Michigan Prosperity Agenda: Repurposing Property Through Private and Public Partnerships to Revitalize Communities
Program Explores How to Make a Better Michigan
The Michigan Prosperity Agenda is a monthly radio show 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 at 7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month since 2010.
THIS MONTH’S SHOW airs at 7 p.m. Aprill 24 on News/Talk 760 WJR, and you can also listen now by clicking the links below. We’ll talk about the concept of “Town Gown” and how cities and higher education institutions can work together to improve the economic vibrancy of the whole community.
Listen to Dan explain what this show is about: (1:16)
Claire Nelson, Co-host
Claire Nelson, publisher of Model D, found her way to Detroit a decade ago after studying architecture and urbanism at Smith College and Columbia University and living and working in Chicago, New York, Paris and Washington, D.C. Before joining Model D, she ran a retail shop in Midtown called Bureau of Urban Living. As the co-founder of Open City, Declare Detroit, and Mind the Gap, she is passionate about walkable neighborhoods, independent retail and public space.
Listen to Claire explain why she’s a “geek about cities” and the spirit of collaboration she’s seeing in the Detroit area. (7:17)
Matt Sviland led the Lofts on Ludington project in Escanaba and was selected as the 2012 winner of the Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation. He and his wife Beth successfully transformed Escanaba’s former Richter Brewing Company into a new loft apartment building through a public/private partnership involving the Michigan State Housing and Development Authority and the State Historic Preservation Office.
Hear Sviland give advice to other Michigan entrepreneurs interested in starting up a business: “You just sit down and you start,” he explains. (9:24)
Mark Schurman is Herman Miller’s director of corporate communications. One of the overlooked challenges of historic renovation is reimagining a building’s interior to meet today’s modern technology and design needs. The use of space and office furniture design is critical to the success of repurposed buildings. Mr. Schurman will explain why we are increasingly saying goodbye to the office cubicle.
Hear Mark explain how his company is able to attract and retain Michigan’s talented workforce.(9:54)
Fred Kent is a leading authority on revitalizing city spaces and one of the foremost thinkers in livability, smart growth and the future of the city. As founder and president of Project for Public Space (PPS), he is known throughout the world as a dynamic speaker and prolific ideas man. Traveling over 150,000 miles each year, Fred offers technical assistance to communities and has given talks across the U. S. as well as internationally. Each year, he and the PPS staff train 10,000 people in placemaking techniques.
Kent says that “Michigan is the center of place in the world.” Hear him explain why. (9:52)