Michigan Prosperity Agenda: “PlacePlans” effort taking hold and improving communities across the state
Program Explores How to Make a Better Michigan
On this month’s Prosperity Agenda radio show we talk about a new effort called “PlacePlans” and how this initiative is helping to improve communities across the state. 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, Executive Director and 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. Dec 20 on News/Talk 760 WJR, and you can also listen now by clicking the links below.Hear us talk about a new “PlacePlans” effort taking hold in communities throughout Michigan. Read more about the League's plan for Michigan cities here.
- Dan Gilmartin explains this month’s show. (52 seconds)
Matt Helms is a lifelong metro Detroiter who graduated from Michigan State University. He has worked for the Detroit Free Press since 1993, covering general-assignment news, crime and courts, suburban government, transportation and casinos over the years. Since early 2013, he has covered Detroit city government, including the city's historic bankruptcy proceedings.
- Matt Helms talks about Detroit being the newsiest city in American and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. (7:13)
Gary Heidel is the new Chief Placemaking Officer for the Michigan State Housing and Development Authority. Heidel talks about the importance of placemaking to Michigan’s economic future and discusses the new “PlacePlans” effort between Michigan State University and the Michigan Municipal League being funded by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.
- Gary Heidel says the eight communities selected to received PlacePlans assistance are from all corners of the state and are of varying sizes and demographics. (9:53)
Sarah Pavelko, Project Manager for the Southwest Business Association in Detroit, discusses a PlacePlans effort underway in southwest Michigan. The project will design a new commercial center and public square on what is currently a 7 acre brownfield site.
- Sarah Pavelko explains how PlacePlans is essential to getting community input into the vision for this area of Southwest Detroit. The public square called for in the concept plays a vital role in the project. (10:02)
Steve Wolbert is Director of Community Relations and Government Affairs at Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy, the country’s largest independent specialty pharmacy. Wolbert discusses Flint’s PlacePlans project, The Grand Traverse Greenway. This project will turn a 3-mile segment of former railroad corridor into a multi-use trail that will link downtown, the Flint River and several neighborhoods.
- Steve Wolbert says PlacesPlans fits nicely with Diplomat’s goal to help create a sustainable and vibrant Flint community and will help tie key anchor institutions together in the Flint area. (9:55)