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Michigan Prosperity Agenda: Farmers Markets Helping Michigan’s Communities, Economys

Program Explores How to Make a Better Michigan

Farmers markets have existed in Michigan for more than a 100 years, but are now experiencing a resurgence by more than doubling in numbers in the last decade. They are great places to buy fresh produce and meet-up with friends and family. But they can also provide an economic boost to a community and offer healthy-food options for those in need. On this month’s Prosperity Agenda radio show on News/Talk 760 WJR we talk about the importance of farmers markets to our state’s economy and our local communities. The Prosperity Agenda is an hour-long radio program 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 and is hosted by Dan Gilmartin, CEO and executive director of the Michigan Municipal 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., May 27 on News/Talk 760 WJR, and you can listen by clicking the links below. Listen as we talk about the upcoming conference and how to build better Michigan communities.

View past radio shows here.

Listen to the full show: (37:50)


Dan Gilmartin

Dan Gilmartin, executive director and CEO of the Michigan Municipal League, explains that the Prosperity Agenda radio show is about challenging listeners to help make Michigan a better place to live, work and play. Gilmartin said having vibrant and prosperous local communities is a key factor.

- Dan Gilmartin explains this month’s show. (50 seconds)

John Gallagher

Matt Helms

Matt Helms is the Detroit Free Press City Hall reporter, where he has been on the staff since 1993. He has covered Detroit’s municipal bankruptcy, suburban government, transportation, Detroit Metro Airport and casino gambling issues in Michigan. On this month’s Prosperity Agenda co-host, Helms joins us to discuss one of Detroit’s gems, Eastern Market, and how it’s grown and evolved over the years.

- Matt discusses his most recent visit to the Eastern Market – on flower day – and how it was a vibrant and lively experience. (6:27)

Chuck Marohn

Dru Montri

Dru Montri has been director of the Michigan Farmers Market Association since its inception in 2006. She is also executive secretary of the Michigan Meat Association and was appointed last year by Gov. Rick Snyder to the bipartisan Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development. Montri joins the Prosperity Agenda this month to discuss the growth of farmers markets in Michigan and why they are so important for the state to sustain, support and promote.

- Montri explains how every farmers market in Michigan is a bit different than the other and that’s just the way she likes it. (10:10))

Marcus Peccia

Jennifer Holton

Jennifer is the director of communications for the Michigan Agriculture and Rural Development, a job she has held for the past eight years. She was named Communicator of the Year by the National Association of the State Departments of Agriculture in September of 2012. In this month’s show, Holton talks with us about her department’s involvement with the special farmers markets on the Capitol lawn that take place two to three times a year and why the department sees them as such a valuable effort in boosting rural development.

- A new survey shows that local retail sales in Michigan are improving. Listen to find out by how much it is improving. Retail is coming back! (10:55)

Joe Borgstrom

Karianne Martus

Karianne Martus is market manager of the Flint Farmers’ Market, which has become of the top destination in Mid-Michigan. She’s also a member of the Flushing City Council and owner of Creative Communications Company. On this Prosperity Agenda, Martus discusses the efforts of the Flint Farmers’ Market to become a premiere destination. She also shares success stories from the location’s work with local vendors as a business incubator.

- It’s not surprising on a market day for Karianne to have someone come up to her and tell her … Find out what they say by listening. Dru also comes back on the show to talk with Karianne about the various financial-assistance programs offered at the Flint farmers market and at markets throughout the state. (14:03)


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Oct 22, 2014: Placemaking Stories Detailed in New League Book

Sept 24, 2014: The Economic Development Role that Arts and Culture Play in a Community

Aug 27, 2014: The Economic Development Role that Arts and Culture Play in a Community

July 23, 2014: What We Can Do to Make Michigan More Immigrant-Friendly

June 25, 2014: Placemaking and Michigan's Aging Population

May 28, 2014: A Conversation from the National Main Streets Conference in Detroit!

April 23, 2014: Revenue Sharing and the Importance of Investing in Communities

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

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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

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Oct. 24, 2012: Embracing Green Technology in Neighborhood Revitalization

Sept. 26, 2012: Entrepreneurs are Key to Economic Turnaround

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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

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May 25, 2011: Why Transit Matter's to Michigan's Future Prosperity

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Mar. 23, 2011: Gov. Rick Snyder’s Proposed Budget and What it Means for Michigan

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Jan 26, 2011: Civic Engagement and Getting People Involved in the Community

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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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