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

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.


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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