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Michigan Prosperity Agenda: Making the most of Michigan winters

It seemed that winter weather took forever to get to Michigan this year, but now that January is here, we’re back to the usual snow and cold temperatures. For some people that’s bad news, but many hearty Michigan residents are happy to be out skiing, sledding, ice fishing, snowmobiling, ice skating and otherwise enjoying the season that turns Michigan into a winter wonderland.

During this month’s show we will hear from guest co-host and MLive’s John “Gonzo” Gonzalez, Michelle Grinnell from Travel Michigan at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Jamie Furbush from the Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau and executive director for Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, Nancy Krupiarz.

THIS MONTH’S SHOW airs at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 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. (1:22)


John “Gonzo” Gonzalez

John Gonzalez is the statewide entertainment, travel, beer & food writer for MLive. A longtime writer for the Grand Rapids Press, John today is multimedia journalist who also has his own radio show that airs outstate called “Behind the Mitten,” which looks at Michigan’s fairs, festivals, restaurants, brewers and more. As this month’s co-host, he discusses what makes Michigan such a great place to get out and play in the winter.

- Find out what Gonzo loves about Michigan in the winter. (6:19).

Chuck Marohn

Michelle Grinnell

Michelle Grinnell is the public relations manager and spokesperson for Travel Michigan at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, where she manages communications and public relations efforts for Pure Michigan, co-hosts the Travel Michigan radio show, and more. Grinnell joins us this month to discuss the economic impact of winter tourism around the state as well as other winter activities in Michigan that residents and visitors should know about.

- There is a ton to do in our four-season recreation state. Learn what’s coming up. (9:26)

Marcus Peccia

Jamie Furbush

Jamie Furbush is the President and CEO of the Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau. She has served in that role for the past seven years and been with the organization for over 14 years in a number of roles. This month, she explains why being a four-season community is important as well as what makes smaller cities like Frankenmuth so appealing when it comes to winter festivals, etc.

- Zehnder’s 25th Snowfest is this weekend in Frankenmuth. Plus, many more winter fun activities are planned. (9:51)

Joe Borgstrom

Nancy Krupiarz

Nancy Krupiarz is executive director of the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance (MTGA), a statewide nonprofit organization, nested within Michigan Fitness Foundation. Before that she was State Director of the Rails to Trails Conservancy Michigan Field Office for eight years. Krupiarz joins us to explain the role Michigan trails play in terms of an economic-driver for the state and how they benefit local communities.

- If you thought outdoor recreation trails were closed in the winter you’d be wrong. Hear what happens to them this time of year. (11:09)


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Aug 26, 2015: Philanthropy Making a Difference in Michigan Communities

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June 24, 2015: Michigan is Redeveloping its Way to Economic Vibrancy

May 27, 2015: Farmers Markets Helping Michigan’s Communities, Economys

April 22, 2015: Building Better Communities

March 25, 2015: A Conversation with Governor Snyder about Proposal 1 Program Explores How to Make a Better Michigan

Feb 25, 2015: What Made You Fall in Love with Your Michigan Community?

Jan 28, 2015: Attracting and Retaining Talent Vital to Michigan’s Future

Dec 29, 2014: Strong Town Strength Test

Nov 26, 2014: Crowdfunding Efforts Helping to Move Michigan Forward

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

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

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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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Nov 24, 2010: New Leadership and the Impact on Jobs, Education and Quality of Life

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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

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Feb 24, 2010: Talking Transit

Jan 27, 2010: Making a Better Michigan





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