Welcome to SEMCOG's Think Regional/Act Local blog! SEMCOG is the only organization in Southeast Michigan that brings together all governments to solve regional challenges and enhance the quality of life for the seven-county regions 4.7 million residents. With this regional perspective in mind, we work with member local governments to sustain our regions reputation as a great place to work, play, and do business.


Our panel of SEMCOG staff bloggers will post daily to this blog, discussing SEMCOG's data, federal and state legislative issues, and environmental and fiscal sustainability best practices for local governments all with the goal of creating a successful future for the region.



Think Regional/Act Local

Expand your ability to think beyond the boundary

(Best Practice, Census, Data, Maps, Transportation) Permanent link

SEMCOG was created 44 years ago because of the imperative that elected officials think beyond their own communities’ boundaries. This has never been more important particularly in today’s economic reality. As you think beyond boundaries, we have data to help you. Community Profiles (http://www.semcog.org/Data/bycommunity.cfm) are SEMCOG’s most requested data. These online data profiles are designed to deliver a wide variety of demographic, economic, housing, transportation, and land use data for each community. It provides accurate and timely information at your fingertips.


To expand your ability to think beyond the boundary of your own community, we have a tool that helps you aggregate data from Community Profiles to the larger area of your interest. For example, a group of communities are interested in sharing services. To get a profile of all these communities combined, they can create a “custom profile” at their fingertips – click the “Custom Profile” link as shown below; in a new window, click on the desired community names in the select box; update the items to include using the checkboxes; click “Create Custom Profile” button. Voila! The data are aggregated into a single profile for all the selected communities.


New data are being added to Community Profiles continuously. Keep using it, and let us know what else could be helpful to you.




Xuan Liu
Interested in knowing how SEMCOG’s data impacts local governments and residents in Southeast Michigan? Then, you’ll want to read Xuan’s weekly posts.

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Alleys….Use them to your advantage

(Best Practice, Transportation, Walkability bikeability) Permanent link

When thinking of alleys, many people think … eyesore, dumping, ugly. But not the City of Rochester. The city worked with SEMCOG walkability staff to meet multiple outcomes for their alleys, including making them more pedestrian friendly and safe.


The result: the city implemented a recommendation to use a color treatment on the asphalt to denote specific pedestrian areas. It’s working! Not only does this help a temporary problem due to reconstruction of their Main Street, it’s an example of a permanent, low-cost solution for walkability.




More information on Rochester’s Main Street Makeover is available on the City's Web site. To learn more about creating a more walkable and bikeable community, check out SEMCOG's Walkable/Bikeable Audits Web page.


Amy Mangus
You can leverage your SEMCOG membership to help your local government become more sustainable and effective. Amy’s posts will focus on SEMCOG’s member services.

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