Advocacy Blue Arrows

Show 12, December 23, 2010:

Michigan Prosperity Agenda: Why Higher Education is One of the Main Pillars for Building Michigan's Future

Program Explores How to Make a Better Michigan

prosperity agenda radio showThe 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 at 7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month since January of 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 MOST RECENT SHOW aired 7 p.m. Dec. 23 on News/Talk 760 WJR. We talked to public policy experts from across the state about higher education as a pillar of prosperity in our state and how Michigan's universities have had an economic development impact on the communities where they are located. View past radio shows here.

Listen to the full show; Length: 37:36

Dan Gilmartin

Dan Gilmartin, executive director and CEO of the Michigan Municipal League, explains about how higher education is one of the most significant pillars in Michigan.

Dan sets up the show and why colleges and universities are so important to Michigan’s future.

Length: 1:20

emily fox

Co-Host Emily Fox

Emily is a senior at Michigan State University and news director at MSU's student radio station, IMPACT 89FM. She hosts a weekly talk show called IMPACT Exposure, which focuses on topics and issues relevant to Michigan and the MSU community. She discussed what young people are looking for when they select a community where they plan to live.

Emily explains what it’ll take to get Michigan’s college graduates to remain in their home state. They want affordable communities that friendly to walkers and cyclists .

Length: 6:48


suzanne schulz

Suzanne Schulz

Suzanne is the Director of the Planning Department for the City of Grand Rapids and a small business owner. She talked about how downtown Grand Rapids and her business have been impacted by the presence of Grand Valley State University.

Suzanne explains the large impact college students are having on making Grand Rapids a vibrant community.

Length: 10:39


Omar Blaike

Omar Blaik

Omar is the President and CEO of U3 Ventures, a firm focused on the university market. He discussed his work with the educational and medical institutions in the City of Detroit and how this effort has impacted economic development in this community.

Omar explains how his organization is working to bring young, college graduates to live and work in Detroit.

Length: 10:10


David Lossing

David Lossing

David wears many hats including serving as mayor in the city of Linden and as director of government relations for the University of Michigan – Flint. He discussed how downtown Flint is being transformed by the presence of the university.

David explains how UM-Flint is helping in the revitalization of downtown Flint.

Length: 8:40



Show 1, Jan. 27, 2010: Making a Better Michigan

Show 2, Feb. 24, 2010: Talking Transit

Show 3, March 24, 2010: Arts, Entertainment and Culture

Show 4, April 28, 2010: The New Urban Neighborhood

Show 5, May 26, 2010: Attracting and Retaining Talented Young People

Show 6, June 23, 2010: Rightsizing Cities

Show 7, July 28, 2010: Economic Gardening

Show 8, August 25, 2010: Green Initiatives

Show 9, September 23, 2010: Economic Development and Entrepreneurship

Show 10, October 20, 2010: Michigan Governor Candidates Talk Cities

Show 11, November 24, 2010: New Leadership and the Impact on Jobs, Education and Quality of Life in Michigan




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