Equipping local government leaders for the future

SEMCOG University is a series of workshops for local elected leaders. SEMCOG members are encouraged to take advantage of these training opportunities free of charge and close to home. This year you will find workshop sessions held in a variety of locations throughout the region.

Green Infrastructure Workshop 2: Design & Construction (Emphasis on roadways)

June 10, 2015

This workshop will include details on actual implementation, including challenges and successes covering construction details, contractors, public engagement, identifying unique opportunities, and maintenance obligations.

Community Gardens

June 17, 2015

Community gardens are sprouting up throughout Southeast Michigan, and many communities are wondering why and how they should get into the game. The "why" is simple: community gardens can provide many benefits to a community and its residents, including fresh produce, connection to the environment, and community-building opportunities. This workshop will guide you through the "how."

Road Safety Principles and Practices

June 30, 2015

Agencies interested in applying for Safety funds in Fiscal Year 2017 will learn about the FY 2017 Federal Local Safety program and submitting a successful application. SEMCOG and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will provide an overview of crash data, information on Safety Funding and the Local Safety Initiative, match requirements, and other information to assist applicants with their Safety Funding applications. Local agencies will also share their experience on successfully implemented projects, along with an interactive discussion on implemented strategies.

Green Infrastructure Workshop 3: Local Plans And Ordinances

July 21, 2015

This workshop will focus on learning language modifications of codes and ordinances to support green infrastructure implementation in addition to outlining a collaborative process for long-term success.  The workshop will stress the most common planning documents and ordinances; checklists for these modifications and discuss common strategies for getting started. 

Tour Southeast Michigan Green Infrastructure Practices

August 20, 2015

Local elected officials are invited to tour Southeast Michigan green infrastructure practices and learn about implementing policies consistent with the regional green infrastructure vision. Stops will include the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Adventure Center, Milliken State Park, City of Detroit bioretention lots, and the innovative techniques in the City of Southfield.

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.