Michigan Prosperity Agenda: The Economic Development Role that Arts and Culture Play in a Community
Program Explores How to Make a Better Michigan
On this month’s Prosperity Agenda radio show we talk about some of the projects included in a new book being released by the Michigan Municipal League. The book, “The Economics of Place: The Art of Building Great Communities” will soon be available at placemaking.mml.org and explores great placemaking examples taking place throughout the state. The 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 since 2010.
The hour-long radio program is hosted by Dan Gilmartin, CEO of the Michigan Municipal League (the League). The show is sponsored by the League and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).
THIS MONTH’S SHOW airs at 7 p.m., September 24 on News/Talk 760 WJR, and you can listen by clicking the links below. Listen as we talk about how a new renaissance of economic development in some hard hit Michigan cities is being spurred by an eclectic mix of trendy bars and restaurants, award-winning craft beers, and a lively cultural arts scene.
Dan Gilmartin, executive director and CEO of the Michigan Municipal League, explains that the Prosperity Agenda radio show is about challenging listeners to help make Michigan a better place to live, work and play. Gilmartin said having vibrant and prosperous local communities is a key factor.
- Dan Gilmartin explains this month’s show. (1:05)
John Notarianni is the Director of Media Strategies for the Michigan-based Issue Media Group (IMG), which produces publications covering what’s next in cities, creating new narratives that document transformation and growth—including Model D that covers placemaking success stories in Detroit. Co-host for this Michigan Prosperity Agenda, Notarianni discusses what placemaking is and also switches things up by interviewing host Dan Gilmartin on the Michigan Municipal League’s new book.
- John reacts to the League honoring IMG next month and then turns the tables on Dan and asks a couple questions about the League’s new book. Listen in. (6:37)
The Chief Placemaking Officer for the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), Heidel began his work with the organization 25 years ago as the Director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Relations. In this show, Heidel hits on the importance of placemaking and how he integrates his role at MSHDA to help create a vibrant Michigan. PlacePlans, a project in which MSHDA works with the Michigan Municipal League, is also discussed.
- Placemaking can take place in all different types of communities – from large urban cities to small rural village. The only difference is scale, Heidel explains. (10:28)
The Executive Director of the Marquette Downtown Development Authority since 1998, Lang has been instrumental in obtaining over $5 million of grant funds for the City’s downtown district and over $12 million in public improvement projects. Land joins this month’s Michigan Prosperity Agenda to discuss the revitalization the Marquette waterfront underwent, which has a whole chapter dedicated to this topic in the new Michigan Municipal League book. She also talks with us about what upcoming changes she sees for the city.
- Lang explains how Marquette continues to evolve in the last decade and has bucked some of the statewide trends when it comes to property values and other economic markers. Learn what they did. (10:02)
Woiwode has spent decades working to preserve natural spaces, creating greenways and otherwise make a greener state, region and planet. In 2001, he developed the GreenWays Initiative for the Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan, serving as director for that initiative ever since. His GreenWays work having been profiled by Time Magazine, Tom explains to us why this initiative is important to promoting placemaking and economic development on this month’s Prosperity Agenda.
- GreenWays can be the thread that tie communities together and greatly contribute to an area’s revitalization. Listen to Woiwode discuss some of the trails that have done this. (9:47)