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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)