Member Benefits

You have a voice in regional planning and decision making at SEMCOG. Turn plans into action with information and services available only to SEMCOG members. We strive to provide direct services to members helping them implement regional plans and policies. These services, resources, and information are aimed at helping members improve the quality of life in their communities.

SEMCOG Sustainable Community Leader Program

SEMCOG has taken the lead on transforming how local governments work together to align scarce public revenue to create a more successful – and sustainable – Southeast Michigan. We are honoring our member governments for working to increase sustainability in their communities. The topic areas include Economic Prosperity, Desirable Communities, Reliable, Quality Infrastructure, Fiscally Sustainable Public Services, Healthy, Attractive Environmental Assets, and Access to Services, Jobs, Markets, and Amenities.

Fill out the Sustainable Community Leader Application below.

Sustainable Community Leader Application

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How does my community become a Sustainable Community Leader? Local governments demonstrate sustainability by achieving six interrelated outcomes

Local governments demonstrate sustainability by achieving six interrelated outcomes:
  • Economic Prosperity
  • Desirable Communities
  • Reliable Quality Infrastructure
  • Fiscally Sustainable Public Services
  • Healthy, Attractive Environmental Assets
  • Access to Services, Jobs, Markets, and Amenities.

We provide a checklist of actions your community can take to achieve these outcomes.

Recognition as a Sustainable Community Leader carries the following requirements:

  • Identify point person to work with SEMCOG on inventorying your sustainable activities
  • Achieve a minimum of 20 activities on the activity checklist
  • Pass a resolution stating your community's intent to participate (see a sample resolution and email it to Susan Stefanski at SEMCOG.

Improve Road Corridors

Get a comprehensive assessment of corridors that cross multiple member communities (each of these services can be provided individually in a single community as well).

  • Road Access Management – Prevent crashes, reduce congestion, and improve traffic flow by getting assistance in developing an access management plan.
  • Eye-Catching Commercial Areas – Increase economic development opportunities and improve accessibility of businesses.
  • Road Safety – Reduce crashes by requesting a road safety audit.
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety – Improve walking and biking by developing cost-effective projects.
  • Efficiently Manage Stormwater – Improve the management of roadway runoff.

Assistance with Environmental Regulations

SEMCOG's stormwater management services help members develop stormwater ordinances and engineering standards; request site visits to create stormwater pollution prevention plans for municipal facilities; help prepare pollution incident prevention plans for facilities storing more than five tons of salt; request tailored stormwater training; and receive guidance at state stormwater audits.

Government Collaboration

Realize significant cost savings, while maintaining and expanding important services to citizens by collaborating with neighbors to find solutions to common problems. SEMCOG provides expert facilitation to members interested in collaboration. Members also can request facilitation of economic development visioning, collaborative problem-solving for specific issues impacting local governments, and strategic plan development.

Government Efficiency

Receive recommendations for achieving a significant cost reduction in your community budget by requesting one-on-one budget consultations.

Information and Data to Drive Your Decision-Making

Access important data related to Southeast Michigan, especially in the areas of demographics and transportation, on the SEMCOG Web site. Contact the SEMCOG Info Center for assistance, or call (313) 324-3330.

Gain Expertise in Accessing State and Federal Resource

  • Transportation Project Funding – Get assistance in alternative funding solutions to implement your critical road projects.
  • Supporting Economic Development – Get funding assistance for economic development projects.
  • Strengthening Sustainable Communities – Increase your knowledge of state and federal assistance available for transportation, economic development, and environmental projects.

Gain Grant Writing Knowledge

  • Grant Writing USA Scholarships – Request a scholarship for a two-day workshop on grant writing or grants management.
  • Clearinghouse for Federal Grant Applications – Learn of federal grant applications for projects in your area and comment on the impact the proposals may have on community plans, policies, and projects. 
  • Safe Routes to School – Jump-start a program in your community by increasing your understanding of the National Safe Routes to School Program.

Planning Assistance

Learn about complete streets, walking and biking opportunities, invasive species control, stormwater management, and/or increase housing and community development prospects by requesting assistance to develop community-wide plans or ordinances.

Visit the Complete Streets and Bicycle and Pedestrian Travel pages.

SEMCOG Universities – Free Training Opportunities

Attend free training on a variety of topics of interest to elected leaders and government staff.

Taubman Fellowships – Enhance Your Leadership Skills

Member Engagement

SEMCOG engages members and other regional stakeholders in directing regional plans and policies and recommending positions on state and federal legislative and regulatory proposals. 



SEMCOG's officers are made up of a Chairperson, First Vice Chairperson (who is Chairperson-elect), four Vice Chairpersons, and Immediate Past Chairperson.

SEMCOG Bylaws require that officers be balanced between the blocs (Counties, Cities & Villages, Townships, and Education) of the organization. Voting delegates or elected-official alternates to SEMCOG's Executive Committee are eligible for SEMCOG officer positions. Officers are elected at SEMCOG's June Annual Meeting. The following officers will serve for the 2015-2016 term.

Jeffrey Jenks portrait Jeff Jenks

City Commissioner, Huntington Woods

Jeff Jenks has been a Commissioner in the City of Huntington Woods since 1999. He has a long career working in the public sector and was president of the Michigan Municipal League in 2010. He has been involved with SEMCOG for 30 years, serving on many committees, including the Data Center Advisory Council that he chaired from 1999-2007. He is a member of SEMCOG's Executive Committee and General Assembly. Jenks attended Harvard University's Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program as a Taubman fellow in 2007. He has a degree in economics and political science from Eastern Michigan University, with graduate work at Wayne State University. He has owned and managed an internet-based travel agency since 1988. Jenks served in the Peace Corps as an elementary school teacher in the Philippines from 1962-1964.

Rodrick Green portait Rod Green
First Vice Chair

Trustee, Superior Charter Township

Rodrick Green has a long history of involvement in Superior Township. He is currently a Trustee, and has also served on the township Board of Review and Board of Appeals. At SEMCOG, Green is a member of SEMCOG's Executive Committee and Finance and Budget Committee, and has also served on the Bylaws and Legal Committee. As First Vice Chair, he will become SEMCOG Chair in 2016-2017. He is an attorney with law offices in Ann Arbor and Detroit. He has a degree in Business Administration from Wayne State University, a Masters in Divinity from Virginia Union University and his Juris Doctor in Law from the University of Michigan. Green has served in the U.S. Army and the Michigan National Guard. Rod and his wife have twin daughters.

Robert Clark portrait Robert Clark
Vice Chairperson

Mayor, City of Monroe

Robert Clark has been Mayor of the City of Monroe since 2010, having served one term as Councilman in 2008. He previously served on the Citizens Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals for Monroe. Since 2010 he has been an active member of SEMCOG and since 2012 has served on the Finance and Budget Committee. Prior to holding elected office, he served 30 years with the Michigan State Police, retiring in 2010. He retired at the rank of Major and as a member of the Michigan State Police Executive Council. Beginning in 2005, Clark worked closely with SEMCOG on transportation issues, including the Regional Concept for Transportation Operations for Metro Detroit, which received a planning excellence award from the Federal Highway Administration in 2008.

Donald Hubler
Vice Chairperson

Trustee, Macomb Intermediate School District

Donald Hubler was elected to the Macomb Intermediate School Board in 2013. He also sits on the L'Anse Creuse Public School Board and has served as President of the Michigan Association of School Boards for 2015. He served on the National School Boards Association Policy and Resolutions Committee for 2013-14 and 2015. He serves as an alternate to the Michigan Special Education Advisory Committee. He retired as the Director of Public Works for the City of St Clair Shores, where he also served as the Water Department Superintendent and alternate to SEMCOG's General Assembly. He was a founding member of the Southeast Michigan Water Use Task Force which was comprised of regional water system operators whose goal was to coordinate response to water supply issues. He currently serves on SEMCOG's Access to Core Services Task Force. He is married with two children and three grandchildren.

Phil LaJoy portrait Phil LaJoy
Vice Chairperson

Supervisor, Canton Charter Township

Phil LaJoy has been Supervisor of the Charter Township of Canton since 2008. As the township's chief administrator, he is responsible for overseeing the operation of all township departments, acting as chairperson for Board of Trustees meetings, appointing board and commission members, preparing and monitoring the budget, and serving on numerous local and regional boards and committees. Prior to becoming Canton Township Supervisor, he served as State Representative for the 21st District for six years and was a township Trustee from 1989-2003. He also has 25 years of experience in the private sector in personnel and human resources. He has served on the SEMCOG Transportation Advisory Council since 2008 and was Chair from 2010-2012. He currently serves as Chair of SEMCOG's Legislative Policy Task Force. Other previous committees and service include Canton Township Merit Commissioner; Canton Chamber of Commerce; Chairperson, Saint Joseph Mercy Community Advisory Council; SEMCOG Infrastructure Task Force; and various committees through the Michigan House of Representatives.

Karl Tomion portrait Karl Tomion
Vice Chairperson

Commissioner, St. Clair County

Karl Tomion was elected to the St. Clair County Board of Commissioners in 2013, after retiring from a 35-year career in municipal management. He was City Manager of four Michigan cities – Algonac, Dowagiac, Midland, and Port Huron. In his first term on the County Board, he was selected to represent St. Clair County on SEMCOG's Executive Committee. He has also worked on the Bylaws and Taubman Scholarship Committees. He was very active in the Michigan Municipal League; he served on its Board of Directors and as Chair of its Workmen's Compensation Fund. As a member of the Michigan Local Government Management Association, he was elected President and was appointed as the Committee Chair of Public Policy and Ethics. Tomion graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a Bachelor's Degree, and from Wayne State University with a Master's Degree in Public Administration. In 2008, he received the Jack M. Patriarche award from the Michigan Local Government Management Association for outstanding service in Michigan City Management.

Kathy D. Vosburg portrait Kathy Vosburg
Immediate Past Chair

Commissioner, Macomb County

Kathy Vosburg is currently serving her seventh two-year term as Macomb County Commissioner, representing District 8 (Lenox and Chesterfield Townships, the Village of New Haven, and the City of New Baltimore). She served as Board Chair from 2011-2012. She has served in a variety of capacities at SEMCOG, including Chair of the Environmental Policy Advisory Council, member of the Executive Committee, and delegate to the General Assembly. She attended Harvard University's Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program as a Taubman fellow in 2007. Vosburg has a degree in Business Administration from Detroit College of Business and owns an income tax consulting business. She and her husband have three married sons and five grandchildren.

Kathleen Lomako portrait Kathleen Lomako
SEMCOG Executive Director

Kathleen Lomako joined SEMCOG in 1979 and has served in a variety of planning and administrative capacities, and is a certified community planner. She became Executive Director in 2014. She attended the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government in summer 2003. Lomako is involved with the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC), and is a member of the Executive Directors Council joining other Executive Directors from across the country. She currently serves on the Board of the Michigan Society of Association Executives.


Access to Core Services Task Force

Chair: Yousef Rabhi, Washtenaw County Board Vice Chair

The Access to Core Services Task Force will ensure that the transportation system assists in creating a healthier region. The task force will provide input and guide development of recommendations to help ensure that access to core services, such as health care facilities, employment centers, parks and recreation opportunities, and education and social support facilities, are part of the transportation planning process. This task force is made up of local government, health care providers, environmental organizations, bicycle and pedestrian safety experts, and other stakeholders.


Legislative Policy Platform Task Force

Chair: Phil LaJoy, Canton Township Supervisor
Vice Chair: Steve Williams, Livingston County Commissioner

Prior to each new session of Congress and Michigan’s Legislature, SEMCOG forms a task force to guide development of a new policy platform. The task force meets three times annually and recommends a platform to the Executive Committee in December.


Road Safety Task Force

BurcroffChair: LeRoy Burcroff, Romulus Mayor

The purpose of this task force is to develop a Road Safety Plan for Southeast Michigan that identifies the region’s key safety needs and guides investment decisions to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads. Task force members will provide input on the key elements of the plan, including traffic safety challenges, regional recommendations and follow up implementation.

SEMCOG/MAC Economic Development Task Force

Co-Chair: William Wild, Westland Mayor (left)
Co-Chair: Fred Shell, Vice President, Corporate and Government Affairs at DTE Energy

The region’s economic development strategy provides Southeast Michigan with a roadmap for economic success. The task force’s role is to ensure that we have a dynamic strategy that evolves to reflect the region’s current and future needs. This is important as we continue to position Southeast Michigan to be successful in a globally competitive environment.

SEMCOG/MAC Labor Local Government Task Force

Co-Chair: Phil LaJoy, Canton Township Supervisor and SEMCOG Vice Chairperson (left)
Co-Chair: Mark Gaffney, Business Representative, Teamsters Local 214

The group will work with Wayne State University’s Labor@Wayne program on a project to study the state of labor management relations among state and local governments in Michigan with the objective of promoting meaningful cooperation while improving government service delivery. The Task Force will serve in an advisory capacity to assist in the design and administration of the study. Members will be asked to provide input and guidance, encourage interest and participation, and assist with planning and execution. The project is tentatively set to launch with a pilot survey and mini-conference this Fall, followed by a more comprehensive study with a report and recommendations to be presented by late Spring 2014. This task force's goal is to generate practical findings and actionable recommendations to build sustainable cooperative programs aimed at improving government performance, cooperation, and effectiveness.


Steps to Join SEMCOG

 In the seven-county Southeast Michigan region, SEMCOG membership is open to counties, cities, villages, townships, intermediate school districts, and community colleges. Public universities are also eligible to join, but participate as non-voting, associate members.

The governing body of the member community must appoint a delegate and alternate to SEMCOG’s General Assembly. The delegate must be an elected official; the alternate may be an elected official, staff person, or an individual selected by the member, i.e., private citizen or planning commission representative. 

Membership fees shall be due and payable annually. A SEMCOG member may pay its membership fees either on the first day of the month following the anniversary date of its membership or on a date corresponding to the beginning of its fiscal year. Should you choose to pay dues on a date other than the first day of the month following your date of membership, an appropriate proration shall be made of the membership fees. View the dues schedule for calendar year 2015.

SEMCOG's Membership Map

Membership map

Local government and education officials interested in joining SEMCOG should contact SEMCOG Membership Manager Amy Malmer.


Questions? Contact the SEMCOG Information Center | (313) 324-3330
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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.