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Michigan Prosperity Agenda: Revenue Sharing and the Importance of Investing in Communities

Program Explores How to Make a Better Michigan

radioshowMost people should already be familiar with the fact that Michigan’s cities have battled tremendous monetary cutbacks and financial hardship in recent years. This is due in large part to how the state has diverted $6.2 billion in revenue sharing away from our communities since 2003. But there is a bright side to the situation. Despite this revenue sharing diversion, there are still some very positive things going on in the area of placemaking and creating vibrant places in Michigan. The importance of investing in communities and how some Michigan communities are doing it is what we talk about on this month’s Prosperity Agenda radio show on News/Talk 760 WJR. My co-host is Marjory Raymer, editor of the Flint Journal and and our guests are Samantha Harkins, director of state affairs for the Michigan Municipal League; Ferndale Mayor David Coulter; and Patrice Frey, President and CEO of the National Main Street Center.

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. April 23, 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. (1:19)

Marjory Raymer

Marjory Raymer is the editor of The Flint Journal and for MLive Media Group in Flint. She joined The Flint Journal in 2000 and nine years later became the first woman named the newsroom’s top editor. During her tenure, The Flint Journal has been honored with three national awards for online breaking news coverage and more than 110 state awards, including the Michigan Press Association's Newspaper of the Year and Public Service Award recipient earlier this year. She discusses how the City of Flint has lost about $55 million in revenue sharing in the last decade and what getting that money could have meant for the community.

- Marjory talks about her excitement over the Grand Traverse Greenway Trail project that will connect key parts of Flint. (7:13)


Samantha Harkins

Samantha Harkins, director of state affairs for the Michigan Municipal League, discusses the revenue sharing issue and what communities have been able to do despite losing billions of anticipated revenue.

- There are so many great examples of placemaking in Michigan, and while it’s hard to pick her favorite Harkins does discuss a Michigan community she most recently fell in love with. Find out what she says. (9:55)


Patrice Frey

Patrice Frey is President and CEO of the National Main Street Center, where she oversees the Center’s work, offering technical assistance, research, advocacy, and education and training opportunities for Main Street’s network of approximately 1,100 communities. She discusses why the 2014 National Main Street Conference has decided to come to Detroit next month.

- Frey talks about how the conference will have a number of mobile workshops showcasing a variety of communities and areas in and around Detroit. Find out what areas the more than 3,000 attendees will be going. (9:59)


Dave Coulter

Dave Coulter is Mayor of Ferndale, and was previously an Oakland County Commissioner for four terms. Coulter talks about how Ferndale is home to a National Main Street Award-winning downtown district with an eclectic mix of businesses.

- Coulter discusses a recent Crain’s Detroit Business article that focused on the business growth taking place in Ferndale. What’s the secret of the community’s success? Find out by listening. (9:26)


Mar 26, 2014: Crowdfunding Movement; Making a Better Michigan

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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