Michigan Prosperity Agenda: Michigan’s Port Communities – a Vital Element in the State’s Economic Prosperity
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. Aug 21 on News/Talk 760 WJR, and you can also listen now by clicking the links below. Experts discuss port communities in the state and how these are critical to Michigan’s economic prosperity.Read more about the League's plan for Michigan cities here.
- Dan Gilmartin explains this month’s show. (51 seconds)
WJR News Director Dick Haefner is one of the most recognizable news voices in Detroit. With more than 40 years in Detroit radio news, Dick has been an award-winning newscaster, reporter, and news director at five stations. Dick has been news director at WJR since 1989. During his tenure, WJR News has been honored with nearly every national and local news award in the broadcast business. His watchwords: "Be right, be first, be creative, in that order."
- - Dick Haefner discusses the positive evolution of the Detroit riverfront. (7 minutes)
Jonathan Seyferth, a Muskegon native, joined Muskegon Area First in October 2011 and currently serves as one of MAF’s Business Development Managers. His primary area of responsibility includes marketing Muskegon’s Blue Water Economy, which includes its port, fresh water and wastewater systems.
- J- Muskegon has been doing a lot to improve its water front and Jonathon Seyferth explains. (9:46)
John Jamian has extensive experience in international transportation, trade development, maritime industry and healthcare. He presently is the Executive Director of the Detroit Wayne County Port Authority based in Detroit, Michigan.
- - Did you know you could take a boat from Detroit to China? John Jamian explains why Detroit’s Port is so important to Michigan’s past, present and future. (10:24)
Beach Hall is serving his sixth term as Mayor of the City of Rogers City. Prior to becoming Mayor, he chaired the City’s Community Development Authority and Harbor Advisory Committee. He achieved Level III recognition from the Elected Officials Academy of the Michigan Municipal League-the highest offered.
- Mayor Hall discusses the economic impact of the port in Rogers City and his personal draw to live in a port community. . (9:57)