Over the years, the Suburbs Alliance has created a variety of publications in response to the needs and interests of our member communities.

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  • Regional Rundown: Our podcast features 20-minute dives into topics relevant to metro Detroit, includes interviews with experts and elected officials, and focuses on metropolitan-scale challenges and solutions.
  • Annual Reports: Our Annual Reports offer snapshots of the organization’s progress, including fiscal information for each year.
  • Idea books: These short, engaging pieces highlighting one topic of interest inner-ring suburbs and suggesting potential solutions. Our idea books are typically designed to spark discussion at a Mayors and Managers Forum.
  • In The Ring: Companions to idea books, In the Ring is written and distributed after each Mayors and Managers discussion to let cities and decision makers in Lansing know what conversations are happening in the inner ring suburbs.

Program-Specific Resources

  • Climate Action Planning: The Suburbs Alliance worked with Hazel Park, Southgate and Ypsilanti to develop local strategies for community-level action on climate change. Here, find the reports for each city, a library of strategies, and everything you need to create a climate action plan for your small city.
  • Millennial Mayors Congress Resources: This resource library includes the Millennial Vision for Metro Detroit, information on their protocols as well as the Congress’ charter, meeting agendas and minutes.

Best Practices Documents

  • Police Service Collaboration: How-To Manual: This how-to manual contains all the information from the Creating Collaborative Communities police service workshop, plus as additional research, examples and resources.
  • Fire Service Collaboration: How-To Manual: This how-to manual contains all the information from the Creating Collaborative Communities fire service workshop, plus additional research, examples and resources

Event Materials

  • Moving Our Metro: On November 18, 2013, the Suburbs Alliance and its partners convened city officials and staff, transportation advocates and other stakeholders together with experts from around the country to discuss how to leverage federal transportation programs to advance our region. This page contains links to handouts, speaker bios and presentations.


Proposal 1: To PPT, or Not to PPT

On August 5, you’ll be called on to maintain or eliminate a significant source of income for many of Michigan’s municipalities, but most people have never even heard of this revenue stream: the personal property tax.

Energy Efficient Homes Seek Loving Owners

The Michigan Suburbs Alliance believes that no one should have to choose between buying food and paying bills. To that end, we partnered with Wayne County EDGE and the City of Southgate to rehab three houses, turning them into energy efficient homes for low-income residents. They are now ready for purchase!

Transit, MuniFi and Energy, Oh My!

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.




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