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Michigan Prosperity Agenda: Jobs, jobs and more jobs. It’s something we hear politicians discuss all the time. But what kind of jobs do we want? How do we keep our educated talent in our state for the jobs that already exist? And how does this tie into the larger picture of communities being economic drivers to move Michigan forward.

Program Explores How to Make a Better Michigan

radioshowOn this month’s Prosperity Agenda radio show we talk about why it’s important to keep our college graduates in Michigan, how cities play a role in that and what some people are doing to make this happen. The Michigan Prosperity Agenda is a monthly radio show that challengers listeners to help make Michigan a better place to live, work and place 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. Jan 22 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 vision for Michigan 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. (52 seconds)

Ashley Aidenbaum

Ashley Aidenbaum is group publisher and director of business development for Issue Media Group, a Detroit-based media company covering growth, investment, social innovation and the people leading cities into the new economy. She is focused on strengthening issue Media Group’s existing presence in Michigan, while also driving the company’s expansion into new markets. She is a University of Michigan graduate.

- - Ashley explains show driving people to live and work in communities is really about quality of place. She said Michigan is definitely a place for creators. (7:13)


Regina Bell

Regina Bell is executive director of Intern in Michigan and has more than 15 years of experience working in the public and private sector. As a committed change agent, she has worked with thought leaders across the state in developing and implementing various programs and initiatives that impact our communities. Regina has fond memories of her own internship experiences and recognizes the role that internships play in retaining talent. Her internship with a state representative led to six years of service as a staff member in the Michigan legislature and set the course for her career path.

- - Regina describes how Intern in Michigan is able to match people to jobs to help young people remain in the state they love and the communities they love. (9:50)


Clarence Anthony

Clarence Anthony is the executive director of the National League of Cities, based in Washington D.C. He previously served as the Mayor of South Bay, FL for 24 years. He is known as a creative and thoughtful leader in his community. He is considered an expert in citizen engagement and techniques that build a "sense of community" within cities. Mr. Anthony has been on the forefront of politics in the United States and internationally for the past 20 years, culminating with productive presidencies of the Florida League of Cities and the National League of Cities (NLC), respectively.

- - Anthony explains that 75 percent of the nation’s economy is driven by the successes of America’s cities. He discusses a new NLC report called “The 10 Critical Imperatives Facing America’s Cities.” (10:02)


Shawn Blanchard

Shawn Blanchard is co-founder of Run This Town, Vice President of Operations for Networkingout, LLC, and director of The Fit Foundation. He is a native Detroiter and graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Economical Mathematics. He’s now a law student at Wayne State University Law School in Detroit. He has received national recognition for his commitment to mentoring young men. He also is very involved in getting Detroit professionals to network through health and fitness.

- - Shawn discusses his struggles in growing up in Detroit and how early-on in life he learned the value of networking. (9:55)


Dec. 20, 2013:“PlacePlans” effort taking hold and improving communities across the state

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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