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Michigan Prosperity Agenda: Why Place Matters to Michigan's Future Prosperity

Program Explores How to Make a Better Michigan


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 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 LAST SHOW aired 7 p.m. April 27 on News/Talk 760 WJR, but you can listen to the show and past shows through the audio files and links listed below. We talked to public policy experts from across the state about why quality of place matters to Michigan’s future economic prosperity. Read League reaction to Governor Snyder’s budget plan here. The next show is scheduled to air 7 p.m. May 25, 2011. View past radio shows here.

Listen to the full show. Length: 38:19



Dan Gilmartin


Dan Gilmartin, executive director and CEO of the Michigan Municipal League.

Dan explains why "place" matters. Length: 1:21



Gary Heidel


Gary Heidel is Executive Director of the Michigan State Housing and Development Authority and he discusses projects in Michigan that make housing more accessible and affordable.

Heidel explains what MSHDA is doing to help make Michigan the state where people want to live, work and play: 7:27


Peter Kageyama


Peter Kageyama is author of the book, "For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places."

Kageyama says a portion of his book focuses the cities and people in Michigan and what residents are doing to help turn the state around: 10:48


Bruce Katz


Bruce Katz is a vice president at the Brookings Institute and founding Director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program which aims to provide decision makers in the public, corporate and civic sectors with policy ideas to improve the health and prosperity of cities and metropolitan areas. He lists what Michigan needs to succeed in the 21st century economy.

Katz explains the United States is a “metro nation”, meaning the metro communities, such as Detroit, are the engines to the national renewal: 9:29


Susan Mosey


Susan Mosey has been the President of the University Cultural Center Association in Detroit for twenty four years. This non-profit organization, newly reconstituted as Midtown Detroit, Inc., is responsible for community development, marketing, public space maintenance, security services, real estate development and arts programming within  Detroit’s University Cultural Center – an area now known as midtown.

Mosey says networking within community is vital to everything from raising funding to turning around neighborhoods and cities: 9:13


Mar. 23, 2011: Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed budget and what it means for Michigan

Feb. 23, 2011: Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed state budget and the potential impact on Michigan cities

Jan 26, 2011: New leadership and the impact on jobs, education and quality of life

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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