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Think Regional/Act Local

Reinventing Inkster – from the ground up

(Maps, Public outreach, SEMCOG Member Services, Walkability bikeability) Permanent link


August 27, 2014 -SEMCOG is assisting the City of Inkster with a community engagement process (also known as a charrette) this week. Part of SEMCOG's contribution is a collection of community maps that give residents tangible information and a medium for input. This four-day effort will result in a revitalization plan for the city that engages residents; elected officials from the city, county, and state; city administration; and other community and business stakeholders at every stage of the process.


Michigan State University Extension is coordinating the effort and ensuring that the process includes and engages block clubs, community and business groups, faith-based leaders, and others who want to see the city rebound from its current challenges. Goals include creating value in the neighborhoods, connecting neighborhoods to retail areas, reclaiming Michigan Avenue as a place for transit and pedestrians, growing local jobs, and streamlining city services to provide value to residents and businesses.


Let’s celebrate Inkster’s 50th anniversary by supporting its leaders and residents as they build on the city’s rich history and assets such as its active churches, library, fire department, recreation center, golf course, and its strategic location on Michigan Avenue. This is an excellent example of proactive leaders making positive change happen – from the ground up. As Inkster Mayor Hilliard Hampton said during his welcome, the city could have developed its own plan but wanted to make sure that Reinvent Inkster was a plan that residents helped create.


SEMCOG has more information on engaging citizens to help inform decision-making. Here are some photos from the Inster charrette:


Knezek in Inkster
State Representative David Knezek


Hampton and others
Mayor Hampton with other leaders


Inkster residents with maps
Prioritizing feedback from residents


Inkster residents
More than 50 residents attended the Asset Mapping workshop





Naheed works with SEMCOG members on community and economic development and workforce issues. She coordinates the joint SEMCOG/MAC Talent Task Force, which develops policies and plans for creating the workforce needed for a changing economy. She also helps communities with strategic planning. Naheed has a MasterÕs degree in Public Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics.

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