As cities deal with tight budgets and look for creative ways to provide the amenities that make communities healthy, happy and viable places for Michigan residents to live, municipal leaders are getting a helping hand from philanthropic foundations. Around the state, almost every city has benefited from foundation grants, whether for the arts, education, parks, healthy lifestyles, or other areas. On this month’s Prosperity Agenda radio show we talk to the people who work for the foundations that do so much good in our communities, and we talk with those who have received philanthropic support. This month’s guests are Karen Aldridge-Eason, foundation liaison for the State of Michigan on loan from the C.S. Mott Foundation; Renee Johnston, president and CEO of the Saginaw Community Foundation; Cathleen Edgerly, director of the Howell Downtown Development Authority; and the League’s own Samantha Harkins, President of the Michigan Municipal League Foundation. 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, Aug. 26, 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.