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What is SEMCOG Member Engagement

Member Advisory Council

SEMCOG engages members and other regional stakeholders in directing regional plans and policies and recommending positions on state and federal legislative and regulatory proposals. View the SEMCOG Experience brochure or see below to learn more.

Affiliation Groups
Affiliation group members include SEMCOG members and other regional stakeholders. They receive regular electronic communications on topics of interest, and may hold meetings periodically. View the most recent electronic communication for these affiliation groups – community and economic development and environment.

SEMCOG General Assembly
The General Assembly is an opportunity for SEMCOG members to network and share best practices, and provide input and take action on SEMCOG's major regional plans. It consists of all delegates and alternates from SEMCOG member communities and institutions. All elected officials in each member community and other regional stakeholders are encouraged to attend the General Assembly; only the delegate or alternate, who have been appointed by their governing bodies, can vote.

SEMCOG Executive Committee
The Executive Committee conducts the main policy-committee work of the organization. The Executive Committee monitors the operation of SEMCOG. As the chief working committee of SEMCOG and the financial control body for the organization, it proposes, discusses, and reviews regional studies, and plans and takes action on policies and legislative positions. It is a subset of the General Assembly, meeting seven months of the year when the General Assembly is not in session. Meetings are usually held in SEMCOG’s offices on the fourth Thursday or Friday of the month and are preceded by a networking lunch.

SEMCOG University
SEMCOG University is a series of free workshops for member local elected leaders and community staff. These opportunities are free-of-charge and close to home to our members.

View a current schedule

Task Forces
To quickly leverage the expertise of our members and other regional stakeholders, SEMCOG uses issue-specific task forces. They are created as needed to provide detailed policy guidance or technical assistance in support of SEMCOG policies and programs and report to the Executive Committee. Task force members are appointed by the SEMCOG chairperson.

View Current Task Forces

Transportation Coordinating Council (TCC)
TCC works to expand links between transportation projects and economic development, environment, workforce, education. This work includes monitoring and implementing the long-range transportation plan through the transportation improvement program and recommending transportation projects and amendments. This work will be guided by established performance measures for achieving regional outcomes. Reports to the Executive Committee.

Regional Clearinghouse Review Committee (RC2)
The RC2 oversees the review of applications for federal and state assistance within Southeast Michigan. The applications are reviewed for consistency with adopted regional plans and policies. RC2 also selects projects to be funded annually by the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) – approximately $5 million per year. RC2 is comprised of local elected officials elected by Bloc Caucuses and appointed by the Chairperson to represent the issue areas in which SEMCOG works.

Bylaws & Legal Committee
Meets as needed to review, amend, and/or adopt organizational policy. Reports to the General Assembly.

Finance & Budget Committee
Meets four-to-six times per year to recommend approval of the budget and work program, contracts, major purchases, and leases. Reviews the financial statements and audits. Reports to the General Assembly.

Resources:
Elected Official Travel Reimbursement Expense Form (Fillable PDF)