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Michigan Prosperity Agenda: The Year in Review


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 at 7 p.m. Dec. 29 on News/Talk 760 WJR. We looked at the steps Michigan took toward economic prosperity in 2011 and talked to Governor Rick Snyder and some of the state’s leading journalists about what they are expecting in 2012. View past radio shows here.


Listen to the full show: Audio (length: 37:54)



Dan Gilmartin

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

Dan sets up the show: Audio (Length: 1 minute)


Governor Rick Snyder

After completing his first year in office, the Governor will reflect on a busy year and discuss what he hopes to accomplish in 2012 and beyond.

Audio (Length: 11 minutes). Governor Snyder said a lot was achieved in his first year as he set out to establish a foundation for the reinvention of Michigan. Specific to cities, in 2012 he hopes to address crime and energy and the environment.

rj king

R.J. King

R.J. King is editor of DBusiness magazine, which covers companies in metro Detroit that are expanding locally, nationally and internationally. He has profiled high level business professionals like Roger Penske, Cindy Pasky, Dan Gilbert, Edsel Ford, and A. Alfred Taubman. DBusiness garnered four Gold medals in the 2011 Editorial Excellence Awards from Alliance of Area Business Publications, including being named the top regional business magazine in the county. Prior to launching DBusiness in 2006, King was a business writer for the Detroit News where he wrote more than 4,000 articles covering economic development, automotive, health care, technology and transportation.

Audio (Length: 7:20 minutes). Detroit has an image as a manufacturing town, but that’s only part of the story. There’s much more going on in Detroit that just manufacturing. DBusiness magazine focuses on a range of people and businesses making a difference in the Motor City.

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Jeff Hill

Jeff Hill is the publisher for Rapid Growth Media, is a lifelong resident of Michigan, and holds a bachelors degree in Communications and Economics from Western Michigan University. He will talk about how the economic climate is impacting things in the western side of Michigan and what he expects to happen in 2012.

Audio (Length: 10 minutes). About 20,000 new jobs were created in Grand Rapids and West Michigan in 2011 and the “place and quality of life” are key factors people look at when deciding where to live and work.

mimi bell

Mimi Bell

Mimi Bell is editor of Great Lakes Bay Regional Lifestyle Magazine and Great Lakes Bay Business. She is also an independent editor and writer, editing and contributing content to a variety of national custom publications. She will talk about northern Michigan’s economic experience in 2011 and what is expected in the year to come.   

Audio (Length: 8:32 minutes).  There are some exciting, new projects attracting people to move back to the downtowns of Bay City , Saginaw, Midland and other mid-Michigan communities. These projects are attracting a young, talented workforce. Much of the success being experienced is due to cooperation and collaboration between the Mid-Michigan communities.


Nov. 27, 2011: Transportation in the state and the role it plays in Michigan's future economic prosperity

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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