Michigan Prosperity Agenda: Making the most of Michigan winters
It seemed that winter weather took forever to get to Michigan this year, but now that January is here, we’re back to the usual snow and cold temperatures. For some people that’s bad news, but many hearty Michigan residents are happy to be out skiing, sledding, ice fishing, snowmobiling, ice skating and otherwise enjoying the season that turns Michigan into a winter wonderland.
During this month’s show we will hear from guest co-host and MLive’s John “Gonzo” Gonzalez, Michelle Grinnell from Travel Michigan at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Jamie Furbush from the Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau and executive director for Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, Nancy Krupiarz.
THIS MONTH’S SHOW airs at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27 on News/Talk 760 WJR, and you can listen by clicking the links below. Listen as we talk about the upcoming conference and how to build better Michigan communities.
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. (1:22)
John “Gonzo” Gonzalez
John Gonzalez is the statewide entertainment, travel, beer & food writer for MLive. A longtime writer for the Grand Rapids Press, John today is multimedia journalist who also has his own radio show that airs outstate called “Behind the Mitten,” which looks at Michigan’s fairs, festivals, restaurants, brewers and more. As this month’s co-host, he discusses what makes Michigan such a great place to get out and play in the winter.
- Find out what Gonzo loves about Michigan in the winter. (6:19).
Michelle Grinnell is the public relations manager and spokesperson for Travel Michigan at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, where she manages communications and public relations efforts for Pure Michigan, co-hosts the Travel Michigan radio show, and more. Grinnell joins us this month to discuss the economic impact of winter tourism around the state as well as other winter activities in Michigan that residents and visitors should know about.
- There is a ton to do in our four-season recreation state. Learn what’s coming up. (9:26)
Jamie Furbush is the President and CEO of the Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau. She has served in that role for the past seven years and been with the organization for over 14 years in a number of roles. This month, she explains why being a four-season community is important as well as what makes smaller cities like Frankenmuth so appealing when it comes to winter festivals, etc.
- Zehnder’s 25th Snowfest is this weekend in Frankenmuth. Plus, many more winter fun activities are planned. (9:51)
Nancy Krupiarz is executive director of the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance (MTGA), a statewide nonprofit organization, nested within Michigan Fitness Foundation. Before that she was State Director of the Rails to Trails Conservancy Michigan Field Office for eight years. Krupiarz joins us to explain the role Michigan trails play in terms of an economic-driver for the state and how they benefit local communities.
If you thought outdoor recreation trails were closed in the winter you’d be wrong. Hear what happens to them this time of year. (11:09)