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Michigan Prosperity Agenda: “PlacePlans” effort taking hold and improving communities across the state

Program Explores How to Make a Better Michigan


On this month’s Prosperity Agenda radio show we talk about a new effort called “PlacePlans” and how this initiative is helping to improve communities across the state. 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 since 2010.

The hour-long radio program is hosted by Dan Gilmartin, Executive Director and CEO of the Michigan Municipal League (the League). The show is sponsored by the League and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).

THIS MONTH’S SHOW airs at 7 p.m. Dec 20 on News/Talk 760 WJR, and you can also listen now by clicking the links below.Hear us talk about a new “PlacePlans” effort taking hold in communities throughout Michigan. 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. (52 seconds)

Matt Helms

Matt Helms is a lifelong metro Detroiter who graduated from Michigan State University. He has worked for the Detroit Free Press since 1993, covering general-assignment news, crime and courts, suburban government, transportation and casinos over the years. Since early 2013, he has covered Detroit city government, including the city's historic bankruptcy proceedings.

- Matt Helms talks about Detroit being the newsiest city in American and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. (7:13)


Gary Heidel

Gary Heidel is the new Chief Placemaking Officer for the Michigan State Housing and Development Authority. Heidel talks about the importance of placemaking to Michigan’s economic future and discusses the new “PlacePlans” effort between Michigan State University and the Michigan Municipal League being funded by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

- Gary Heidel says the eight communities selected to received PlacePlans assistance are from all corners of the state and are of varying sizes and demographics. (9:53)


Sarah Pavelko

Sarah Pavelko, Project Manager for the Southwest Business Association in Detroit, discusses a PlacePlans effort underway in southwest Michigan. The project will design a new commercial center and public square on what is currently a 7 acre brownfield site.

- Sarah Pavelko explains how PlacePlans is essential to getting community input into the vision for this area of Southwest Detroit. The public square called for in the concept plays a vital role in the project. (10:02)


Steve Wolbert

Steve Wolbert is Director of Community Relations and Government Affairs at Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy, the country’s largest independent specialty pharmacy. Wolbert discusses Flint’s PlacePlans project, The Grand Traverse Greenway. This project will turn a 3-mile segment of former railroad corridor into a multi-use trail that will link downtown, the Flint River and several neighborhoods.

- Steve Wolbert says PlacesPlans fits nicely with Diplomat’s goal to help create a sustainable and vibrant Flint community and will help tie key anchor institutions together in the Flint area. (9:55)


Nov. 27, 2013:The National Media’s Perspective on What is Happening in Detroit

Oct. 23, 2013:The League’s efforts toward an urban policy agenda that moves Michigan toward prosperity

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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