Increasing Jobs and Prosperity in Southeast Michigan: A Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) provides a roadmap for the region’s economic vitality. Increasing Jobs and Prosperity in Southeast Michigan includes 11 broad-based strategies and action steps that encompass the region’s human resources, business climate, and community assets.

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The Economic Development Strategy is evolving to reflect the region’s current and future needs. This is important as we continue positioning Southeast Michigan to be successful in a globally competitive environment. 

Join us at three forums that will provide input for the 2015 SEMCOG/MAC regional economic development strategy. These forums will focus on three important factors for attracting, retaining, expanding, and creating businesses and jobs. To register for the forums or to find out which strategies will be discussed, click on the links below.

We are also seeking input in the development of this strategy through our Pulse of the Region survey, which runs from May 4, 2015 through the end of July 2015. This brief survey asks for your thoughts on a variety of factors that impact the region's economy and competitiveness. 

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Commuting in Southeast Michigan

Travel to work – showing the connections between business and the labor market – is one of the defining factors of a regional economy. Travel-to-work data in Southeast Michigan suggests that the SEMCOG region is connected by commuting flows that tie the housing markets and job centers across the region into one very strong, cohesive inter-reliant region. Using data from the Census Transportation Planning Package, Commuting Patterns in Southeast Michigan, an interactive mapping tool, was developed to show where people in a specific community commute to and from. Just click on a community and explore.

Nonresidential Development

SEMCOG monitors nonresidential construction in Southeast Michigan, providing important perspectives on the region's growth, including tools for economic and workforce development. SEMCOG's data and analysis help in local decision making.

SEMCOG collects and reports on nonresidential development for all 233 communities in Southeast Michigan.  Data is collected from various resources including municipal planning/building departments and county planning departments.

Nonresidential development includes commercial, industrial, institutional, medical, and residential mixed-use projects.  Projects can be of any size (in terms of square feet of floorspace), and fall into one of the following construction categories:  new, additions to existing buildings, renovations of existing buildings, or redevelopment projects (tear down and build new).

Nonresidential development data is reported once a year for the previous year and includes county-level totals and a 5-year history of development.

Nonresidential Development in Southeast Michigan, 2014
Nonresidential Development in Southeast Michigan, 2013

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.