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.
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.
The Congress works to identify and research issues of regional significance, and ultimately, create a set of recommendations for local policymakers:
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.
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 email@example.com, or check out our informational packet (PDF) to learn more.
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.