You have a voice in regional planning and decision making at SEMCOG. Turn plans into action with information and services available only to SEMCOG members. We strive to provide direct services to members helping them implement regional plans and policies. These services, resources, and information are aimed at helping members improve the quality of life in their communities.

SEMCOG Sustainable Community Leader Program

SEMCOG has taken the lead on transforming how local governments work together to align scarce public revenue to create a more successful – and sustainable – Southeast Michigan. We are honoring our member governments for working to increase sustainability in their communities. The topic areas include Economic Prosperity, Desirable Communities, Reliable, Quality Infrastructure, Fiscally Sustainable Public Services, Healthy, Attractive Environmental Assets, and Access to Services, Jobs, Markets, and Amenities.

Fill out the Sustainable Community Leader Application below.

Sustainable Community Leader Application

How does my community become a Sustainable Community Leader? Local governments demonstrate sustainability by achieving six interrelated outcomes

Local governments demonstrate sustainability by achieving six interrelated outcomes:
  • Economic Prosperity
  • Desirable Communities
  • Reliable Quality Infrastructure
  • Fiscally Sustainable Public Services
  • Healthy, Attractive Environmental Assets
  • Access to Services, Jobs, Markets, and Amenities.

We provide a checklist of actions your community can take to achieve these outcomes.

Recognition as a Sustainable Community Leader carries the following requirements:

  • Identify point person to work with SEMCOG on inventorying your sustainable activities
  • Achieve a minimum of 20 activities on the activity checklist
  • Pass a resolution stating your community's intent to participate (see a sample resolution and email it to Susan Stefanski at SEMCOG.

Improve Road Corridors

Get a comprehensive assessment of corridors that cross multiple member communities (each of these services can be provided individually in a single community as well).

  • Road Access Management – Prevent crashes, reduce congestion, and improve traffic flow by getting assistance in developing an access management plan.
  • Eye-Catching Commercial Areas – Increase economic development opportunities and improve accessibility of businesses.
  • Road Safety – Reduce crashes by requesting a road safety audit.
  • Walkability and Bikeability – Improve walking and biking by developing cost-effective projects.
  • Efficiently Manage Stormwater – Improve the management of roadway runoff.

Assistance with Environmental Regulations

SEMCOG's stormwater management services help members develop stormwater ordinances and engineering standards; request site visits to create stormwater pollution prevention plans for municipal facilities; help prepare pollution incident prevention plans for facilities storing more than five tons of salt; request tailored stormwater training; and receive guidance at state stormwater audits.

Government Collaboraton

Realize significant cost savings, while maintaining and expanding important services to citizens by collaborating with neighbors to find solutions to common problems. SEMCOG provides expert facilitation to members interested in collaboration. Members also can request facilitation of economic development visioning, collaborative problem-solving for specific issues impacting local governments, and strategic plan development.

Government Efficiency

Receive recommendations for achieving a significant cost reduction in your community budget by requesting one-on-one budget consultations.

Information and Data to Drive Your Decision-Making

Access important data related to Southeast Michigan, especially in the areas of demographics and transportation, on the SEMCOG Web site. Contact the SEMCOG Info Center for assistance, or call 313-324-3330.

Gain Expertise in Accessing State and Federal Resource

  • Transportation Project Funding – Get assistance in alternative funding solutions to implement your critical road projects.
  • Supporting Economic Development – Get funding assistance for economic development projects.
  • Strengthening Sustainable Communities – Increase your knowledge of state and federal assistance available for transportation, economic development, and environmental projects.

Gain Grant Writing Knowledge

  • Grant Writing USA Scholarships – Request a scholarship for a two-day workshop on grant writing or grants management.
  • Clearinghouse for Federal Grant Applications – Learn of federal grant applications for projects in your area and comment on the impact the proposals may have on community plans, policies, and projects. 
  • Safe Routes to School – Jump-start a program in your community by increasing your understanding of the National Safe Routes to School Program.

Planning Assistance

Learn about complete streets, walking and biking opportunities, invasive species control, stormwater management, and/or increase housing and community development prospects by requesting assistance to develop community-wide plans or ordinances.

Visit the Complete Streets and Bicycle and Pedestrian Travel pages.

SEMCOG Universities – Free Training Opportunities

Attend free training on a variety of topics of interest to elected leaders and government staff.

Taubman Fellowships – Enhance Your Leadership Skills

Apply to attend Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government as a Taubman Fellow.
Learn more.

How does my community become a Sustainable Community Leader? Local governments demonstrate sustainability by achieving six interrelated outcomes

Local governments demonstrate sustainability by achieving six interrelated outcomes:
  • Economic Prosperity
  • Desirable Communities
  • Reliable Quality Infrastructure
  • Fiscally Sustainable Public Services
  • Healthy, Attractive Environmental Assets
  • Access to Services, Jobs, Markets, and Amenities.

We provide a checklist of actions your community can take to achieve these outcomes.

Recognition as a Sustainable Community Leader carries the following requirements:

  • Identify point person to work with SEMCOG on inventorying your sustainable activities
  • Achieve a minimum of 20 activities on the activity checklist
  • Pass a resolution stating your community's intent to participate (see a sample resolution and email it to Susan Stefanski at SEMCOG.

Developing Regional Solutions
SEMCOG is a regional planning partnership of governmental units serving 4.7 million people in the seven-county region of Southeast Michigan striving to enhance the region's quality of life.