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The Prosperity Agenda: CNU 24 Congress to Put National Spotlight on Detroit and Michigan

Since the inception of the Prosperity Agenda radio show about five years ago, we’ve been talking about placemaking here in Michigan and the importance of creating communities that you love. Sometimes we can view this work in a vacuum but … Continue reading

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Main Street in small town America and the need to diversify businesses

On my walk this morning to a coffee shop, east on Main left at Center, I came upon a new occupant of a recently empty storefront. On a street jammed with restaurants and retail shops, I was surprised to see … Continue reading

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Placemaking works, new report asserts

“PSC found significant research connecting these assets to economic prosperity, and that, given the uniqueness of every community, these asset areas are most effective when combined (in part or in total) to match specific communities’ needs.” Public Sector Consultants (PSC) … Continue reading

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The Prosperity Agenda: Honoring Michigan’s Community Builders

We often talk about the importance of having great communities in our state. Communities can and should be the economic drivers of Michigan. A strong community encourages innovation and attracts residents, visitors, businesses and jobs. But every community is only … Continue reading

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State imposed oppressive funding scheme for municipal operations hurts all communities, not just Flint

Here is an excellent article that appears in today’s Detroit Free Press from my colleague Tony Minghine, further evidence that Michigan’s system for funding cities is broken and must change. Take a look. Michigan’s way of funding cities set stage … Continue reading

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