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Michigan Prosperity Agenda: Placemaking in Michigan – A Year in Review  


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

THE DECEMBER SHOW airs at 7 p.m. Dec. 26 on News/Talk 760 WJR. You can listen now by clicking the links below. We’re talking with some of Michigan’s leading journalists from across the state about the biggest economic and project development stories they covered in 2012 and what they’re looking forward to covering in 2013.

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)


Serena Maria Daniels, Co-Host

Serena Maria Daniels is a reporter at the Detroit News. She joined The News in 2011 after working at the Chicago Tribune and The Orange County Register in her home state of California. In her short tenure here, she has developed a passion for reporting on Detroit and Michigan politics, social justice and the urban decay and renewal of Detroit. Serena is exploring issues that impact new Detroiters, who like herself, are young, educated and professional, and who are moving into the city’s affordable and burgeoning urban core to establish their careers.

Listen: 7:11)


Jeff Hill, Rapid Growth Media

Jeff Hill is publisher of Rapid Growth Media, an online news site centered in Grand Rapids. A Michigan native for 42 years, Jeff has a passion for urban redevelopment and the revitalization of cities. He has been the publisher and business manager of Rapid Growth since 2008, where he also contributes to the writing and photography of the publication. When not working on Rapid growth, he blogs, plans events, works in real estate, enjoys public speaking, serves on several community advisory boards, bikes, and spends time with his family.

Listen: (9:51)


Marjory Raymer, Flint Journal

Marjory Raymer is a community news director for and serves as editor of The Flint Journal. Raymer was named to the newsroom’s top post in 2009. She came to the Journal in 2000 as a political reporter before becoming the paper’s business editor and later metro editor. She previously worked as a reporter and copy editor at the Traverse City Record-Eagle and reporter at the Ionia Sentinel-Standard. Flint is a city challenged by rising crime and an economy hard-hit by the demise of the auto industry. At the same time, Flint is experiencing a new downtown renaissance with the development of new restaurants, new housing opportunities and the return of many small businesses from the suburbs who are now relocating to downtown Flint.

Listen: (10:13)


John Flesher, Associated Press

John Flesher is the award-winning northern Michigan correspondent and Great Lakes environmental writer for the Associated Press and is manager of the Traverse City bureau. He has been with the Associated Press for 31 ½ years starting in the Raleigh bureau, working in Washington, D.C., and transferring to Traverse City in 1992. The “Blue Economy” is one of the keys to promoting Michigan’s economic prosperity, with the Great Lakes as our state’s tourism and recreation magnets.     

Listen: (9:35)



Nov. 26, 2012: What is Placemaking and What is MSHDA’s Role in It?

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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