Our work is based on the simple idea that our communities can face their challenges most effectively through cooperation. Whether we’re making our downtowns and neighborhoods attractive places to live and work, planning for seamless travel to regional destinations, creating a safe and healthy environment, or fostering the next generation of community leadership, we are at our strongest when we work across municipal borders to tackle shared goals.

The Suburbs Alliance brings cities together to identify these mutual interests and craft collaborative solutions. These solutions range from advocacy in Lansing to hands-on support of city hall staff, depending on the needs of our communities.

Our key programs:

Building Vibrant CitiesBuilding Vibrant Cities From streamlining redevelopment practices to innovative housing programs, we’re always working with cities to identify opportunities for growth. Our land use initiatives strengthen existing communities, seed lasting change and provide replicable models for other cities.


UniverCities1Engaging Future LeadersConnecting young people directly with local governments allows cities to draw upon fresh ideas, unique experiences and educational resources. Our programs engage young people in shaping the future of the cities they live in, making our cities more attractive to young people as well as to residents of all ages. 


rustbeltgreen_thumbnailTurning the Rust Belt Green: Saving energy can also save money, and for cities balancing a tight budget the latter is just as important. The Suburbs Alliance is a resource for elected officials and city staff members looking to help their cities take on green initiatives, and we design our energy projects with triple-bottom line sustainability in mind.


bus_thumbnailTransforming Metropolitan Mobility: The Suburbs Alliance is a leading force for regional transportation, working through a variety of initiatives to connect the great places of metro Detroit. From state-level advocacy to neighborhood engagement, we help communities work together toward a comprehensive regional transit system that works for everyone.



Transit, MuniFi and Energy, Oh My!

Our summer fellows won’t be getting coffee, answering phones or opening mail. They’ll spend the next ten weeks researching key regional policy issues, while living on Wayne State’s campus, attending weekly research skill-building seminars and immersing themselves in the region.

Michigan Millennials Organizing for Change

Millennials get a bad rap. The media would lead you to believe they’re lazy and entitled. Last Friday, we joined hard-working Millennials who are challenging that stereotype across the state of Michigan for the inaugural Michigan Emerging Leaders Summit.

Regional Rundown: Mayor Metzger on Metro Detroit, Part I

There’s a new mayor in town—in Pleasant Ridge, that is. In the first part of a special two-part Regional Rundown, we talk with Mayor Kurt Metzger about his new job, how he plans to better engage residents, why regionalism is a touchy subject in metro Detroit, and the financial squeeze faced by cities. Happy listening!




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