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.
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Segment 1: Mary Kramer
Gilmartin is joined by guest co-host Mary Kramer, publisher of Crain’s Detroit Business. They discuss how Michigan is losing nearly half of its college graduates - not because of jobs, but because they are drawn to urban centers with vibrant entertainment and cultural lifestyles. Michigan can create these types of cities.
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Segment 2: Peter Kageyama
Peter Kageyama, founder of the Creative Cities Summit, has been all over the nation speaking about effective cities. He gives examples of some U.S. cities that are doing a good job attracting young people and building vibrant communities. Kageyama also explains what our state needs to become great again.
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Segment 3: David Egner
David Egner, executive director of the New Economy Initiative and CEO of the Hudson-Webber Foundation, explains the Foundation's goal to attract 15,000 young and talented Detroiters to live in Greater Downtown Detroit by 2015. It’s called the 15:15 Strategy. Egner said reaching this goal would help all of Michigan, not just Detroit.
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Segment 4: Joe Borgstrom & Sean Mann
Joe Borgstrom (photo top left) of MSHDA, unveils a new statewide contest called Pure Michigan Living where people share their stories about why they choose to live in Michigan. Those who tell their story on the Web site could
win a free getaway to one of Michigan's resort destinations. Also, Sean Mann (photo bottom left) of Let’s Save Michigan talks about how his organization is asking people to pledge to make Michigan a better place.