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Michigan Prosperity Agenda: Why Transit 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 MOST RECENT SHOW aired May 25 on News/Talk 760 WJR. We talked to experts from across the state about the recent Obama administration announcement that Michigan will get $200 million to upgrade rail lines and even more money to pay for modern train engine and passenger cars, and the potential economic benefits to Michigan cities. View past radio shows here. The next show will air 7 p.m. June 22, 2011.

Listen to the full show. Length: 37:35

Dan Gilmartin


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

Audio (length: 2:02) Dan explains what this month’s show is all about.

matt helms

Co-host Matt Helms


Matt Helms is a reporter for the Detroit Free Press. He is a native of metro Detroit and covers transportation, gaming, local government and other issues for the newspaper.

Au dio (length: 7:00): Momentum in support of high-speed rail is stronger right now than it’s been in decades. If Detroit is going to rebuild, public transit will play a major role.

tim hoeffner

Tim Hoeffner


 High Speed Rail and Innovative Project Advancement and reports to MDOT’s Director while overseeing staff consisting of a team of experts in rail management, who are responsible for promoting and developing the infrastructure needed to support high speed intercity passenger rail, commuter rail, and rail rapid transit services.

Audio Length 10:32: Why is high-speed rail so important? Simple it can results in “jobs, jobs, jobs.”


Carmine Polombo


Carmine Polombo is the Director of Transportation Programs for SEMCOG – the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments. He has 35 years of experience in various phases of transportation planning SEMCOG. He is responsible for the administration of the overall transportation planning program for the organization.

Audio: Length: 10:17): Public transit has been discussed for years, but there’s a very good chance the current effort will occur.


John B. "Jack" O'Reilly


Dearborn Mayor John B. “Jack” O’Reilly has held elected office in the city of Dearborn for 21 years. He is a vocal supporter of high-speed rail and will discuss the benefits expected in Dearborn.

Audio: Length: 7:50: Dearborn and surrounding communities should benefit greatly by the high-speed rail project.


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 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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