Increasing Jobs and Prosperity in Southeast Michigan: A Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) provides a roadmap for the region’s economic vitality. It 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.

More public meetings scheduled

Join us at a public meeting near you! SEMCOG and MAC will be holding a series of public meetings in Livingston, Monroe, St. Clair, and Washtenaw counties to gather more input for the next regional economic development strategy. If you plan to attend one of these public meetings, please make sure to register. 

For more information or to register, click on the links below:

Livingston County Brown Bag Lunch/Economic Development Public Meeting 
Wednesday, September 23 at 12:00 p.m. 
Genoa Charter Township Hall 
2911 Dorr Road, Brighton, MI 48116

St. Clair County Economic Development Public Meeting
Thursday, October 8 at 9:00 a.m.
St. Clair County Administration Building, Dodge Auditorium
200 Grand River Avenue, Port Huron, MI 48060

Washtenaw County Economic Development Public Meeting
Wednesday, October 14 at 8:30 a.m.
Washtenaw County LRC Building
4135 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Monroe County Economic Development Public Meeting

Wednesday, October 21 at 9:00 a.m.

Monroe County Community College

1555 S. Raisinville Road, Monroe, MI 48161


The results are in!

Thanks to everyone who took the time to fill out our Pulse of the Region survey on the region’s economy. Read about the results.


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


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.

Commuting in Southeast Michigan 2006-2010, May 2013 (pdf)

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.