Michigan Prosperity Agenda: The League’s efforts toward an urban policy agenda that moves Michigan toward 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. Oct 23 on News/Talk 760 WJR, and you can also listen now by clicking the links below. Listen as we discuss Michigan’s need for an urban policy agenda and a proposal from the Michigan Municipal League that works toward that agenda, called the Partnership for Place. Read more about the League's Partnership for Place agenda here and here.
- Dan Gilmartin explains this month’s show. (51 seconds)
Chad Livengood has worked as a public policy journalist covering Michigan’s legislative issues and most recently the city of Detroit’s bankruptcy filing, the largest municipal bankruptcy in U. S. history. A graduate of Central Michigan University, Chad has worked for the Detroit News since early 2012 following a deep history in journalism. Chad lives in Lansing with his wife and one-year old daughter.
- Chad explains the history behind some of the struggles of Michigan communities, particularly Detroit. (7:16 minutes)
Samantha Harkins is the Director of State Affairs for the Michigan Municipal League. She is responsible for directing the League’s lobbying team in Lansing as well as specifically handling municipal finance and labor issues. She joined the League in February of 2008 as a Legislative Associate. In 2011, she was honored in the Inside Michigan Politics Lobbyist Survey by being ranked in the top 20 for Individual Lobbyist as well as ranked number 2 in the Individual Single Interest Lobbyist category.
- Samantha discusses the League’s Partnership for Place, the state’s need for a better urban policy, and how it could help move Michigan back to prosperity. . (9:49 minutes)
Steve Baker was elected to Berkley City Council in November 2009. He and his wife Nicole have lived in Berkley for well over a baker's dozen years. Steve serves as the IT director for DTE Energy, where he plays a key role in corporate and technology governance, policy and procedure oversight, and budget management.
- Steve discusses how the Partnership for Place could impact communities like Berkley in southeast Michigan. (10:14 minutes)
Larry has been village manager in Paw Paw since August 2007, was Bangor’s city manager for the previous seven years. He is currently sharing his service with Bangor on an interim bases. He is chairman of the local chapter of the Michigan Local Government Management Association, has received the Michigan Rural Water Association’s Manager of the Year award, and has been involved with community theatre for more than 25 years.
- Larry discusses his work in cities in west Michigan and the efforts of these communities have made to provide quality services to their residents in spite of continued revenue decreases. (9:41 minutes)