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Michigan Prosperity Agenda: Transportation in the state and the role it plays in Michigan's future economic 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 throughout 2010 and will continue through 2011.

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 Nov. 27 on News/Talk 760 WJR. We looked at transportation in the state and the role this plays in Michigan’s future economic prosperity. The League’s next radio show will air 7 p.m. Dec. 28 and will include a conversation with Governor Rick Snyder looking back at 2011 and looking forward to 2012.

Listen to the full show: Audio (length: 37:50)



Dan Gilmartin

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

Audio (length: 1 minute). Dan sets up the show.


Co-host Jeff Gerritt

Jeff Gerritt has been an award winning editorial writer for the Detroit Free Press since 2000 where he writes about urban and transportation issues. He was previously a reporter for USA Today and lives in downtown Detroit.

Audio (length: 8:06). Gerritt covers transportation issues and recently wrote “you have to crawl before you walk.” He explains things like light-rail trains and rapid are important, but equally important is a basic bus service.


Michael Ford

Michael Ford has been the CEO of the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority since July 2009. He has been instrumental in the development of a new countywide transit governance structure to develop services throughout Washtenaw County. He came to Ann Arbor with more than 25 years experience in public and private passenger transportation and has worked in Washington, Oregon and California.

Audio (length: 10:25). Ford believes the top transportation issues facing the state include funding, politics and not really having an overall transportation vision.


Sarah Szurpicki

Sarah Szurpicki, a 2003 Harvard graduate, 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. She now works for Let’s Save Michigan, a campaign to get Michigan residents more involved in creating vibrant and attractive cities.

Audio (length: 10:05). Sarah discusses how transportation is an essential piece in revitalizing Michigan communities and revitalizing Michigan communities is a key component of turning around the state as a whole. Having a strong public transit system is a great way to retain and attract a young, college educated workforce. Prior to returning to her home state (Michigan), she lived in Boston, Washington D.C. and New York and never owned a car in that eight-year period.


Governor Rick Snyder

Governor Rick Snyder recently unveiled is plan for transportation in Michigan and said “the state that put the world on wheels needs to continue to be a transportation leader in order to stay competitive in today’s global economy.” He will talk about what this means.   


Audio (length: 8:15). Governor Snyder says infrastructure is important in creating jobs and the state needs to build a system sustainable for the long term. He said the current funding model isn’t enough to keep our roads acceptable. His transportation plan lays out a long-term sustainable path.


Oct. 26, 2011: League’s recently released book emphasizes quality of place to Michigan’s economic prosperity

Sept. 26, 2011: How will Michigan’s foreclosure crisis impact the state’s future prosperity

August 24, 2011: League Releasing Book Emphasizing Quality of Place

July 27, 2011: What's Happening in Detroit and Other Communities to Make Michigan Better

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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