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Michigan Prosperity Agenda: Building Better Communities

Program Explores How to Make a Better Michigan

Are suburbs dying? Where do retirees want to live? Where are millennials picking to settle down? These are just some of the provocative questions we tackle on this month’s Prosperity Agenda radio show on News/Talk 760 WJR. In this month’s show we discuss the upcoming Building Michigan Communities Conference (April 27-29) in Lansing and the trends Michigan and the nation are seeing in its suburbs and cities. 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., April 22 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: (37:51)

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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

Chad Livengood

Chad Livengood is a political reporter in The Detroit News’ Lansing bureau. He covers Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration, the Legislature and Michigan politics. He also covered Detroit’s municipal bankruptcy for The News. He is a native of Chelsea and a graduate of Central Michigan University.

- Do Michigan’s lawmakers understand the important role cities play in driving the state’s economy? Chad’s answer may surprise you. (7:28)

Chuck Marohn

Leigh Gallagher

Leigh Gallagher is assistant managing editor at Fortune magazine, where she edits feature stories on a variety of subjects, oversees Fortune franchises including the magazine’s 40 Under 40 rankings and writes The Urbanist column on Fortune.com. Before joining Fortune in 2007, Leigh was a senior editor at SmartMoney magazine and a reporter and writer for Forbes. Originally from the “urban burb” of Media, Pennsylvania, Leigh is a graduate of Cornell University and lives in New York. She’s author of the book, “The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving” and is a key note speaker in the upcoming Building Michigan Communities Conference in Lansing.

- Suburbs were designed on a “one-size-fits-all” concept. But that’s not what families, couples and individuals are seeking any more. (10:01)

Marcus Peccia

Jim Hallan

Jim Hallan became president and Chief Executive Officer of Michigan Retailers Association in 2008 after serving as president and chief operating officer since 1989. He also serves as president and CEO of Retailers Insurance Company. A former assistant county prosecutor, he is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Detroit College of Law. He’s especially proud of his organization’s Buy Nearby campaign that encourages people to buy from businesses in their communities.

- A new survey shows that local retail sales in Michigan are improving. Listen to find out by how much it is improving. Retail is coming back! (10:55)

Joe Borgstrom

Brian McGrain

Brian McGrain serves as the Associate Director/Chief Operating Officer of the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM). In this role, Brian oversees budget and finances, fundraising, grants management, training and communication efforts for CEDAM, as well as handling some partnership-building and advocacy initiatives. Brian has over a decade of experience in the community development industry and is a proponent of the transforming power of community reinvestment. He previews the upcoming Building Michigan Communities Conference in Lansing.

- The upcoming Building Michigan Communities Conference is open to anyone interested in community development. Register and learn more here. (8:23)

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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

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

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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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