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Michigan Prosperity Agenda: The MIplace Partnership Initiative Improving Cities and Neighborhoods


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. Aug. 22 on News/Talk 760 WJR, but you can listen now by clicking the links below. We’ll discuss placemaking – what it is, how it’s reshaping the communities where we live and what it means to you. We’ll also hear from members of the MIplace Partnership Initiative who are improving cities and neighborhoods throughout our state.

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)


Nancy Kaffer, Co-host

Nancy Kaffer is an award-winning reporter at Crain’s Detroit Business. Her work has taken her across the country from Michigan to Mississippi. At Crain’s, Nancy writes about commercial real estate in southeast Michigan, and politics in Detroit and Wayne County. She discusses investment in the city and efforts to attract and retain residents, and other challenges facing our state.


Nancy Kaffer (6:59)


Joe Borgstrom

Joe Borgstrom is the Director of the Downtown and Community Services Division at the Michigan State Housing and Development Authority (MSHDA). The Downtown and Community Services Division includes the Michigan Main Street Center providing technical assistance to communities who seek to revitalize their downtown using the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street Four-Point approach. The program currently assists 40 Michigan communities. He discusses Gov. Rick Snyder’s MIplace Partnership initiative and the actions needed to improve the quality of downtowns and green spaces in Michigan communities.

Joe Borgstrom (10:00)


Mike Kapp

Mike Kapp is the Administrator of the Michigan Department of Transportation’s Office of Economic Development. He discusses place making, how it impacts the work of the Michigan Department of Transportation’s effort across the state and how locals are using Complete Streets to improve their communities.

Mike Kapp (10:43)


Jamie Schriner-Hooper

Jamie Schriner-Hooper is the Executive Director of the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM).  CEDAM is one of the organizations participating in the MIplace Partnership Initiative. She discusses how the initiative and placemaking impact economic development in Michigan.     


Jamie Schriner-Hooper (09:01)


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