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Michigan Prosperity Agenda: Strategic lessons on placemaking from the League’s annual conference in Detroit

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. Sept 25 on News/Talk 760 WJR, and you can also listen now by clicking the links below.Listen as we speak from the League’s annual conference in Detroit where local leaders spen the week learning strategic lessons in placemaking, civic engagement, entrepreneurism, urban planning and socioeconomic development.

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)

John Gallagher

John Gallagher has covered urban redevelopment for the Detroit Free Press for two decades and spent a year researching what is happening in the city because of its open space and dire economic issues. The Detroit Free Press recently released a special report investigating how the City of Detroit went bankrupt. The findings dispel some popular myths and direct blame at those most at fault for the bankruptcy. John was one of two reporters who published this story.

- Gallagher explains there is a lot of blame to go around for the Detroit bankruptcy and not all the finger pointing goes to the usual suspects. Hear more about his view on that (6:59 minutes)


Gary Heidel

Gary Heidel, director of policy for the Michigan State Housing and Development Authority, outlines an anti-blight campaign approved by the U. S. Department of Treasury for kick off in Michigan.

- Heidel explains why MSHDA is in the blight-removal business and how it relates to the agency’s overall “placemaking” mission. (10:01 minutes)



Andy Hetzel

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. (9:58 minutes)


David Lossing and Jacqueline Noonan

Linden Mayor David Lossing and Utica Mayor Jacqueline Noonan speak from the League’s annual conference about interesting projects happening in Utica and Linden. Lossing is the outgoing League president and Noonan is incoming League president.

- Lossing discusses the work he’s done the past year as League President and Noonan reviews her vision as the new League President for the upcoming year. (9:25 minutes)


Aug. 21, 2013:Michigan’s Port Communities – a Vital Element in the State’s Economic Prosperity

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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