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Michigan Prosperity Agenda: Civic Engagement and Getting People Involved are Essential for Communities

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 at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 on News/Talk 760 WJR. We talked about civic engagement – collective and individual actions designed to address issues of public concern – and how it is critical to the future of our state. View past radio shows here.

Listen to the full show about civic engagement.

Length: 37:37

Dan Gilmartin

Dan Gilmartin, executive director and CEO of the Michigan Municipal League, talks about civic engagement and how it is critical to the future of Michigan.

Dan explains what this show is all about. Length: 1:20.

Sean Mann

Co-Host Sean Mann

Sean Mann is one of Michigan’s leading advocates for cities and urban areas. He currently leads the Let’s Save Michigan campaign, a statewide grassroots effort working to move Michigan back to prosperity.

Mann explains how organizations like Let’s Save Michigan are reaching out to the public through social media and other ways.
Length: 7:15

Josh McManus

Josh McManus

Josh McManus is the co-founder and Creative Strategist for CreateHere, a place-based cultural change movement in Chattanooga, Tenn. Josh will discuss the results of the efforts of his group and the role of government in community engagement.

McManus discusses how they’ve used civic engagement in Tennessee to promote art and raise money. Length: 10:54

Rory Neuner

Rory Neuner

Rory Neuner is a sustainable transportation advocate based in Lansing. She will talk about the success of the Complete Streets project in Lansing and about the merits of community engagement.

Rory says she uses civic engagement to get support on various modes of transportation. Length: 8:49

Kim Hodge

Kim Hodge

Kim Hodge founded the Lathrup Village TimeBank which has grown to 120 members who share and exchange services. She later developed the MI Alliance of TimeBanks, an organization that links and supports TimeBanks across the state.

Hodge explains how her community is using the TimeBank concept to foster cooperation between residents and complete various projects. Length: 9:20.


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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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