Michigan Prosperity Agenda: Jobs, jobs and more jobs. It’s something we hear politicians discuss all the time. But what kind of jobs do we want? How do we keep our educated talent in our state for the jobs that already exist? And how does this tie into the larger picture of communities being economic drivers to move Michigan forward.
Program Explores How to Make a Better Michigan
On this month’s Prosperity Agenda radio show we talk about why it’s important to keep our college graduates in Michigan, how cities play a role in that and what some people are doing to make this happen. The Michigan Prosperity Agenda is a monthly radio show that challengers listeners to help make Michigan a better place to live, work and place 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. Jan 22 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 vision for Michigan here and here.
- Dan Gilmartin explains this month’s show. (52 seconds)
Ashley Aidenbaum is group publisher and director of business development for Issue Media Group, a Detroit-based media company covering growth, investment, social innovation and the people leading cities into the new economy. She is focused on strengthening issue Media Group’s existing presence in Michigan, while also driving the company’s expansion into new markets. She is a University of Michigan graduate.
- - Ashley explains show driving people to live and work in communities is really about quality of place. She said Michigan is definitely a place for creators. (7:13)
Regina Bell is executive director of Intern in Michigan and has more than 15 years of experience working in the public and private sector. As a committed change agent, she has worked with thought leaders across the state in developing and implementing various programs and initiatives that impact our communities. Regina has fond memories of her own internship experiences and recognizes the role that internships play in retaining talent. Her internship with a state representative led to six years of service as a staff member in the Michigan legislature and set the course for her career path.
- - Regina describes how Intern in Michigan is able to match people to jobs to help young people remain in the state they love and the communities they love. (9:50)
Clarence Anthony is the executive director of the National League of Cities, based in Washington D.C. He previously served as the Mayor of South Bay, FL for 24 years. He is known as a creative and thoughtful leader in his community. He is considered an expert in citizen engagement and techniques that build a "sense of community" within cities. Mr. Anthony has been on the forefront of politics in the United States and internationally for the past 20 years, culminating with productive presidencies of the Florida League of Cities and the National League of Cities (NLC), respectively.
- - Anthony explains that 75 percent of the nation’s economy is driven by the successes of America’s cities. He discusses a new NLC report called “The 10 Critical Imperatives Facing America’s Cities.” (10:02)
Shawn Blanchard is co-founder of Run This Town, Vice President of Operations for Networkingout, LLC, and director of The Fit Foundation. He is a native Detroiter and graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Economical Mathematics. He’s now a law student at Wayne State University Law School in Detroit. He has received national recognition for his commitment to mentoring young men. He also is very involved in getting Detroit professionals to network through health and fitness.
- - Shawn discusses his struggles in growing up in Detroit and how early-on in life he learned the value of networking. (9:55)