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Michigan Prosperity Agenda:What is Placemaking and What is MSHDA’s Role in It?


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 since 2010.

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. Nov. 26 on News/Talk 760 WJR, but you can listen now by clicking the links below. We’ll be talking about the importance of moving toward a more vibrant Michigan through place making efforts across the state and discussing efforts to promote affordable housing, revitalize some of the struggling communities and attract new investment.

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.

Listen: (1:01)


Claire Nelson, Co-host

Claire Nelson, publisher of Model D, found her way to Detroit 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.


Listen: 7:11)


Scott Woosley, MSHDA Executive Director

Scott Woosley was recently named Executive Director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). He was a former real estate financial developer in Rochester and is now in charge of managing the agency that promotes community development and affordable housing in Michigan. Woosley is a principal and one of the founders of Labor-Management Fund Advisors LLC, a Troy-based full-service commercial and residential real estate advisory firm. He talks about MSHDA’s efforts to attract new investment from outside Michigan and other efforts of the organization he leads.


Listen: (10:11)


Ed Dalheim, MarCom Awards

Ed Dalheim of the MarCom awards talks about the recent MarCom Award for outstanding achievement in marketing and communications received by this radio program. The MarCom Awards area administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals.

Please note: The first portion of this segment is the conclusion of Scott Woosley's talk. Ed Dalheim's segment can be found during the final three minutes of the segment.

Listen: (9:37)


Luke Forrest, Michigan Municipal League

Luke Forrest is the Michigan Municipal League’s Project Coordinator for the Center for 21st Century Communities. He talks about PlaceMarket, an effort led by the League and Little Things Labs. PlaceMarket will bring together a network of people who understand how to take urban ideas to action.


Listen: (9:59)



Oct. 24, 2012: Embracing green technology in neighborhood revitalization

Sept. 26, 2012: Entrepreneurs are key to economic turnaround

August 22, 2012: The MIplace Partnership Initiative Improving Cities and Neighborhoods

July 25, 2012: Arts and Culture Important to Placemaking

June 27, 2012: Entrepreneurs Key to Thriving Michigan Communities

May 23, 2012: Attracting Talent Key to Michigan's Future

April 25, 2012: How Do We Bring it Back to Michigan?

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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