Dan Gilmartin MML CEO Discusses Road Funding, Housing Needs, Resident Attraction with MSU Journalism Students

Posted on February 1, 2021 by Dene Westbrook

Dan Gilmartin, MML

Dan Gilmartin, Michigan Municipal League (MML) CEO and Executive Director, met with Michigan State University journalism students recently and covered an array of topicsfrom road funding to housing rehabilitation. The conversation resulted in numerous articles written by the Spartan Newsroom students that were subsequently picked up in media outlets across the state.

The MML has a long-standing goal of being responsive to and supportive of the news media, colloquially known as the fourth branch of government. Gilmartin has long maintained that one of the best ways to do that is to support budding journalists on their path to ensuring we all have access to vital information about our government and our community.

The articles featuring comments by Gilmartin, were among several news stories quoting League staff in recent days. Check them out:

Capital News Service: As more people work from home, communities focus on attracting residents – Spartan Newsroom (

Lansing City Pulse: As more people work from home, communities focus on attracting residents | City Pulse (

Capital News Service: Grand Rapids addresses the need for housing rehabilitation – Spartan Newsroom (

Capital News Service: Motor City mass transit could get push under Biden administration – Spartan Newsroom (

Capital News Service: Outlook mixed on Michigan’s effort to ‘fix the damn roads’ – Spartan Newsroom (

Detroit Free Press: Pot industry wants diversity but opposes funding plan with tax hikes

WWMT TV: Michigan looks to local governments to fix non-state maintained road

Dan Gilmartin also penned this op-ed in Crain’s Detroit Business and he was included in multiple articles about various crowdfunding projects happening in communities statewide. Here are some of the recent stories:

WILX TV: East Lansing aims to create more public spaces for safe socialization (

Lansing State Journal: East Lansing crowdfunds to make safe areas to socialize, shop downtown (

Grand Rapids Business Journal: Crowdfunding campaign launches for Muskegon Rails Project murals – Grand Rapids Business Journal (

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