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Michigan Prosperity Agenda: Placemaking and Michigan's Aging Population

Program Explores How to Make a Better Michigan

radioshowThis month we talk with experts across the state about Michigan’s nearly 2 million residents over the age of 60 and the unprecedented opportunity to cities and downtowns prepared to accommodate them as they retire.

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 since 2010.

The hour-long radio program is hosted by Dan Gilmartin, CEO of the Michigan Municipal League (the 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., June 25 on News/Talk 760 WJR, and you can listen by clicking the links below. Listen as we talk about what we can do to make Michigan communities age-friendly.

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.

- Dan Gilmartin explains this month’s show. (1:06)

Natalie Burg

Natalie Burg is a former downtown development professional. She is also a writer and freelance journalist based in Ann Arbor. In addition to being a writer and special projects editor for Issue Media Group publications such as Concentrate and Metromode, her work appears on Forbes.com, The Content Strategist and BusinessInsider.com. She recently published her first book, "Swedish Lessons: A memoir of sects, love and indentured servitude. Sort of."

- Natalie discusses a couple of the Michigan cities that are preparing themselves for this aging population? Can you guess what communities she names? Listen to find out. (7:03)

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Laurie Volk

Laurie Volk is principal in charge of Zimmerman/Volk Associates' market studies and is the firm's primary analyst of demographic, market, and lifestyle trends. This organization studied the changing demographics in Michigan neighborhoods and found that retiring Baby Boomers are looking for something their parents were not.

- Laurie reviews what her research has found, particularly in Michigan. She explains the type of communities Baby Boomers are seeking. (7:36)

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David Allen

David Allen is the Chief Market Analyst for the Michigan State Housing and Development Authority (MSHDA) and has worked in the housing industry since 1999. MSHDA is working to make downtown areas more age-friendly and has received much praise for these efforts. 

- David details some of the projects MSHDA is working on and explains how others can get involved. (10:54)

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Roger Myers

Roger L. Myers is President/CEO of Presbyterian Village of Michigan, a leading organization in the senior living and services industry. PVM has 26 senior living communities throughout the state and provides housing for 4,300 seniors by providing a variety of residential living options.

- Roger's organization has evolved dramatically through the years and is now focused on the individual needs of its program recipients. What they're doing will amaze you, listen. (11:11)

PAST SHOWS

April 23, 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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