The Prosperity Agenda: Placemaking and Michigan’s Aging Population

prosperity-agenda-thumbDid you know nearly 2 million residents are over the age of 60 in Michigan? For Michigan’s cities and downtowns this is an unprecedented opportunity to prepare and accommodate this population as they retire or continue working as the case might be.  This month’s Prosperity Agenda radio show on News/Talk 760 WJR tackles this aging in place issue and what some communities and organizations are already doing about it. My co-host for this month is Natalie Burg, a freelance writer for Issue Media Group and numerous other publications. Our guests are Laurie Volk, principal in charge of Zimmerman/Volk Associates’ market studies; David Allen, chief market analyst for the Michigan State Housing and Development Authority (MSHDA); and Roger L. Myers,  president/CEO of Presbyterian Village of Michigan, a leading organization in the senior living and services industry.  The Michigan Prosperity Agenda is a monthly radio show 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. The show airs 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, 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.