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The Prosperity Agenda: Working to Improve Cities

This month’s Economics of Place radio show on News/Talk 760 WJR looks at the initiative by the state of Michigan. This is a great initiative by the state because it shows how important placemaking is to Michigan’s economic future. The show airs 7 p.m. Aug. 22, but you can listen anytime at the League’s website or by subscribing to the iTunes podcast. My co-host for the hour-long radio program is Nancy Kaffer, an award-winning reporter at Crain’s Detroit Business. Our guests are Joe Borgstrom, the Director of the Downtown and Community Services Division at the Michigan State Housing and Development Authority (MSHDA); Mike Kapp, the administrator of the Michigan Department of Transportation’s Office of Economic Development; Jamie Schriner-Hooper, the Executive Director of the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM). To learn more about placemaking come back frequently to this blog: The Economics of Place, and you can also check out the state of Michigan’s new placemaking resources website, and our book, The Economics of Place: The Value of Building Communities Around People, available on