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Michigan Prosperity Agenda: Arts and Culture Important to Placemaking


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 show’s topics center around the concept of placemaking. To learn more about placemaking go to Dan’s blog: The Economics of Place, the state'snew placemaking resources website, and check out our book, The Economics of Place: The Value of Building Communities Around People, available on

OUR NEXT SHOW airs at 7 p.m. July 25 on News/Talk 760 WJR, but you can listen now by clicking the links below. We’ll discuss Michigan’s future economic prosperity, place making and how arts and culture help to create the kinds of places educated, creative people want to live.

View past radio shows here.


Listen to the full show: (37:49)


Dan Gilmartin

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


Dan's intro: (01:00)

ron french

Ron French, Co-Host

Ron French joined Bridge as a senior writer in 2011 after having won more than 40 national and state journalism awards since joining the Detroit News in 1995. French has a long track record of uncovering emerging issues and changing the public policy debate through his work. He talks ab

out Michigan’s public policy successes, as well as areas where state policies are lacking.


Ron French (6:59)

Julie Pingston

Julie Pingston

Julie Pingston is Senior Vice President of the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau. She talks about her recent commentary printed in the Lansing State Journal titled “Public Art Is Critical To Placemaking.”

Julie Pingston (10:00)

rodney stokes

Rodney Stokes

Rodney Stokes is Governor Rick Snyder’s special advisor on placemaking and will work with cities on projects such as ensuring the availability of green space and enhancing recreational opportunities. He discusses his new position in the administration and what he expects in the future for Michigan in regard to placemaking.

Rodney Stokes (10:43)

brad frost

Brad Frost

Brad Frost is a Detroit Revitalization Fellow at the Detroit Institute of Arts where he works to identify and implement opportunities to accelerate the intersections between the DIA and Detroit’s multifaceted revitalization priorities. He discusses the DIA’s upcoming millage bid and other projects.      

Brad Frost (09:01)


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