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Michigan Prosperity Agenda: Making Our State More Sustainable


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).

OUR MOST RECENT SHOW aired at 2 p.m. Feb. 18 on News/Talk 760 WJR. We will talk to people from across the state about important projects in Michigan and the future of our cities and their sustainability. View past radio shows here.

Listen to the full show: (37:53)



Dan Gilmartin

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

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


Claire Nelson, Co-Host

Nelson is the publisher of the online publication Model D and she loves the city of Detroit. She found her way to the city a decade ago after studying architecture and urbanism at Smith College and Columbia University and living and working in Chicago, New York, Paris and Washington, D.C. Before joining Model D, she ran a retail shop in Midtown called Bureau of Urban Living. As the co-founder of Open City, Declare Detroit, and Mind the Gap, she is passionate about walkable neighborhoods, independent retail and public space.

Audio: (10:11 minutes): Nelson explains what she loves about Detroit and why she believes the motor city is “sexy.”



Kathie Feldpausch

Kathie Feldpausch is the vice president of the Michigan Association of Realtors. She joined the organization after spending six years with Michigan State University. MAR has announced that fixing the state’s housing market is among their top 2012 legislative priorities. The announcement came recently during the Michigan Realtor Association’s first-ever Placemaking Leadership Summit in Lansing. Kathie will discuss what realtors are doing to help reverse the state’s housing slump.

Audio (9:56): Feldpausch explains why placemaking is important to the real estate profession. Realtors can play a vital role in creating the types of places people want to live, work and play.


Fred Kent

Fred Kent is a leading authority on revitalizing city spaces and one of the foremost thinkers in livability, smart growth and the future of the city. As founder and president of Project for Public Spaces, he is known throughout the world as a dynamic speaker and prolific ideas man. Traveling over 150,000 miles each year, Fred offers technical assistance to communities and has given talks across the U.S. as well as internationally. Each year, he and the PPS staff train 10,000 people in placemaking techniques.

Audio (8:54): In just a few years, Kent believes Michigan will become a place that is absolutely fantastic. He said places throughout the world are trying to figure out what placemaking is all about, but Michigan gets it.


Rep. Mark Ouimet

State Representative Mark Ouimet is chair of the Michigan House of Representatives Local, Intergovernmental and Regional Affairs Committee. This committee handles all things local government and Rep. Ouimet will discuss what he expects their legislative priorities to be in 2012.  

Audio (7:49): Lansing lawmakers continue to work hard to give local governments the tools they need to provide the services residents want and need.


Jan. 25, 2012: The Benefits of Federal Funding for Neighborhood Stabilization

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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