Author Archives: Dan Gilmartin

Put this sign (and others like it) on the “Not-to-do” list for public spaces

We’re dreaming of palm trees and sunshine in wintry Michigan. This sign doesn’t help, though. #NoFunZone

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The Prosperity Agenda: Attracting and Retaining Talent Vital to Michigan’s Future

Do you know a recent college graduate who left Michigan for Chicago, Portland, Austin or some other community? When they left did they even have a job secured? Michigan continues to lose its college graduates at a rate higher than … Continue reading

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Placing Local Government on the Talent Agenda

I often boast about my talented colleagues at the League and the inspiring work they do. This post about attracting young, talented people to careers in local government is from Jessica Reed. Jessica is one of those young, talented people … Continue reading

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Why the War on Infrastructure?

in·fra·struc·ture (ˈinfrəˌstrək(t)SHər/) noun the basic physical and organizational structures and facilities (e.g., buildings, roads, and power supplies) needed for the operation of a society or enterprise. The United Arab Emirates has announced over US$300 billion in construction projects (pipelines, ports, … Continue reading

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Heritage Hill in Grand Rapids, A Great Urban Place

A colleague of mine recently authored a blog on the Heritage Hill neighborhood in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Richard Murphy, or “Murph” to his friends, goes into great detail on the important urban elements that make Heritage Hill a jewel in … Continue reading

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