The Suburbs Alliance is grateful for the financial support of our state, federal and foundation funders, but we are even more thankful for the strategic partnerships they offer in helping us meet our mission.   


The Mott Foundation helps people and organizations build capacity to improve quality life by connecting their work with the greater well-being of their communities. Since 2003 Mott has helped the Suburbs Alliance with general operating support and direct grants to promote sustainable transportation policies.


The Ford Foundation supports collaboration among nonprofits, business and government to help promote social change that improves people’s lives. Ford has funded the Suburbs Alliance since 2008, supporting our efforts to develop regional enterprises and transform metro Detroit’s transportation system.


Kresge’s mission is simple: “To promote human progress.” Beginning in 2007, the Kresge Foundation has supported our work to create a regional transportation system for metro Detroit, including providing critical matching funds for a federal award to analyze transit alternatives along Woodward Avenue.



In 2010 Michigan Saves partnered with the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office to win a $30M federal competitive award to advance residential and commercial energy efficiency programs across the state. As the fiduciary for that work in metro Detroit, we partner with WARM Training Center to bring the BetterBuildings for Michigan program to our cities.


Since 2004 the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) has supported the creative work behind the Redevelopment Ready Communities (TM) program. In 2010 we transferred ownership of that project to the State and are helping MEDC roll it out to communities across Michigan.


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MSHDA is the state’s leading agency creating strong and vibrant urban regions and small towns. Since 2004 they have supported our work developing the nationally-recognized Redevelopment Ready Communities (TM) program, managing an innovative Cool Cities Internship Program, launching the Millennial Mayors Congress and researching new approaches to municipal finance.





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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