The Prosperity Agenda: Michigan is Redeveloping its Way to Economic Vibrancy

prosperity-agenda-thumbMichigan’s push to become a national leader in providing residents good-paying jobs, excellent universities, and vibrant places to live, is propelled by communities across Michigan that are embracing redevelopment and innovation. On this month’s Prosperity Agenda radio show on News/Talk 760 WJR we talk with community leaders across Michigan who using creative thinking and new ideas to improve their cities and towns. My co-host for this month’s show is journalist and author, John Gallagher. He previously covered urban and economic efforts in Detroit and Michigan and is known for his book “Reimagining Detroit: Opportunities for Redefining an American City.” Our guests are Jennifer Rigterink, manager of the Redevelopment Ready Communities Program at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation; Bill Wild, Mayor of Westland; and Elizabeth Schultheiss, executive director of the Albion Community Foundation, which helped restore the Bohm Theatre in downtown Albion. 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 hour-long radio program is hosted by me, Dan Gilmartin, CEO of the Michigan Municipal League (the League). The show is sponsored by the League and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). The League’s next show airs at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, 2015 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.