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Michigan Prosperity Agenda: The Benefits of Federal Funding for Neighborhood Stabilization


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. Jan. 25 on News/Talk 760 WJR. Michigan is beginning to see the benefits of federal funding for neighborhood stabilization. From metro Detroit to the UP, cities are partnering with builders and realtors to sell foreclosed homes that have been beautifully restored. We talked to people who are working on these important projects across Michigan to learn about the success stories they are beginning to see. 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)


Mark Nickita

Mark Nickita is Mayor of Birmingham and co-founder of the award-winning multi-disciplinary design firm Archive Design Studio [D.S], which incorporates the multiple disciplines of architecture, urban design and graphic design. The firm has distinct expertise in the development, enhancement and the regeneration of existing, pedestrian-oriented urban environments, including downtowns, neighborhood districts, developed corridors and mixed-use areas. Archive D.S. has particular experience with urban areas challenged by decay and abandonment, and uncovering their potential to be redeveloped into viable participants within the greater built environment.

Audio (Length: 7:18 minutes).


Robert Filka

Robert L. Filka serves and Chief Executive Officer of the Michigan Association of Home Builders. H previously served as a policy advisor to Gov. John Engler and spent several years on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide. He was appointed by Engler to serve as President of the Michigan Strategic Fund in 1997 and was later named a senior executive at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, serving there until 2002. Prior to coming to MAHB, from 2002 until 2006, Filka worked as an independent consultant. He helped several western states and universities with economic development strategies and helped create the Michigan Broadband Development Authority among other things.

Audio (Length: 9:39 minutes).


Christopher Leinberger

Chris Leinberger is a land use strategist, teacher, developer, researcher and author, balancing business realities with social and environmental concerns. He is President of Locus, Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors; a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution; a Professor at the Graduate Real Estate Development Program at the University of Michigan; and founding partner of Arcadia Land Company, a new urbanism and transit-oriented development firm.

Audio (Length: 10:55 minutes).


Cindy Goodaker

Cindy Goodaker is executive editor of Crain’s Detroit Business. During her tenure, Crain’s has won numerous awards and been cited as both best newspaper and best website by the Alliance of Area Business Publications, an international trade group. She has been with Crain’s since 1985 and has held her current position since 1994. Previously, she was a reporter with the Oakland Press in Pontiac. She is past chair of Inforum and is part of the Power of 100 Women program of the Michigan Women’s Foundation.


Audio (Length: 8:59 minutes).  


Dec. 29, 2011: The Year in Review

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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