Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Michigan Suburbs Alliance

  • Ferndale, MI
  • www.suburbsalliance.org

Mission Statement

Vision Pursuing a future where communities share economic, environmental and social success, the Michigan Suburbs Alliance envisions metropolitan centers that preserve the unique character of individual communities while striving toward a unified and equitable region where the citizens are empowered as an effective regional force.
Mission At the Suburbs Alliance we foster and support cooperative approaches to the challenges facing Michigan’s metropolitan areas. We believe our communities’ interdependence is our greatest strength and that collaboration is the best path to increased prosperity, sustainability and equity across a region. Through innovative initiatives we organize, serve and advocate for a metro’s mature cities in order to help them be vibrant, healthy and beautiful communities – preferred places to live work and play.

Main Programs

  1. Redevelopment Ready Communities
  2. Michigan's Golden Spike
  3. Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office
  4. Millennial Mayors Congress
  5. UniverCities Connection

service areas

Michigan

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Areas Served Narrative

Southeast Michigan, metro Detroit

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ruling year

2003

Principal Officer since 2004

Honorable Conan Smith

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Keywords

redevelopment, municipal finance, sprawl, smart growth, regional, equity, community development, energy

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EIN

30-0133271

 Number

7386177559

Physical Address

22757 Woodward Ave. Suite 250

Ferndale, MI 48220

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

Government and Public Administration (W20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

The Suburbs Alliance has helped lead a dramatic shift toward intergovernmental cooperation among urban communities in southeast Michigan.  Our innovative and award-winning programs provide new avenues for collaborative approaches to regional challenges.  Our Redevelopment Ready Communities (TM), recently acquired by the State of Michigan, was the first to benchmark and assess city practices fostering Smart Growth redevelopment.  We jointly manage the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office -- the nation's first regional governmental institution to address municipal energy efficiency and renewable energy management.  Our Millennial Mayors Congress is joining emerging leaders with veteran policy makers to find new ways to build a region that better attracts and retains young professionals.  Via these programs in 2010-11, the Suburbs Alliance brought more than $30M in new project funding directly to Detroit and 30 of its inner-ring suburbs to improve the quality of life and sustainability of their neighborhoods and residents.

Programs

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Program 1

Redevelopment Ready Communities

RRC provides technical assistance for cities seeking to reform their planning and zoning processes to be more attractive for infill development

Category

Community Development

Budget

$91,613.00

Population Served

General Public/Unspecified

Program 2

Michigan's Golden Spike

Golden Spike educates citizens, business leaders and government leaders about the benefits of and techniques for implementing transit-oriented development (TOD).

Category

Community Development

Budget

$179,893.00

Population Served

General Public/Unspecified

Program 3

Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office

The energy office helps cities to promote energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy and to aggregate their buying power for such products.

Category

Environment

Budget

$238,075.00

Population Served

General Public/Unspecified

Program 4

Millennial Mayors Congress

MMC fosters an intergenerational conversation among veteran public officials and emergent civic leaders about regional development that is attractive to young professionals.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Budget

$69,752.00

Population Served

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Program 5

UniverCities Connection

This program hosts students in city-based internships and fellowship while providing them a structured experience working on regional or multijurisdictional issues.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Budget

$238,075.00

Population Served

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

service areas

Michigan

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Areas Served Narrative

Southeast Michigan, metro Detroit

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Funding Needs

Although our funding streams have both grown and diversified over the past several years, we still are eager for unrestricted support from grants or contributions that will allow us to tackle non-program oriented issues, like policy reform, or to test experimental endeavors including social ventures that lead to more sustainable funding.

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MICHIGAN SUBURBS ALLIANCE
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30

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Operations

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Michigan Suburbs Alliance

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Honorable Conan Smith

BIO

Executive Director at the
Suburbs Alliance since 2004, Conan previously worked with the Michigan
Environmental Council as their Land Programs Director.  He serves as a Washtenaw County Commissioner
representing the City of Ann Arbor, a position he's held since 2004.  Conan also serves on the board of directors for Smart Growth America.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ed Klobucher

City of Hazel Park

Term: June 2009 - May 2010

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