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.

The strategy is evolving. Let us know what you think!

Check back often

Learn about future opportunities to let us know what you think and follow the strategy’s progress.  This page will be updated regularly to reflect the progress made on the SEMCOG/MAC Regional Economic Development Strategy.

Thank you for your participation

Thank you to everyone who participated in one of our recent Economic Development Forums! Your input is valuable as SEMCOG and MAC move forward with the creating a regional economic development strategy that reflects the region’s current and future needs. This is important as we continue positioning Southeast Michigan to be successful in a globally competitive environment.

Community Assets Forum – June 11, 2015 

People/Talent and Innovation Forum – July 14, 2015

SEMCOG’s resident expert on talent, Naheed Huq, blogs about the forum. .

Business Climate Forum – July 15, 2015 held at the Detroit Regional Chamber

Please take our survey . . . it only takes two or three minutes

The Pulse of the Region survey on economic development will be open until the end of July. This brief survey asks for your thoughts on a variety of factors that impact the region’s economy and competitiveness. If you haven’t taken it yet, click here to take the survey.


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.