Millennial Mayors Congress

The Millennial Mayors Congress is a partnership of established and emerging civic leaders who work toward a more vibrant metro Detroit.

Our Vision

The Millennial Vision for Metro Detroit serves as the guiding document for the Congress, highlighting the six issues most important to metro Detroit Millennials: economy, transportation, government, vibrant places, education and environment.

Our Members

The Congress formed in June 2009 with 18 participating cities and is now comprised of 23 cities from Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne Counties. Participating cities are represented by their mayor or another city official and a “Millennial” resident (age 18-35). Together, they work to develop solutions to economic, social and environmental issues of regional significance.

Our Initiatives

The Congress works to identify and research issues of regional significance, and ultimately, create a set of recommendations for local policymakers:

  • Millennial Representation: the Congress is developing a protocol to support greater Millennial representation in city government and on boards, councils and commissions in particular.
  • Vibrancy Mapping: the Congress tested various data collection and mapping methods to identify and advance the authentic character of its member cities.
  • Energy Protocol: the Congress adopted a goal for reduced municipal energy consumption in 2009 and is positioned to realize specific efficiency objectives by 2015.

Our Partners

The Millennial Mayors Congress is a regional initiative, drawing financial, organizational and moral support from countless individuals and organizations.

The Michigan Suburbs Alliance is the organizing body behind the Millennial Mayors Congress and is the primary contributor of financial, staff and administrative resources. The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) and People and Land (PAL), a program of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, have provided financial support to the Millennial Mayors Congress in the past. The support of the C.S. Mott Foundation and Ford Foundation, through general operations support to the Suburbs Alliance, have also been essential to this effort.

The Millennial Mayors Congress is grateful for the ongoing support of GLUE (Great Lakes Urban Exchange), Fusion, One D, Tourism Economic Development Council (TEDC), Leadership Next and Miller Canfield.

Learn More

If you, your city or your organization are interested in becoming a partner of the Millennial Mayors Congress, contact Emily Thompson at 866.960.8803 x716 or, or check out our informational packet (PDF) to learn more.


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