Most people should already be familiar with the fact that Michigan’s cities have battled tremendous financial cutbacks in recent years, 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 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 mlive.com/flint 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 show airs 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, on News/Talk 760 WJR, but you can listen 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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