Michigan Prosperity Agenda: Placemaking in Michigan – A Year in Review
Program Explores How to Make a Better Michigan
The Michigan Prosperity Agenda is a monthly radio show that challenges listeners to help make Michigan a better place to live, work and play by creating vibrant and prosperous local communities. It has aired on News/Talk 760 WJR at 7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month since 2010.
THE DECEMBER SHOW airs at 7 p.m. Dec. 26 on News/Talk 760 WJR. You can listen now by clicking the links below. We’re talking with some of Michigan’s leading journalists from across the state about the biggest economic and project development stories they covered in 2012 and what they’re looking forward to covering in 2013.
Serena Maria Daniels is a reporter at the Detroit News. She joined The News in 2011 after working at the Chicago Tribune and The Orange County Register in her home state of California. In her short tenure here, she has developed a passion for reporting on Detroit and Michigan politics, social justice and the urban decay and renewal of Detroit. Serena is exploring issues that impact new Detroiters, who like herself, are young, educated and professional, and who are moving into the city’s affordable and burgeoning urban core to establish their careers.
Jeff Hill, Rapid Growth Media
Jeff Hill is publisher of Rapid Growth Media, an online news site centered in Grand Rapids. A Michigan native for 42 years, Jeff has a passion for urban redevelopment and the revitalization of cities. He has been the publisher and business manager of Rapid Growth since 2008, where he also contributes to the writing and photography of the publication. When not working on Rapid growth, he blogs, plans events, works in real estate, enjoys public speaking, serves on several community advisory boards, bikes, and spends time with his family.
Marjory Raymer, Flint Journal
Marjory Raymer is a community news director for MLive.com and serves as editor of The Flint Journal. Raymer was named to the newsroom’s top post in 2009. She came to the Journal in 2000 as a political reporter before becoming the paper’s business editor and later metro editor. She previously worked as a reporter and copy editor at the Traverse City Record-Eagle and reporter at the Ionia Sentinel-Standard. Flint is a city challenged by rising crime and an economy hard-hit by the demise of the auto industry. At the same time, Flint is experiencing a new downtown renaissance with the development of new restaurants, new housing opportunities and the return of many small businesses from the suburbs who are now relocating to downtown Flint.
John Flesher, Associated Press
John Flesher is the award-winning northern Michigan correspondent and Great Lakes environmental writer for the Associated Press and is manager of the Traverse City bureau. He has been with the Associated Press for 31 ½ years starting in the Raleigh bureau, working in Washington, D.C., and transferring to Traverse City in 1992. The “Blue Economy” is one of the keys to promoting Michigan’s economic prosperity, with the Great Lakes as our state’s tourism and recreation magnets.