feb 2019 issue of The Review.


Episode 9 - Wayne, 2017 Community Excellence Awards Finalist

Guests: Brian Ewanciw, Founder, Wayne Bicycle Club, and Jamie McCloskey

Bicycling Means Business and Friendship in Wayne, Michigan was a finalist in Michigan Municipal League's 2017 Community Excellence Awards competition. Brian Ewanciw shares how the Wayne Bicycle Club got started and the benefits it has generated for participants and the city as a whole. Read more in the Sept/Oct 2018 issue of The Review.


Episode 8 - Cadillac, 2017 Community Excellence Awards Finalist

Guest: Carla Filkins, Mayor, Cadillac

The Plaza at Cadillac Commons was a finalist in Michigan Municipal League's 2017 Community Excellence Awards competition. Mayor Filkins shares how the project got its start with the League's PlacePlans program and is now revitalizing a key area between downtown and the waterfront. Read more in the upcoming Nov/Dec 2018 issue of The Review.


Episode 7 - SolarYpsi

Guest: Dave Strenski, Founder, SolarYpsi

Dave Strenski, founder of SolarYpsi, has amped up Ypsilanti's sustainability. He and his volunteer team have turned the city into a "solar destination" where people can learn about solar power and tour various solar installations. Thanks to their efforts, Ypsilanti has earned many solar awards, including becoming the first city in Michigan to earn the SolSmart Gold award from the Solar Foundation. Read more in the July/Aug 2018 issue of The Review.


Episode 6 - The Opioid Crisis and How Michigan Communities are Tackling the Problem

Guest: Marci Scalera, director of clinical and SUD services, Community Mental Health Partnership of Southeast Michigan

Families, communities, and local governments are falling victim to the opioid crisis in America. Guest Marci Scalera advocates for a multi-faceted approach in dealing with this crisis: prevention, treatment, and stopping drug trafficking. Hear how some Michigan communities are tackling the problem. And read Scalera's complete article in the March/April 2018 issue of The Review.


Episode 5 - Spring Lake Village / Spring Lake Township Collaboration

Christine Burns, village manager, Spring Lake Village; board member, Michigan Municipal League
Gordon Gallagher; township manager, Spring Lake Township


Episode 4 - Karen Majewski, Hamtramck mayor, past president of Michigan Municipal League, and winner of 2018 Life Membership Award


Episode 3 - 2017 CEA Finalist Milan's Downtown Redevelopment & Revitalization

Jade Smith, city administrator, Milan
Jill Tewsley, executive director, Milan Main Street


Episode 2 - Talent Attraction Vital to Michigan Success

Lou Glazer, president, Michigan Future, Inc.


Episode 1 - 2017 CEA Winner Hudsonville Terra Square Project

Patrick Waterman, city manager, Hudsonville
Mark Northrup, mayor, Hudsonville









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