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.
Building 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.
Engaging Future Leaders: Connecting 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.
Turning 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.
Transforming 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.
Today, after months of hard work, we launch On Board (OnBoardMI.org). What’s On Board? For local officials, it’s a secure database they can use to more easily manage information about local boards and commissions. For residents like you and me, it’s a website we can use to find information about these bodies and get involved.
A few weeks ago, Atlantic Cities shared their “Urbanist Buzzwords to Rethink in 2014” and across the nation, planner types reacted. Here at the Suburbs Alliance, we spent some time debating the merits of the choices, the authors’ arguments and suggested alternatives, and how their list applies to our neck of the woods. We agreed to compile a list of our own, but a few staff decided they’d rather use the opportunity to champion or defend a particular word. (What can we say? We’re positive thinkers!) So here’s our list of terminology to reconsider in 2014.