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Michigan Prosperity Agenda: Michigan is Redeveloping its Way to Economic Vibrancy

Program Explores How to Make a Better Michigan

Michigan’s push to become a national leader in providing residents good-paying jobs, excellent universities, and vibrant places to live is propelled by communities across Michigan that are embracing redevelopment and innovation. On this month’s Prosperity Agenda radio show on News/Talk 760 WJR, we talk with community leaders across Michigan who are using creative thinking and new ideas to redevelop their cities and towns. The Prosperity Agenda is an hour-long radio program 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 and is hosted by Dan Gilmartin, CEO and executive director of the Michigan Municipal 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. Wednesday, June 24 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.

View past radio shows here.

Listen to the full show: (37:50)

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Dan Gilmartin

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)

John Gallagher

John Gallagher

Detroit Free Press reporter John Gallagher is the co-host for this month’s show. He covers urban and economic redevelopment efforts in Detroit and Michigan and has written several books about Detroit, including, “Revolution Detroit: Strategies for Urban Renovation”. He has written a lot about the various projects underway in Detroit and why the nation seems so interested in what’s going on in the Motor City.

- John shares his thoughts about why Detroit is the poster-child for reinvention. (6:39)

Chuck Marohn

Jennifer Rigterink

Jennifer Rigterink has been the manager of the Redevelopment Ready Communities Program at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation since 2011. She joined the MEDC in 2010 as a CDBG Program Specialist. Jennifer talks about the Redevelopment Ready program and what it means for the state and communities involved. She reviews some of the strategies communities have adopted to pave a path to success..

- Jennifer gets calls from other states about what is happening in Michigan in the area of community redevelopment. What’s the toughest obstacle to change? Listen to find out. (9:42)

Marcus Peccia

Bill Wild

Bill Wild has been mayor of Westland since 2007 and has lived in Westland most of his life. He serves on the Legislative Governance Committee for the Michigan Municipal League, is a member and past chairman of the Conference of Western Wayne, and a delegate on the SEMCOG executive committee. He talks about how his community took an abandoned Circuit City building and turned it into the city’s new city hall.

- Cities must get creative to do redevelopment projects, but sometimes state laws get in the way. Mayor Wild discusses the importance of local control. (9:52)

Joe Borgstrom

Elizabeth Schultheiss

Elizabeth Schultheiss has served as the executive director of the Albion Community Foundation since August 2008 and currently as the Board Chair for the Friends of the Bohm Theatre. She has lived in Albion for 15 years and served as the executive director of Kid ‘N’ Stuff, an interactive children’s museum, and as the executive director of the Albion Downtown Development Authority before joining the Foundation. Schultheiss explains all the work that went into the recent restoration of the Bohm Theatre in downtown Albion. Last month, the project won the Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation, along with four other winners.

- The Bohm Theatre restoration is just one example of redevelopment projects happening in Albion. Listen to find out what the city did with a former JC Penney store. (10:42)

PAST SHOWS

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April 22, 2015: Building Better Communities

March 25, 2015: A Conversation with Governor Snyder about Proposal 1 Program Explores How to Make a Better Michigan

Feb 25, 2015: What Made You Fall in Love with Your Michigan Community?

Jan 28, 2015: Attracting and Retaining Talent Vital to Michigan’s Future

Dec 29, 2014: Strong Town Strength Test

Nov 26, 2014: Crowdfunding Efforts Helping to Move Michigan Forward

Oct 22, 2014: Placemaking Stories Detailed in New League Book

Sept 24, 2014: The Economic Development Role that Arts and Culture Play in a Community

Aug 27, 2014: The Economic Development Role that Arts and Culture Play in a Community

July 23, 2014: What We Can Do to Make Michigan More Immigrant-Friendly

June 25, 2014: Placemaking and Michigan's Aging Population

May 28, 2014: A Conversation from the National Main Streets Conference in Detroit!

April 23, 2014: Revenue Sharing and the Importance of Investing in Communities

Mar 26, 2014: Crowdfunding Movement; Making a Better Michigan

Feb 26, 2014:Placemaking is a vital part of making our state prosperous again

Jan. 22, 2014:Jobs, jobs and more jobs

Dec. 20, 2013:“PlacePlans” effort taking hold and improving communities across the state

Nov. 27, 2013:The National Media’s Perspective on What is Happening in Detroit

Oct. 23, 2013:The League’s efforts toward an urban policy agenda that moves Michigan toward prosperity

Sept. 25, 2013:Strategic lessons on placemaking from the League’s annual conference in Detroit

Aug. 21, 2013:Michigan’s Port Communities – a Vital Element in the State’s Economic Prosperity

July. 24, 2013:Michigan cities and downtown centers experiencing population growth despite challenges

June. 26, 2013:Complete Streets – Designing roadways to accommodate all users, not just motorists

May. 22, 2013:Engaging citizens is vital to creating prosperous communities

Apr. 24, 2013: Repurposing Property Through Private and Public Partnerships to Revitalize Communities

Mar. 27, 2013: Town-Gown Partnerships Between Cities and Universities Helping to Move State Forward

Feb. 27, 2013: Retiring Baby Boomers Provide Opportunity to Communities

Jan. 23, 2013: Aging in Place

Dec. 26, 2012: Placemaking in Michigan – A Year in Review

Nov. 26, 2012: What is Placemaking and What is MSHDA’s Role in It?

Oct. 24, 2012: Embracing Green Technology in Neighborhood Revitalization

Sept. 26, 2012: Entrepreneurs are Key to Economic Turnaround

August 22, 2012: The MIplace Partnership Initiative Improving Cities and Neighborhoods

July 25, 2012: Arts and Culture Important to Placemaking

June 27, 2012: Entrepreneurs Key to Thriving Michigan Communities

May 23, 2012: Attracting Talent Key to Michigan's Future

April 25, 2012: How Do We Bring it Back to Michigan?

March 28, 2012: Vibrant Michigan Downtowns Good for Business

Feb. 18, 2012: Making Our State More Sustainable

Jan. 25, 2012: The Benefits of Federal Funding for Neighborhood Stabilization

Dec. 29, 2011: The Year in Review

Nov. 27, 2011: Transportation in the State and the Role it Plays in Michigan's Future Economic Prosperity

Oct. 26, 2011: League’s Recently Released Book Emphasizes Quality of Place to Michigan’s Economic Prosperity

Sept. 26, 2011: How will Michigan’s foreclosure crisis impact the state’s future prosperity

August 24, 2011: League Releasing Book Emphasizing Quality of Place

July 27, 2011: What's Happening in Detroit and Other Communities to Make Michigan Better

June 22, 2011: What's Happening in Detroit and Other Communities to Make Michigan Better

May 25, 2011: Why Transit Matter's to Michigan's Future Prosperity

April 27, 2011: Why Place Matters to Michigan's Future Prosperity

Mar. 23, 2011: Gov. Rick Snyder’s Proposed Budget and What it Means for Michigan

Feb. 23, 2011: Gov. Rick Snyder’s Proposed Budget and the Potential Impact on Michigan Cities

Jan 26, 2011: Civic Engagement and Getting People Involved in the Community

Dec 23, 2010: Why Higher Education is Among Main Pillars for Building Michigan's Future

Nov 24, 2010: New Leadership and the Impact on Jobs, Education and Quality of Life

Oct 20, 2010: Michigan Governor Candidates Talk Cities

Sept 23, 2010: Economic Development and Entrepreneurship

Aug 25, 2010: Green Initiatives

July 28, 2010: Economic Gardening

June 23, 2010: Rightsizing Cities

May 26, 2010: Attracting and Retaining Talented Young People

Apr 28, 2010: The New Urban Neighborhood

Mar 24, 2010: Arts, Entertainment and Culture

Feb 24, 2010: Talking Transit

Jan 27, 2010: Making a Better Michigan

 

 

 

 

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