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Michigan Prosperity Agenda: Placemaking is a vital part of making our state prosperous again – it is about creating communities that people love. It’s about turning “that community” into “my community.”

Program Explores How to Make a Better Michigan

radioshowOn this month’s Prosperity Agenda radio show we discuss placemaking and economic development. The 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. Feb 26 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)

Kirk Pinho

Kirk Pinho covers real estate for Crain’s Detroit Business. A Detroit area native, he is a graduate of Western Michigan University and the University of Alabama. He discusses his impressions of the real estate scene in southeast Michigan and trends he is seeing. He’ll also address placemaking initiatives he is seeing in Detroit.

- Kirk discusses the improvement he’s seeing in Detroit. For example, there’s new construction happening in downtown Detroit for the first time since nearly a decade. He also talks about the new foreign investment happening in the Motor City. (7:08)


Tom Ivacko

Tom Ivacko is Manager of the University of Michigan’s Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP). He also oversees the Michigan Public Policy Survey Program and recently conducted a poll on placemaking in Michigan. He will discuss communities making these initiatives an economic development strategy and how placemaking attracts entrepreneurs.

- Tom explains what placemaking is and how more communities are embracing it as an economic development tool. In a 2009 UM survey, about 21 percent were pursuing placemaking and in 2013, 34 percent said they were pursuing it. That’s 62 percent growth in four years. (9:50)


Mark Nickita

Mark Nickita is a city commissioner and the former mayor of Birmingham. He also co-founded the award-winning design firm Archive Design Studio. His studio was inspired by a goal of developing urban centers as more people friendly environments and has been involved in placemaking projects all over the world.

- Mark discusses how it’s an exciting time to be an elected official and a designer in the Detroit area. “I’m very optimistic about the things going on. We’re finding ways to do things differently and in many ways it’s made us come back and check our priorities and identify what we’re really about.” (9:47)


Peter Auger

Peter Auger is Auburn Hills City Manager and was recently named president of the Michigan Local Government Management Association. Auburn Hills has been making major improvements to their downtown area for many years. He mentions that these efforts are in place not only to attract young talent and entrepreneurs, but also aging Baby Boomers.

- Pete tells how Auburn Hills never really had a downtown, but it does now. He discusses what went into creating a downtown over the last 10-plus years and creating a community identity and sense of place. (10:12)

Jan. 22, 2013:Jobs, jobs and more jobs

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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