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Michigan Prosperity Agenda: What Made You Fall in Love with Your Michigan Community?

Program Explores How to Make a Better Michigan

When you think about your community what is it you love most about it? Is it the people? Is it the things to do and places to experience? On this month’s Michigan Prosperity Agenda on News/Talk 760 WJR we explored what makes people love their cities. Specifically, we discussed the key role arts and culture can make in having someone fall in love with their town. The Prosperity Agenda is an hour-long radio program 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 and is hosted by Dan Gilmartin, CEO and executive director of the Michigan Municipal 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., Feb. 25 on News/Talk 760 WJR, and you can listen by clicking the links below. Listen as we talk about the role art plays in creating the kinds of communities where people want to live.

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, explains that the Prosperity Agenda radio show is about challenging listeners to help make Michigan a better place to live, work and play. Gilmartin said having vibrant and prosperous local communities is a key factor.

- Dan Gilmartin explains this month’s show. (56 seconds)

John Gallagher

Natalie Burg

Natalie Burg is a former downtown development professional, a freelance writer and editor covering entrepreneurship, innovation and development. Her work has appeared in such publications as Concentrate, Metromode, Bridge, The Content Strategist and Forbes BrandVoice. Co-host for this Michigan Prosperity Agenda, she discusses the growing demand for urban lifestyle living.

- Listen to Burg explain that arts and culture is much more than a sculpture or community event. What else encompasses arts and culture? (7:13)

Chuck Marohn

Jennifer Goulet

Jennifer Goulet, President and CEO of Creative Many, works to advance the power of Michigan’s creative economy. Creative Many was formerly known as ArtServe Michigan. Goulet discusses how the organization is working to develop creative places in Michigan.

- Creativity comes in many forms, shapes and sizes. Here how Goulet’s organization is reinventing itself to tap into all types of creative people. (9:50)

Marcus Peccia

Peter Kageyama

Peter Kageyama is the author of “For the Love of Cities: the Love Affair Between People and Their Places”, and the follow up, “Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places”. He is an internationally sought-after community development consultant and grassroots engagement strategist who speaks all over the world about bottom-up community development and the amazing people are making change happen. He discusses the impact arts are having on communities in Michigan.

- Kageyama has traveled all over the world talking about communities and placemaking and he’s been to Michigan a lot. Listen to find out the one word that seems to define Michigan residents? (10:40)

Joe Borgstrom

Mark Tucker and Shary Brown

Mark Tucker, Artistic Director, and Shary Brown, President of the Board of Directors of WonderFool productions, discuss the non-profit organization formed to engage communities in dynamic, educational, collaborative and entertaining public art experiences. The highlight the importance of unique public art in the Ann Arbor community and the organization’s upcoming events – Fool Moon and FestiFools.

- Fool Moon and FestiFools are two unique events happening in Ann Arbor and both have grown very quickly. Other Michigan communities can easily replicate what’s happening in Ann Arbor’s arts and culture scene. (9:13)

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