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Michigan Prosperity Agenda: What's Happening in Detroit and Other Communities to Make Michigan Better

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 June 22, 2011 on News/Talk 760 WJR. We talked with experts from across the state about renewal happening in urban areas across the state and how critical this is to Michigan’s future economic prosperity. View past radio shows here. The next show will air 7 p.m. July 27, 2011 on News/Talk 760 WJR.

Listen to the full show. Length: 37:53

Dan Gilmartin


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

Audio (length: 1 minute): Dan explains what this month’s show is all about.

Co-host John Gallagher


John Gallagher has covered urban redevelopment for the Detroit Free Press for two decades and spent a year researching what is happening in the city because of its open space and dire economic issues. From this experience he wrote the book “Reimagining Detroit: Opportunities for Redefining an American City.”

Audio (length: 7:00): Gallagher's new book studies where do we go from here to make Detroit vibrant once again. Gallagher explains there is some amazing things being done.

Russ Soyring


Russ Soyring is the city planner for Traverse City and he is working on many renewal projects including a new Bay Front project on Traverse Bay, a historic preservation of the old state hospital and improvement of corridors leading to the downtown area.

Audio (length 10:01): Traverse City is becoming a full-service year-round type of community. While tourism is still very important to the community, it’s drawing more permanent residents as well.

Mark Nickita


Mark Nickita is co-founder of a multi-disciplinary design firm Archive Design Studio and Mayor Pro Tem of the city of Birmingham. He is involved in urban renewal projects of many types across the state. .

Audio (length: 9:59): Now is a great time to start to “re-think” how to use empty buildings in communities throughout Michigan.

Sarah Szurpicki


Sarah Szurpicki, a 2003 Harvard graduates, moved back to the city of Detroit in 2007 and started the organization GLUE (Great Lakes Urban Exchange) with her friend Abby Wilson. Both are young urbanists who returned to their hometowns.

Audio (length: 9:48): Sarah talks about what GLUE has done so far and her new role in the Let’s Save Michigan campaign.


June 22, 2011: What's Happening in Detroit and Other Communities to Make Michigan Better

May 25, 2011: Why Transit Matter's to Michigan's Future Prosperity

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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