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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  • 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


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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