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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or check out our informational packet (PDF) to learn more.
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.
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.
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!