One vital part to restoring economic prosperity in Michigan is getting people involved in creating thriving communities. On this month’s Prosperity Agenda radio show on News/Talk 760 WJR we talk about civic engagement and more specifically why it’s important and how communities of all shapes, sizes and demographics are doing it. My co-host for this show is Detroit Free Press columnist Nancy Kaffer. Our guests included Allegan City Manager Robert Hillard and Allegan resident Kali Frankhauser. They talked about some very exciting projects happening in their small West Michigan community, including an effort that involved input of well over 100 residents about ways to improve the city’s downtown riverfront area. Another guest is Dr. Katherine Loflin, the “City Doctor”, and principal of Loflin Consulting Solutions, which has done groundbreaking work in the field of placemaking and the study of civic engagement. We are also joined by Craig Peterson, communications director for the Church of the Messiah Detroit; an d Deb Williamson, program director for the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion. They talk about a creative community engagement project happening on the east side of Detroit. Our May show is scheduled to air 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2013. You can also listen to it anytime at the League’s website or by subscribing to the FREE iTunes podcast. Learn more about the placemaking concept here as well as on this blog.
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