Advocacy Blue Arrows

SHOW 5, May 26, 2010: Attracting and Retaining Talented Young People

During our May 26 show, we talked about one of the most substantial economic challenges facing Michigan – the state’s brain drain. As we transition from a manufacturing-based economy to a knowledge-based economy, it is vital we attract and retain talented young people. Studies show Michigan’s college graduates are increasingly choosing elsewhere to live and work. These young graduates often choose where they want to live before they look for a job. We talked about how we can make them choose Michigan. Prosperity Agenda host Dan Gilmartin was joined by co-host Brian Boyle, publisher at Issue Media Group. Guests included Lou Glazer, president of Michigan Future, Inc., Tom Costello, president and CEO of the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, and Austin Black, realtor and founding member of City Living Detroit.

Listen to the full show
(length - 36:54)

Dan Gilmartin

Dan Gilmartin, executive director and CEO of the Michigan Municipal League, discusses why it’s so important to have places where people want to live.

Dan Gilmartin discusses the critical need to retain and attract Michigan's talented young people. (length - 1:29)

Brian Boyle

Brian Boyle is co-founder and co-CEO of Issue Media Group, the company that created the award-winning Model D Media and many other online magazines across the country.

Brian Boyle explains that smart young talent is the foundation for a strong economy in Michigan. (length - 7:30)

Lou Glazer

Lou Glazer is president and co-founder of Michigan Future, Inc.,
a non-partisan, nonprofit organization. The mission of Michigan Future is to be a source of new ideas on how Michigan can succeed as a world-class community in a knowledge-driven economy. Its work is funded by Michigan Foundations.

Lou Glazer discusses what is needed for Michigan's transition to a knowledge-based economy. (length - 8:35)

Tom Costello

Tom Costello is president and CEO of the Michigan Roundtable
for Diversity and Inclusion
. This human rights and social justice organization is dedicated to building sustainable inclusive communities in Michigan.

Tom Costello explains why diverse inclusive communities are more attractive to talented young people. (length - 9:38)


Austin Black

Austin Black is a realtor in Detroit and a founding member of
City Living Detroit
. He has studied urban redevelopment and community development in more than 20 cities around the world. He lives in Midtown Detroit and was recognized in 2006 by Crain’s Detroit Business for its Dream Board of Directors and 20 in their 20s.

Austin Black talks about improvements he is seeing in the Detroit real estate market.

(length - 9:43)

<Back to Prosperity Agenda main page




MML Home :: League Services :: Advocacy :: Training/Events :: Resources :: Insurance :: Legal :: Classifieds :: Links :: About MML :: Privacy :: Webmaster
Michigan Municipal League :: 1675 Green Road, Ann Arbor MI, 48105 :: 734.662.3246 l 800.653.2483

MML Home Page home Coronavirus Resources
Podcast League208