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Michigan Prosperity Agenda: The League’s efforts toward an urban policy agenda that moves Michigan toward 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. Oct 23 on News/Talk 760 WJR, and you can also listen now by clicking the links below. Listen as we discuss Michigan’s need for an urban policy agenda and a proposal from the Michigan Municipal League that works toward that agenda, called the Partnership for Place. Read more about the League's Partnership for Place agenda here and 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)

Chad Livengood

Chad Livengood has worked as a public policy journalist covering Michigan’s legislative issues and most recently the city of Detroit’s bankruptcy filing, the largest municipal bankruptcy in U. S. history. A graduate of Central Michigan University, Chad has worked for the Detroit News since early 2012 following a deep history in journalism. Chad lives in Lansing with his wife and one-year old daughter.

- Chad explains the history behind some of the struggles of Michigan communities, particularly Detroit. (7:16 minutes)


Samantha Harkins

Samantha Harkins is the Director of State Affairs for the Michigan Municipal League. She is responsible for directing the League’s lobbying team in Lansing as well as specifically handling municipal finance and labor issues. She joined the League in February of 2008 as a Legislative Associate. In 2011, she was honored in the Inside Michigan Politics Lobbyist Survey by being ranked in the top 20 for Individual Lobbyist as well as ranked number 2 in the Individual Single Interest Lobbyist category.

- Samantha discusses the League’s Partnership for Place, the state’s need for a better urban policy, and how it could help move Michigan back to prosperity. . (9:49 minutes)



Steve Baker

Steve Baker was elected to Berkley City Council in November 2009. He and his wife Nicole have lived in Berkley for well over a baker's dozen years. Steve serves as the IT director for DTE Energy, where he plays a key role in corporate and technology governance, policy and procedure oversight, and budget management.

- Steve discusses how the Partnership for Place could impact communities like Berkley in southeast Michigan. (10:14 minutes)


Larry Nielson

Larry has been village manager in Paw Paw since August 2007, was Bangor’s city manager for the previous seven years. He is currently sharing his service with Bangor on an interim bases. He is chairman of the local chapter of the Michigan Local Government Management Association, has received the Michigan Rural Water Association’s Manager of the Year award, and has been involved with community theatre for more than 25 years.

- Larry discusses his work in cities in west Michigan and the efforts of these communities have made to provide quality services to their residents in spite of continued revenue decreases. (9:41 minutes)


Sept. 25, 2013:Strategic lessons on placemaking from the League’s annual conference in Detroit

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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