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What SEMCOG doesSEMCOG was established in 1968 as a regional planning partnership in Southeast Michigan. We are accountable to local governments who join as members. Membership is open to all counties, cities, villages, townships, intermediate school districts, community colleges, and public universities in Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties. Citizens are represented at SEMCOG through their local elected officials. Funding for SEMCOG is provided by federal and state grants, contracts, and membership dues. SEMCOG Bylaws.

Responsibilities

SEMCOG supports local planning through its technical, data, and intergovernmental resources. SEMCOG's plans improve the quality of the region's water, make the transportation system safe and more efficient, revitalize communities, and spur economic development.

As the region's designated Metropolitan Planning Organization, SEMCOG is responsible for regional transportation planning

Under the federal Water Pollution Control Act and the Clean Air Act, SEMCOG is the designated planning agency for both water and air quality.

SEMCOG is responsible for specific housing and land use planning elements as authorized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

As the Michigan State Single Point of Contact (SPOC), SEMCOG reviews select federal grant applications for a variety of local, regional, and state projects in relation to regional plans and policies.

Current Work Program

The Work Program for Southeast Michigan is the document that serves as the basis for all SEMCOG activities. It contains a discussion of issues facing the region, a framework for regional decision making, and specific task activities and budgets for SEMCOG and our pass-through agencies. The Work Program is updated annually and often has amendments throughout the year as projects are added or activities change. The current Work Program and any accompanying amendments are listed below: 

Decision making
All SEMCOG policy decisions are made by local elected leaders, ensuring that regional policies reflect the interests of member communities. Participants serve on one or both of the policy-making bodies — the General Assembly and the Executive Committee. These bodies act on recommendations developed through SEMCOG's various engagement methods. We engage regional stakeholders from local governments, the business community, and other special-interest and citizen groups.