Michigan Prosperity Agenda: Strong Town Strength Test
Program Explores How to Make a Better Michigan
Is your town strong? You can find out by listening to this month’s Prosperity Agenda radio show on News/Talk 760 WJR. 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 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). The League’s December show airs 7 p.m., December 29 on News/Talk 760 WJR and focuses on what makes a community strong and why it matters. You also listen any time by clicking the links below.
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. (56 seconds)
A native of New York City and former employee of the Detroit Free Press, John Gallagher is a veteran journalist and author whose book, “Reimagining Detroit: Opportunities for Redefining an American City,” was named by The Huffington Post as one of the best social and political books of 2010. His most recent book is “Revolution Detroit: Strategies for Urban Reinvention.” Co-host for this Prosperity Agenda, Gallagher discusses a column he recently wrote following the release of the Detroit Future City report.
- Gallagher explains how Detroit can become a world-wide role model of a post-industrial city that figured out how to reinvent itself. (10:48)
President of Strong Towns, Charles “Chuck” Marohn is a Professional Engineer (PE) licensed in the State of Minnesota and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). He has a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota's Institute of Technology and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute. In this show, Marohn discusses the Strong Towns Strength Test, which helps cities assess themselves and make decisions about how to best move forward and become more prosperous.
- Marohn challenges listeners to rate their communities using the strong towns strength test. Take a picture of your city’s main street at midday. Do you see more people than cars? (12:36)
Marcus Peccia took the post as Cadillac's City Manager in November 2009. Peccia joins this month’s Prosperity Agenda to discuss the changes the city of Cadillac has seen over the years as well as the city’s involvement in the Place Plans Program, an approach to making downtowns more inviting and improving their business climate.
- Peccia explains some of the things his city has done to become a stronger community and a more walkable and friendly community. (6:59)
Joe Borgstrom is the Director of the Downtown & Community Services Division for the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). His division includes the Michigan Main Street Center, which provides intensive technical assistance to communities who seek to revitalize their downtowns.Borgstrom joins us to discuss the secret to the success of Michigan Main Street communities as they have stabilized or even increased businesses within the downtown districts in Michigan
- Borgstrom explains what it takes for a community to become a Main Street community and how your city could become one. (6:31)