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Michigan Prosperity Agenda: Crowdfunding Movement; Making a Better Michigan

Program Explores How to Make a Better Michigan

radioshowOn this month’s Prosperity Agenda radio show we discuss the crowdfunding movement and a related local stock exchange bill pending in the Michigan legislature. Crowdfunding is a type of local stock exchange that allows residents to invest in small businesses and startups. The movement is poised to become reality in Michigan. Legislation recently passed in Michigan allows for the creation of these exchanges and will aide people in putting this powerful economic development tool to use in the state.

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. March 26, 2014 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 and what crowdfunding, as well as local stock exchanges, are all about. (2:30)

Claire Nelson

Claire Nelson is the director of Urban Innovation Exchange (, an initiative to showcase and connect people leading impact in Detroit. She discusses her upcoming trip to New Orleans and Rome, as well as the Michigan Legislature’s passage of crowdfunding legislation and the impact it could have on Detroit.

- Claire gives many tours of Detroit to members of the media and business people interested in the Motor City. Hear her talk about some of the places in the Detroit area that she shows them. (6:01)


Summer Hallwood Minnick

Summer Hallwood Minnick, director or policy initiatives and federal affairs for the League, talks about how crowd funding provides a better chance for success for local businesses, start-ups and other entrepreneurial efforts.

- Summer explains how crowdfunding works and what it can mean for communities, business owners and investors. (10:24)


Rep. Nancy Jenkins

Rep. Nancy Jenkins sponsored the Michigan Invests Locally Exemption or MILE legislation that allows for equity crowdfunding in Michigan. From this legislation was passed allowing for the creation of local stock exchanges.

- Rep. Jenkins speaks from the lively House floor about why she sponsored the crowdfunding bill that is now a state law and why she’s now pushing support for the related local stock exchange bill. (8:40)


Joe Borgstrom

Joe Borgstrom is Director of the Downtown & Community Services for the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. The National Main Streets Conference is coming to Detroit in 2014. Borgstrom talks about why Detroit is the perfect venue to celebrate America’s downtown revitalization.

- Joe describes the National Main Streets Conference, why it’s coming to Detroit and what it could mean for Michigan. (10:16)

Feb 26, 2014:Placemaking is a vital part of making our state prosperous again

Jan. 22, 2014: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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