The Suburbs Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with offices in Ferndale and Ypsilanti. We were founded in 2002 to address the shared challenges of metro Detroit’s inner ring suburbs, and have grown to engage more than 31 communities representing more than a million residents. We work with cities and partners across a variety of issue areas, always bringing a regional perspective, unique solutions and a collaborative spirit.


Pursuing a future where communities share economic, environmental and social success, the Michigan Suburbs Alliance envisions metropolitan centers that preserve the unique character of individual communities while striving toward a unified and equitable region where the citizens are empowered as an effective regional force.


At the Suburbs Alliance we foster and support cooperative approaches to the challenges facing Michigan’s metropolitan areas. We believe our communities’ interdependence is our greatest strength and that collaboration is the best path to increased prosperity, sustainability and equity across a region. Through innovative initiatives we organize, serve and advocate for a metro’s mature cities in order to help them be vibrant, healthy and beautiful communities – preferred places to live, work and play.


The Suburbs Alliance is a leader across issues and boundaries, and we lead with style—so it’s no surprise that others recognize our meaningful work, talented staff and culture of innovation. Crain’s called us one of 2011′s Cool Places to Work, the Michigan Business review named us one of the Most Innovative Companies of 2006, and our staff have been nominated for and won awards from a variety of publications and organizations.


Anchoring a Neighborhood

The Suburbs Alliance is kicking off Green Anchors, an ambitious project that aims to transform residential neighborhoods across our region, one house and one person at a time.

Infrastructure investment: safer bridges or wider highways?

One of every nine bridges in Michigan is structurally deficient. Meanwhile, SEMCOG’s 2040 plan intends to use a large portion of its $40 billion budget to widen I-94 and I-75.

Energy Efficiency & Bond Ratings

Can investing in energy efficiency help your bond rating? An interview with Tony Lehmann, Finance Director for the City of Huntington Woods.




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