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Michigan Prosperity Agenda: Michigan’s Port Communities – a Vital Element in the State’s Economic Prosperity

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 focus on the concept of placemaking. To learn more about placemaking visit 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

THIS MONTH’S SHOW airs at 7 p.m. Aug 21 on News/Talk 760 WJR, and you can also listen now by clicking the links below. Experts discuss port communities in the state and how these are critical to Michigan’s economic prosperity.Read more about the League's plan for Michigan cities here.

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 Gilmartin explains this month’s show. (51 seconds)

Dick Hafner

WJR News Director Dick Haefner is one of the most recognizable news voices in Detroit. With more than 40 years in Detroit radio news, Dick has been an award-winning newscaster, reporter, and news director at five stations. Dick has been news director at WJR since 1989. During his tenure, WJR News has been honored with nearly every national and local news award in the broadcast business. His watchwords: "Be right, be first, be creative, in that order."

- - Dick Haefner discusses the positive evolution of the Detroit riverfront. (7 minutes)


Jonathon Seyferth

Jonathan Seyferth, a Muskegon native, joined Muskegon Area First in October 2011 and currently serves as one of MAF’s Business Development Managers. His primary area of responsibility includes marketing Muskegon’s Blue Water Economy, which includes its port, fresh water and wastewater systems.

- J- Muskegon has been doing a lot to improve its water front and Jonathon Seyferth explains. (9:46)



John Jamian

John Jamian has extensive experience in international transportation, trade development, maritime industry and healthcare. He presently is the Executive Director of the Detroit Wayne County Port Authority based in Detroit, Michigan.

- - Did you know you could take a boat from Detroit to China? John Jamian explains why Detroit’s Port is so important to Michigan’s past, present and future. (10:24)


Beach Hall

Beach Hall is serving his sixth term as Mayor of the City of Rogers City. Prior to becoming Mayor, he chaired the City’s Community Development Authority and Harbor Advisory Committee. He achieved Level III recognition from the Elected Officials Academy of the Michigan Municipal League-the highest offered.

- Mayor Hall discusses the economic impact of the port in Rogers City and his personal draw to live in a port community. . (9:57)


July. 24, 2013:Michigan cities and downtown centers experiencing population growth despite challenges

June. 26, 2013:Complete Streets – Designing roadways to accommodate all users, not just motorists

May. 22, 2013:Engaging citizens is vital to creating prosperous communities

Apr. 24, 2013: Repurposing Property Through Private and Public Partnerships to Revitalize Communities

Mar. 27, 2013: Town-Gown Partnerships Between Cities and Universities Helping to Move State Forward

Feb. 27, 2013: Retiring Baby Boomers Provide Opportunity to Communities

Jan. 23, 2013: Aging in Place

Dec. 26, 2012: Placemaking in Michigan – A Year in Review

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 Budget and the Potential Impact on Michigan Cities

Jan 26, 2011: Civic Engagement and Getting People Involved in the Community

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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