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Michigan Prosperity Agenda: How Do We Bring it Back to Michigan?


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 7 pm April 25 on News/Talk 760 WJR. We talked about helping Michigan to become more economically viable – communicating about these issues, what placemaking means and transportation options in the state.

View past radio shows here.


Listen to the full show: (37:51)


Dan Gilmartin

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


Dan's intro: (01:01)


John Bebow, Co-Host

John Bebow is president and CEO of the Center for Michigan. Before joining the Center, he worked for 16 years as a professional journalist and w

as an investigative reporter at the Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press and Detroit News. He helped found and served as editor-in-chief of and more recently has launched Bridge Michigan (, the state’s largest online news and information service.

John Bebow: (7:00)


Gary Heidel

Gary Heidel is Executive Director of the Michigan State Housing and Development Authority. During the last 25 years, he has played a significant role in passing and implementing various policies at the state and federal levels, including the MSHDA Neighborhood and Preservation Program, the federal HOME program, federal Empowerment Zone program, Individual Development Accounts, Michigan Mortgage Credit Certificate Program, Cool Cities, Michigan Magnet Fund, Centers of Regional Excellence, and the Michigan Housing and Community Development Fund. He will discuss the MiPlace Placemaking Partnership and talk about their new website

Gary Heidel (10:00)


Tim Fischer

Tim Fischer is the deputy policy director at the Michigan Environmental Council, a state-wide environmental and public health policy organization. He specializes in transportation and agriculture policy and will talk about a project called the Michigan Transportation Odyssey. During the Odyssey citizens spent three days using Michigan public transportation options to travel from Detroit to Traverse City and reflect on the experience.

Tim Fischer: (10:01)


Hayley Roberts

Hayley Roberts is the Communications Director for the Michigan Suburbs Alliance. She will talk about the Michigan Transportation Odyssey on a personal level – she participated in the project. She also discusses the impact Michigan’s transportation has on attracting and retaining talented young people to live and work in the state.    


Hayley Roberts: (09:48)


March 28, 2012: Vibrant Michigan Downtowns Good for Business

Feb. 18, 2012: Making Our State More Sustainable

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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