Metro Matters works to advance smart regional policies. Our programs are designed to shape a stronger, more equitable metro Detroit.

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.


UniverCities1Civic Engagement: 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.


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. Metro Matters 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: Metro Matters 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.



Hazel Park: A Point of Pride

Hazel Park is a pretty special place, home to smart local government, engaged community, and unexpected innovation. As they experience new investment and attention from this region and beyond, it’s important to recognize the hard work that brought them to this point. Read our love letter to the city!

Meet Detroit’s First Millennial Rep!

Since 2009, the Millennial Mayors Congress has worked to tackle shared challenges in metro Detroit through regional collaboration, but we were missing a paramount participant—the City of Detroit! This year, Detroit City Council voted unanimously to join the Congress, officially making Detroit our 23rd member city.

Going for the Gold on Woodward

“Detroit: Home of the country’s most advanced bus rapid transit system.” Sound like a fantasy? Think again. Now is the time to plan for Gold Standard transit on Woodward.




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