The Millennial Vision for Metro Detroit seeks to revitalize member communities by focusing on the issues most important to metro Detroit Millennials, all within the framework of sustainability and regionalism. Millennial Mayors Congress representatives agreed that a visioning initiative would encourage regional cooperation, and ensure that future initiatives undertaken by the Congress are rooted in the desires of local Millennials and other community members.
The Congress conducted an online survey of over 550 18 to 35-year-old residents of Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne Counties. They also held focus groups that explored more deeply how local Millennials would improve metro Detroit and their own communities. The Millennial Mayors Congress’s vision for the region is directly informed by the findings of the survey and the focus groups, as well as outside research on Millennial priorities, and guided by the program’s mission to unify member communities and empower young leaders.
Our vision consists of…
To achieve these ideals, the Congress seeks to give a voice to diverse leadership and embrace the distinct and authentic identities and strengths of our member communities. It’s up to us to shape our ideal future and create a stronger, sustainable, more vibrant metro Detroit.
Be sure to check out our series of Issue Briefs (PDF) to learn more about the Millennial Vision for Metro Detroit.
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!