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Michigan Prosperity Agenda: The Economic Development Role that Arts and Culture Play in a Community

Program Explores How to Make a Better Michigan

radioshowOn this month’s Prosperity Agenda radio show we discuss the role that arts and culture play in a community’s economic development. 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, CEO of the Michigan Municipal League (the League). The show is sponsored by the League and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).

The hour-long radio program is hosted by Dan Gilmartin, 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., August 27 on News/Talk 760 WJR, and you can listen by clicking the links below. Listen as we talk about how a new renaissance of economic development in some hard hit Michigan cities is being spurred by an eclectic mix of trendy bars and restaurants, award-winning craft beers, and a lively cultural arts scene.

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. (1:05)

Jim Edelman & Tom Daldin

Jim Edelman and Tom Daldin are the dynamic duo who produce the Emmy Award-winning PBS TV show “Under the Radar” that airs on Thursday nights across the Great Lakes. Each week UTR host Daldin and UTR producer/director Edelman explore everything from Michigan restaurants and museums, to cool businesses and neighborhoods. The object is to discover the people, places and things that are unique about Michigan. Co-hosts for this show, the duo discuss “Under the Radar” and the evolution of Michigan cities that were once thought to be dead.

- Jim and Tom reveal the towns they’ve visited that we’re the most surprising. Can you guess which ones they name? Listen, it may surprise you. (6:57)

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Jamie Bennett

Jamie Bennett has been the Executive Director of ArtPlace America since January 2014. Previously, Jamie served as Chief of Staff at the National Endowment for the Arts and Chief of Staff at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Bennett joins us to discuss the work he’s currently doing with ArtPlace America and the importance of arts and culture to the revitalization of communities in Michigan.

- Bennett gives a glimpse of what he’ll talk about as a keynote speaker during the League’s 2014 Convention in Marquette Oct. 15-17. Learn more about Convention. (10:26)

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Dayne Walling

Dayne Walling is serving in his second term as the Mayor of the City of Flint. Re-elected in November 2011, Mayor Walling’s vision and energy are moving Flint forward again. In this show, Walling covers everything Flint and the strides the city has made, including the new Farmers Market downtown and one of the best-kept secrets of Flint’s cultural and entertainment districts that people have to experience.

- Live music, outdoor dining, a lively nightlife, an amazing downtown farmers market, an active college scene. These are not words you’d normally hear to describe Flint, but it’s exactly what’s happening. Listen to Walling to learn more about what’s happening in the revitalization of downtown Flint. (10:07)

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Susan Solon

Susan Solon is director of communications and marketing for the city of St. Joseph. Solon joins us discussing two of St. Joseph’s integral projects surrounding the arts and culture community, the Public Art project and the Silver Beach Center project. Solon also maps out what is next for the city from an arts and culture perspective.

- A little more than 10 years ago, about 33 percent of the store fronts in downtown St. Joseph were vacant. Today, it’s 100 percent occupied and a waiting list to get in. Hear from Solon how arts and culture helped transformed this Lake Michigan community. (9:16)

PAST SHOWS

July 23, 2014: What We Can Do to Make Michigan More Immigrant-Friendly

June 25, 2014: Placemaking and Michigan's Aging Population

May 28, 2014: A Conversation from the National Main Streets Conference in Detroit!

April 23, 2014: Revenue Sharing and the Importance of Investing in Communities

Mar 26, 2014: Crowdfunding Movement; Making a Better Michigan

Feb 26, 2014:Placemaking is a vital part of making our state prosperous again

Jan. 22, 2014:Jobs, jobs and more jobs

Dec. 20, 2013:“PlacePlans” effort taking hold and improving communities across the state

Nov. 27, 2013:The National Media’s Perspective on What is Happening in Detroit

Oct. 23, 2013:The League’s efforts toward an urban policy agenda that moves Michigan toward prosperity

Sept. 25, 2013:Strategic lessons on placemaking from the League’s annual conference in Detroit

Aug. 21, 2013:Michigan’s Port Communities – a Vital Element in the State’s Economic Prosperity

July. 24, 2013:Michigan cities and downtown centers experiencing population growth despite challenges

June. 26, 2013:Complete Streets – Designing roadways to accommodate all users, not just motorists

May. 22, 2013:Engaging citizens is vital to creating prosperous communities

Apr. 24, 2013: Repurposing Property Through Private and Public Partnerships to Revitalize Communities

Mar. 27, 2013: Town-Gown Partnerships Between Cities and Universities Helping to Move State Forward

Feb. 27, 2013: Retiring Baby Boomers Provide Opportunity to Communities

Jan. 23, 2013: Aging in Place

Dec. 26, 2012: Placemaking in Michigan – A Year in Review

Nov. 26, 2012: What is Placemaking and What is MSHDA’s Role in It?

Oct. 24, 2012: Embracing Green Technology in Neighborhood Revitalization

Sept. 26, 2012: Entrepreneurs are Key to Economic Turnaround

August 22, 2012: The MIplace Partnership Initiative Improving Cities and Neighborhoods

July 25, 2012: Arts and Culture Important to Placemaking

June 27, 2012: Entrepreneurs Key to Thriving Michigan Communities

May 23, 2012: Attracting Talent Key to Michigan's Future

April 25, 2012: How Do We Bring it Back to Michigan?

March 28, 2012: Vibrant Michigan Downtowns Good for Business

Feb. 18, 2012: Making Our State More Sustainable

Jan. 25, 2012: The Benefits of Federal Funding for Neighborhood Stabilization

Dec. 29, 2011: The Year in Review

Nov. 27, 2011: Transportation in the State and the Role it Plays in Michigan's Future Economic Prosperity

Oct. 26, 2011: League’s Recently Released Book Emphasizes Quality of Place to Michigan’s Economic Prosperity

Sept. 26, 2011: How will Michigan’s foreclosure crisis impact the state’s future prosperity

August 24, 2011: League Releasing Book Emphasizing Quality of Place

July 27, 2011: What's Happening in Detroit and Other Communities to Make Michigan Better

June 22, 2011: What's Happening in Detroit and Other Communities to Make Michigan Better

May 25, 2011: Why Transit Matter's to Michigan's Future Prosperity

April 27, 2011: Why Place Matters to Michigan's Future Prosperity

Mar. 23, 2011: Gov. Rick Snyder’s Proposed Budget and What it Means for Michigan

Feb. 23, 2011: Gov. Rick Snyder’s Proposed Budget and the Potential Impact on Michigan Cities

Jan 26, 2011: Civic Engagement and Getting People Involved in the Community

Dec 23, 2010: Why Higher Education is Among Main Pillars for Building Michigan's Future

Nov 24, 2010: New Leadership and the Impact on Jobs, Education and Quality of Life

Oct 20, 2010: Michigan Governor Candidates Talk Cities

Sept 23, 2010: Economic Development and Entrepreneurship

Aug 25, 2010: Green Initiatives

July 28, 2010: Economic Gardening

June 23, 2010: Rightsizing Cities

May 26, 2010: Attracting and Retaining Talented Young People

Apr 28, 2010: The New Urban Neighborhood

Mar 24, 2010: Arts, Entertainment and Culture

Feb 24, 2010: Talking Transit

Jan 27, 2010: Making a Better Michigan

 

 

 

 

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