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.



Regional Rundown: Opening the Door for Millennial Leaders

In this month’s Regional Rundown, we’re serving up a discussion on Millennial representation in local government with a side of civic tech and a dash of open gov. Happy listening!

Can roads “cause” travel? No, but MPOs can.

SEMCOG recently weighed in on the term “induced demand”. Their treatment of the topic both demonstrates the paucity of metro Detroit’s planning toolkits and glosses over SEMCOG’s role in those more complex considerations.

It’s Time to Get “On Board”

Today, after months of hard work, we launch On Board ( 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.




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